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Mexicali Cocina Cantina

$$ - $$$Mexican,
12161 Ventura Blvd, In between laurel canyon and laurelgrove, Los Angeles, CA 91604-2515
+1 818-985-1744
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good43%
  • Average30%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (8 reviews)
“burrito” (7 reviews)
“tacos” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
12161 Ventura Blvd, In between laurel canyon and laurelgrove, Los Angeles, CA 91604-2515
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Reviewed December 11, 2017

Mediocre, overpriced Mexican. They charge almost $15 for a burrito. Need I say more? The service is very good. The noise level is high. This place used to be so much better. We won't be back.

Thank Max G
Reviewed December 7, 2017

A noisy restaurant with everyone having a good time. Pitchers of margaritas on the tables with chips and salsa. Chicken Enchilada was very good as well as the. Kobie beef burrito. TV's had the football and basketball games

Thank Stanton M
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy eating your food on a street filled with pollution and non-stop cars raging by at super high decibels, and ear blowing quality this is the spot for you. That's not the restaurants fault, they just thought it would be a great location...More

Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Very crowded, long wait. Tasteless food. The braised beef enchilada tasted like tasteless pot roast that was stuck inside of the enchilada. The beans and rice were average at best.

Thank Pas_Du_Sel
Reviewed August 27, 2017

I love Mexicali. Maybe a part of that is how it's one of the first places I went to after moving to LA over ten years ago. I still think it holds up. The servers are attentive. The food is excellent. I always go with...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a late lunch here. It's not authentic Mexican so don't expect it. Enchiladas & tacos duo was delicious and rotisserie half chicken was good too. I had the non-traditional chili relleno (my standby favorite) and LOVED it. You have to also try the...More

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

This was a stop for lunch after doing some sightseeing our first day in LA. Food was excellent and service was prompt. Had tortilla soup and shrimp tacos, never been a fan of guacamole but this place has changed that! The guacamole was creamy and...More

Thank supraracer
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are kind of averse to crowded restaurants and long waits, so decided to go before the crowds hit. The place was already in the spirit, with pinatas hanging everywhere. The environment and service rate high. The food,itself, was nothing to rave...More

Thank madartist54
Reviewed April 21, 2017

Mexican food is ok at best. Very noisy but you can sit outside and breath in the fumes from Ventura Blvd. I pass on this establishment

Thank iwilltrain
Reviewed March 21, 2017

Love this place...Wide variety of choices from authentic to the gringo..They even have burgers and fries..Salads are delicous and they have a bottomless chips and salsa.

Thank Rosemary S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12161 Ventura Blvd, In between laurel canyon and laurelgrove, Los Angeles, CA 91604-2515
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Universal City Area
  • Neighbourhood: Universal City Area
  • Phone Number: +1 818-985-1744
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