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“Somewhat Disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mexicali Cantina

Mexicali Cantina
Ranked #71 of 389 Restaurants in Frederick
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Frederick, Maryland
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Somewhat Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Needed a break from dinner at home, so decided to go midweek. As we entered, the sign pointed us to the bar side in order to be seated. As we entered no hostess nor other staff to show us to a table, so we stood there waiting. As the room was half empty, not sure where the host was but he finally showed up and sat us at a table.

Our waitress arrived quickly with the chips and salsa (very good) and took our order. Our food arrived quickly but we had to ask our server for our drinks as we were still waiting for them when our food arrived.

We both had ordered combination platters and found both entrees lacking flavor. For Mexican food the meals we had were bland and seemed like the spices had been left out. We hope this was just a bad night for the chef as in the past we have enjoyed the food at the restuarant.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Bob S
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Frederick, Maryland
Level Contributor
32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

We have gone to Mexicali Cantina frequently. Their food is consistenly good, and their chips and salsa are the greatest! Also their frozen margaritas and their sangria are both terrific. Service is always excellent.

Visited May 2012
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1 Thank mary n
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Woodboro Maryland
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Also one of the better Mexian restaurants in Frederick”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

I believe that this restaurant, as well as Mariachi's and Cacique is owned by the same family. All three are great Mexican restaurants. And guess what! they are not all the same menus. Try the Carne Asada! Love that stuff. My Wife and I visit here at least once a month.

Visited November 2011
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1 Thank Chuck9115
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Frederick, Maryland
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139 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“mexican/Spanish type food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

What makes Mexacali Cantina different is that they have a very diverse menu. From typical Mexican type to Spanish flavors. They also have seafood dishes. I always get there shredded beef with any dish and it is as good as my wifes Pot Roast, Excellant. You can cut it with a fork.

Visited March 2012
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2 Thank Robert G
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Seaford, Delaware
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166 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2012

This place has some of the best chips and salsa I have had. That alone makes it worth the trip. The service is very good and attentive. The restaurant is large and you feel like there is room between your table and other diners. The combination platters are great - although the fajitas we ordered were a bit overdone and a little dry. That will not stop my from trying them again. Will definitely go back.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank wlk902
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