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631 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4934
+1 661-327-3861
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Surprise, Arizona
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96 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in downtown area. A great place to eat while you are out shopping.It is off of highway 99. Food is appetizing. Top it off with my favorite drink.... A lime margarita with salt around the rim and just sit back and relax...it is just heavenly.

Thank Darshll
Sacramento, California
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming to the Mexicali every since I was a child were I developed many fond memories of both the food and atmosphere. Growing up in Bakersfield and I'm sure that the Mexicali greatly influenced my love of Mexican cuisine after eating here with family and friends so many, many times. That was 15 years ago and I've since... More 

Thank Ultrasweatproof
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Mexicali downtown, is easy to get to and plenty of parking. A nice place for family and friends to gather and visit over lunch and dinner. I recommend the burritos, I don't have the sauce on top but add melted cheese, delicious. Only complaint is the ice tea glasses are too small, but the wait staff is quick to refill... More 

Thank Karin H
bakersfield, United States
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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 2 helpful votes
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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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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 restaurant reviews
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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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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
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
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: +1 661-327-3861

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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?