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El Mexicali Cafe

82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
760-347-1280
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Ranked #8 of 113 restaurants in Indio
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Mexican
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Renton, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

Location a little different but great food, fantastic, friendly, extremely efficient service! Will definitely go there every time I am in the area and would recommend it to everyone!

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ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, I am humbled by it. It's customers like you that keeps us going in a continuous effort to provide you with good food and good service. More

Indio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

If you don't get the shrimp stuff peppers then you missed it. Order one or two before your meal. There is also a Mexicali II that is located on Monroe where you will find a better atmosphere.

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ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, I am humbled by it. It's customers like you that keeps us going in a continuous effort to provide you with good food and good service. More

Indio, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is an authentic Mexican food restaurant. The Chili Verde is great along with the wonderful service, loads of parking and good chips and salsa. Please don't miss it.

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ElMexicalICafe, Manager at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, I am humbled by it. It's customers like you that keeps us going in a continuous effort to provide you with good food and good service. More

Indio, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

El Mexicali doesn't look like much from the outside. It's located on a busy highway right next to the railroad tracks but don't let outward appearances put you off. This is a great restaurant for Mexican food. They serve shrimp stuffed gueritos peppers that are fantastic. They serve these with soy sauce and mayonnaise! I know it sounds weird but... More

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ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, I am humbled by it. It's customers like you that keeps us going in a continuous effort to provide you with good food and good service. More

Elko, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This restaurant serves excellent Mexican food and is family-owned and has been in existence for years. The clientele varies by time of day; the locals tend to predominate at breakfast while the vacationers and part-year residents come later in the day. The portions are generous. My wife is partial to the cerviche, which is large enough for an entire meal.... More

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Thank you for your wonderful review, I am humbled by it. It's customers like you that keeps us going in a continuous effort to provide you with good food and good service. More

Halifax, NS
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95 reviews 95 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I am not a fan of Mexican food, but while in California, thought I should try an authentic Mexican restaurant. Well I did and it was very good. The place is very basic, but was packed. We ended up sitting at the counter and observed the staff closely. They work so hard!!!! Service was great. My companion asked for all... More

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Thank you for your wonderful review, I am humbled by it. It's customers like you that keeps us going in a continuous effort to provide you with good food and good service. More

Goodyear, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The only disappointment we have is that it's not located in our home town!!!! Great food! A must to start off with the shrimp/peppers! A very unique dish, we've never experienced anything like it before! The waitress showed us how to 'dress' our shrimp peppers with lemon/soy sauce and Mayo! We were surprised and shocked at how wonderful they were!... More

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ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for thinking of us and taking the time to write this generous review. We look forward to serving you again. More

Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Came here on the recommendation of a Mexican American employee we've gotten to know at the Emerald Desert RV Park in Palm Desert. We'll be in the area for another 3 weeks or so and we hope to return here several times. We started with the shrimp stuffed peppers, and they were excellent. You get 6 with an appetizer order... More

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ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your Business, We appreciate you for trying our variety of delicious Authentic Mexican Food. We hope to continue to see you guys in the future More

Indio, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had Combo Fajitas, they were great!! The chile verde (pork in green sauce) was also very good, staff was friendly , the place was clean, but the highlight of our experience was those very very good shrimp stuffed peppers. Great Job!!! I would recommended to anybody.

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Indio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

First thing you need to order when you sit down is the stuffed peppers and a chavela (negra model is usually the way I go.) Then an order of flautas, or the tacos doritos, (hard tacos), with their amazing Mexican style rice. The service has always been a delight; a small family owned place that has been here for a... More

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