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631 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4934
+1 661-327-3861
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“chips and salsa” (11 reviews)
“chile relleno” (6 reviews)
“beef” (6 reviews)
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631 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4934
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was quite busy on a Friday evening, but we walked from the Marriott to enjoy a great meal and margaritas. Very good service and the food is great too. I had Esters delight and it was very good indeed.

Thank Kenneth Q
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Very affordable Mexican food, also some surprises like yummy Clam Chowder, chips and salsa are fresh

Thank Joann H
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

We’ve been going to the two Mexicali restaurants for over thirty years. Probably 90% of those visits have been to Mexicali Southwest on California Ave. On our most recent visit to Bakersfield I had occasion to go to both locations. The visit here to the...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

I am biased here! Been going since i was small, and the rice and beans are super. They have a unique chile relleno thats filled with ground beef and topped with jalapenos! Yeah its good. Friendly staff, and not real noisy.

Thank Sean E
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We stayed at the Marriot Convention Center. We asked the desk clerk at the hotel where to get good Mexican, and he said Mexicali. It's location wasn't in clear view, but once we found it we were pleasantly surprised. And it was only a 5...More

Thank C7068KVrobertc
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Often go here with friends to relax and catch up. It is comfortable and open and the wait staff is attentive. The food is better than average for Mexican fare, but not spectacular. The bar is nice and you can choose to eat there if...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Ok, so the food is not spectacular or fancy. It is Mexican food, but it's "Bakersfield good" which puts it miles above restaurants in other cities. We have a lot of Mexican restaurants in Bakersfield, to survive - you better be good. The only weak...More

Thank B962MAlydias
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Wonderful fresh fish, chef does a great job with specials. Clean and great service always friendly and welcoming

Thank J8922ZWjackg
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

A long standing family favorite restaurant. My in laws first date was here. The food and service is always very good. It's the only place I will eat Chile rellenos. Yum. Great food. Fun seasonal decorating. Great for just two or a large party.

Thank sharontraff77
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Though there are plenty of other Mexican Restaurants in town that are much better, Mexicali is always a solid stand by. Maybe it's nostalgia or the location, but while it's never the best choice, it's never a bad option.

Thank Ryan D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: +1 661-327-3861
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