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Mexicali Cocina & Cantina

Mexicali Cocina & Cantina

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Studio City, Studio City
  • Glen D.
    "my 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)
52 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • happy hour
  • margatini
  • tacos
  • green rice
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  • Glen D.
    Glen DobbsJanuary 4, 2015
    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
  • Christina A.
    Christina AnwarSeptember 29, 2014
    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
  • Ian O.
    Ian O'NeillMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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 :)
  • Marisa
    MarisaSeptember 12, 2011
    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.
  • Krista T.
    Krista ThomasOctober 20, 2011
    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
  • Jennifer
    JenniferMarch 9, 2015
    The Margatini is a ridiculous drink. Ask for some olives on the side and pretend you're in Austin, drinking a Mexican martini.
  • Stream G.
    Stream GardnerApril 4, 2012
    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 .
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WilsonJanuary 21, 2011
    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!
  • DMB
    DMBMarch 3, 2013
    Try the octopus tacos. Not on the menu. You have to ask. It's worth it. Best in LA
  • Peter L.
    Peter LorimerJanuary 9, 2011
    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.
  • Marc N.
    Marc NathanMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring earplugs. The acoustics make it sound like a Deep Purple concert no matter how busy the place is!
  • Steven R.
    Steven RaffMarch 11, 2013
    Everything is great here and most of the male waiters are ridiculously hot. If only they were gay.... :-/
  • robin c.
    robin colemanJune 9, 2010
    Try a skinny margarita! And seabass wrapped in banana leaves... Not an ordinary place! Great people watching while sitting on the patio as well!
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonOctober 5, 2014
    Great happy hour. Grab a mini quesadilla and the sangria.
  • @.
    Blah crab and shrimp burrito kicks ass. Green Rice is a must
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BakerMarch 12, 2013
    Try the Margatini. Its their signature drink and its excellent.
  • g o.
    g oconnorDecember 20, 2015
    Superior selection of Tequilas and Mescal.
  • Kendall
    KendallMay 10, 2012
    You seriously can't beat Mexicali's Happy Hour. The tacos are a must.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SantulanFebruary 19, 2014
    I've made a believer out of everyone I've brought here in the crab and shrimp burrito 😍
  • Kika D.
    Kika DavisNovember 15, 2010
    Mon = 30% off food and they have a daily HH ON THE PATIO from 4-7pm and 11pm-1am.
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WilsonJanuary 30, 2011
    All of the servers and hosts are men, and very good looking men at that. Ladies, enjoy yourselves.
  • Reg L.
    Reg LSeptember 22, 2011
    Wifi is secured, but just aak your server for the password: they're happy to give it!
  • Greg J.
    Greg JohnsonMarch 20, 2010
    Get the Grilled Artichoke at Mexicali! Great food, lots of specials. Also the Shrimp and Crab salad is awesome.
  • Shane M.
    Shane MortonApril 29, 2013
    Try the 3 cheese infused turkey burger! Yumm
  • Angela M.
    Angela MJanuary 22, 2013
    Great happy hour specials! 2 tacos for 4 bucks!
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesFebruary 11, 2015
    Not at all Mexican, but that does not mean the quality is's great! Grab the kobe beef tacos and a margatini!
  • Adam C.
    Adam CorrieaNovember 27, 2011
    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.
  • Cece T.
    Cece TsouApril 21, 2010
    Such fun with friends-- especially margaritas at lunch and then breaking the bank at Lucky Brand next door-- yikes!
  • Ms E.
    Ms EmMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best "skinny" margarita = Jessica Simpson margarita. Try it!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BuckApril 22, 2010
    Extensive tequila menu. Be sure to "call" your tequila preference when you order a margarita.
  • g o.
    g oconnorDecember 20, 2015
    Alternative to chips Guacamole!
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 29, 2010
    Margarita Mondays! Food is half off and there are deep discounts on Margaritas. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef
  • Baum
    BaumAugust 1, 2011
    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
  • Andy A.
    Andy AustinJune 20, 2013
    Make sure to order a shot of tequila to dump in your weak excuse for a margarita.
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PorterFebruary 9, 2017
    The guacamole is soooo good here!!
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PressmanOctober 11, 2011
    Watermelon Margaritas when they are in season!
  • Levi M.
    Levi McdonaldNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Well the location,is to seen and be seen
  • Hashona B.
    Hashona BraunMay 29, 2011
    Disappointed with chips, salsa, sangria and tortilla soup, but grilled artichoke was good.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GibbonsSeptember 12, 2010
    Great drinks and great food!!! I love this place!!
  • Smily F.
    Smily FaceSeptember 13, 2013
    I Love their tacos
  • Ayana T.
    Ayana ToddOctober 1, 2011
    Best ritas ever!!
  • joanna h.
    joanna heartFebruary 20, 2011
    share... portions are HUGE.... stay skinny :)
  • David G.
    David GagneJune 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Celebrate Mexicali Mondays with 30% off the entire menu! Read more
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChapmanSeptember 2, 2011
    Great carnitas burrito!
  • Levi M.
    Levi McdonaldOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try everything
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrillDecember 26, 2009
    Monday nights are 30% to 50% off all food. Great deal.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrillApril 4, 2010
    Monday nights are 30% off all regular menu items.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BartekDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Monday is the day! 30% off food!
  • Laura
    LauraJanuary 24, 2015
    Awful lunch service. Margarita fresca was 95% ice. Disappointing all around.
  • Mary B.
    Mary BakerMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled seasonal artichoke = yumfest
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