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Mexicali Border Cafe

5502 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210-2817
(941) 761-9516
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Ranked #77 of 399 restaurants in Bradenton
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 20, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Bradenton, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you like authentic Mexican food at an affordable price Mexicali Border Cafe is the place to go in Bradenton Florida. The service is great, atmosphere is friendly, the staff is wonderful, and the food is fantastic! The meals are very cost effective for family and friends to get together. We have enjoyed meals here many times with family and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Got take out last night. Picked it up at exactly the time they said to be there. Food was soggy, tacos were missing ingredients (i.e. queso), and overall the food was bland.

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Kennesaw, GA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

While on vacation in Bradenton Beach, we decided to stop here for lunch. Nice clean restaurant. Friendly staff, attentive staff. The serving sizes are quite large. The food was very yummy and satisfying, exactly what I expect in a Mexican restaurant. We had a coupon, and offered it to our server when we arrived, but she forgot to take it... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My family and I have been coming here for years and the experience is always great. Menu full many items to choose from, like seafood, salads, enchiladas, fajitas, tacos and many more. I have not tried anything I have not liked yet, keep on coming out with wonderful specials!!!

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Bradenton, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I had previously rated the food and service as poor. However, more than a year later, a different manager, server and, I presume, cook has certainly changed my thoughts. Service (server named Junior) was excellent; quick and accurate served with a bit of wit. Chips before dinner were crisp and fresh. The tacos were hot, fresh and meaty loaded with... More

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Bradenton, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is normally our favorite restaurant, but tonight was a bit disappointing. They were training a new chef, who did not cook the onions & peppers long enough and the marguerita machine was semi-melted and watered down tasting, even with a grand mariner float on top. We love the servers at this location, but were disappointed when no effort was... More

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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Years ago, I had eaten at Mexicali, and had decided that the only thing that was good, was their guacamole. To be fair to them, we thought that we might try them again. Frankly, our latest visit will be our last. The service was good, but the portions were not as ample as they were years ago, the guacamole was... More

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Parrish, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We got to the restaurant for a late lunch on Wednesday 4/30/14. Just a few other tables were occupied so service was quick and attentive. Our server, Mike was professional and helpful with explanations about some of the dishes on the menu. I had the street tacos. They were very good. Plenty of food with tender and flavorful pork and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The food is ok for Mexican, I have had a lot better in the area, but this is good too. your going to have to make up your own mind on this one.

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Bradenton, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Joe is a great people person. Usually the food is pretty good as is the service...the older location on Cortez is a little tired,...needs to be updated with a really good cleaning...love the cantina feel over the new location in Lakewood Ranch... Service is great.

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