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El Jacalito Grill

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
+1 909-866-3537
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Come here for the fantastic Mexican dishes after a long day of snow play. The wait can be long-ish, and the service iffy, but the good is worth it.

Thank TurkeyPotPie
Long Beach, California
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

On a busy late Saturday afternoon, we were lucky to find a few seats at the bar. Bar tender was busy mixing up amazing looking drinks. Menu had many traditional dishes, but I settled for their shredded beef Taco plate and a house salad. The food hit the spot after a 5 mile snow shoe trek. Service was good for... More 

Thank Wendya01
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional Mexican food, all plates chosen were well served. Delicious Mexican flavor and quick service.

Thank Fernando G
Torrance, California
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for dinner with the family on a winter Saturday night. Over average restaurant. Most of the meals were pretty bland and just average. But I come from LA area where we have a ton of great Mexican restaurants. Price was decent.

Thank Kevin s
Big Bear Lake, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a great place for Mexican food, and their bar makes the best margaritas. I think it is an old family recipe, and they are delicious. A charming-relaxing atmosphere, and really good food and drink. Try it you will love this place♥️

Thank Terry B
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We were up in big bear looking for something to eat. We found el jacalito The drinks were very good and the food was very good as well I would recommend this restaurant anyone in the big bear aera

Thank john h
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166 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat in the village and landed at El Jacalito Grill on the Monday before Christmas. The place was hopping. Our family of 5 ended up splitting up and sitting at two small high top tables in the bar so we could get seated sooner. Margaritas, chips/salsa, entrees and service were good. We would... More 

Thank rwheeler1977
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

This place was great. We had a reservation, the restaurant was packed and they had our table ready to go when we walked in. The service was incredible. Our waitress got everything perfect and with a party of 12 and everyone's special requests, she was great. The food is excellent. Great guacamole! And their fajitas are great!

Thank businesstravler20101
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Came in with no expectations and had one of the most amazing nacho dishes with beef for $3.50!!!! Draft specials were on point and the staff was super friendly!!!! Will come back!

Thank Madeline G
Encinitas, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

After walking around the town for a few hours on a sunny November day, we decided to stop at El Jacalito for some Happy Hour beers and food. The patio was getting a bit chilly as the sun was setting, so we opted for a seat in one of the high tables in the bar. The staff was friendly and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 16
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: +1 909-866-3537

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?