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631 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
+1 661-327-3861
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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San Jose, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family went out for a fun dinner. They were very busy. We waited about 20 minutes. When we were seated we waited again. No greeting, no welcoming just what would you like? Food was good- waiter very busy with others. Finally we were given chips and salsa and the dinner was good.

Thank MaryC95123
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this gem while staying in Bakersfield for an event at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Great food, great service, great setting. This place is very large inside but very comfortable for small and large groups.

Thank mlcohen987
Surprise, Arizona
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104 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Located in downtown area. A great place to eat while you are out shopping.It is off of highway 99. Food is appetizing. Top it off with my favorite drink.... A lime margarita with salt around the rim and just sit back and relax...it is just heavenly.

Thank Darshll
Sacramento, California
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I've been coming to the Mexicali every since I was a child were I developed many fond memories of both the food and atmosphere. Growing up in Bakersfield and I'm sure that the Mexicali greatly influenced my love of Mexican cuisine after eating here with family and friends so many, many times. That was 15 years ago and I've since... More 

Thank Ultrasweatproof
Bakersfield, California
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Mexicali downtown, is easy to get to and plenty of parking. A nice place for family and friends to gather and visit over lunch and dinner. I recommend the burritos, I don't have the sauce on top but add melted cheese, delicious. Only complaint is the ice tea glasses are too small, but the wait staff is quick to refill... More 

Thank Karin H
bakersfield, United States
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We have been eating at Mexicali for years ,the food is great and so are the Margaritas!!!! This is not a chain type Mexican food the taste and atmosphere are authentic!!!

Thank Marnie C
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful place and the food is authentic Mexican food very good worth going to enjoy it every time

Thank mike G
Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Food and drinks are awful but nostalgia is great. IMO the food is bland bland bland.....Taco Bell is better. Worlds worst Margarita. I can't quit you.

Thank L7165HPlauras
Bakersfield, California
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Very popular for drinks and locals love the food. For me (growing up in East LA) its not hot enough and bland. I like Mexican food with a kick. Even covered with their salsa it's bland.

1 Thank Tdhalldds
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Have gone to Mexicali from time I was so very young.. We went as a family so often and for most events B days etc.. Unfortunately it seems that they just didn't stay valid.. food NOT up to standards of other Mexican restaurants service just OK.. A Shame!

Thank debram508

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: +1 661-327-3861

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