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Mitla Cafe

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602 North Mount Vernon Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411
(909) 888-0460
Today
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A classic 1930s Route 66 Mexican cafe

While staying at the Wigwam Village #7 - a true 66 classic - we decided to find some good Mexican food. We were pointed in the direction of Mitla, and we couldn't have made a better selection. A tiny cafe that has been on this corner since the 1930s, this place exudes charm and character. To make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
Mike C
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Brevard, North Carolina, United States
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Brevard, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

While staying at the Wigwam Village #7 - a true 66 classic - we decided to find some good Mexican food. We were pointed in the direction of Mitla, and we couldn't have made a better selection. A tiny cafe that has been on this corner since the 1930s, this place exudes charm and character. To make it even better,... More 

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San Jose, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We walked into the restaurant and the waitress saw that my husband had a cap with a lot of Route 66 buttons. She came right over to him and gave him one from the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I told the waitress that someday I may write a book about our Route 66 trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

They are family to me. Family runs it. Great people. George special is just right for me. Their heuvos rancherous is the best.:)

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virginia beach,va
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The salsa and chips are all made in house and very tasty. Unfortunately, only the first serving is complementary then you have to pay for any additional. I ordered the chicken enchilladas which came in two and was about $8. They were delicious, I only wish they came with rice and/or beans because that did not fill me up. So... More 

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California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Food: Bland...underwhelming. Dishes lacked flavor. Price: Outrageous for the mediocre taste. $13 a plate but value was more like a $4 plate. I have had a lot better for $6-7 and this was just plain rip off for the poor quality. Location: Ghetto would be fine if food was worth it but it just was NOT. Service: Fine. Not outstanding... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were looking for a meal in San Bernardino which is not the most "friendly" town I have been to. Mitla Cafe was not the tidiest looking from the outside but a group of 8 of us had a meal there. I ordered Enchiladas, I was expecting this to be a typical spicy Mexican meal. I was very surprised as... More 

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San bernardino
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

The menudo has a terrible stench that leads to believe that the meat is not cleaned. The hard shell tacos were flavorless and lazy. You would think they would have better food being open that long.

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Redlands, California
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268 reviews 268 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Gustavo Arellano, in his book Taco USA, notes that Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell, had his first stand across the street from Mitla and he copied his tacos from Mitla. He called the corner of Sixth and Mount Vernon in San Bernardino the "Garden of Gethsemane of the taco industry." I think the reference should really be to... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Mitla cafe is my favorite mexican food place to eat. Food like your grandma makes. Best food. Its a family owned and run restaurant. In a bad neighborhood but its safe to go. The atmosphere is nothing fancy at all. Service is not the greatest because they are usually busy. But the food makes this a must if in San... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

I get to Mitla cafe and I get seated with my girlfriend. A nice hostess brings us chips and salsa, menus and gets us our drinks. The waitress comes to take our order and it being my first time I had a couple of questions. She looked upset and wanted us to hurry but it was 11:00am and only 2... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 602 North Mount Vernon Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bernardino
  • Phone Number: (909) 888-0460

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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