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Mexicali Cocina Cantina, Studio City, CA

Mexicali Cocina Cantina

4.5
4.5
87 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Since 1995, Mexicali Cocina Cantina has been serving to the community Mexican/Californian (Mexicali) cuisine using locally sourced produce, quality meats, fresh and wild seafood, sushi grade tuna and wild caught crab when available. We pride ourselves in preparing in-house, most of, if not all, of our recipes in house all throughout the week if not daily. We are a Gluten Free house with the exception of our, flour tortillas, local bread. We never use animal products to fry with or in our recipes. Home of the Margatini, our trademarked, signature cocktail. Hand shaken and served up for your enjoyment. Strong but smooth to the finish. We are pleased to offer an extensive array of boutique Tequilas and American Bourbons as well as Wines from the Central Coast of California. All served in a comfortable road house setting with large booths and big high back chairs. We are a lively house so be prepared to have fun with sounds of the day and maybe a celebrity sighting or two. Cheers.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Californian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm Brunch & Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (818) 985-1744
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Glen Dobbs
  • Catering
    Please call Bernadette for more information. 818-985-1744 x 113.
  • Private party facilities
    Please call Bernadette for more information. 818-985-1744 x 113.
  • Neighborhood
    Studio City
  • Cross street
    Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Vantage Street
  • Parking details
    Ample Free parking available just behind the restaurant in the Studio City Shopping Center.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 87 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

87 Reviews
  1. LuckyJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Mexicali does not honor OpenTable reservations the same way other restaurants do. If you are someone, like me, who uses OpenTable to see where to eat based on current availability, this is not that. Seems like the restaurant places your name on a list at the time of your reservation, it does not mean you will get a table at that time. I asked an employee who confirmed that, at Mexicali, an OpenTable reservation is not really a reservation but more of a "waitlist." We waited 45 minutes for a table...with a reservation.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on March 4, 2020
    Our apologies. We do honor our open tables guests normally within fifteen minutes which is stated on the open table website. On that evening we were extraordinarily busy and did the best we could. Again our apologies.

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  2. Bruce

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bring ear plugs! Mexicali is a happening place, so much so that it is beyond belief noisy. At our most recent visit we could literally not hear each other across the table, This is not a new problem; we have repeatedly sworn off the restaurant because of the noise problem (at dinner; not nearly as bad at lunch); when we do come back it's mostly because we live nearby and we're too lazy to go to someplace where your ears aren't ringing when you leave. The food's okay... but not good enough to make the restaurant worth visiting (unless you want to scream and shout at your dining companions!).
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on March 4, 2020
    Yes it is true on a busy night it can be rather loud in the restaurant. Guests laughing, talking loudly, families and their kids just having fun. A great alternative is the nicely heated and comfortable patio. Considerably quieter. We do accept reservations for the patio and we are dog friendly too. Thank you for listening. Cheers.

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  3. annal

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fave restaurant for Mexican in Studio City, maybe in LA.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good, service was terrible at the table but excellent at the bar.

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  5. Vespaio

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy going to Mexicali for lunch or dinner. Just note that it has a lively sports bar ambience and can be very loud near the bar. The food is quite good. It’s best for a fun casual night out with friends.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on February 17, 2020
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  6. harkar9

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always Mexicali continues to delight. The house margaritas are the bomb and everything on the menu satisfies. Can't wait until we go back again!
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on February 17, 2020
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  7. TedR

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Mexican restaurant that is usually a bit on the louder side. Great for large groups or a simple date night. Their roast chicken is incredible, drinks are strong & HH is a great value. It’s one of our go-to local spots.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on February 20, 2020
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  8. Fateoptional

    Los Angeles

    200 reviews

    4.0

    200 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a trustworthy go-to for nice Mexican food and friendly staff. It might not be the most inventive menu ever but it is reliable, and the Studio City location has lots of parking, which makes it even better.

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  9. MichaelM

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place! Indoor and outdoor dining, plentiful selection on the menu. Service was attentive and on point.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on February 4, 2020
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love it! But loud

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  11. Dramadoctor

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Mexicali is a wonderfully comfortable spot. The food is excellent. The service was fantastic. Thank you to our waiter, Landon, for making the evening special!
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on January 7, 2020
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Great ambiance Great service Great price The best Happy Hour
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on January 6, 2020
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  13. JenniferM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is just ok but it’s a fun and lively environment with good service.

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  14. JustinS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going there for years and still the good, drinks and service is still top notch. My one complaint was it appears the salsa has changed, it is not nearly as flavorful as it once was.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on December 19, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  15. Michael

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We eached ordered 3 separate dishes, and all 3 were terribly salty, even the black beans. No flavor as the salt was so overpowering. Dishes could have been if not the high sodium content. There are much better Mexican restaurants to choose from in the area.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was great tonight. Very attentive. Also brought me a BD treat. Thank you.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on November 7, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us tonight. Happy Birthday!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on November 4, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  18. Bonita

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good; noise level not good. Can’t hear yourself think let alone talk.

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  19. ELLReviews

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was okay, a bit salty. Drinks were great. Gentleman serving us was very nice. Kitchen was slammed with a huge order so it took a while for us to get our food. Overall it was just MEH... We’ll give it another shot soon.

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  20. JennL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I hadn’t been here in 5 years. Very disappointed in how poor the food quality has become. Our chips were stale and the salsa tasted like bland canned tomatoes. My enchiladas were dry and cold. It was like the plate had been sitting in the kitchen assembled all day then briefly microwaved. All moisture was gone and the tortillas was dry and crusty. I used to love this place. The staff is still amazing, our margaritas were excellent, but the food was just awful. I should have known the quality went downhill because there was barely anyone in the place when we came in for our dinner at 7pm.

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  21. foodforthought

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great to go to Mexicali. The service is excellent and friendly. The food is always good. I love their carnitas. We'd made a reservation and even though it was very busy, we were immediately shown to a booth. Happy this place has lasted so long.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on October 23, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  22. DebbieC

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my second time to Mexicali, the food was not near as good as I remember. Had a great server but the food overall was mediocre.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome server. Great food!
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on October 22, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  24. DrTalk

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. Very busy but our server went out of his way to keep us updated.

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  25. BarbaraF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, nice sized portions, excellent drinks, friendly service, but not a date place (lots of kids).

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  26. FresserWheezer

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food continues to be terrific -- as good as it always has been. The service is just so-so. Sadly, they're either under-staffed or servers are not properly trained. They seem harried and inattentive. It's ironic because the owner, a lovely and gracious woman, is very hands-on and present.

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  27. MissBlu

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Sunday Brunch . . . took our time and they were okay with that . . . food was fab! Highly recommend.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on September 16, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us. Have a great week.

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  28. TommyTraveler

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not your typical Mexican fare, much better than that! The selection of items was greater than usual and the recipes used to preparing them was atypically and delightfully savory. We had attended an event a few miles away and we’re looking for Mexican food. Found it on OpenTable as a suggestion that was closest. I’m so happy we did! We don’t often get in this area but will most assuredly return to hopefully introduce new friends to it. To top it all off, I must say that their house margarita was remarkably tasty!!!
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on October 28, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  29. MSB18

    Los Angeles

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible Gastronomic Experience Incredible service Definitely looking forward to returning
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on August 12, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us. See you next time.

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  30. Dolce

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious , fresh mexican food. Great margueritas! Great service!
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on August 12, 2019
    Thank you for visiting. See you soon.

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  31. MarkG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great service. The margaritas were not great but the food was very good.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on July 31, 2019
    Thank you for visiting us.

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  32. SheilaH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant. Everything is always great!
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on July 10, 2019
    Thank you.

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  33. TaniaM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress was outstanding. But the food was not what I expected.

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  34. PeterX

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here just in time for happy hour. We didn't know it was happy hour until your waiter told us. We got the mini nachos, shrimp taco and kobe burger which was actually a burrito. Everything was good beside the Kobe burger burritos, I added the pico de gallo that came with the tacos for more taste.

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  35. Aidan

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love going here but tab can get expensive. Great energy in the restaurant and great service keep me coming back

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  36. NanT

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hadn't been here in years. Didn't disappoint. Service great as was the food. A bit loud, but not a problem. Would definitely recommend
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on June 24, 2019
    Thank you.

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  37. LesM

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Nice atmosphere but a bit noisy inside
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on June 20, 2019
    Thank you.

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  38. ColletteS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. When my drink didn't come quite right like four people jumped to fix it. Food was terrific.

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  39. Fateoptional

    Los Angeles

    200 reviews

    4.0

    200 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Daytime meal -- combo plate enchilada was good but carnitas tamale was underwhelming: carnitas should have a charred edge to them while these were stewed and mushy.
    Mexicali Cocina CantinaResponded on June 20, 2019
    Thank you for your comments.

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  40. mistyH

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. Terrific service, food, and ambience! So yummy

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Mexicali Cocina Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 985-1744.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Mexicali Cocina Cantina

12161 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Vantage Street
  • Neighborhood
    Studio City
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm Brunch & Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Californian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample Free parking available just behind the restaurant in the Studio City Shopping Center.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Glen Dobbs
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (818) 985-1744
  • Catering
    Please call Bernadette for more information. 818-985-1744 x 113.
  • Private party facilities
    Please call Bernadette for more information. 818-985-1744 x 113.
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