photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Jared Kelly

Mexicali Rose was a traditional Mexican restaurant across from the Police Administration Building in Old Oakland. Established in 1927, it was rumored to be the oldest Mexican restaurant in Oakland (not confirmed). Mexicali Rose is famous for its very bright pink paint-job. Its Mexican food is traditional Amer-Mexican food—don't expect greatness! Do expect cops eating.

When it opened in 1927, it was kittycorner from the current location across 7th and Clay. They were forced to move in the late 1970s for the construction of the Wiley Manuel Courthouse. 1

1958 21964 ad

Inside, the walls are covered in murals.

After 91 years and four generations, they closed on June 29, 2018.

Photos CC SA-BY Our Oakland:


701 Clay Street

some kind of crazy sour cream filled creation. photo CC BY-NC 2.0 by pengrin™CC BY-NC 2.0 by rocor

Links and References

  1. Restaurant Gets $71,000 Oakland Tribune December 5, 1979
  2. ohrphoto.dpoa1.035 Oakland History Center, Oakland Public Library