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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OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Apathetic server, kind of a downer.

R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were wonderful. We got the Trio Appetizer. I just loved the chunky guacamole. The rojo salsa has some kick. The short rib taco was our favorite. Liz was our server and she took really good care of us.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks for the Love, Crystal! See ya again soon!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place on Mass ave! Their margaritas are to die for along with their chips and queso! Only negative is the place is not that big so it can feel crammed at times!

C
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great minus the wait time for 7 tacos.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, Cdub! See ya again soon!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great drinks - can be loud at times but SO worthwhile. Loved it and would go back again

JL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place. The service was incredible. The food was amazing. We got the trio of guacamole and salsas. Very nice salsas. And the guacamole was spot on. Anymore these days, the guacamole in restaurants is seriously lacking in flavor, and Bakersfield isn't one of those lacking restaurants. Quite thankful for that. The tacos were scrumptious and the margaritas were amazing. We will be back to Bakersfield for more goodness.

JL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!!! THe food is AMAZING! Everything is fresh and made to order. I highly recommend the short rib tacos! My absolute FAVORITE place to eat. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable .

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food! First time using open table saved me a 30 minute wait.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was good. It tasted fresh and unique. The fresca margarita's was fabulous . The price was a little steep but my biggest issue was a large group of people standing around waiting for a table right next to where we was seated. They was constantly bumping into me and the wait staff was constantly trying to get between us sitting at our table and this group so it was hard for my wife and I to relax and enjoy our food and have a conversation.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, the experience was really great. Would definitely come again. Their guac was amazing and I recommend the shrimp tacos. Only negative was a birthday party group was seated next to us and at times I couldn’t hear what my husband was saying due to them talking over each other/almost shouting when talking. Not sure if they have a party room but that would be a good idea to help a little with noise control! We made a reservation and due to traffic heading downtown/crazy rain we were caught in, we were about 10 minutes late to our time. However, they held our table and seated us right away when we got there which I definitely appreciate! Service was great, our food came out fast, and it was really good!

DM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great evening at Bakersfield. The margaritas were outstanding as well as the tacos. Eric, our server, was very attentive and friendly. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Indy.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Too expensive for just a little taco. Service was fast and waitress helpful.

OT
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good per usual! Will be back soon.

LF
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good place to eat! Had really good tacos, and the wait was worth it!

JM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would recommend Bakersfield. The food was excellent but the table was not. We were trying to eat our food and about 6 inches away from us were people waiting for a table. We were pretty much sitting at the hostess stand. That was the only downfall to the dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

i
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good ambiance. Mostly a young hip crowd on a Saturday night. The place was packed! A/C had a hard time keeping up and it was HOT! Felt like I was really in Mexico!

RW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best guacamole in the city! Food was good, but the service was slower than usual. Also, they no longer have straws, which I found disappointing. We will be back, and I’ll pack my own straw.

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on July 8, 2019

Robin, I'm very sorry we were out of straws on your last visit! We are currently transiting to another product so next time you're in we will have straws for you upon request! See ya back soon!

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SK
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

great food, reminds me of California tacos - service was great - very noisy in the basement but we enjoyed ourselves

LK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved a table here before attending a concert, and as soon as we got there (we were 15 minutes early) our table was already ready for us!!! :) The staff was positive and friendly even though it was crazy busy and the food was DELICIOUS! :) I got the shrimp tacos, which I highly recommend! We also got the chips, salsa and queso appetizer. I loved the queso!! There were 2 salsas, one was a tomatillos salsa and the other was like a smokey salsa. They were alright, but if you don't like tomatillos or smokey flavored things I wouldn't recommend them.

My only critique would be the amount of salt on the margaritas! hahaha The margaritas come in mason jars without a straw, so you have to take a sip with the salt rim. it wasn't bad after a few sips, but wooooo! There was a lot of salt. Other than that, it was a great experience!!

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on July 8, 2019

Leanne, Thanks for the love! See ya again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too hot in there

BW
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made reservations via Open Table for 4 at 6:30 on a Monday and had no issue getting in. We dropped off the girls to find a parking space and they were asked if they preferred to be upstairs, on the patio, or in the basement. The girls replied upstairs, which apparently is simply the ground floor where you enter as they seated us at a picnic style table against the wall to the left of the entrance.

We split 2 chip-themed appetizers with their Queso ($6) and Trio ($10) that included guac, salsa verde, and a red chipotle salsa. The queso came in what looked like a small iron skillet and reminded me in taste of a fondue. The verde was one of the better ones I have had with a spicy kick. I'm not a huge fan of smoky salsas as the chipotle was, although the other couple with us loved it. The guac was good and chunky, not amazing but not bad.

My wife and I ordered fish ($4 each) and shrimp ($4 each) tacos along with the hongos (mushroom) tostadas (3 for $7). The tacos are displayed nicely, but are not much more than 3 bites in size. Each comes in a single corn tortilla. My wife is not usually a fan of these, but these were a success due to their flavor not being overwhelming yet being sturdy enough to not tear apart. Both the shrimp and the fish come breaded, you could possibly ask for grilled, but I didn't think to do so. The fish was good, but I liked the shrimp better. To be honest, I probably prefer the shrimp and fish tacos at Chuy's, but they both tasted good. My wife loved the mushroom mixture on the tostada, but we both thought the shells it came on was lacking in texture and flavor. Would have preferred them as taquitos or even tacos.

The other 3 in my group split a pitcher of their margarita and seemed to think highly of it. Our server Brittany was attentive without being pushy. She was good at answering our questions.

In the end, I wouldn't be opposed to coming back, but it wouldn't be my first choice. The others in my group probably feel more fondly of it

BW
Indiana
48 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations, but were sat 20 minutes late. Other than that, the food was reasonably priced and absolutely delicious! The wait staff was great and timely. If you are looking for a new place to go on Mass Ave... TRY BAKERSFIELD!

JR
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bakersfield is an ok hangout spot if you are wanting to have a couple of drinks with friends and maybe share some appetizers, but bring your wallet. For what you get, the prices are pretty high.

KD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went later at night and the crowd had died down a bit. Sat outside. It was a great seating area and the food was amazing. I highly recommend the Pineapple Margarita! The service was great!

Bakersfield - Mass Ave
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review Karrie! Can't wait to have you back in!!

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as usual!

KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The salsa verde and guacamole is great. Also, I loved the chicken taquitos. Beautiful setting!

JB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The basement area was SO loud! Only negative of our visit. You can’t hear the person next to you.

BJ
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was great. We had an open table but when we arrived they did not have a saved spot for us. They ended up putting us in the basement.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I come to Bakersfield a lot and tonight was rough. It took a long time to get a table even with a reservation, a longer time to order drinks, and the longest time to get our drinks. The table behind us sat down significantly after us and had their drinks before us. The restaurant ended up comping the drinks which was nice, but still didn’t expect such poor service from one of my usual haunts.

DD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An ABSOLUTE must on Mass Ave. Great food, great drinks, cozy atmosphere.

KM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bakersfield is a fun and lively spot on mass ave. The tacos are amazing! And they have perfected the margarita.

L
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Server was great! Very enjoyable meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious & never disappoints! Great service too!

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Not as good as it used to be. Food wasn’t nearly as flavorful, no salsas brought out like before and the margaritas tasted like they were from a mix. They used to be so fresh and good, not this time.

JM
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great, with the exception of being seated in the basement. With reservations, we should have been seated on the main floor where the ambiance was much better.

LV
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great!!! Super friendly and helpful staff! The tacos are phenomenal as is the guacamole. Even their margarita as fresh and delicious!!! We tried to go back again during our 3 day trip, but they were all booked up.

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