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Red Pepper

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2641 Oswell St, Bakersfield, CA 93306-3148
+1 661-871-5787
10:00 - 20:30
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Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had lunch there today with a friend. The service was just okay. And the place itself is small but I gotta say. The food was really good. I will return there!

Thank Neiru S
Bakersfield, California
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155 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Very good food. I don't call it Mexican, more like Mexican influenced. But everything there is very good. It is a nice restaurant, not a cheap taco shop.

Thank carrot_fixer
Oakura, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The food at the Red Pepper is excellent. I had chili relleños with lobster & shrimp. Everything all my friends & family ordered was well presented & tasted great. We had read a review written by the "dining divas" & tried some of their recommendations. The service was good and the margarita was good too. The Best Mexican food in... More 

Thank Holli M
Billings, Montana
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115 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had a group of 8 people, and the reservations we made were actually for a day later, but the staff rolled with it and seated all of us quickly. Everyone had a great meal, and we left satisfied.

Thank Dan_D_12719
Missoula, Montana, United States
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222 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

I've known this restaurant since it was built 30 plus years ago, and knew it in another location prior. It's moved upward from an excellent but standard Mexican restaurant to a truly gourmet restaurant you'd expect to find in Beverly Hills or the Gas Light district in San Diego. I relished a pair of lobster and shrimp rellano's and my... More 

Thank Larry M
Bakersfield, California
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

It had been quite a while since I had been here so chose if for a celebration. I had the mole chicken enchiladas and my 2 companions each had the vegetable burrito. They both commented that is was nothing special. My mole was very good. This used to be a go-to place for dinner, but the prices have gotten a... More 

Thank bin2oz
Bakersfield, California
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333 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

There is a reason this place is consistently rated by many sources as the best Mexican food in town - everything on the menu is well prepared and very enjoyable. The salsa here sets the bar for others; it's a nicely complex mix of tastes. The menu has the standard Mexican food restaurant offerings but then goes way beyond the... More 

Thank Jon R
Bakersfield, California
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

I went to the Red Pepper to treat my mom for dinner! They didn't disappoint me! I ordered crab rellenos, even though they don't have them on the dinner menu. They were so awesome and tasty! Definitely a great dining experience and the price was very reasonable. I don't go there very often, but I've never had a bad dinner... More 

Thank lcspop
Bakersfield, California
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

The red Pepper has always been one of my favorite Mexican food restaurant. It is definitely an east side favorite with everyone that lives on the side of town. Only problem with Red Pepper is that it is expensive. I suggested this restaurant to everyone.

Thank Brian4356
Bend, Oregon
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357 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2015

Dined at Gilberts Red Pepper in Bakersfield - Lunch was good, nothing great but good food. Service was outstanding, very attentive without smothering you.

Thank RNA1958

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2641 Oswell St, Bakersfield, CA 93306-3148
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
  • Phone Number: +1 661-871-5787

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