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Mexicali Border Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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5502 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210-2817
+1 941-761-9516
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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28 reviews
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Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

We went for lunch and were not disappointed. I had the seafood burrito deep fried with cilantro sauce. It was absolutely fabulous. Our server, Daniela, was attentive and funny. We had a great time. Will go out of our way to visit again as we don't live close by.

Thank Gabriella A
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

We went there for dinner. Reception fast and polite as was our waitress. Very friendly and attentive. The place has been a local favourite for years because of the well prepared and good food. Tried the "Three amigos" which was really good and the steak fajitas. Nothing to complain about, will certainly come back.

Thank Flieger17
Raleigh, North Carolina
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76 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2016

Nice place, good food. Plus cheap beer. I got the quesadilla steak appetizer and unlike most other places, it was not chewy gristle, but tender chunks of meat. Served with a side of guach and Pico De gallo. Wife liked her taco salad and likewise for our friend, who ordered a fish special. They had 2 10 oz Buds for... More 

Thank Jimmy49463
Auburn, Maine
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75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2016

Four of us ate their last evening. The table service was poor and very slow. I had the worst nachos I have ever had! I have never seen them served like they serve them. There was no spice or flavor to them what so ever! We told the waitress and she sent the manager over. He stood 2 feet from... More 

Thank yiayia330
Columbia, Missouri
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2015

We stopped in for lunch and were a little concerned to find the place almost empty. The waitress asked if we wanted to try the spicy salsa so we did and it was delicious. We had great service and the place was clean. Food was fabulous and reasonably priced. My husband had the best burrito ever and I had a... More 

Thank Jokekat
Bradenton, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We waited 10 minutes for our drinks from the bar, another 10 minutes for our appetizer that they only brought out half of. waited 3 more minutes for the other half of the appetizer. Waited 27 minutes for our food. Asked for a mgr after we got out food. We asked politely for a comp of some sort. He told... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2015

After a morning of shopping, I stopped into Mexicali for lunch and a margarita. Both were delicious. I sat at the bar and ordered the chicken fajitas with guacamole. The portions were huge - I took half home for dinner. The guacamole was clearly homemade and delicious. The margarita was perfect.

Thank Kim C
Bradenton, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2015

This restaurant has excellent service and food. The servers are professional and friendly. The General Manager Joe Martin is a retired US Navy Chief Mess Management Specialist whos was in the Submarine Service. He knows how to feed people. Stop in and say hello to The Chief.

Thank Don34205
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Mexicali Border Cafe serves up excellent authentic Mexican dishes. The tamales and chips and salsa are the best in the area. The decor is colorful and inviting with excellent service. They offer live entertainment on weekends to include blues, country and rock and roll so be sure to check the schedule. Food, libations and live music is a great night... More 

Thank Tammy B
Palmetto, Florida
1 review
Reviewed July 27, 2015

Awesome food, great service and a friendly staff! Joe Martin manages this place beautifully! It is a wonderful experience every time I come. Thank you very much!!!! Heather M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5502 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210-2817
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-761-9516

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