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Mexicali

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Mexican, Southwestern
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631 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 327-3861
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11:00 am - 10:00 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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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Sean E
Bakersfield, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!!

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Thank Karen J
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

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Thank Karin H
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Thank LesThomp
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

They have the strongest but very good margaritas. Food is good the nachos can be split with 3 adults.

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Thank Cheri A
Costa Mesa, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Great food, always consistent high quality and extremely delicious. Esther, now deceased, and Sonny have always had the best staff and warm hospitality.

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Thank Forest H
Geneva, Switzerland
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101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

If you are from Bakersfield you don't need to look up this restaurant's reputation. If you are not from town, then you will be very pleasantly surprised! This is what good Mexican restaurants are all about. Fun, laughter, good drinks, excellent food and very competitive service. The atmosphere is a party and you will undoubtedly have a memorable experience if... More 

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1 Thank Neubecker
Charleston, South Carolina
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166 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

we were staying at a local rv park and the lady there recommended this place....a little hard to find - but once inside - it was great - the server - I believe her name was Lililana was very attentive, smartly dressed and helped us immediately. we ordered the nachos with meat - plenty enough to share.. and then some...... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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118 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Looking to have lunch, we stumbled upon this restaurant and we were so glad we did. This would have to have been the most authentic Mexican restaurant we have encountered on our holiday and the food didn’t disappoint. The décor and the atmosphere were great and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Thank Graeme T
Novato, California
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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

A must to go to. Enjoyed our dinner. Great service, friendly and attentive. Margaritas very good. I had the enchilada suizas and they were excellent. My husband had the chili Verde. Highly recommend both dishes. Will definitely go back when in town.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • 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?