MexiCali Bar y Taqueria

4.3
55 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • 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-Fri 5:30pm-late
Saturday: 12pm-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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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Unrestricted Parking from 5PM
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Entertainment
Live entertainment from 2:30pm - 630pm every Sunday.
Additional
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 55 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

we found a fried fly in our chips and guacamole. also seating on the edge was a bit awkward when we ordered the banquet.

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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Second time here and the same poor service and forgot our meals!

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TO
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome. Lock it in for a fantastic time. The frozen margaritas are a must, the food is unreal. Great atmosphere, great fun, great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Feeds with a mate. Was a good time

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MR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Visited Mexicali on Saturday for my birthday, enjoyed that it wasn’t too loud and the service was quite quick. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks. Was a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to order off the kids menu, as I wasn’t very hungry, I wanted a nachos but knew I wouldn’t finish a main meal, I asked for the kids size and was told I no. I don’t understand why this would be an issue as I’m still paying the $10 what does it matter if I’m a child or not, I would rather order a small meal than order a big one and waste it. I also had a colleague visit Mexicali on the weekend as well and she told me that her friend was able to order off the kids menu, so why couldn’t I? Other than that it is a nice place for a special occasion and the food and cocktails were tasty.

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BR
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food, great service, an overall great time. The manager who looked after us was an absolute legend. Well done guys.

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RN
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently best Mexican food you would find. The service is second to none

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L
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Mexican food and fabulous service! We enjoyed the atmosphere, however probably not the place for a quiet chat. I recommend the banquet - great to try a variety of food and just the right amount!

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K
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service and food was quick and the food and drinks were delish. However the cramped seating on the balcony make it hard to move and the noise level got very loud once it was full.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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
4 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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1 review
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot, love the atmosphere. Service is great.

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g
1 review
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulously amazing... food service view all fantastic

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