Mexicali Cocina Cantina

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86 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Since 1995, Mexicali Cocina Cantina has been serving to the community Mexican/Californian (Mexicali) cuisine using locally sourced produce, quality meats, fresh and wild seafood, sushi grade tuna and wild caught crab when available. We pride ourselves in preparing in-house, most of, if not all, of our recipes in house all throughout the week if not daily. We are a Gluten Free house with the exception of our, flour tortillas, local bread. We never use animal products to fry with or in our recipes. Home of the Margatini, our trademarked, signature cocktail. Hand shaken and served up for your enjoyment. Strong but smooth to the finish. We are pleased to offer an extensive array of boutique Tequilas and American Bourbons as well as Wines from the Central Coast of California. All served in a comfortable road house setting with large booths and big high back chairs. We are a lively house so be prepared to have fun with sounds of the day and maybe a celebrity sighting or two. Cheers.
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4.4
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LuckyJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Mexicali does not honor OpenTable reservations the same way other restaurants do.
If you are someone, like me, who uses OpenTable to see where to eat based on current availability, this is not that. Seems like the restaurant places your name on a list at the time of your reservation, it does not mean you will get a table at that time. I asked an employee who confirmed that, at Mexicali, an OpenTable reservation is not really a reservation but more of a "waitlist."

We waited 45 minutes for a table...with a reservation.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 4 March 2020

Our apologies. We do honor our open tables guests normally within fifteen minutes which is stated on the open table website. On that evening we were extraordinarily busy and did the best we could. Again our apologies.

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vipBruce
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience3

Bring ear plugs! Mexicali is a happening place, so much so that it is beyond belief noisy. At our most recent visit we could literally not hear each other across the table, This is not a new problem; we have repeatedly sworn off the restaurant because of the noise problem (at dinner; not nearly as bad at lunch); when we do come back it's mostly because we live nearby and we're too lazy to go to someplace where your ears aren't ringing when you leave. The food's okay... but not good enough to make the restaurant worth visiting (unless you want to scream and shout at your dining companions!).

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 4 March 2020

Yes it is true on a busy night it can be rather loud in the restaurant. Guests laughing, talking loudly, families and their kids just having fun. A great alternative is the nicely heated and comfortable patio. Considerably quieter. We do accept reservations for the patio and we are dog friendly too. Thank you for listening. Cheers.

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vipannal
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fave restaurant for Mexican in Studio City, maybe in LA.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Food was really good, service was terrible at the table but excellent at the bar.

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Vespaio
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We always enjoy going to Mexicali for lunch or dinner. Just note that it has a lively sports bar ambience and can be very loud near the bar. The food is quite good. It’s best for a fun casual night out with friends.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you for visiting us.

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harkar
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always Mexicali continues to delight. The house margaritas are the bomb and everything on the menu satisfies. Can't wait until we go back again!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipTedR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Mexican restaurant that is usually a bit on the louder side. Great for large groups or a simple date night. Their roast chicken is incredible, drinks are strong & HH is a great value. It’s one of our go-to local spots.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipMichaelM
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place! Indoor and outdoor dining, plentiful selection on the menu. Service was attentive and on point.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 4 February 2020

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Love it! But loud

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Dramadoctor
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Mexicali is a wonderfully comfortable spot. The food is excellent. The service was fantastic. Thank you to our waiter, Landon, for making the evening special!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thank you for visiting us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food
Great ambiance
Great service
Great price
The best Happy Hour

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thank you for visiting us.

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JenniferM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

The food is just ok but it’s a fun and lively environment with good service.

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JustinS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been going there for years and still the good, drinks and service is still top notch. My one complaint was it appears the salsa has changed, it is not nearly as flavorful as it once was.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 19 December 2019

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Michael
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

We eached ordered 3 separate dishes, and all 3 were terribly salty, even the black beans. No flavor as the salt was so overpowering. Dishes could have been if not the high sodium content. There are much better Mexican restaurants to choose from in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The server was great tonight. Very attentive. Also brought me a BD treat. Thank you.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 7 November 2019

Thank you for visiting us tonight. Happy Birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 4 November 2019

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipBonita
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

Food was good; noise level not good. Can’t hear yourself think let alone talk.

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vipELLReviews
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was okay, a bit salty. Drinks were great. Gentleman serving us was very nice. Kitchen was slammed with a huge order so it took a while for us to get our food. Overall it was just MEH... We’ll give it another shot soon.

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JennL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

I hadn’t been here in 5 years. Very disappointed in how poor the food quality has become. Our chips were stale and the salsa tasted like bland canned tomatoes. My enchiladas were dry and cold. It was like the plate had been sitting in the kitchen assembled all day then briefly microwaved. All moisture was gone and the tortillas was dry and crusty.

I used to love this place. The staff is still amazing, our margaritas were excellent, but the food was just awful. I should have known the quality went downhill because there was barely anyone in the place when we came in for our dinner at 7pm.

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vipfoodforthought
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great to go to Mexicali. The service is excellent and friendly. The food is always good. I love their carnitas. We'd made a reservation and even though it was very busy, we were immediately shown to a booth. Happy this place has lasted so long.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 23 October 2019

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipDebbieC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

This was my second time to Mexicali, the food was not near as good as I remember. Had a great server but the food overall was mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome server. Great food!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 22 October 2019

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipDrTalk
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. Very busy but our server went out of his way to keep us updated.

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vipBarbaraF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food, nice sized portions, excellent drinks, friendly service, but not a date place (lots of kids).

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vipFresserWheezer
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food continues to be terrific -- as good as it always has been. The service is just so-so. Sadly, they're either under-staffed or servers are not properly trained. They seem harried and inattentive. It's ironic because the owner, a lovely and gracious woman, is very hands-on and present.

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vipMissBlu
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for Sunday Brunch . . . took our time and they were okay with that . . . food was fab! Highly recommend.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 16 September 2019

Thank you for visiting us. Have a great week.

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TommyTraveler
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Not your typical Mexican fare, much better than that!

The selection of items was greater than usual and the recipes used to preparing them was atypically and delightfully savory.
We had attended an event a few miles away and we’re looking for Mexican food. Found it on OpenTable as a suggestion that was closest. I’m so happy we did! We don’t often get in this area but will most assuredly return to hopefully introduce new friends to it.

To top it all off, I must say that their house margarita was remarkably tasty!!!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 28 October 2019

Thank you for visiting us.

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vipMSB18
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible Gastronomic Experience
Incredible service
Definitely looking forward to returning

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 12 August 2019

Thank you for visiting us. See you next time.

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vipDolce
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious , fresh mexican food. Great margueritas! Great service!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 12 August 2019

Thank you for visiting. See you soon.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food and great service. The margaritas were not great but the food was very good.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you for visiting us.

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SheilaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. Everything is always great!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you.

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TaniaM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

The waitress was outstanding. But the food was not what I expected.

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vipPeter
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went here just in time for happy hour. We didn't know it was happy hour until your waiter told us. We got the mini nachos, shrimp taco and kobe burger which was actually a burrito. Everything was good beside the Kobe burger burritos, I added the pico de gallo that came with the tacos for more taste.

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Aidan
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love going here but tab can get expensive. Great energy in the restaurant and great service keep me coming back

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vipNanT
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Hadn't been here in years. Didn't disappoint. Service great as was the food. A bit loud, but not a problem. Would definitely recommend

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 24 June 2019

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vipLesM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Nice atmosphere but a bit noisy inside