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Mitla Cafe

602 North Mount Vernon Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411
(909) 888-0460
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Ranked #76 of 277 restaurants in San Bernardino
Cuisines: Mexican
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English first
San bernardino
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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56 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We were finishing up our routee 66 weekend when we came across the Mitla Cafe. We stopped and got out and took some pictures and decided to try the place out. Boy!, I'm glad we did! The food was delicious. We had great service. The owners came by our table asked us how we were doing and we told them... More

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San Bernardino, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We've lived in San Bernardino for over 25 years and never heard of this restaurant, that is, until friends invited us to have lunch with them there. The menu was rather diverse. Each of us had meals which we thought were very flavorful and reminescent of our times in Mexico. Service was attentive and friendly. Ambience is rather plain, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Founded in 1927 and still family owned, it is no wonder they have prospered for 75 years in the barrio of bankrupt and depressed San Bernardino. Everything made fresh to order. No microwaves, no heat lamps. Huge local presence who are regulars. Food is amazing. Daily specials posted on FB are truly special. My favorite is Chile Relleno soup..WOW!! Simply... More

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Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Whenever back in the states Mitlas is a must have. Juevos Rancheros, to the menudo. You could point at anything on the meal and will never be disappointed. This place is frequented by locals, police, everyone. Not in the best neighborhood but has been there for 75 years and the place is a landmark. On the weekends it fills up... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

On our 4th generation of family who love Mitla Cafe. The tacos, chile rellenos, huevos rancheros, are all stellar. Have to visit Mitla Cafe regularly or the withdrawls kick in! Run by the most welcoming family & friendly staff.

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Mission Viejo, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Another really cool place is Mitlas Café in San Bernadino. An authentic Mexican restaurant still owned and operated by the family of the founder. The food is delicious and the staff is really friendly. Mitlas Café has preserved that “family-restaurant” flair which makes you feel welcome.

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