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Peppers Mexicali Cafe

170 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2613
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Ranked #10 of 76 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night

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Green Valley, Arizona
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for very fresh Mexican food, Peppers is the place. It is a fun, attractive location in Pacific Grove. Good portions and some of the items were so fresh, it seemed they were coming right out of a garden behind the restaurant. Our only complaint is the food was rather bland and could have used more flavoring.... More 

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Folsom, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We showed up late after a day at the aquarium, near their closing time. We were still greeted warmly and treated well. Food was excellent and different than typical mexican food we've had before. They even tried hard to make something for my picky child who simply wanted a 'bean burrito' like home. Very great with kids (compared to other... More 

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is not your usual stodgy Americanized Mexican. It's lighter, fresher and tastier. Whether you go with combo's or one of their specialties, it's all good...and the margaritas are excellent.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This place seems to be jammed no matter which day or time you pick, but it's easy to see why. The food is excellent, served in generous portions and well spiced. Last time i went, I had a superb chicken mole enchilada (you can order two, but one is plenty) preceded by crisp chips with two kinds of sauce and... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

great local restaurant, the staff is friendly and the decor is fun and funky. The bad news is the food is so bland. Not what we expected at all. You have to add so much salsa and hot sauce it just drowns out the dish. I had a tostada salad that needed basic seasonings and just had no personality. Go... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Mexicali food was not excessively "hot" (certainly there were jars of hot sauce at each table); rather the taste was provided by fresh vegetables and sea food. The sword-fish tacos (including back beans. guacamole sour cream and cheese) were perfect. They serve a corn chowder that is not to be missed; I believe that the corn is first roasted;... More 

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Monterey, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Some days a person just needs a margarita - that's when you go to Peppers for their fresh awesome margs. House marg is great and great value. Their version of a cadillac marg is pretty darn good too. As for food, I wish they would season their food a bit more but I'm still a huge fan of the tacos... More 

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Concord CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We gave it a try and had a great time and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The staff was very friendly. They have a good menu with great food and drink, what more could you want? We will be going back the next time we are in the Monterey area.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I were looking forward to eating at this restaurant because a friend of ours recommended it to us. But, I must say the food had no taste at all. Very tight area to sit and eat. The service was bad, it seemed that the server just didn't care to help us or not.

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Our latest visit featured mushroom and artichoke enchiladas. They were great. Everything else we ordered was also good. The Sparky's root Beer is a quart: share with a friend!

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Additional Information about Peppers Mexicali Cafe

Address: 170 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2613
Phone Number: 831-373-6892
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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