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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed June 10, 2020 via mobile

Was referred here. Looking for sit-down Mexican where I could get a beer Place has been there forever. Authentic and tasty food. Excellent salsa and chips. Fast and friendly service. Would go back.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 15, 2020 via mobile

Food is ok, be careful when u order, plate says taco rice and beans, but you get charge $3.00 extra for the taco when you choose carne asada, what??? So the plate turns out to be like$15.00 ( for one taco rice and beans?) Never...came back, the waitress was not nice at all, so no tipMore

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed February 28, 2020

The last time I went to the Mexico Café was thirty years ago, and that night I drank two of the 56-ounce margaritas…so I don’t remember the food. Last night, Thursday Feb. 27th, the Love of My Life and I were in the area and...stopped in to eat around 7:30. The parking lot was packed, but we found a spot in the overflow lot. The restaurant was busy but with only a 20-minute wait according to the hostess. And sure enough, twenty minutes later, LOML and I were seated at a cozy booth. The server brought us a small bowl of chips and some scrumptious salsa, and since we had looked at the menu while waiting, we ordered right away: a bean and cheese burrito and a carne asada house special burrito (“with its own tee shirt”…whatever that means!) Our beverages arrived quickly: soda…. No way I was going to down that mega-margarita when work lurked large the next morning. About this time, the group of five at the table next to us finished their meal and left behind a mound of plates and glasses and bowls. And so LOML and I chatted and stared into each other’s eyes…and the waitress brought us some more chips…and we sat and talked and stared….and the waitress brought me another Diet Coke…and we sat, and I got up to use the restroom, and found it dirty with an overflowing trashcan spilling out paper towels across the sink and floor. And LOML and I sat and stared into each other’s eyes some more, and we chatted, and we chomped on the chips, and the salsa was all gone, and we sat, and then LOML went to use the restroom, and she came back and stated to me and to the hostess that none of the stalls in the women’s room had toilet paper. And now a good 45 minutes had passed since we ordered—two burritos—and the waitress apologized for our food not arriving, informing us that a party of 40 guests had put in their order before ours and they were just being served. So we sat and stared at the empty chip bowl and grumbled and kept an eye on the hallway to the bathroom and never once saw anybody take a few rolls of toilet paper down that way. And another 10 minutes pass, and the waitress tells us that the restaurant had closed half of its kitchen before the party of 40 people showed up (“since it was a Thursday night”), and again apologized for the wait. And so we sat and stared at nearly empty soda glasses and a bowl with one sacrificial chip remaining and an empty salsa bowl and an empty table for another 15 minutes when another server came up to us and asked if we were still waiting for our food. Nobody, and I mean nobody else was getting food either. And so we asked that our food be given to us in a “to go” container so that it could cool off on our 40-mile drive back home since it was now after 9:00 PM. And so we waited and stared at each other in disbelief and LOML and I cursed under our breath for another 10 minutes and our two burritos remained undelivered, somewhere in the conception stage in the half of the kitchen that was still open on a Thursday night fifteen minutes after closing time at The Mexico Café which was still half-full of patrons with empty tables, empty bellies, and empty stares. At 9:20, after nearly two hours at the establishment, and 75 minutes after placing our order, LOML and I cut our losses, left a five-dollar bill on the table to cover our sodas, and walked out into the unusually warm San Bernardino night, me left wondering what a burrito dressed up in a tee shirt looks like. LOML has worked in the restaurant business for over 30 years. She had never heard of a restaurant closing half its kitchen with a party of forty, and other guests, still seated. She also suggested that the server or host should have warned guests that a large party was in the establishment and the food might be a while…before orders were taken. Also, she said, the manager should have walked to every table waiting for food, personally apologized, and offered a free drink or to comp one of the meals at each table. Needless to say, we saw no evidence of this. We saw deer in the headlights as the waitstaff fumbled around, unsure what to do since they could not bring out food. Oh, and by the time we left, the table next to us was untouched, still piled with dirty dishes, and the women’s restroom still was without toilet paper in any of the stalls. Funny, although I don’t remember the food from 30 years ago, I remember the joint being run better. So sorry, Mexico Café, for your absolutely rotten, horrible, terrible, nightmare of a day.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

Best Salsa in the Inland Empire area. Everything is freshly made and tastes delicious. Service is good but it does take a lot time for the food to come.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2019

A family run business since 1951, I've been going there with family and friends since the early 70s. Yes, there is lots of great Mexican food in town, but the Mexico stands out as a well-run, respected and fun place with great food and drinks....Large enough for large gatherings, too, and has outdoor seating. Its longevity speaks volumes. Same manager since at least the 80s. Also, it's a favorite stop for the San Bernardino Police. I almost always get the Deluxe Burrito, a side of refried beans, and a rocks margarita. Once thing I did notice this last time was the beans missed a bit of flavor this time. Working there in the 80s, I saw that they added a large amount of lard to the pot of beans - so curious if they backed off on that.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 8, 2019

The best customer service around and the food is even better It's a definite must try I can't believe them and open for over 50 years that says a lot

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

There were several of us at a birthday party. We all ordered after about 1/2 hour food came but for 3 couples they forgot to add there order and they keept saying it was coming . One person ordered abondegas soup and never got it...they said it wasnt done . Long story short no soup till we were leaving gave us to take home and no charge to all three after I told them they should not charge any of the 3. First time there and last time they do not have it togeather. And over priced.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 23, 2019

Great place to go for authentic Mexican food. Service is good, but you will pay higher prices than other Mexican food places. But it's definitely worth it.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed February 13, 2019

I enjoy southwest cooking. My sister took me to eat at the Mexico Cafe. Wow! really good mexican food. Lovely interior and attentive wait staff. We shared a beef and chicken fajita lunch with sides of refried beans and rice. Excellent!

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Food was good as you get from a lot of drive thru,nothing special, just good Mexican food and that's what it's all about getting what you pay for.

Date of visit: January 2018
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