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El Jacalito Grill

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
+1 909-866-3537
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Big Bear Lake, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place for Mexican food, and their bar makes the best margaritas. I think it is an old family recipe, and they are delicious. A charming-relaxing atmosphere, and really good food and drink. Try it you will love this place♥️

Thank Terry B
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were up in big bear looking for something to eat. We found el jacalito The drinks were very good and the food was very good as well I would recommend this restaurant anyone in the big bear aera

Thank john h
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160 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat in the village and landed at El Jacalito Grill on the Monday before Christmas. The place was hopping. Our family of 5 ended up splitting up and sitting at two small high top tables in the bar so we could get seated sooner. Margaritas, chips/salsa, entrees and service were good. We would... More 

Thank rwheeler1977
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was great. We had a reservation, the restaurant was packed and they had our table ready to go when we walked in. The service was incredible. Our waitress got everything perfect and with a party of 12 and everyone's special requests, she was great. The food is excellent. Great guacamole! And their fajitas are great!

Thank businesstravler20101
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Came in with no expectations and had one of the most amazing nacho dishes with beef for $3.50!!!! Draft specials were on point and the staff was super friendly!!!! Will come back!

Thank Madeline G
Encinitas, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

After walking around the town for a few hours on a sunny November day, we decided to stop at El Jacalito for some Happy Hour beers and food. The patio was getting a bit chilly as the sun was setting, so we opted for a seat in one of the high tables in the bar. The staff was friendly and... More 

Thank Sparky T
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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833 reviews
415 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 906 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

my partner and I called on an evening. staff very welcoming. great cold beers. food portions were big, very tasty. nice place. loved the dips for the nachos.

Thank enncle
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Second Time here and was not impressed. I ordered the Barbacoa and it was very bland in Flavor. Customer Service was... Eh!!! My order came with 3 Tortillas. I asked for more and when the bill came I was charged extra for them. It was just a dollar, but still.... Probably won't go back again.

Thank Cecilia G
Henderson, Nevada
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90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for a really late lunch. They have a happy hour from 3-6 and so we fell within that time frame. Prices were good and liked the atmosphere. Our order got all kinds of screwed up though so I had to ding stars. The food that did show up tasted good but was wrong. They did beef instead... More 

Thank Ms. Bing
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127 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A cut above the average Mexican restaurant. Had shrimp fajitas; tasty but onions & peppers were either burned or not fully cooked. Also Chile rosa (beef chunks in red sauce) with rice and pinto beans. Several salsa options and extensive tequila list. Indoor dining plus outdoor patio.

Thank Kathy984

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$16
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 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: 535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: +1 909-866-3537

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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?