Bakersfield - Pittsburgh

4.6
145 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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HK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with excellent service. We will certainly go back.

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MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! Always fun and the food is great!

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

Grace is always attentive (and tolerant of our rowdiness!)
Love everything about Bakersfield (except that I don’t get to eat there everyday...or maybe I’ll just move into the basement)

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TP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Tacos

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Bakersfield is one of our favorite Pittsburgh dining destinations! The food and margaritas are amazing!! Only negative is how loud the upstairs is! It’s hard to have a normal convo without screaming to each other! But otherwise we LOVE it!

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K
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We had reservations and were greeted by very friendly hostesses. The noise level was pretty loud so I asked if we could be seated somewhere that wasn’t so loud. I was told that all those places were already filled by people who made reservations. We were seated promptly. I commented on the noise level and was told they could turn the music down. At that point I hadn’t known music was playing. The service was very friendly and attentive. The food was good. This is a place better suited for the younger crowd into the bar scene and not out for dinner where you want to have any discussions. Not for us.

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JW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The tacos were 3-4 bites each - smaller than expected, but still good. We wanted a dessert - but they don't offer any!!

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TC
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stellar spot. Make sure to order the salsa/guac trio. You can't go wrong with any of tacos, and they're small enough for you to try several different styles. Make sure you get a reservation, we saw quite a few people turned away at lunchtime. It's loud, so don't plan on having any important or intimate conversations.

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gathering place. The guacamole and short rib queso are amazing! Try to save room for a short rib taco or fish taco. Both are so delicious. We return VERY soon. So good!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always!

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AK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I hate it when I have to scream across a 2-top table to someone in order for them to hear me. I don't mind loud music, but when it impacts what i am there to do -eat and talk to friends, i have a problem with it. The food was okay, nothing special but the servers were GREAT! If someone invites me to go there again I will, but i will never choose that as a destination.

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BN
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a 1PM reservation for 4 of us. We were seated quickly and since the other 3 girls had never been here before our waitress ran through the menu and how to order, which was helpful for them! The service was a little slow, for it being the afternoon, but I have noticed it is also slow once they are super busy. I like the tacos here because there really isn't any "fluff", just simple ingredients that work together and taste amazing! The house margarita also NEVER disappoints along with the house guac.

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AM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tacos — full of flavors and textures. Server was very knowledgeable. Already made reservations for the next time I’m in the Cultural District!

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

Good place to hang out for drinks and food. Don't expect too much from food but they have some nice food items on their menu that well with drinks.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and pretty well priced. Really good margartias (I highly recommend the pineapple) and great service. We will definitely be going back!

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GS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. Enjoyable evening with another couple who had never been

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HH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat in downtown Pittsburgh! Would recommend this spot to everyone!

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best tacos and margaritas! We will be back, our server Noah was delightful!

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J
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I did my homework and read the reviews beforehand..Bakersfield came highly recommended ( looking to eat pre-show at TAO and one reviewer said Bakersfield was better..so off to Bakersfield we go, never having heard of the restaurant). Maybe I’m not a Mexican food connoisseur..I don’t think I can give a fair review of menu items I haven’t nor would try..tacos and chips and queso were good..the fish taco though had way too fishy of a taste..Baja shrimp were good. I ordered one Margarita and couldn’t finish it..very good but strong so I don’t know how 2 people can do a whole pitcher of Margaritas. Lol Our waitress was in training..I think a little overzealous with getting us to order..I like to have a drink and app and relax a bit first and the water I ordered ( a must with tacos and queso) never came). Will I go back? Probably not..on a quest to try lots of different restaurants with different foods pre-show. But I liked the atmosphere.

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AB
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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 on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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OT
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
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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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
7 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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