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631 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4934
(661) 327-3861
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful place and the food is authentic Mexican food very good worth going to enjoy it every time

Thank mike G
Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food and drinks are awful but nostalgia is great. IMO the food is bland bland bland.....Taco Bell is better. Worlds worst Margarita. I can't quit you.

Thank L7165HPlauras
Bakersfield, California
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very popular for drinks and locals love the food. For me (growing up in East LA) its not hot enough and bland. I like Mexican food with a kick. Even covered with their salsa it's bland.

Thank Tdhalldds
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have gone to Mexicali from time I was so very young.. We went as a family so often and for most events B days etc.. Unfortunately it seems that they just didn't stay valid.. food NOT up to standards of other Mexican restaurants service just OK.. A Shame!

Thank debram508
Bakersfield, Ca
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162 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

I found an inexpensive item (actually two) on the menu and now go quite often for it. How can you beat a delicious taco and an enchilada with choice of meat? Yummy. This restaurant is always clean, friendly, and a compliment to customers...we are treated as royalty. Lovely atmosphere for a lunch! All meal selections are great, but there are... More 

Thank bakersfieldmom78
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

When in Bakersfield you have to visit this iconic restaurant, still operated my family members of the founders, it is without a doubt one of the best in California! The sauces, the guacamole , the chips, the tortillas, the rice, the beans, and the best margaritas you've ever had!

Thank Malibu07
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

I ate here as a child all time. The only thing id eat was the refried beans. Didnt like anything else. Oh maybe i should qualify that a bit more. The only thing i liked was the refried beans....i had to eat the rest...starving kids in the rest of the world speech etc.. This is what traditional Mexican food was... More 

Thank Sean E
Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

I have been eating at Mexicalli since before I was born. We love the food and the service is always Great!! We have had birthdays, graduations and just about every occasion there. A staple for many years to come. Have never found anywhere that comes close to their tacos or nachos!!

Thank Karen J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Great place for lunch or dinner! Our family enjoys the burritos and tacos! Service is fantastic! Good family spot for Sunday lunch too!

Thank Karin H
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30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

I have been visiting Mexicali with my husband's family for years. We always go when we visit his family in Bakersfield. Honestly, we go out of tradition because the food and service is average. I'm guessing it was once great but... I can deal with average good better if the staff is excellent but the last few times we've been... More 

Thank LesThomp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: (661) 327-3861

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?