Mexicali Cocina Cantina

4.5
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77 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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D
Los Angeles
6 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!

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Responded on 7 January 2020

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Responded on 6 January 2020

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JM
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.

JS
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.

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Responded on 19 December 2019

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M
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.

OT
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.

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Responded on 7 November 2019

Thank you for visiting us tonight. Happy Birthday!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food.

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Responded on 4 November 2019

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B
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.

EL
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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
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.

f
Los Angeles
25 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.

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Responded on 23 October 2019

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DC
Los Angeles
8 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.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome server. Great food!

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Responded on 22 October 2019

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DT
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.

BF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

FW
Los Angeles
12 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.

MB
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.

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Responded on 16 September 2019

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TT
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!!!

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Responded on 28 October 2019

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MS
Los Angeles
59 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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D
Los Angeles
11 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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MG
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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Responded on 31 July 2019

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SH
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

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TM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

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

P
Los Angeles
11 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.

A
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

NT
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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LM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Nice atmosphere but a bit noisy inside

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 20 June 2019

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. When my drink didn't come quite right like four people jumped to fix it. Food was terrific.

F
Los Angeles
167 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Daytime meal -- combo plate enchilada was good but carnitas tamale was underwhelming: carnitas should have a charred edge to them while these were stewed and mushy.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 20 June 2019

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H
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here. Terrific service, food, and ambience! So yummy

L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great margarita, food was mediocre but service was first-rate. Probably best for happy hour.

S
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed this boisterous Friday night restaurant! The food was excellent! Loved the Skinny Margaritas! They did not skimp on the liquor! Loved the outdoor seating! We will definitely go back!

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 29 May 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review. Hope to see you soon.

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DT
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nate is the host that greeted us and explained that even though we had a reservation, we would still have to wait. He was compassionate and kept us posted and although the wait was 20 minutes we had no problem with that because of his interest in us and his caring attitude.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 4 June 2019

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my go to neighborhood Mexican Restaurant

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 4 June 2019

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Stale food. Good guacamole but service was not really inviting and food was mediocre

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here. It's like home. Warm and inviting. Great food. Best chips and salsa!! Carne asada steak, delish!
Great owner and staff.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you! See you all soon.

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JG
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food nice variety

Mexicali Cocina Cantina
Responded on 24 June 2019

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d
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food, great drinks, great service. i will return.

c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hands on manager , Bernadette, who cleared up confusion concerning my Open Table reservation and made sure that we got a lovely quiet table very quickly during a very busy time. Service and food was excellent

a
Los Angeles
252 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love that Mexicali has Mexicali Mondays (30% off food) and we have a regular Monday night commitment which prevents us from going there to partake. We were available this past Monday and went for dinner: great food and friendly, attentive service. We were very pleased.