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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: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 15
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    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome Mexican food, perhaps the best in town

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Bakersfield, California
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Tehachapi, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 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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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Central Valley
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Mexicali is our 'go-to' restaurant for great chips and salsa, enchiladas, chili verde burritos and an occasional margarita. The owners and wait staff know our family from our many visits over the years so much that when we enter they know to seat us on the patio. The food is great. We live closer to the restaurant on California/Stockdale but... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Great dinner as usual! I switched it up tonight. I always get the #6, Taco, Enchilada, rice and beans. Simple but yummy. Tonight I got the Carnitas and an enchilada. The carnitas were good. Nicely seasoned and not greased at all. Plump chunky cubes! So tasty. But too much food, so I brought my leftovers home. The cheese enchilada did... More 

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Bakersfield
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We eat here allot, love there food, and staff, and atmosphere. I love there Chili Verde, tacos. Great Chips and Salsa.

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Bakersfield, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Been going here since the seventies. Good food very friendly servers. Family owned. The owner comes around and visits with the patrons. For my amny friends thisis the place to meet and enjoy a great meal.

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Additional Information about Mexicali

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

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?