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

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bakersfield Restaurant That Has Been Here Forever

My family and I dined at the Mexicali when I was a child. It has been in Bakersfield forever! The food is some of the best Mexican food I have had. I left Bakersfield over 40 years ago, but would come back often to visit my folks. I have gone back to the Mexicali occasionally over the years and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
PeachesLosAngeles
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Los Angeles
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Bakersfield
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you want to eat the best Mexican fare anywhere THIS is the place. The food is excellently prepared, served beautifully, and always with a friendly smile. To boot the restaurant is "Clean as a whistle". They serve the most delicious Margaritas around! There are many Mexican cafes in town that are also good, but Mexicali is my first choice!

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Warwick, England
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38 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

As novices in the world of Mexican food and drink we were made welcome and helped on the way by our server who was certainly a character. The interior has seen better days but we enjoyed our margaritas and food was very tasty and reasonably priced.

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Los Angeles
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9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My family and I dined at the Mexicali when I was a child. It has been in Bakersfield forever! The food is some of the best Mexican food I have had. I left Bakersfield over 40 years ago, but would come back often to visit my folks. I have gone back to the Mexicali occasionally over the years and the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have been dining here since I was a small child visiting family in town. It hasn't changed at all in the intervening years, except for some minor menu tweaks. For authentic Mexican food, this is not really the place. My brother in law refers to it as

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Bakersfield
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I haven't been to Mexicali in a couple of years but liked it then. So going back i was really disappointed in the food and service. The steak fajitas were dry and not well marinated. It was ok, but i think would stick to the bar and appetizers if i returned.

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Bradley
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This restaurant is within walking distance of the Best Western hotel in Bakersfield. We sat at the bar and had a late dinner. The trio of sauces (cheese, beans, and guacamole) with chips is excellent!! My husband enjoyed his dinner of a taco, enchilada and rice/beans. Very friendly bartender. They close early (9PM) during the week and I think they... More 

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Bodfish, California, United States
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Haven't been here in years, but it is not the same. Disappointed that the prices are very high ($15.00) for an entree, and $1 extra if you want meat in an enchilada. Total price for two people was $50....for Mexican food! Had soda, no beer. Little stuffy smelling as you walk in the door. Server did not return to refill... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Having grown up in San Diego with parents who owned a Chinese restaurant, I know good Mexican food when I eat it. And Mexicali West at 5601 California Ave. in Bakersfield is one of the best I have EVER eaten at. Everything on the menu is made with fresh ingredients when you order it. And the prices are very reasonable... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have family who frequent Mexicali as we met up with them there. The service was poor as we had to wait quite a while when there was no one in the restaurant. The salsa and chips okay, I had a Chile Verde Tostada which had no sour cream or guacamole on top. You had to pay extra for them.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Mexicali has been in Bakersfield for as long as I can remember. They still have the same good food that we have all come to expect. They have the best Margaritas you will find north of the Mexican border.

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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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