Mexicali Cocina Cantina

★★★★★
Mexicali Cocina Cantina; World Famous Margatini; call 424-666-2895
  • 12161 Ventura Blvd

    Studio City, CA 91604

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  • 818-985-1744

About Mexicali Cocina Cantina

Hours
Open daily 11:30am, dine till 1am & drink till 2am

Food

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Excellent food! Always found Mexicali the best menu and worthy food.Love the festive atmosphere. This is the local place i like to take my friends out too.

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Excellent food! Always found Mexicali the best menu and worthy food.Love the festive atmosphere. This is the local place i like to take my friends out too.

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love their food. yummy chips and salsa. delicious tacos and drinks are tasty. it can get loud in there though.

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love their food. yummy chips and salsa. delicious tacos and drinks are tasty. it can get loud in there though.

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There is so much on the menu, you'll just want to order everything! My favorite is by far the carnitas burrito. The portions are big, so be prepared to take home leftovers or split something. Monday nights is a great time to go, its 30%

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There is so much on the menu, you'll just want to order everything! My favorite is by far the carnitas burrito. The portions are big, so be prepared to take home leftovers or split something. Monday nights is a great time to go, its 30%

Pros: 30% off Food Mondays

Cons: Wait for a table

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Been a regular at Mexicali for over 8 years and have never had a bad meal or a bad drink...great in the spring or summer to sit outside with friends...a great place

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Been a regular at Mexicali for over 8 years and have never had a bad meal or a bad drink...great in the spring or summer to sit outside with friends...a great place

Pros: great prices, lots of alcohol in the drinks

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THE OTHER EVENING WAS OUR FIRST VISIT TO MEXICALI AND WE REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES. I STARTED WITH THE SANGRIA AND MY GIRLFRIEND HAD THE MARGATINI. BOTH FRESH AND VERY POTENT! THEY OFFER SPECIALS ON THERE MENU SO WE STARTED WITH THE GRILLED

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THE OTHER EVENING WAS OUR FIRST VISIT TO MEXICALI AND WE REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES. I STARTED WITH THE SANGRIA AND MY GIRLFRIEND HAD THE MARGATINI. BOTH FRESH AND VERY POTENT! THEY OFFER SPECIALS ON THERE MENU SO WE STARTED WITH THE GRILLED

Pros: FOOD, DRINKS, MUSIC.

Cons: NON-SMOKING PATIO.

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I am new in town and a friend insisted that I try this restaurant she's been going to for years. At first, I was suspect, I am not a huge fan of Mexican food but everything looked so good. We came in during their happy hour and had to wait

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I am new in town and a friend insisted that I try this restaurant she's been going to for years. At first, I was suspect, I am not a huge fan of Mexican food but everything looked so good. We came in during their happy hour and had to wait

Pros: Tequila Selection, Happy Hour

Cons: What Cons ; )

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Last night I went out with a couple of friends from work and they took me to this mexican restaurant called Mexicali, we had a great time.
We went a little later in the night after the dinner crowd would have left and it was still pretty

3
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Last night I went out with a couple of friends from work and they took me to this mexican restaurant called Mexicali, we had a great time.
We went a little later in the night after the dinner crowd would have left and it was still pretty

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I have been here before, but not since they revised the Happy Hour menu, what a deal margs for $4.95 very strong drink,I had two and was feeling good. \r
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Tacos, the best I have ever had $2.95 and you get two of them, most Happy Hours

3
★★★★★

I have been here before, but not since they revised the Happy Hour menu, what a deal margs for $4.95 very strong drink,I had two and was feeling good. \r
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Tacos, the best I have ever had $2.95 and you get two of them, most Happy Hours

Pros: Big Menu Stiff Drinks

Cons: Some times you wait for a table

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I have been going to Mexicali for years however I stopped by the other day and they have a new Happy Hour which is better than any I have been to in Los Angeles and it available in the afternoon and during late night as well. We were

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I have been going to Mexicali for years however I stopped by the other day and they have a new Happy Hour which is better than any I have been to in Los Angeles and it available in the afternoon and during late night as well. We were

Pros: Prices and Drinks

Cons: Can't think of one

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I am not sure where some of these other reviewers ate or drank, but I have never had a bad experience at Mexicali and I have been going there for years. \r
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The chips and salsa are wonderful. I have worked my way around the huge menu

3
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I am not sure where some of these other reviewers ate or drank, but I have never had a bad experience at Mexicali and I have been going there for years. \r
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The chips and salsa are wonderful. I have worked my way around the huge menu

Pros: Price and Atmosphere

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I live in the area so I frequent Mexicali every now and then. I know what to expect when I am going. Over the years I have just become use to it. The servers try and turn the table instead of trying to get customers to enjoy their meal

3
★★★★★

I live in the area so I frequent Mexicali every now and then. I know what to expect when I am going. Over the years I have just become use to it. The servers try and turn the table instead of trying to get customers to enjoy their meal

Pros: Decent priced drinks

Cons: Nor real Mexican food and pushy servers!

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All I can say is "meh"... Food is kinda bland. Not enough meat, drinks are expensive... Wait service was nice though...

3
★★★★★

All I can say is "meh"... Food is kinda bland. Not enough meat, drinks are expensive... Wait service was nice though...

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: everything else

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I have frequently Mexicali many times over the years, and I hate to say it has really gone down hill. Everything from the margaritas to the enchiladas have gone from amazing to over priced mediocrity. I will say the staff has alway been

3
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I have frequently Mexicali many times over the years, and I hate to say it has really gone down hill. Everything from the margaritas to the enchiladas have gone from amazing to over priced mediocrity. I will say the staff has alway been

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had a wonderful time, this place is always packed it was great wonder people around me, and good food,\r
personally my food had a little too much salt but it was really a great place....\r
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they have a beautiful outside veranda,,

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had a wonderful time, this place is always packed it was great wonder people around me, and good food,\r
personally my food had a little too much salt but it was really a great place....\r
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they have a beautiful outside veranda,,

Pros: had a beautiful time while i dined....

Cons: i waited a minute for the food

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This place is such a joke. The food is terrible, the drinks are mediocre, the prices aren't great and the service is THE worst I have EVER received.

3
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This place is such a joke. The food is terrible, the drinks are mediocre, the prices aren't great and the service is THE worst I have EVER received.

Pros: can't think of anything

Cons: service, food

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Always enjoy the nachos at this place, they are big and the ingredients are fresh and delicious.
I have been called a nachohalic and these are simply the best.
The margaritas are great.
Always busy so don't come if you are starving because you may have to wait a while before being seated.

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Always enjoy the nachos at this place, they are big and the ingredients are fresh and delicious.
I have been called a nachohalic and these are simply the best.
The margaritas are great.
Always busy so don't come if you are starving because you may have to wait a while before being seated.

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For anyone thinking of going here, don't. I sat down at a filthy table that neither the hostess nor server cleaned, and I mean fitly. Smeared guacamole and salsa... I had to ask the waiter to clean it. Now, the waiter was nice, but the

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For anyone thinking of going here, don't. I sat down at a filthy table that neither the hostess nor server cleaned, and I mean fitly. Smeared guacamole and salsa... I had to ask the waiter to clean it. Now, the waiter was nice, but the

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I love Mexican food and I live within walking distance of Mexicali. Unfortunately, it seldom cures my Mexican craving as the PORTIONS ARE SO SMALL!! I once asked for an extra amount of guacamole for my burrito. The "extra side" was

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I love Mexican food and I live within walking distance of Mexicali. Unfortunately, it seldom cures my Mexican craving as the PORTIONS ARE SO SMALL!! I once asked for an extra amount of guacamole for my burrito. The "extra side" was

Pros: Service; drinks; night life

Cons: Food portions; loud; poorly lit

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This restaurant is great. It is good for going out to dinner or just a drink. There is a never ending stock of chips, and many different entrees. The decor is nice and the service is very good.

4
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This restaurant is great. It is good for going out to dinner or just a drink. There is a never ending stock of chips, and many different entrees. The decor is nice and the service is very good.

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the food is great, and so are the drinks, although sometimes the service is a little slow. also, the noise level can be a little intense on some busy nights. otherwise, a great place to be.

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the food is great, and so are the drinks, although sometimes the service is a little slow. also, the noise level can be a little intense on some busy nights. otherwise, a great place to be.

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It was my first time, I was there last night. I have driven by often and it always looks like a nice crowd and they always seem busy, so figured it must be a nice place. I agree with some of the other reviews, yes the hostess had the

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It was my first time, I was there last night. I have driven by often and it always looks like a nice crowd and they always seem busy, so figured it must be a nice place. I agree with some of the other reviews, yes the hostess had the

Pros: Kobe Beef

Cons: Very slow service, and not terribly friendly (except for the hostess!)

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This place is definitely recommended. Just went last night with a few friends and we had a great time. We were there for about 3 hrs and never felt rushed. The food is great, the drinks are great and most of all the staff is very friendly

3
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This place is definitely recommended. Just went last night with a few friends and we had a great time. We were there for about 3 hrs and never felt rushed. The food is great, the drinks are great and most of all the staff is very friendly

Pros: great food and drinks

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I ate at Mexicali on Thursday night and I made the mistake of paying with my debit card. The next day my debit card number had been stolen and used at a Kroger in Ohio. Beware if you eat here. Don't pay with a debit card!

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I ate at Mexicali on Thursday night and I made the mistake of paying with my debit card. The next day my debit card number had been stolen and used at a Kroger in Ohio. Beware if you eat here. Don't pay with a debit card!

Pros: They are open late

Cons: They will steal your debit card number

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i absolutely love mexicali. it is my go-to spot. no matter what night you're craving a cocktail, even a lonely tuesday, there are other people at the bar. the energy is great and the staff is CUTE! the food isn't the best, but after one of

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i absolutely love mexicali. it is my go-to spot. no matter what night you're craving a cocktail, even a lonely tuesday, there are other people at the bar. the energy is great and the staff is CUTE! the food isn't the best, but after one of

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This is by far my worst dining experience ever!!!! We had a party of eight with us. The hostess was very kind and seated us promptly. However the service was absolutely awful. The waiter did not ask us what we wanted to drink and after we

3
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This is by far my worst dining experience ever!!!! We had a party of eight with us. The hostess was very kind and seated us promptly. However the service was absolutely awful. The waiter did not ask us what we wanted to drink and after we

Cons: Food, Service, MANAGEMENT!!!

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Went to this pathetic restaurant 5 years ago and waited an eternity for a Server/Actor to grace us with his/her presence and take our order. They never came over so we got up and left. Went back a week later and finally did get a waiter,

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Went to this pathetic restaurant 5 years ago and waited an eternity for a Server/Actor to grace us with his/her presence and take our order. They never came over so we got up and left. Went back a week later and finally did get a waiter,

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12 of us went to this place for a friends birthday. We were so excited to get together and have lots of drinks and some good food with crazy good friends. Now I know, a big group can be daunting, but think of the fatty tip you're about

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12 of us went to this place for a friends birthday. We were so excited to get together and have lots of drinks and some good food with crazy good friends. Now I know, a big group can be daunting, but think of the fatty tip you're about

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I have been here several times and it never ceases to amaze me how BAD the service is. The servers mess up my order every time!!!!! It takes forever to get a drink and the music is way to LOUD inside. So loud that you can't hardly have a

3
★★★★★

I have been here several times and it never ceases to amaze me how BAD the service is. The servers mess up my order every time!!!!! It takes forever to get a drink and the music is way to LOUD inside. So loud that you can't hardly have a

Pros: The pro is that Casa Vega is down the street.

Cons: LOUD, BAD SERVICE, long waits, bland food

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Went on a Friday night, the place was crowded so we thought it would be good....WRONG!!!!! Waited for 20 minutes, not sure why when there was lots of empty tables. Waiter was soooo slow and the margaritas were horrible. When I order a

3
★★★★★

Went on a Friday night, the place was crowded so we thought it would be good....WRONG!!!!! Waited for 20 minutes, not sure why when there was lots of empty tables. Waiter was soooo slow and the margaritas were horrible. When I order a

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Like every common Mexican restaurant, this one brings you chips and salsa, BUT the catch is you must ask for refills since they're too busy staring at their faces in the mirror. In addition, if you notice you have been seated at a table

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Like every common Mexican restaurant, this one brings you chips and salsa, BUT the catch is you must ask for refills since they're too busy staring at their faces in the mirror. In addition, if you notice you have been seated at a table

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Mexicali's food is very consistant. It's got a great atmosphere and a really cool outdoor patio where you can eat, drink and be merry while watching the happenings on Ventura Blvd. The bar area is a great place to hang out and have cocktails with friends and the bartenders are good and make drinks the way you like them.

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Mexicali's food is very consistant. It's got a great atmosphere and a really cool outdoor patio where you can eat, drink and be merry while watching the happenings on Ventura Blvd. The bar area is a great place to hang out and have cocktails with friends and the bartenders are good and make drinks the way you like them.

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The food at Mexicali is terrific! And the margaritas are the best! Always yummy, big and strong. I have brought many out-of-town guests here and everyone (including the in-laws) love it. The menu has something for everyone and this is a

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The food at Mexicali is terrific! And the margaritas are the best! Always yummy, big and strong. I have brought many out-of-town guests here and everyone (including the in-laws) love it. The menu has something for everyone and this is a

Pros: Delicious Food & Drinks

Cons: So-So Service, Long Waits for Tables

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I have been coming here for years, this is my "cheers" so to speak. Although I think the food is bland, and I know because I have eaten here many-a-time hoping something has changed, I have my stand by. The service from the waiting staff

3
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I have been coming here for years, this is my "cheers" so to speak. Although I think the food is bland, and I know because I have eaten here many-a-time hoping something has changed, I have my stand by. The service from the waiting staff

Pros: Parking, the bar tenders and the strong drinks!

Cons: service at the tables, average food

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Ok first the pros: the food is great here! They have the best pico de gallo out of anywhere I have ever been! Nice STRONG margaritas too. I get take-out here a lot too and it is always delicious. I probably eat here about once a week

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Ok first the pros: the food is great here! They have the best pico de gallo out of anywhere I have ever been! Nice STRONG margaritas too. I get take-out here a lot too and it is always delicious. I probably eat here about once a week

Pros: terrific food

Cons: creepy owner/manager guy asks personal questions during server interviews.

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Been coming here for years now. The food is ok, the margaritas are better and very strong! Great place to go with a group. Good place to watch sports too! But the service is lousy! The waiters seem to be too important to be friendly

3
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Been coming here for years now. The food is ok, the margaritas are better and very strong! Great place to go with a group. Good place to watch sports too! But the service is lousy! The waiters seem to be too important to be friendly

Pros: Fun, Watch Sports

Cons: Unfriendly waiters

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I have been coming to Mexicali for years and I love this place! This place has all the atributes of a great restaurant. I should know, I eat out every night. The food is freshly prepared in the open kitchen. I love the Ahi Tuna tacos. I

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★★★★★

I have been coming to Mexicali for years and I love this place! This place has all the atributes of a great restaurant. I should know, I eat out every night. The food is freshly prepared in the open kitchen. I love the Ahi Tuna tacos. I

Pros: Food and drinks, free parking

Cons: small patio

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So straight up...Mexicali is a place to get MARGARTINIS. Period. They're a good $7 which is super cheap for LA standards..and oh sooooo good! I've had soo many first dates at this place I can't count. But, if your looking for great

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★★★★★

So straight up...Mexicali is a place to get MARGARTINIS. Period. They're a good $7 which is super cheap for LA standards..and oh sooooo good! I've had soo many first dates at this place I can't count. But, if your looking for great

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I am not sure why it always seems like the people who write on these sites all have an ax to grind. have been coming to Mexicali since they have opened and I have always gotten great service, the Margaritas are great and the food is fresh

3
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I am not sure why it always seems like the people who write on these sites all have an ax to grind. have been coming to Mexicali since they have opened and I have always gotten great service, the Margaritas are great and the food is fresh

Pros: Prices, Bartenders and Servers, Parking

Cons: Can be very crowded

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Mexicali can get super busy on a Friday/Saturday night. I prefer sitting outside being a smoker and found them to be accomodating. The food is yummy and the male waiters are nice eye candy!!!

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Mexicali can get super busy on a Friday/Saturday night. I prefer sitting outside being a smoker and found them to be accomodating. The food is yummy and the male waiters are nice eye candy!!!

Pros: Outside sitting, valet or park inthe back

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The bartenders here make awesome drinks and I love coming here! I always get a seat at the bar and watch the cuties work and people watch with the eclectic crowd. I'm not such a fan of the food as much as the fun time that I always

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The bartenders here make awesome drinks and I love coming here! I always get a seat at the bar and watch the cuties work and people watch with the eclectic crowd. I'm not such a fan of the food as much as the fun time that I always

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I'd be lying if I didn't admit to hanging out at Mexicali because of the hot male servers. I took some out-of-town company there last week and we had a great time thanks to our server, Chase. He was professional, prompt and still had a

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I'd be lying if I didn't admit to hanging out at Mexicali because of the hot male servers. I took some out-of-town company there last week and we had a great time thanks to our server, Chase. He was professional, prompt and still had a

Pros: Service, price, bar

Cons: Food

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We go back because the food is fair and the price is usually right, BUT, they have MAJOR issues. The manager happens to also be the owner. He is rude and condescending. This to a customer that faithfully has been coming to his

3
★★★★★

We go back because the food is fair and the price is usually right, BUT, they have MAJOR issues. The manager happens to also be the owner. He is rude and condescending. This to a customer that faithfully has been coming to his

Pros: Food OK, Price is Usually Right When They Are Not Trying to Rip You Off

Cons: I Feel That They Have The Intent To Defraud. Management is Horrible!

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The best fajitas I've had in a long time, but its very noisy inside. Seafood burito was really good. Great drink menu. Great if you can sit outside.

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The best fajitas I've had in a long time, but its very noisy inside. Seafood burito was really good. Great drink menu. Great if you can sit outside.

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Overall,my experience was a negative one at Mexicali, very bad customer service! First of all, the waiter was condecending and arrogant to my friends and I throughout dinner. Whenever I would ask for something he proceeded to correct me!

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Overall,my experience was a negative one at Mexicali, very bad customer service! First of all, the waiter was condecending and arrogant to my friends and I throughout dinner. Whenever I would ask for something he proceeded to correct me!

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I've driven by this place numerous times and decided to stop in with my sister and 2 year old nephew for an early dinner around 5:30pm on a Monday. We were seated immediately in a corner booth, the staff were totally kid friendly and

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I've driven by this place numerous times and decided to stop in with my sister and 2 year old nephew for an early dinner around 5:30pm on a Monday. We were seated immediately in a corner booth, the staff were totally kid friendly and

Pros: Ambiance, reasonable price, great Monday deals, watermelon margarita

Cons: the waitstaff are more focused on being seen than service but they are friendly enough

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waiter was a moron and didnt know how to course our food. as soon as we took a bite of our appetizer, our entrees came to the table. it was really annnoying with all the food on the table and it was difficult to enjoy any of it. SOOO

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waiter was a moron and didnt know how to course our food. as soon as we took a bite of our appetizer, our entrees came to the table. it was really annnoying with all the food on the table and it was difficult to enjoy any of it. SOOO

Pros: drinks

Cons: bad service, dirty menus, lack of management

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The service was average and the food was decent. I was surprised at how good the entre was (a carnitas tamale and steak enchilada with rice and beans), I actually love mexican restaurants for the chips and salsa. However I wasn't fond of

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The service was average and the food was decent. I was surprised at how good the entre was (a carnitas tamale and steak enchilada with rice and beans), I actually love mexican restaurants for the chips and salsa. However I wasn't fond of

Pros: good main course meal

Cons: bad salsa and the drink I tried wasn't all that

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I go to Mexicali on a weekly basis and I have had excellent food there every time. Most times there is a wait but I have always had wonderful service with a very attentive waiter every time I have been there. I recommend this restaurant to

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I go to Mexicali on a weekly basis and I have had excellent food there every time. Most times there is a wait but I have always had wonderful service with a very attentive waiter every time I have been there. I recommend this restaurant to

Pros: Lively. Great service, food and prices!

 

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