Mexicali Cocina & Cantina

Mexicali Cocina & Cantina

Mexican Restaurant · Studio City
12161 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 131 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Derek J.
    "Grab the kobe beef tacos and a margatini!"(4 Tips)
    Ms E.
    "Best "skinny" margarita = Jessica Simpson margarita."(3 Tips)
    Brittany W.
    "delicious and the Cadillac Margarita"(19 Tips)
    Christina A.
    "... cheese enchiladas, green rice and black beans, quacamole and Strawberry..."(2 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • margatini
  • happy hour
  • tacos
  • green rice
  • burritos
  • crab
  • lobster
  • outdoor seating
  • cocktails
  • tequila
  • Mexican martinis
  • Kobe beef
  • cheese enchiladas
  • turkey burgers
  • people watching
  • octopus
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
  • shrimp
  • @.

    Blah crab and shrimp burrito kicks ass. Green Rice is a must

  • Ian O.

    All the food is excellent. Fab cocktails. Can get really busy during peak times so best to get here early. Nothing wrong with midday margaritas :)

    Ian O'Neill · March 18
  • Jennifer

    The Margatini is a ridiculous drink. Ask for some olives on the side and pretend you're in Austin, drinking a Mexican martini.

    Jennifer · March 9
  • Derek J.

    Not at all Mexican, but that does not mean the quality is's great! Grab the kobe beef tacos and a margatini!

    Derek Jones · February 11
  • Laura

    Awful lunch service. Margarita fresca was 95% ice. Disappointing all around.

    Laura · January 24
  • Glen D.

    Love this place. The staff is great and the margaritas are freshly prepared with top notch components. The cuisine of Mexican and Californian influences are perfectly paired with my Margatini. Cheers

    Glen Dobbs · January 4
  • Melinda J.

    Great happy hour. Grab a mini quesadilla and the sangria.

    Melinda Jackson · October 5, 2014
  • Christina A.

    Best happy hour. Mini chicken burritos, queso fundido, lobster quesadilla, blue crab enchiladas, blue crab quesadilla, cheese enchiladas, green rice and black beans, quacamole and Strawberry margarita

    Christina Anwar · September 29, 2014
  • Julie G.

    Ugh. Horrible food. Bad drinks. Don't bother!

    Julie Griffith · April 27, 2014
  • Jennifer S.

    I've made a believer out of everyone I've brought here in the crab and shrimp burrito 😍

    Jennifer Santulan · February 19, 2014
  • Smily F.

    I Love their tacos

    Smily Face · September 13, 2013
  • Andy A.

    Make sure to order a shot of tequila to dump in your weak excuse for a margarita.

    Andy Austin · June 20, 2013
  • Ms E.

    Best "skinny" margarita = Jessica Simpson margarita. Try it!

    Ms Em · May 5, 2013
  • Shane M.

    Try the 3 cheese infused turkey burger! Yumm

    Shane Morton · April 29, 2013
  • Aaron B.

    Try the Margatini. Its their signature drink and its excellent.

    Aaron Baker · March 12, 2013
  • Steven R.

    Everything is great here and most of the male waiters are ridiculously hot. If only they were gay.... :-/

    Steven Raff · March 11, 2013
  • Marc N.

    Bring earplugs. The acoustics make it sound like a Deep Purple concert no matter how busy the place is!

    Marc Nathan · March 8, 2013
  • DMB

    Try the octopus tacos. Not on the menu. You have to ask. It's worth it. Best in LA

    DMB · March 3, 2013
  • Angela M.

    Great happy hour specials! 2 tacos for 4 bucks!

    Angela M · January 22, 2013
  • Kendall A.

    You seriously can't beat Mexicali's Happy Hour. The tacos are a must.

    Kendall Aliment Ostrow · May 10, 2012
  • Stream G.

    I've been here a couple of times. They have a very interesting variety and fusion of foods. My friends liked the Margaritas. Non-Drinker-Me .

    Stream Gardner · April 4, 2012
  • Brittany

    Not good food or margaritas. Skip this joint

    Brittany · January 10, 2012
  • Levi M.

    Well the location,is to seen and be seen

    Levi Mcdonald · November 30, 2011
  • Adam C.

    The margarita just tasted like lime water, the rice was certainly not spanish rice, the salsa that came out with the chips may as well have been tomato paste, no flavor or spice.

    Adam Corriea · November 27, 2011
  • Krista T.

    Had the lobster tacos and Lisa Baertlein had the fish tacos -- both AWESOME. Super cheap prices on Happy hour drinks made the whole thing affordable as well. Read more

    Krista Thomas · October 20, 2011
  • Stephanie P.

    Watermelon Margaritas when they are in season!

    Stephanie Pressman · October 11, 2011
  • Ayana T.

    Best ritas ever!!

    Ayana Todd · October 1, 2011
  • Levi M.

    Try everything

    Levi Mcdonald · October 1, 2011
  • Reg L.

    Wifi is secured, but just aak your server for the password: they're happy to give it!

    Reg L · September 22, 2011
  • Marisa

    Just order a pitcher of the Skinny Girl margs and thank me later. All the food is authentic and delicious. Ambiance is perfect, right in the heart of Studio City's main drag.

    Marisa · September 12, 2011
  • Laura C.

    Great carnitas burrito!

    Laura Chapman · September 2, 2011
  • Baum

    No reason to eat here-- even El Torito serves better food. Apparently the restaurant is having an identity crisis as to whom they wish to cater to. Save your money and eat next door at Umami or Chipot

    Baum · August 1, 2011
  • David G.

    Celebrate Mexicali Mondays with 30% off the entire menu! Read more

    David Gagne · June 20, 2011
  • Hashona B.

    Disappointed with chips, salsa, sangria and tortilla soup, but grilled artichoke was good.

    Hashona Braun · May 29, 2011
  • joanna h.

    share... portions are HUGE.... stay skinny :)

    joanna heart · February 20, 2011
  • Brittany W.

    All of the servers and hosts are men, and very good looking men at that. Ladies, enjoy yourselves.

    Brittany Wilson · January 30, 2011
  • Brittany W.

    The Mexicali Dos is perfect if you can't decide what to get! The Pomegranate Margarita is delicious and the Cadillac Margarita is really strong!

    Brittany Wilson · January 21, 2011
  • Peter L.

    Fish dish dodgy today. Would stick to reg Mexican food. Awesome amb and service. Would still recommend. Drinks are great and fabulous Salsa and chips.

    Peter Lorimer · January 9, 2011
  • Justin B.

    Monday is the day! 30% off food!

    Justin Bartek · December 21, 2010
  • Kika D.

    Mon = 30% off food and they have a daily HH ON THE PATIO from 4-7pm and 11pm-1am.

    Kika Davis · November 15, 2010
  • Robert G.

    Great drinks and great food!!! I love this place!!

    Robert Gibbons · September 12, 2010
  • robin c.

    Try a skinny margarita! And seabass wrapped in banana leaves... Not an ordinary place! Great people watching while sitting on the patio as well!

    robin coleman · June 9, 2010
  • Elizabeth B.

    Extensive tequila menu. Be sure to "call" your tequila preference when you order a margarita.

    Elizabeth Buck · April 22, 2010
  • Cece T.

    Such fun with friends-- especially margaritas at lunch and then breaking the bank at Lucky Brand next door-- yikes!

    Cece Tsou · April 21, 2010
  • Robert B.

    Monday nights are 30% off all regular menu items.

    Robert Brill · April 4, 2010
  • Greg J.

    Get the Grilled Artichoke at Mexicali! Great food, lots of specials. Also the Shrimp and Crab salad is awesome.

    Greg Johnson · March 20, 2010
  • Mary B.

    Grilled seasonal artichoke = yumfest

    Mary Baker · March 1, 2010
  • Bravo

    Margarita Mondays! Food is half off and there are deep discounts on Margaritas. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef

    Bravo · January 29, 2010
  • Robert B.

    Monday nights are 30% to 50% off all food. Great deal.

    Robert Brill · December 26, 2009

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