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631 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 327-3861
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 16
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Friendly staff, good service, and decent Mexican food.

My wife and I went out for a late lunch and ended up at Mexicali. We both ordered from the "lunch specials" menu. The staff was very friendly. Our waiter was courteous and attentive. The food was okay. We had a fried burrito with a side of rice and beans. We will return and try other menu items.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
GermanRobledo
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Bakersfield, California
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Delano
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Mexicali never fails to please the palate. Great food and atmosphere. From the daily specials to the great everyday menu items, all make for an excellent meal. Great place for family gatherings, romantic nights out, or business lunches. We enjoy Mexicali often. Great food, great staff, great place!

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Upstate, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The ambiance is excellent. The food is meedeeoker. The staff is high and mighty acting which is quite Histerical to see.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We eat here often (once a month, at least) and love the food. It's not overly spicy if you're looking for hot Mexican food, but it's good. The atmosphere is great and it's not to pricey either. A Bakersfield staple that's been around as long as I can remember. I've eaten here since I was a little girl.

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife and I went out for a late lunch and ended up at Mexicali. We both ordered from the "lunch specials" menu. The staff was very friendly. Our waiter was courteous and attentive. The food was okay. We had a fried burrito with a side of rice and beans. We will return and try other menu items.

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We live in Tehachapi and found this place only a few months ago after having my jeep serviced at the best jeep mechanic in so cal, TGIF. This place is awesome, family owned and operated, the owner can always be found in the booth just inside the door watching over the operations. We found having our meal in the Bar... More 

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Amarillo, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This restaurant has apparently been around forever. I had a cheese enchilada with rice and beans. Although it was tasty, I felt like someone kicked me in the stomach about an hour later. (Too much cheese!) It was one of the only things I could eat as a vegetarian. I couldn't find ANY vegetable options other than a chile rellano,... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I know that not liking Mexicali is a sacrilege in Bakersfield, but I have to be honest. In the past it has been very average, sort of bland food. I went there as part of a birthday celebration recently and I left most of the food on the plate. I figured that if I was going to have the calories,... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are two Mexicali Restaurants in town. Both share the same dismal service. Quite disappointing. So, when you go to either one, don't expect good service. If you actually get good service that day, it was an anomaly. The food quality for some strange reason is different between the two restaurants. The downtown one has incredible Mexican food. The California... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My family and I have been coming to Mexicali Restaurants in Bakersfield since its inception. Year after year the local restaurant with two locations currently has consistently been recognized as a "Best Of" Kern County winner in multiple categories including "Best Mexican Food", "Best Margarita", "Best Salsa" and so on. I absolutely love the homemade sauces that bring much flair... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We've been eating here since 1987 and we just keep going back. The margaritas and salsa are the best in town. The menu is varied, supplemented with excellent specials, and the preparation is always good and consistent. Esther's Delight is a favorite. Service is always good and the atmosphere is relaxing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 631 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: (661) 327-3861

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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