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El Mexicali Cafe

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82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
+1 760-347-1280
08:00 - 21:00
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Sat - Sun 07:00 - 21:00
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Mexican food. In the appetizers be sure to have the small stuffed peppers with shrimp. Like nothing you have ever had before. You could make this your entire meal. The sangria was ok.

Thank Janmac77
Vancouver, Washington
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87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not pretentious, small family style restaurant. Outstanding food, very good service, full bar. Do not pass up if you want excellent Mexican food at a reasonable price if you're in the greater Coachella Valley area

Thank Thx1138Molly
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We appreciate the review! More 

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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Feels like a family owned diner right beside a railway track. Nothing pretentious. You're there to eat eat eat! Great chili rellenos and chilliquilies. Popular with locals which is a good sign. We ate there 4 times - more than any other place in the month we were there.

Thank TorontoSandee
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you loved everything. Hope to see you soon! More 

Gig Harbor, Washington
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been coming to El Mexicali Cafe for several years... Family owned and operated business. Food and Service is tops... They go out of their way to make you fell wanted and satisfied.... my favorite is the "stuffed peppers".. Go, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Larrybfive
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, Larrybfive! We appreciate your review. More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped on our recent vacation while traveling south of Joshua Tree. Not knowing what to expect we followed reviews and took a chance. Service was fast and friendly. The restaurant was clean and charming. Really the best reason to stop is for the food. Between us, we tried a variety of items, all good. Chillies Relliano was great, but... More 

Thank Christopher B
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in, Christopher! We hope you'll join us again next time you're in town. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and friendly service. Enjoyed our meals - even the rice and refried beans were outstanding. The train passing by added to our fun evening. Will be back

Thank June K
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed everything - including the "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" - and hope you'll visit us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The food was so good. Great shrimp pepper, short ribs, and amazing mango margarita. Monica the owner and Lupe the waitress were both extremely pleasant and friendly. You have to try this place!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in! We're so glad that you enjoyed everything. More 

Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Have been here for lunch several times. Each time i order the shrimp stuffed peppers and they are always the best part of the meal. They are a 5! Their service is always great! Maria helped me yesterday and she was wonderful. The meals are solid performers but not near as tasty as the peppers.

Thank sakemall
Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Order the Chili Geuritas (sp?) - you will NOT regret! Delicious. Atmosphere is authentic and fun. Easy to get to. Quite an experience.

Thank jgilb65
ElMexicalICafe, Owner at El Mexicali Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for ordering the Chiles Gueritos! We're glad you enjoyed them. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Collierville, Tennessee, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The restaurant itself as far as ambiance was fine. However, all of our food was too salty. The food would be much better if the chefs would have a lighter hand with the salt.

Thank 948russell

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 82720 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201-3136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: +1 760-347-1280
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?