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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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bakersfield, United States
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been eating at Mexicali for years ,the food is great and so are the Margaritas!!!! This is not a chain type Mexican food the taste and atmosphere are authentic!!!

Thank Marnie C
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

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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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?