Bakersfield - Mass Ave

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern

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Serving up authentic, Mexican street fare, and a selection of over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys. Bakersfield is a spot where the food is simple, the service is warm and the atmosphere is alive.
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SS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great table by the front window. The waitress was nice and attentive. The food was excellent and margaritas were delicious.

s
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bakersfield! Always great food and service! Love being able to make a reservation!

KR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of our favorites in Indy.

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, but not worth what we paid.

LR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was ok. Wasn't good wasn't bad. Just ok. And loud as hell.

OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

They changed their menu. It’s not what it used to be. Don’t know if we would ever go back!
Plus the service was horrible.

s
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us went there for the first time. We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived.

Ambience had a cool vibe.
Started with chips, salsa, and guacamole - all very good.
We each had a few tacos, the shrimp and short rib were outstanding. Also tried the fish taco, which was great as well but we all preferred the other two.
We also each had a Tostadas, which was good but highly recommend the taco instead.

Will definitely go back, by far the best Mexican we have had in the Indy area.

M
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious. I know it sounds dramatic, but I would die for the short rib tacos to live another day. The margaritas were strong. The guac and salsa were fresh and flavorful. The service was nice! Not much privacy between tables but that's okay!

CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The short rib tacos were so dry! The shrimp taco was great though. Good margs.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The server was great the guac was avocados just chunky with salt and cilantro. The pastor tacos were forgettable and neither of us ate much more than a taste of the meat.

Our server was amazing.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on December 20, 2019

Hi Michael, thank you for your honest feedback. Please send us your email in a private message so that we can contact you directly to hear more about it.

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JL
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Poor server experience. Slow and non responsive

c
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was good, Margs were good. Just a little loud and servier was hard to get sometimes but not a big deal

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son took a date for her birthday

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on December 2, 2019

Awesome to hear, thanks for the review!

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TN
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Menu has changed for the worse. Tostada is nothing but a sad taco and no corn chowder. If I wanted generic tacos I would go elsewhere. Server was great but seemed poorly trained. I can see why the restaurant was half empty.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hi Tom, Sorry to hear about your experience with us. We change up on menu ever so slightly seasonally so this season we've decided to go with our chorizo chili which is nice and hearty on a cold day instead of the corn chowder! Tostadas we changed up awhile back to make them more authentic street style and easy to eat! As for service we would love to hear more about your experience as we pride ourselves on excellent customer service, please feel free to reach back out.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bakersfield!! It’s always the perfect environment when I want to go out with friends. The food is to die for and the waiters are amazing.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thanks for the love!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wanted somewhere nice to eat dinner, Bakersfield is one of my favorites.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thanks for the love!

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EM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience! I reserved a table the day before and when we got there, we got right in and sat at our table. The food and service is always amazing too!

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thanks for the love Emily!

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OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Bakersfield is your typical trendy taco/Mexican food spot. The avocado is always fresh, but do wish the tortillas for the tacos didn’t fall apart so easily. They have recently expanded their menu and added more variety. The margaritas had a lot of ice and were not filled all the way to the top.

CW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the rustic urban vibe. Best shrimp tacos! Very yummy!

k
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good time at Bakersfield. Food and drinks were great! Sometimes hard to hear each other in conversation but enjoyed our night!

c
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow the basement is loud. We were sandwiched (or taco’d) between two very loud parties. The noise level was jarring. The staff did a great job though and the meal was delicious as always.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on November 19, 2019

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RJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food, great friends, good tackos

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thanks for the love!

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JM
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bakersfield never disappoints!!!!
So yummy!
Service was great. Atmosphere was great!! And of course the drinks and food were AMAZING!!!
I will be back for sure!!

DA
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on November 19, 2019

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Just meh. Service was bad - I was served warm Rose wine (I mean, not even remotely cool and it was freezing outside so they must've stored it near a heated area) and when I told the waitress she said she didn't know what to do. Then she brought me ice. Food was mediocre. Better tacos to be found. Their green salsa is to die for though. Go for chips & salsa, but have wine and eat dinner somewhere else.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Waitress gave us $5 off for our 2 year anniversary 🙂

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thanks for the love. Hope to see you back soon!

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DJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Made reservations and we had to sit at a table that was for one or two people, however there were 3 of us and the place was not crowded.

C
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This restaurant was pretty good for an informal bite to eat. I'm not a fan of high table tops, but that seems to be a trend in the industry and Bakersfield has adopted that in some of their space. I think they specialize in margaritas and bourbon which is fine, but I wanted a martini and they don't serve them. Don't know if there is a restriction on the liquor license, but if not, they need a full bar.
I enjoyed the taco varieties and I told my hostess I was doing the keto thing and she accommodated that by bringing the taco contents in small bowls. Very nice on her part and the food was good.
I think this would work as a quick bite place and/or if you want margaritas or single barrel bourbon. Have a taco and a beer or other libation and you can't go wrong.

JE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as well as the service. The fish tacos I will put up against any other fish taco in San Diego.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos at Bakersfield are my favorite in town! I will be honest, I thought the tortillas did not taste as good as normal, so I’m basing my five stars on previous experiences with the food. Everything inside the tortilla was delicious. Service was excellent as well.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on November 19, 2019

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O
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Bakersfield typically has great atmosphere. It's energetic and always lively in the evenings. On this visit, with a reservation we were seated in the basement along the bar area. If I am standing in a bar, I don't mind being jammed around people however, with a reservation, to have people's backs pressed up against the table and the screaming of people in the congested bar area led to a very unpleasant visit. Again, in the bar I could have chosen to move, however with a reservation we shouldn't have people coats hanging in our chips and salsa and constantly being bumped.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks Great Eats. suggest the chicken tacos and bistec steak taco. Delicious and flavorful. Also try the pineapple margarita.

KF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food quality has seemed to gone down. Can make the same concepts better at home.

CA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a first time experience for our party of four we all loved it. Our waitress was great with suggestions for us. My husband told the waitress he wasn’t crazy about one of the taco’s it was a bit dry. They took it off the bill which was quite nice but totally not necessary. He then just added it to her tip. We will be returning.

AM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere, good drinks. Killed the OFBB. Wife and I enjoyed ourselves

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and delicious margaritas!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere, will be back!

OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Apathetic server, kind of a downer.

R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Making a reservation totally makes a difference. Service was good, tacos were delicious, and drinks were great. We couldn’t stop eating the red salsa! We’ve had very bad service at this place in the past, so this was certainly a good experience.

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos and Margaritas are amazing!!! Service was excellent.