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El Mexicali Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
+1 760-347-1280
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Indio, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place where you will always come out satisfied! Delicious food and wonderful customer service. Be sure to enjoy their Chiles Gueritos!

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Thank lopz4
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Gracias! We're so glad you love our Chiles Gueritos. See you soon! More 

Indio, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The shrimpstuffed peppers are s must ! Try the rest then try the best st Mexicali The one on Indio Blvd is the best Two women always there are terrific Cadillac Margaritas are killer !

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Thank dsavage74
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Gracias! We hope you'll join us for a margarita soon. More 

Indio, California
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our favorite restaurant for Mexican food. I am really glad I was introduced to this place by a prospective employer. That job was a flop but the food here is a winner. We love all 3 We have visited.

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

Gracias! We're thrilled that you've had such a great experience with us, Ken. We hope to see you in soon. More 

Coachella, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the food every-time we visit El Mexicali Cafe. Great flavor on the chicken fajitas. Chiles gueros with shrimp. Very friendly service.

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Thank dianahernandez965
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Gracias! We're so glad you love the chicken fajitas and chiles gueritos! More 

Reno, Nevada
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95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were traveling through Indio and spending the night nearby. We had hoped for a good authentic Mexican meal and were very disappointed. The restaurant service was poor. They were waiting for a large reservation to show up and we were moved twice in order to accommodate other patrons coming in to fit as many people as... More 

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

Hello, We want to follow up with our staff so that we can make improvements where they are needed. Can you tell us a bit more about your experience at our Indio Blvd location? More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Great food and friendly service. We ate at the location on Monroe Street. It was busy, but got in without a reservation.

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Thank MamaGini4
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed the food at El Mexicali II. Please stop by and see us at El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd soon. We'd love to have you in! More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Very good Mexican Food and Drinks that's run by Mexicans with Mexican Cooks ! And if you are lucky a RR Train will go by and you can feel the shaking as it goes by, a Fun place with good Mexican Food, has been there for a Long Long Time !

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

Thank you, Don! We hope to see you in soon for some of that shake, rattle, and roll! More 

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

Really delicious Mexican home cooking! The Mexicali especial with strips of steak and grilled cactus was excellent as were the mariscos. Great atmosphere too and child friendly. Don't let situation right by railroad track put you off. It's well worth a visit.

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

Gracias! We're so glad that you enjoyed the Mexicali Especial! We hope to see you soon. More 

Orange County, CA
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

I was skeptical and instincts proved correct. Food lacked flavor. Too much lard in beans, too much egg on relleno, shredded beef had zero flavor and their signature item, the shrimp filled chile was an overcooked mess.

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Avalon, California, United States
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017

I am glad we decided to try them again....we loved the food but not the service on the last try. This time we tried items on the menu that we didn't the first time. Cerviche!!!!!!!!wonderful. The chile rellanos (sorry about the spelling) were some of the best I've had. The service was quick, welcoming and attentive. Sometimes, another try is... More 

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Thank momcat117
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Gracias! We truly appreciate you coming back and giving us another try. We're so glad you liked everything. Please stop by again soon for some of that shake, rattle, and roll! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$5 - $18
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?