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Mexicali

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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

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Loved it!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
K. B
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Bradley
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Bakersfield
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43 reviews 43 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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187 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Bakersfield, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went for drinks and dinner after the service of a friend who happened to be a long time patron there. It was bittersweet, but the food and drinks were excellent. This is a well established restaurant that never disappoints!

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Bakersfield, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited Mexicali Frequently when we lived in Bakersfield. This is a family restauraunt that had traditional type dishes. Service is always good and prices are moderate. It is a bit like visiting a Mexical food place 20-30 years ago.

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have been going here since I was little...so a long time...and it's always been my favorite. They have the best margaritas in Bakersfield and the best nachos and salsa there is...I love everything as a matter of fact...The best service also

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We have been here several times within the one year that we have been living in Bakersfield now. We loved the food every single time. Actually, it keeps getting better and better. My favorite so far are the Huevos con Chorizo. Yum!

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