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El Mexicali Cafe

82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-3136
+1 760-347-1280
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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“stuffed peppers” (13 reviews)
“shrimp” (37 reviews)
“rellenos” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Latin
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-3136
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1 - 10 of 204 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

A small but great spot to grab some terrific mexican food. they have fish, pork, beef, chicken, and all of our food was great. Try the stuffed peppers.

Thank Clinton N
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Gracias, Clinton! We're famous for our Chiles Gueritos, and we're glad that you like them! See you soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve never been here for breakfast, but my friends from Portland love it so I was excited to try. We went on a weekday around 9:30 so no waiting for a table. I had the Chile Relleno Omelet which was outstanding!! Came with beans or...More

Thank psbagley
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Gracias! We're so happy you had a great start to your day. See you soon!

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Every year my family comes to the desert for spring break, and we always take them here for our Mexican fix! We made reservations for 7:00, knowing it’s their busy time! We arrived 5 to 10 minutes early for reservation. There was one table large...More

Thank Jim J
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We apologize for the unfortunate outcome of that evening, Jim, and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Every guest is important to us, and we appreciate your support each year when you are in the desert. It means a lot to us that you...More

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I have visited El Mexicali on every trip we make to the desert (annually). Over the past couple of years, there has been an unfortunate degradation of the food and service as they have gotten more and more popular. Unfortunately, last night was the last...More

1  Thank James J
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We apologize for the unfortunate outcome of that evening, James, and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Every guest is important to us, and we appreciate your support each year when you are in the desert. We hope you can forgive our oversight during...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This family run business has been an institution in Indio since the early 60s. The Marguerites are outstanding and reasonably priced. There is a hot pepper stuffed with crab meat appetizer that is unique to this restaurant, and absolutely delicious. Everything excellent!

Thank Marilyn S
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Gracias, Marilyn! We really appreciate your kind review. See you soon!

Reviewed 2 April 2018

Dry tasty appetizers especially the shrimp peppers. Margaritas are great. The traveling mariachi band is always a bonus.

Thank Kanng17
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Gracias! We appreciate your honest feedback. :)

Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is the real deal. We had the Guaritos appetizer - a must have. The Chile verde super wet burrito was over the top. We had other traditional items, enchiladas and Chile rellenos - they were ok. I think the simmered meats and seafood dishes...More

Thank Dan H
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Gracias, Dan! We're so glad you loved the food and atmosphere. See you soon!

Reviewed 12 March 2018

looking for authentic Mexican dining in the Coachella valley? this local restaurant is a great choice. I was checking out the great camera store in downtown and felt hungry. driving to Indio blvd. to begin a search; magically it appeared. the parking lot was full...More

Thank Bob A
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Gracias, Bob! We're so glad you found us on a whim. We're honored to have satisfied your craving!

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

You never know who you will run into at the Mexicali Cafe! This is where Hollywood meets the locals! Mexicali has the best Mexican food on the Valley! Start with the gorilla and a margarita and move on to the fajitas! The locals love this...More

Thank Rea P
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Gracias, Rea! We love seeing you every month. :)

Reviewed 24 January 2018

Came in for breakfast on a saturday morning. A decent crowd was there which is a good sign. Did not wait to be seated. Service was very good and attentive. We ordered the red chiliquiles and chorizo and potatoes plate, with side of beans. All...More

Thank Jose B
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thanks for leaving a review for El Mexicali #2. This page is for our location on Indio Blvd and we invite you to stop in and visit us soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-3136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: +1 760-347-1280
Description
We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family recipes, including seafood specialties, plus cocktails from a full bar! Our Chiles Gueritos are a popular local favorite - shrimp stuffed yellow peppers topped with mayo and soy sauce. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's just like eating at home with family and friends. The "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" of the trains passing by on the train tracks behind us is also something you'll never forget! Opened in 1981, El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd. Is one of the longest-running woman-owned eateries in the Coachella Valley. El Mexicali Cafe Day was establishes on March 19 in the City of Indio, and you can typically count on something special at the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.
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