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El Mexicali Cafe

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeout or delivery at this time.

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$5 - $18
Mexican, Latin
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed July 17, 2021

The signature fajitas were the best I've had anywhere! Service was prompt and friendly. Several locals were here, even in the off-season.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 23, 2021 via mobile

Such immediate great service & food. We loved that the menu had pictures on it which made it easier to choose what we wanted. They were very friendly AND also served great margaritas!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 13, 2021 via mobile

Food was just ok. Service was slow we had to ask twice about my beer and her Margarita. They clearly forgot. Flies everywhere inside I don’t think we will be back.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 19, 2021

We go there every time we visit the area. For us, it is a must. The servers are friendly and efficient. The new outdoor seating area is a great addition.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 16, 2021 via mobile

Reviews did not lie! Stopped in for breakfast- service was very friendly and helpful- food was delicious. I tied the Chorizo and Eggs = Excellent! Wife stuck with Huevos Rancheros and said hers was great too!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed February 21, 2021

Due to Covid it was outside seating only, which normally would be fine except it was quite the windy day with limited seating. So not the best choice of days to visit. But that being said, the food was terrific, service was as well as...could be expected under the circumstances. I will definitely go back!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed February 19, 2021 via mobile

The food was very good. Grilled fish on the seafood tacos instead of deep fried. The only problem is it’s in a noisy location. Very busy street on one side and railroad tracks on the other.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed March 16, 2020

Our Airbnb host recommended this restaurant and we should have tried it sooner! We went on a Friday evening and really enjoyed the atmosphere - busy and simple, with live music and people enjoying their food. We had margaritas and tacos, but the best part...was the chiles gueritos rellenos de camarón! These are delicious shrimp-stuffed peppers, like nothing we have tried before. They are listed as an appetizer, but an order could serve as a meal.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

The food is always good at El Mexicali II and served by genital staff who make you feel so welcome. The decor is is nice. Friday nights have live Mexican music which is very enjoyable.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

Visited on a Friday evening - the restaurant was a bit crowded (a short wait to be seated), noisy and simply furnished, but that is part of the charm. The service was warm and friendly and our dinners were excellent. I particularly enjoyed my Chile...Relleno. They even managed to squeeze in some live entertainment. I will happily return.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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February 9, 2019|
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Response from ElMexicaliCafe | Property representative |
95% of our menu is gluten-free. When you visit, please let your server know you have celiac disease and need the dishes to be gluten-free and prepared gluten-free.
February 15, 2016|
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Response from dentaldivaLPH | Reviewed this property |
We always go to the one in Indio
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Mexicali Cafe

Yes, El Mexicali Cafe offers takeout services.

El Mexicali Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5