MexiCali Bar y Taqueria

4.3
46 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
Taquería & Bar - Nobby Beach
Serving fresh Cali-style Mexican & cocktail jugs till late.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Tues-Sat 5:30pm-late
Sunday: 12pm-late
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Phone number
(07) 5572 0588
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
Unrestricted Parking from 5PM

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Entertainment
Live entertainment from 2:30pm - 630pm every Sunday.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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MH
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, excellent service, good for happy hour and food. Calamari delicious although wish the haloumi wasn’t battered. We went back a second night! Really enjoyed it

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KM
1 review
5.0Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love mexicali. Literally here at least once a week. Amazing food, awesome sangria (better value during happy hour) and excellent service.

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S
1 review
3.0Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I booked online and we were given a seat outside with a tiny bar shelf with stools that were too low and a view over the neighbours wheelie bins.
The portions were tiny, expensive and not particularly inspiring. The quesadilla looked like a particularly thin flat grilled cheese with very little filling. The nachos had about five chips and looked like a sort of salad, definitely not $22 worth. It tasted okay though.
The sangria was good.
It wasn't terrible, but all in all, I wish I'd chosen somewhere else and I doubt that I'd go back.
Definitely style over substance.

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DR
1 review
5.0Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Heard nothing but good things before going there myself and it didn't dissapoint. Great food and great cocktails, will definitely be going back.

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ES
1 review
2.0Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was really good but the young waitress seemed to have an attitude problem. Also group of guys on the table next to us were so loud which we didn't mind that much, but one of them knocked me off my stall as he walked past and didn't apologize and another elbowed me in the back.

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WH
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5.0Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service, portions a little small for the price but overall it was lovely 😊

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BV
1 review
4.0Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Absolutely love the restaurant, food and atmosphere only downfall was we were seating directly near the exit people were continually walking past me hitting me in the back not enough room for how many tables!

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K
2 reviews
5.0Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at Mexicali. The food was good and the outside kept going from hot to cold with the heaters needing to be turned on then off because it would get too warm. Outside also got quite loud. The staff particularly the lady looking after us made it worthwhile she was so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us! (Think her name was Mel maybe)

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GH
1 review
4.0Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food as always was great and so was the service. However, one of our friends in the group is extremely allergic (carries an epi pen in case of anaphylactic reaction) to goats cheese and told the waitress this before ordering any food in which the waitress informed her that they would make alternative items for her. There were two items on the Banquet menu she couldn’t eat because it contained the cheese. The waitress did not inform my friend that it had the cheese in it when the meals arrived, nor arrange with the kitchen to make a replacement and luckily my friend double checked before eating it as the waitress had to go back to the kitchen and ask if it contained the cheese. We thought after the first time the waitress would then remember and remind our friend she couldn’t eat the second meal that contained the goats cheese. But no warning was made and after my friend asking her again if it contained the cheese the waitress had to check with the kitchen. (Replacement food was delivered after each time) Although the waitress was happy to check and organise another meal, I think more care should have been taken as it could have been a serious issue if my friend was not double checking before each meal. Despite this, it was a good night with great food.

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IP
1 review
4.0Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very impressed by the variation to the standard mexican foods that I am used to. Great flavors, I never knew corn could taste so good!! The calamari melts in your mouth, and even better washed down with a cool ale. Nice touch to finish with some delicious 'Churos'.

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TH
1 review
5.0Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can’t rate Mexicali higher if I tried. The food is like no other and the atmosphere is super fun

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G
1 review
1.0Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Very disappointing, food was ok but service was terrible 😐 would not go back

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

It was full of super drunk and loud 20 year old screaming over each other. It was super sloppy..The staff looked miserable and had no customer service skills. The food was great though on a positive👍

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JM
1 review
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had long Sunday afternoon lunch with a group of 6 on the balcony with no rush and relaxed music made for a memorable experience.

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OT
3 reviews
1.0Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We arrived to no table despite a booking on Open Table.
The vibe was great (this is a bar rather than a restaurant really) but there was literally no service
Once we got our table we waited 35 minutes with no service and so we decided to depart
No one even noticed
It is a shame because there was a great vibe and live DJ

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AD
1 review
4.0Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We booked outdoor seating on the open table app and I also included a note about sitting outside - when we arrived it wasn’t busy, they put us inside explaining a table of twelve took precedence however one man arrived after us and took an empty table which I’d Enquired about and sat at a table of six by himself while other tables around him remained empty also (and bar seating). They were aware we were keen to move to a better table but didn’t action it for us.

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Hidden little Mexican place, but was worth the find! Great food, good service and a good restaurant vibe.

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JG
1 review
3.0Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Batter on the poppers was too thick although the flavour was great. We all enjoyed our tacos, fish, pulled pork and the steak ones were delicious. We had asked for an outside table because we know it’s noisy but we were seated inside and could only last an hour! a lot of people having a very loud time, it was Saturday night, perhaps next time we’ll try midweek!

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice food and lovely, knowledgeable waitress. Staff were nice, $10 margaritas were very good during happy hour. Just wish food would come out together as every time I’m there, appetisers just come 1 at a Time, whenever, and mains don’t come at the same time either, you have to watch your friends eat for a while before your meal comes

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RP
1 review
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great atmosphere and food. Our night was made absolutely fantastic by our server Tonya. Fun, friendly, really knew her stuff and nothing was ever a problem. She had that great service ESP where she knew almost before you did that you needed something. Never had to look for her. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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BL
1 review
4.0Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fab food and atmosphere, and cool waitress had us sorted - niiiice

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KL
1 review
5.0Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time at Mexicali, first time with my children for my birthday, and it didn’t disappoint. Prompt service. Fresh food. Lots of flavour hits! Loved it. 2 of my children ordered off the main menu and found their pork a little spicy, but they still ate it. The kids nachos with my youngest were great- but she ended up having to share with her older brother and sister too! Thanks Mexicali.

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GM
1 review
5.0Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot, love the atmosphere. Service is great.

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g
1 review
2.0Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Service, venue and menu choice were great. Unfortunately the food was not. A common consensus amongst our group was that the food was way too salty....to the point that some of the dishes (nachos in particular) were almost not edible. Might have been a once off though as we have been there previously and the meals were fine.

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JF
1 review
1.0Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

I would definately not return. We had six people and a total of $212.00 with two entress and four mains, rediculously expensive. The waitress was awesome. The music was so loud I couldnt here her explain the menu and she was three feet away. I couldnt even have a conversation with my family sitting opposite me, absolutely dreadful. The portion sizes for the meal was the smallest I have ever seen. $10.00 for a lousy handful of cornchips and small ball of quaccamole is woeful. We went there for the 54th birthday and bitterly disappointed, very over prices and extremely over rated. We will never return or recommend to anyone.

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MB
1 review
4.0Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best Mexican I have eaten, but slightly on the expensive side (for mexican)- but food was great!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, atmosphere and super helpful staff. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
2 reviews
3.0Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We are usually a fan and I mean a BIG fan of Mexicali and have been several times a year for the last 4 years. This time however, we felt that the food and service was lacking it’s usual standard unfortunately. Multiple orders were delivered incorrectly on 3 different occasions. My favourite lamb chimichanga was lukewarm and not very crispy. It was delivered within a minute of ordering so we suspected that it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while? The fish tacos and kids fish and chips was a bit off putting as we felt that the oil perhaps needed changing. The squid was delicious and delivered almost immediately, but lacking its usual crispness and again not very hot. Cannot fault your frozen margaritas but wish that the food and service standard had been more consistent. We would love to come back and hopefully things will improve.

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always great food and atmosphere at this great little find. Love the happy hour drinks, should be more restaurants like this.

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OT
2 reviews
5.0Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Discovering this little gem on the last night of our holiday made it all worthwhile. Great service, best tacos on the Gold Coast, delicious cocktails, and a great atmosphere. Thanks guys

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SS
4 reviews
5.0Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulously amazing... food service view all fantastic

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food and spot on service. Do yourself a favour and check out this great Mexican marvel

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K
1 review
4.0Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was a hot night and we had a table in the corner - the males were sweating. My daughter was disappointed as she was looking forward to corn tortilla's as mentioned in the menu however she was served flour tortilla's. The drinks were good and we did have an enjoyable night! Staff were happy and friendly!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 9 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I asked for a table from somewhere a bit more quiet since it was my mums last night in Australia and she had some trouble with hearing. Had the best seat of the house on the veranda. Food was delicious and service lovely. Highly recommend.

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OT
2 reviews
4.0Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delish food but the price was high for what it was.

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OT
4 reviews
5.0Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service! Fantastic food. We had the banquet which was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the boss and staff at Mexicali best Mexican food in QLD !! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BA
1 review
4.0Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I booked a table for 8 pax, a work Christmas party. The atmosphere created in this hidden gem is fun and festive. The food and bevereage selection is excellent. Perfect for a small party on a casual outing. I was a little surprised that table service wasn't initially provided after we were seated, nor were we advised it wouldn't be. We had been seated at a booth, making it difficult to move from the table. We waited almost half an hour before staff approached our table to take a first drink order...and our food order at the same time. We hadn't yet seen menus. On the upside though, the menu is fabulous and very easy to make a selection, so it took no time in making decisions and ordering.

Jalapeño Poppers, Chimichanga and Nachos all round filled our hungry bellies. Every morsel enjoyed immensely by all. The beers were cold and sweet, Marguritas were not great but still very nice (I wouldn't say no to a second one)

Our food was delicious, the atmosphere was fun and casual. I have recommended Mexicali before and will do again. I look forward to my next Mexican infusion.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place, awesome atmosphere, great service and the food was delicious. Definitely will be back!

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M
4 reviews
5.0Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, great value & lovely atmosphere !

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