El Jacalito Grill

535 Pine Knot Ave, Big Bear Lake
(909) 866-3537

Recent Reviews

Jessica Lizarraga

Delicious food and fresh fish, the servers were excellent. Would have given this place five stars, but the news was playing on the TV which did not make for a favorable experience. Everytime I looked up at the TV they were talking about people being murdered…. Not something you want to watch while enjoying dinner :( please play something else! Would def consider raising to five stars if this is resolved

Elenator Gunner

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Their portions are great! Food tastes amazing! Prices are great! AAAAAnd the service is stellar! Our waitress Daisy was so accommodating and nice. This restaurant knows what they’re doing!! Highly recommend! Will be back for sure!

Daisy Guerrero

We have come to this place everytime we are in big bear. This time we shared a carne asada torta which was so delicious and fresh. The bread was so good. I ordered a jalapeño margarita and my husband got a 34 ounce beer. Definitely worth it. This time we came with our dog and were able to sit in the patio. Waitstaff was great even though they were busy they tried to sit people as quickly as possible.

Andrea Q.

The food here is authentic Mexican, they have a large menu so lots of options to choose from which is always great. Drinks were savory, and the salsa served with the chips was fresh and chunky, we enjoyed everything here. Will be back!

Michael M.

Waited an hour to be seated at a half full restaurant. Service was horrible and food was bland and taste less. It was not worth the wait, cost and time. All there alcoholic drinks we're watered down. Zero star experience.

Mark H.

Delicious fresh ceviche and sizzling chicken fajitas. Yum! First time here and we were served quickly, which we really appreciated. Jalapeño maragarita wasn't bad either. ;-)

Feri S.

the place is big and spacious but food is very low quality. We got chicken and you can tell the quality right away

Frank D.

We came to this place after a long walk. They have great margaritas and their food is very good. I feel like their prices are a bit high but that's pretty much everywhere. I ordered a jalapeno margarita and it was so good. They definitely serve a lot which is great. Their chips and salsa and very fresh too. We ate so much of it before our actual meal but it was worth it. The staff was very nice and they were very attentive. I would come back here again just to try the other selections off their menu.

David A.

This place is great! A must have is the tortilla soup! I also like the margaritas and the salsa bar! The carna asada Plate is great as well and the staff is super nice!

John B.

A great little Mexican restaurant with authentic flavors and spectacular service! We shall return once we are back to BB Lake!

Kevin S.

We have come here before in the past when we are in the area and enjoyed it so we decided to stop again when we were in town this weekend. I'm glad we returned because the atmosphere is nice, the service was great and the food and drinks were delicious. We will definitely return when we are in the area in the future.

Art Harrington

I would have given 5 stars but the chips were cold and the queso was barely warm. The main dish, chicken enchiladas, was delicious. Also the margaritas were fantastic as well as the service was great. We parked right next to this place between here and the liquor store. The outdoor seating facing the main street was also great.


My husband and I just had an early dinner there. Even though it didn’t seem they had a lot of people, we waited outside a while, then they seated us and brought a basket of chips w/ salsa, then let us wait some more… One of the waitresses came by and placed 2 utensils on the table in a corner and left again. After a long while we got to order and the food - starting with fajitas, taco salad, flan and even the coke - were very disappointing - not to mention the $80+ spent there. Not sure who gave it 4*, but we would never return there. Slow service, ignoring clientele, mediocre food at best and most of all- a very disappointing flan… it’s a Mexican restaurant- how hard would it be to make some home-made flan??? Don’t waste your money and time there.

Susan Ortega

Great location!Good food.Outside patio.Server very attentive.Hugh BurritosYummy chile rellano.


First off, service was great and portions were adequate for the inflated resort priced food. I had a wet carne asada burrito that was large and nicely presented. Unfortunately, the meat was pretty bland. My wife had the shredded chicken quesadilla which was good size but only filled about 3/4 of the way to the outside edge and was a bit skimpy on the chicken. It was okay, but not sure I would be a repeat customer.

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