Bakersfield - Pittsburgh

4.6
126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey.
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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AB
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch around 11:30. We were the first table on a Sunday, which is a bit surprising. The tacos we ordered were excellent, especially the fish and shrimp tacos. The table we sat on wasn’t clean and there crumbs of food here and there. Our waitress was very nice.

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TM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. And all for a relatively good price.

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OT
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Good food, margaritas and service. Loud, but a fun vibe. I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, best queso I've had! Staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations. Can't wait to go again!

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LW
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and drinks were great as usual. The service was bad though. The service started out great but then fell flat. They brought our meals out before our app. We asked about the app we had ordered. Even after we told them that we never received our appetizer, it still took them a really long time to bring it out to us. The app we ordered was just chips and salsa so I don’t understand why it took so long to get it. They did not offer any sort of compensation. We also had to ask for water when I feel like that should be a given. However, I have been here a number of times and this is the first time I had poor service. I have always enjoyed the food and margs so I will still go back but the service left me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Hopefully the poor service was a one time thing.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. The food was amazing, we had multiple courses for a bigger group so we got to try a few dishes. We loved the ensalada the most!

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

We love the food and margaritas! Service was quick and efficient and friendly. Will definitely go here again

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DK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Our server wasnt very friendly and very annoyed with our menu questions.

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BB
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I have been here before for lunch but this was my wife's 1st time. The place was crowded and noisy which have is a good chance to practice our ASL.

The food is excellent. We had the guacamole and chips. It was fresh and flavorful. I had the spare ribs tostada's and my wife has the pork an shrimp tacos. They were excellent.

The only thing we didn't like was the noise level.

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NY
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is amazing and the drinks are great too. Go for the tacos, but you must try at least one queso.

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TL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place to have dinner because the food is mostly shareable. The atmosphere was lively and the food was flavorful. The cost of the drinks were a little expensive.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic as always and service was prompt and attentive. Great atmosphere - always glad to bring friends to Bakeesfield since it is a great experience. Going on a Sunday for a late lunch also meant a quieter experience than on a Friday/Saturday night and it was very enjoyable.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Bakersfield--it's pretty much become the go-to pre-show restaurant for my wife and I, and the go-to pre-concert place when with friends. The tacos are delicious and cheap, and the tequila menu is outstanding (plus, them having Rheingeist Bubbles on tap is a huge point in their favor). Last Saturday, my wife and I stopped in for lunch before a Benedum show. We had fish tacos and portabella tacos (my favorite thing on the menu), while being attended to by a delightfully friendly and upbeat server named Lydia. We weren't drinking, but still, a total of 23.00 and change was mindblowing for a great lunch downtown. If there is any criticism, it's that the menu options are a little limited. Still, what 's there is so good that I have to stop writing this review right now because I'm getting too hungry.

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NS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a pleasant dinner at Bakersfield. The noise level was pretty high ("energetic" is an euphemism!) but it was appropriate to the space. The service was friendly and attentive, and the young woman who was shadowing our waiter on her first day made sure we never had to ask for refills of our water or for anything else. The food came quickly, and was tasty.

It wasn't outstanding, though, or fantastic. I love fish tacos, but the only one on the menu had fried fish, which I can't eat. I asked if they could make it grilled, but was told it comes "already breaded for frying" -- which means it's coming in frozen, not fresh. (If it were fresh, they could bread it for frying or put it on the grill. If there's no option, it's been bought frozen for frying.)

The huitlacoche taco was tasty, but had a tiny bit of food on it -- more like an appetizer than part of a main course, and completely out of keeping with the size of the portobello taco I also ordered, as well as my husband's carnitas and steak tacos. He also ordered the fish taco, which he enjoyed, so if fried fish is your thing, you might like it.

The margarita pitcher was worth getting.

If we were nearby and wanted to go out with friends for drinks, this would be a reasonable and satisfying place to go. But I wouldn't add it to our usual rotation of places to eat, and I wouldn't go out of my way to go here. Thus, three stars.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for a date, great shareable food and drinks! Will definitely be back

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

fun place to go. Enjoy the excellent food. Menu with small plates that you could add together and appetizers to share. I like the idea of the sharing the a large plate with my group. My dining area was the bar downstairs. Would like to try upper area in future.

Bakersfield - Pittsburgh
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you! Androniki Thanos General Manager, Bakersfield Penn Ave

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent Mexican food
Black Bean side dish and roasted corn side both outstanding

Bakersfield - Pittsburgh
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thanks, George! Androniki Thanos General Manager, Bakersfield Penn Ave

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful since it was our first time. I ordered the Baja Shrimp and Short ribs tacos. They were tasty!
My bestie and I tried their taquitos as recommended by our friendly waiter. It was surprisingly Delicious 😋

Bakersfield - Pittsburgh
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you, Rosey! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed everything! Androniki Thanos General Manager, Bakersfield Penn Ave

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S
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bakersfield for a Sunday lunch. The food and service were outstanding. We shared a pitcher of margaritas and enjoyed the chips, salsa and guac trio, and ordered about a dozen different taco's. We all enjoyed it very much and I'm sure we'll be back again soon!

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o
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bakersfield serves delicious food and cocktails, with great portion sizes and value, in a fun bar environment. Always a great time.

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G
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bakersfield is a MUST in Pittsburgh. The staff is outstanding and the food is fantastic!!

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KK
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the place. The tacos, and queso with the chips were the best we ever had. Kirk, our server, was wonderful, very attentive and friendly. Definitely will return again.

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MH
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Held a business networking lunch meeting at Bakersfield and really enjoyed the experience! The food is always consistently good and the service this time was top-notch. Job well done!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome, service was great

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was so much worse than I thought it would be. Tacquitos were cold and soggy in the middle and the tortilla the taco came on looked and tasted like it just came out of the press and wasn't cooked at all. The queso was gritty, not creamy. The salad was fairly good.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for casual dating

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S
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. We come for lunch regularly and always enjoy it.

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LT
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and it was a winner. We’ll be back. Love the menu, the margaritas and the service was amazing. Noisy but I can overlook that.

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Bakersfield is good! It’s a chill spot with great drinks. The food is good and the guacamole is super tasty! I love the downstairs bar for a Saturday night out and the upstairs is nice for a get together with friends. Overall a good spot for a reasonably priced night out. Try it!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant decor and atmosphere was very attractive.

The overall experience, however, was lacking. We were not given utensils by our server. The food was average and overpriced, especially for portion size. Although the tacos were good, they were very small and mostly tortilla. At $4 a pop, they could be a little more generous with the filling. Some of the fillings spill out as you try to eat them - with lack of utensils you are left sliding the stuffing back into the taco with a finger or straw.

Similar to the food, the drinks were average and overpriced.

We won't be back.

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LF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Could have been great but the service was so-so. Food was pretty good. Staff seemed indifferent - brought our app out after our tacos unapologetically. Nice atmosphere.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good and so was the margarita and sangria we enjoyed.

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CC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Greeted immediately but the friendliest staff. Seated and served very quickly. Server explained the menu and once we ordered it seemed like the food started coming. Drinks were very good. Food was terrific. Service was great. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! The shrimp tacos, guacamole, and margaritas are THE BEST!

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CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just moved here from NY and thought I'd never find anything like Bar Taco(popular in NY/CT). THIS PLACE WAS BETTER!!!

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MM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although you have an awesome menu, great drinks, EXCELLENT service I must say I'm not a fan of your restaurant's seating. Not a fan of the "high" seating and putting two people at a table less than three feet by three feet is just simply uncomfortable! After you bring your awesome salsas and dips, a couple drinks (add a glass of water for each of the two), and maybe another appetizer there is no room left for the delicious meals! I really do love your restaurant but maybe better seating in your future?

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JO
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was a great visit. Street tacos selections were varied and interesting. We liked the ones we tried and will be back. Oh, and the service was great

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SA
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal with great service in a comfy booth downstairs at Bakersfield before going to the theatre. The guac and chips were plentiful and the taco menu just eclectic enough to make it hard to decide!
The prices were reasonable enough that could try many items and I waitress was very knowledgable.
The house wine (I know I don't drink tequila!) was good

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FN
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tacos, appetizers, sides and margaritas were deleted! Service was great!

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