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El Mexicali Cafe

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82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
+1 760-347-1280
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family...
We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family recipes, including seafood specialties, plus cocktails from a full bar! Our Chiles Gueritos are a popular local favorite - shrimp stuffed yellow peppers topped with mayo and soy sauce. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's just like eating at home with family and friends. The "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" of the trains passing by on the train tracks behind us is also something you'll never forget! Opened in 1981, El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd. Is one of the longest-running woman-owned eateries in the Coachella Valley. El Mexicali Cafe Day was establishes on March 19 in the City of Indio, and you can typically count on something special at the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Looking for real Mexican food in Palm Deset

This is the place for authentic Mexican food. We are Canadians who live fulltime in Mexico. On our way back to Canada for a visit we felt like having some good Mexican food. We "loved" the chili/shrimp appetiser, the salsa, chips and wonderful, friendly service. My wife loves sopas and she kept... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is the place for authentic Mexican food. We are Canadians who live fulltime in Mexico. On our way back to Canada for a visit we felt like having some good Mexican food. We "loved" the chili/shrimp appetiser, the salsa, chips and wonderful, friendly service. My wife loves sopas and she kept exclaiming how great they were. I had excellent... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We're glad to satisfy the palates of people who know authentic Mexican food. Hope to see you again when you're traveling through. More 

Indio, California
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The best thing on the menu and a must if eating here is the shrimp stuffed chilies!! Everything on the menu is delicious!!

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

Thank you for recommending our place to the Trip Advisor community, Traci. More 

Indio, California
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121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We enjoy this restaurant. Their shrimp stuffed peppers are amazing. They also have low carb dishes and skinny margaritas. Their happy hour deals are great also.

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

Thanks for coming in for Happy Hour. We're glad you like our low-calorie options. More 

Lakewood, California
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A hidden Gem. Went there saturday and sunday for breakfast. We tried the Green sauce Chilaquiles and Chili Verde Egg plate on saturday. the Chili Relleno and Potatos with chorizo and eggs. Everything was great. From the refried beans and tortillas, coffee to the very last drop. Nothing was left. The friendly service from Lupe and the other waitresses made... More 

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

We're so glad you felt at home with us, Jose. Thanks for joining us for breakfast both days this weekend and for leaving a review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

The Poppers, margaritas and service are excellent. My family and I never pass this place when traveling to the River! We have had just about everything on menu. Don't skip it, or it will be your loss!

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

We appreciate your taking the time to leave a review, Daniel. Thanks for making us a part of your trips to the River. Hope to see you again soon. More 

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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very small approx. 20 tables. We didn't have to wait for a seat getting here before the Sunday Lunch rush. Food was hot and delicious. Chips and Salsa were complimentary. Will stop again on our way back through. Only negative comment I have, bathrooms are located outside of restaurant and have NO air conditioning.

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

Thank you for joining us during your road trip. We're glad you enjoyed it and made plans to come visit us again. We looking forward to becoming a regular stop for you! More 

Palm Springs, California
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343 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is going to become one of my three favorite Mexican restaurants in the Desert! We had chile verde and their trademark dish, chile gueritos. Chile verde is a faithful version, nicely prepared...the chile gueritos is out of this world. It is yellow chiles stuffed with shrimp and then you add lemon, soy sauce!, and mayo! True fusion and wonderful.... More 

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

Thank you for putting us on your top list of Mexican restaurants. We're glad to hear you loved our authentic Mexican dishes. More 

Homer, Alaska
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We ate here with family one night while traveling through the area. It was recommended by our hotel clerk and again, the local suggestion was great. We were lucky to get a table as there was live music that night and the place was packed. The food was authentic Mexican style and very good. The "band" consisted of two older... More 

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

We appreciate your review, Walter, and are happy to hear you had a fun time with us. We hope to see you again when you're in our area. More 

La Quinta, California
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117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a small, family run restaurant (they have a 2nd one which I have not tried). The food is authentic, the service is excellent and the decor is divey (like many family run restaurants in Baja). A good variety of selections and there is bar service. Locals love this place and we found it to be the best small... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear we're the best in your book! See you again soon. More 

Calgary, Canada
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A lovely little restaurant with excellent food and service, but the highlight for me is always the shrimp stuffed peppers. They are absolutely delicious. The margaritas are excellent too. This is really a gem of a restaurant, not to be missed.

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

We're glad you found a winning combination with our Chiles Gueritos (stuffed peppers) and Margaritas. Thank you for your review! More 

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Additional Information about El Mexicali Cafe

Address: 82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
Phone Number: +1 760-347-1280
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 18
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: +1 760-347-1280

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 18
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family recipes, including seafood specialties, plus cocktails from a full bar! Our Chiles Gueritos are a popular local favorite - shrimp stuffed yellow peppers topped with mayo and soy sauce. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's just like eating at home with family and friends. The "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" of the trains passing by on the train tracks behind us is also something you'll never forget! Opened in 1981, El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd. Is one of the longest-running woman-owned eateries in the Coachella Valley. El Mexicali Cafe Day was establishes on March 19 in the City of Indio, and you can typically count on something special at the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?