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El Mexicali Cafe

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82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
+1 760-347-1280
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Cathedral City
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious and authentic Mexican food. Friendly service and you never have to wait long for a table. Can't ask for more. Try their stuffed shrimp peppers, add a little soy sauce Yum!

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Thank Jessica S
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review, Jessica! We're so happy you loved the Chiles Gueritas. More 

Indio
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service is great one of the original mexican restaruant in this valley,good prices too,enjoy.plenty of parking ,about a quarter mile off the freeway.

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Thank Reynaldo R
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by for lunch. We're so glad you enjoyed everything. More 

Alameda, California
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130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed in iceberg lettuce, tasteless flats, and dull beans. Would not go again despite cheerful service

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Thank lancereyn0
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback. We're sorry you didn't receive the 5-star experience during your recent visit that our regulars have come to love us for. We hope you'll give us another try when you're in the area. More 

Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious authentic Mexican food. Rice just like my mother-in-law taught me to make. We had the chili relleno and taquitos .

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Thank Linda A
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, Linda! So happy to hear it reminded you of home. More 

goteborg
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Family run business (without the pathological need to tell so all the time) Tried out and tested recipes. Sure - the waitress forgot our order of a guaca mehicana, and no formal excuse was issued but hey - once we adressed the issue it landed on the table swiftly so no biggy. Temperature was unbelievably high outside for a couple... More 

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ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for paying us a visit! We're so happy you had a great time, and hope to see you again soon. More 

Indio
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location on Indio Blvd is historic. Next to a train track, this small location makes it cozy and special. The people are great. Must have the stuffed pepper appetizer, like nothing I have ever had and it's terrific.

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Thank Dennis H
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review, Dennis! We appreciate it so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

The food always tastes great and freshly made. I have tried other Mexican restaurants nearby and this one is simply the best. The recipies are from the norwest states of México.

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Thank silviachapainc
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving your review. We're glad you enjoy the authenticity of our Mexican food and hope to see you again soon. More 

Indio, United States
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Ive eaten here a dozen times and it is always very good. I love the stuffed peppers, they are out of this world. the staff is friendly and makes you feel welcome. The harpist adds a really nice touch. try it, you'll like it

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Thank Donald H
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Donald. We'll be sure to let our sister, Laura, know that you enjoyed your experience at El Mexicali Cafe II on Monroe St. More 

lake arrowhead, ca
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Service excellent, food.. to die for try the juaritos, margos perfect restaurant very clean will be a regular here for darn sure!!

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Thank wineguy812
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know how we did. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed the Chiles Gueritos and Margaritas. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Palm Desert, California
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Found food to be very ordinary -- the type you find in most small, casual places. Not bad but not worth a return visit for us. The prices were reasonable.

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Thank Ang2012
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for trying us out. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $18
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: +1 760-347-1280
Description
We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family recipes, including seafood specialties, plus cocktails from a full bar!

Our Chiles Gueritos are a popular local favorite - shrimp stuffed yellow peppers topped with mayo and soy sauce. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's just like eating at home with family and friends. The "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" of the trains passing by on the train tracks behind us is also something you'll never forget!

Opened in 1981, El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd. Is one of the longest-running woman-owned eateries in the Coachella Valley. El Mexicali Cafe Day was establishes on March 19 in the City of Indio, and you can typically count on something special at the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.

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