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El Mexicali Cafe

82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
760-347-1280
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Ranked #10 of 115 Restaurants in Indio
Price range: $5 - $18
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Oregon City, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Just a small place that has great authentic and unusual mexican food. Definitely worth going to. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. The Chiles Gueritos are fabulous!

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Avalon, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

the food was very good, the portions excellent and the speed of the kitchen was awesome....but all that was spoiled by the complete lack of smiles, warmth, interest, care or basic customer service. Don't get me wrong, what we ordered was delivered accurately and quickly but we felt we were an unwelcome intrusion into their day....yes THEIR.....not just our server... More 

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Indio, California
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is the place for authentic local Mexican food. It's not fancy, and yes you will know it when a train goes by but this is THE place for Mexican food in the area. Locals will drive cross town for Chiles Gueritos Rellenos de Camarón - it is amazing!!!

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California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

On the north side of Indio Blvd, the only place next to the train tracks. Shakes when the trains go by. It is small inside, but they have extended the seating by creating a new space out of an outdoor patio which has been enclosed. Good home style Mexican food.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went to this small restaurant for my birthday dinner after reading great reviews. It is unexpectedly small inside, but they accommodated our party of 6 with no problem and no reservations. Nothing fancy, but when the food came out we were all more than pleased! The enchilada sauce was just how I like it and not like the dark brown... More 

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Palm Springs, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

chips were stale, salsa was better than food, margaritas were tasty, made up special extra hot salsa, service was attentive and friendly, food was less than a robust flavor. an OK place if you are OK with someone what bland tasting Mexican fare.

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Los Angeles, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

For Coachella month we go to this restaurant every week. The stuffed peppers are standard. You will never eat any anywhere as good. A chavela makes it a perfect meal. The staff is friendly and hard working. We even think the train passing and rumbling the building is part of the charm. Everything on the menu is great, but don't... More 

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Renton, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 

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Additional Information about El Mexicali Cafe

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

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