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Mitla Cafe

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602 N Mount Vernon Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411-2604
(909) 888-0460
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Apple Valley, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This restaurant has been family-owned since its founding in 1937, and my family have been regular customers since 1947. It is straightforward good food, nothing particularly exotic, just plain good. You can't go wrong: homemade tortillas, delicious enchiladas, a ground beef taco that is better than any you can find anywhere, I could go on and on. Give it a... More 

Port Hueneme, California
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

If you want a classic Hwy 66, Mom and Pop (make that Madre y Padre) Mexican cafe you have it here. It's one of those drive-right-past places in an area not on the chain restaurant loop. The place is like stepping back in time, a cool vibe. The food is unpretentious but hearty, very authentic, and the service is wonderful.... More 

Thank Robert B
London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We only stopped for coffee as we were on a tight time schedule but wished we could have eaten there. The food we saw looked very appetising. The staff we very friendly and made us very welcome.

Thank frank19452015
San Diego, California
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105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

SO I am almost 60 years old and have been coming to Mitlas since I was born. Over the years our family has narrowed down the menu to our favorite. There is only one dish I get and everyone in my family gets it. It is the Peggy Special. It is sooooo good!!! Comes with a salad and we of... More 

Thank Celeste T
San Bernardino, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Had always been a great place for great authentic Mexican food, but lately they have lost their touch, running out of food, not offering good service, forgetting orders, just terrible experience, so disappointed, might have to wait a long time, before trying again.

Thank Jnkellet
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a lively restaurant and although it's on a tourist trail, it's full of locals too. Service was friendly and fast, and the food was really enjoyable: great value, filling and tasty. The menu had a decent selection of dishes including daily lunch specials, and we were served good sized portions. Families and small groups also seemed very welcome... More 

Thank Kykylala
Chula Vista, California
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Salsa was great. Chips, pretty good. The Carne Asada meat was pretty scary, quality wise. Again with the cheddar cheese all over the beans. Gross. My buddy had the combo plate and it was the same. French fries were served with the carne asada plate and they had to have been sitting in grease at least an hour. My stomach... More 

Thank AlexCris15
Sydney, Australia
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295 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Really good mexican food in and authentic setting. A lot of route 66 decoration. Good friendly staff. Lots of local hispanics present.

Thank Murray S
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Mitla Cafe is one of the Inland Empire's most historic eateries for two entirely different reasons. First, it is arguably the oldest IE Mexican restaurant - starting as a classic on Route 66. Second, its tacos were the inspiration for Taco Bell (cf. TACO USA by G. Arellano). History alone is a good enough reason to do the Mitla Pilgrimage.... More 

Thank BirdBikingBuddha
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Met Steve, the owner, a real cool guy. It was suggested I try the chile relleno. It is the best I've EVER tasted. The portions were large & I was unable to finish. After dinner, I went to the kitchen to praise the cooks for the meal. Expecting to see a big staff, I was pleasantly surprised by 2 sweet... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 602 N Mount Vernon Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411-2604
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bernardino
  • Phone Number: (909) 888-0460

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?