Bakersfield

Taco Place, Spanish Restaurant, and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Over-The Rhine, Cincinnati
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  • The tacos at Bakersfield is a can't miss
  • David B.
    "I absolutely loved the Short Rib Tacos."(7 Tips)
    Kendall B.
    "The Short Rib Torta is my favorite item on the menu."(12 Tips)
    Jonathon M.
    "Grab a margarita too, you won't regret it!"(28 Tips)
    Jac K.
    "short rib torta is a life-changer."(3 Tips)
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  • Sam J.
    Sam JohnsonSeptember 5, 2016
    Every single thing I put in my mouth here was delicious. The guac was great, the pork belly pastor taco and short rib taco were both great, as were the margaritas!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 4, 2013
    The long is often long for house-made (gluten-free) corn tortilla tacos, thin chips, excellent tequila and potent mixed drinks, with a pretty constant party atmosphere.
  • Kate C.
    Kate CollinsMay 20, 2013
    The Short Rib taco was the best, but the chips and queso stole the show. Don't forget to try the red sauce on the table. IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD.
  • Cara
    CaraSeptember 13, 2016
    As a Texan, I was shocked by how on point Bakersfield was, from cocktails to guac, tortas to tacos. Our server was really helpful and made great suggestions. Fresh, exciting, fantastic!
  • Jane F.
    Jane FriedmanFebruary 16, 2012
    Street-style Mexican (tortillas made fresh everyday), plus laid-back bar atmosphere with lots of socializing. Menu is comprised primarily of delicious tacos, plus a couple salads and sandwiches.
  • Kendall B.
    Kendall BrunsSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Short Rib Torta is my favorite item on the menu. The telera roll is great and everything is perfectly balanced when you dip it in the roasted tomatillo salsa .
  • Elise K.
    Elise KingJune 14, 2016
    Margs, queso with beef, all the tacos! Haven't had a bad meal here yet. Get there early in the day or put your name in early and walk around OTR while you wait
  • Paula H.
    Paula HeislerAugust 17, 2014
    This is one of my favorite places in OTR. Friendly service great atmosphere and amazing queso! Add everything to the queso, you won't be disappointed.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HallAugust 28, 2013
    Overall my visits to Bakersfield have been amazing! I've been to both the Cincinnati and Indianapolis spots. And I'm really looking forward to a possible Columbus location (from what I'm hearing)!
  • Drew M.
    Drew M.June 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Belly up to the bar and order a PBR (it comes in a boot shaped glass). Guacamole and chips are always a good start, followed by a shot of Dickell.
  • Anna H.
    Anna HiderOctober 16, 2016
    The wait is always long, so get here early. Or just sit at the bar and eat chips and margaritas... they make one of the best margays I've ever had
  • Mike D.
    Mike DAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Catch the right time and the party shall be yours, otherwise it's not wort the wait. If you get the chance have guacamole, Queso & fish taco
  • Sean H.
    Sean HertzschMarch 6, 2012
    Try the Tacos (Assorted) - Pastor, short rib, and fish tacos done traditionally. Take your sour cream and shredded cheddar home kids. This is the good stuff
  • Derek B.
    Derek BaumanDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Anddd, ask for the mole taco. It's made with chicken and a light mole so it's not overwhelming chocolate. Off menu for now so u gotta ask!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoSeptember 7, 2015
    Real good tacos, and good beer selection. Queso was great, comes out in a cast iron pan so it stays warm while you eat it.....
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouSeptember 26, 2015
    Short rib tacos were great as was the fish taco. Don't pass up the Queso. Home made and better than most I've had
  • David B.
    David BilliterAugust 7, 2014
    I absolutely loved the Short Rib Tacos. They also have a decent beer selection and the Chips and Queso makes for the perfect appetizer.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SchatzmanMarch 5, 2012
    1-2 tacos is a snack or bar meal, 3-4 tacos is a regular meal. All delicious, although the Huitlacoche was my favorite.
  • jiresell
    jiresellOctober 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best spots to eat in the OTR! Great tacos and guacamole. Get a PBR in a boot, only $2!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SchatzmanMarch 5, 2012
    1-2 tacos is a snack or bar meal, 3-4 tacos is a meal. All delicious, although the Huitlacoche was my favorite.
  • GeekyExplorers
    GeekyExplorersAugust 11, 2014
    Quite possibly the best guacamole I've tasted. Great little joint in OTR!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsOctober 18, 2014
    Check out Bakersfield as it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for the Southwestern spot serving up short rib tacos and a killer chicken tort Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Do yourself a favor and try the Carmenita. Half sangria, half margarita. Not on the menu, but worth the request!
  • Zach T.
    Zach TurnerJune 3, 2015
    Maybe before going to the other side where all the real bars are I'll have a big load of tacos since I heard small and Margaritas to see if they're Really #1.
  • Aubra F.
    Aubra FNovember 9, 2014
    Get a margarita, even if you've had 6 beers & 2 mixed drinks at a wedding reception before coming.
  • Alana T.
    Alana TuckerNovember 28, 2012
    The chicken Morella taco is better than the Fish taco. Neat western atmosphere. Friendly attentive wait staff.
  • Jonathon M.
    Jonathon McKenzieDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best guac in the city. Grab a margarita too, you won't regret it! Viva la Cincinnati
  • MacKenna R.
    MacKenna Rae1 week ago
    As my date said "if you come here and don't like the food.... then your taste is a**" accurately put - its amazing!
  • Jac K.
    Jac KernMarch 10, 2013
    Everyone raves about the tacos (all delish), but the short rib torta is a life-changer.
  • R B.
    R BApril 5, 2015
    Tacos are good but I expected more. A tad overhyped. Prepare to wait for a table up to a hour or longer as they don't take reservations.
  • Derek B.
    Derek BaumanMay 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the Pollo Rojo tacos. New item, off menu for now. But they're the shiz
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StrackOctober 11, 2015
    The guacamole is fresh and spicy. The mahi taco is the best I've ever had.
  • Holli G.
    Holli GerdingOctober 31, 2012
    You have to try the corn chowder with their delicious chips! So so good!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HoffmanJune 30, 2012
    Definitely get the Pastor and chips & salsa. The service wasn't amazing but the food was good. I'd come back.
  • Czarshaw
    CzarshawApril 11, 2015
    Take it from me: No trip to Bakersfield is complete without a Short Rib taco, chips and queso, and a margarita pitcher.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WizJuly 22, 2012
    The Chios and Guacamole were awesome. House margarita was great too. Taco's were different. Not worth the price.
  • Erica T.
    Erica TAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Short rib and a shot of the day is the way to go. And some queso or guac of course.
  • Julie N.
    Julie NiesenMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The best thing on a menu of all good stuff? The short rib torta. Enough to split!
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the homemade queso and pickled jalapeños. Drink a local beer.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WilkesApril 15, 2013
    Try the House Margarita and the Chips and Guacamole they are fantastic!
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge craft beer selection. Tacos - all of them. Salads are great. Margaritas.
  • LeeAnne H.
    LeeAnne HouseJuly 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    We got engaged here tonight!!! As always the staff is amazing. The food is the best. I couldn't be happier.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DelgadoSeptember 18, 2015
    Premium margarita is the jam. It's got some kick!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WhelchelMay 23, 2015
    Queso, margaritas. Queso. Margaritas. ... QUESO! MARGARITAS! Q U E S O! 'nuff said.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WoodwardMarch 1, 2015
    Go ahead order a pitcher you won't regret it #margarita
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy MooreDecember 29, 2014
    Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere! Definitely worth the wait! :)
  • Ellie C.
    Ellie CarterOctober 4, 2015
    I love the staff and food. Always a great place to go!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amber is an idiot.. Couldn't ask for a better wait and management staff. Top notch eatery!
  • Carla E.
    Carla EssenSeptember 12, 2012
    Trevor: great server and nice on the eyes too. ;)
  • Vince A.
    Vince AugerMarch 3, 2012
    I tried four tacos and couldn't pick a favorite...and that's a good thing
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WoodwardMarch 1, 2015
    Tacos and Margarita's awesome
  • Paul R.
    Paul ReaganApril 23, 2013
    You've gotta try the best tequila in the house. Espolon Tequila rocks!
  • Amy R.
    Amy ReiberOctober 17, 2013
    First time here, won't be back. My quaso dip wasn't dip at all. All flour, chips were so salty I couldn't eat them. Had a great bartender but did little to help my dip problem. Won't be back.
  • Casey G.
    Casey GilmoreApril 15, 2013
    Queso with chorizo is amazing!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DoyleJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No trip to Bakersfield is complete without the chips and guacamole, and a margarita with salt.
  • Katie J.
    Katie JaspersMarch 17, 2015
    The house margarita is super tasty!
  • Aurelio C.
    Aurelio CarrilloMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Mole & Pollo Rojo are awesome!
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle Sir LouisMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great atmosphere. Plus who could say no to a shot of tequila?
  • Eli S.
    Eli StullDecember 22, 2013
    Fish taco with a generous squeeze of lime. Perfection.
  • David G.
    David GrohFebruary 14, 2012
    Some of the best guac I've ever had!
  • Peter O.
    Peter OJune 3, 2012
    Try their margaritas. Among Cincy's best.
  • ms5chw4r7z
    ms5chw4r7zMay 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Extensive tequila list and excellent salsa verde.
  • J. D. W.
    J. D. WardenAugust 1, 2016
    FISH TACOS!!! TEQUILA AND BEERS!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Cochinita Pibil and a margarita!
  • Megan N.
    Megan NurgeJuly 29, 2016
    Margaritas and queso are delicious!
  • Pamela M.
    Pamela MichelDecember 28, 2012
    Short rib taco is amazing!!
  • Caleb H.
    Caleb HughesOctober 8, 2013
    I love the Mole tacos!
  • dallas b.
    dallas blueFebruary 7, 2012
    Chips and homemade Guac, excellent!
  • Diana H.
    Diana HechavarriaMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the queso con todo!
  • Derek B.
    Derek BaumanDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Hudy Amber bottles now $2! Support Cincinnati brands!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly Reed WingJuly 26, 2013
    Great food, great drink, great atmosphere.
  • Perry O.
    Perry OwenFebruary 12, 2014
    Tacos, guac and everything else
  • Mike N.
    Mike NolteDecember 20, 2016
    Delicious pastor tacos
  • Linda P.
    Linda PratherMarch 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything!
  • Sean B.
    Sean BrownAugust 11, 2014
    Out of this world tacos!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SuggsJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tell me who had better guac... Tell me... Sure. I'll wait.
  • Ford K.
    Ford KnowltonAugust 22, 2014
    Beer and tacos FTW
  • Alison
    AlisonJune 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fish taco, guacamole, queso!
  • Ryela B.
    Ryela BraunApril 19, 2015
    Everything is so good
  • Carolina R R.
    Carolina R RiethAugust 10, 2014
    Margarita is awesome
  • Ronald V.
    Ronald VieiraOctober 9, 2014
    Margaritas!!!
  • Stella
    StellaDecember 31, 2012
    Best guacamole and margarita!!!
  • Derek B.
    Derek BaumanSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Get chorizo on the queso...amazeballs!
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KlemensJanuary 4, 2014
    Order a pitcher of margs
  • Sofia N.
    Sofia NewazAugust 10, 2013
    Get some tapas 👌
  • Joe F.
    Joe FordMay 1, 2013
    Great atmosphere!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilliamsMay 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You drink more then you eat at Bakersfield.
  • Gerry A.
    Gerry AdkinsAugust 10, 2014
    It's Sunday!
  • Dane F.
    Dane FajackAugust 17, 2015
    Margaritas and queso
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrantFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome queso
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrantFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great margarita!
  • Bobby P.
    Bobby PriceMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wireless pw: vine1213
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony McGlaunJuly 8, 2013
    The food here is #amazeballs
  • Alistair P.
    Alistair PhdOctober 8, 2013
    Fish tacos bro
  • Jason T.
    Jason TaylorJune 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Margaritas!
  • Amber J.
    Amber JApril 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Worst wait staff and management ever...visit any other restaurant in OTR for a better experience.
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