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Cafe Mexicali

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2925 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525-2595
08:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Windsor, Colorado
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136 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Cafe Mexicali has the best food at a reasonable price. You have to try the sweet pork with the creamy Habanero sauce. It is absolutely fantastic. Plenty of seating in a fun atmosphere. The service is very good also. I highly recommend you give them a try if you haven't already!

Thank jeff h
Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Usually pretty busy at lunch, but worth the wait. Call and order for pick up if you're in a hurry. Sweet pork is my favorite and there's always enough left over for another lunch.

Thank Petiflor
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This restaurant is a cafeteria-style place that is popular with college students because it is inexpensive and the portions are large. It is one of those Mexican restaurants where everything is drenched in cheap, greasy cheese and everything tastes as if it was poured from a jar. There are many choices for Mexican food in Fort Collins. This restaurant is... More 

Thank John A
Fort Collins, Colorado
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I love Mexican food and I love Cafe Mex. I eat here at least once a week. I keep trying to get something other than the sweet pork casole and with creamy habenero sauce, but I can't. I have eaten parts of my friends' meals, so I know it's all delicious. They start with these amazing fresh flour tortillas, if... More 

Thank AmyWW
Berthoud, Colorado
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112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Cafe Mexicali is in the genre of Chipoltle, however the food doesn't stack up. Tortilla is huge and thick, way too much rice and too little meat. Chips bland. Illegal Petes is a much better version of this in the Fort.

Thank John M
Fort Collins, Colorado
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you are looking for decent Mexican food that is not too expensive, this is a good choice. They make most dishes in what looks like a pie plate. You can stand and watch them make your dish behind about a neck high (for me, that is about 5'5") glass window. It is fun deciding what you would like on... More 

Thank Wayne C
Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Food is good, not great. Staff is usually nice, you do get some bad attitudes from time to time. Only open until 7 on Sundays in the "Winter" which is posted on the door. I guess July is winter......... in New Zealand.

Thank Walt483
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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332 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We have eaten at too many of these places to count. The food here is pretty bad. The chicken has no flavor, the burrito is way too soggy, the salsas are horrendous. On top of the mediocre food the restaurant needs a good cleaning and updating. And please turn up the lights, or don't you want me to see what... More 

Thank funhogs2
Waterbury, Connecticut
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207 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

New to Ft. Collins and there is no lack of Mexican restaurants. Gave these folks a try. Ordered a smothered burrito. Chicken Breast meat. Smothered n a white cheese sauce. Habanero cheese sauce. Not spicy. Huge size could have easily shared it with someone and I'm a big guy. The foot was fresh, served quickly. I see others mention a... More 

Thank TherealVman
Fort Collins, Colorado
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317 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Because it's cheap and it's a lot of food. Parents eat it because it is fresh and tasty. The line moves quickly and just know that spicy means spicy here!

Thank Cassyt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2925 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525-2595
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Fort Collins
  • Phone Number: 970-266-9292
Multiple locations. Another one in Greeley, CO.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?