Bakersfield: A Taco Lover’s Dream

Some friends from college visited Pittsburgh, and we were excited to show off the city. The Cleveland natives often rave about the tacos and margaritas at Barrio. We refuse to let our city be outshined, so we felt determined to find some delicious Mexican cuisine. This brought us to Bakersfield.

Bakersfield is located downtown on Penn Avenue. The place was jam-packed on a Saturday night, and (after a long wait) we were seated near the bar on the lower level. We shared a pitcher of the Bakersfield Margarita for $32 and each selected 2 or 3 flavors of tacos to try.

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Excitement overcame us as our waitress set this giant tray of tacos on the table in front of us, and we all forgot our manners and began to devour the food while one friend was in the restroom. Can you blame us? I enjoyed the “Pork Belly Pastor” and “Pollo Rojo,” served on handmade tortillas.


The one mistake we made was ordering too much guacamole. I know what you’re thinking—How could there ever be too much guac? We each ordered a side of it, thinking it would be just enough to top our tacos. As much as we appreciated our leftovers, one side of guacamole is definitely enough for two or three people to share!

We all left the restaurant feeling happy, stuffed and a little bit tipsy. The tacos at Bakersfield were some of the best I’ve had in Pittsburgh, and I will definitely be going back. Because of its prime downtown location, this is a great spot to bring out of town guests (unless maybe they are from Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis or Nashville, where Bakersfield has additional locations). Right on the edge of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, there are plenty of things to do and see in the area. There are also many other bars in walking distance, making Bakersfield a great weekend destination.

Insider Tip: Avoid the line by using the Nowait App. You can log on to check for a wait at Bakersfield and even submit your name directly from the app! If you find yourself on Penn Avenue without a reservation, check in with the hostess and head next door to Sienna Mercato to enjoy a drink at the rooftop beer garden while you wait to be seated.

Parking: There is limited street parking available, but finding a spot in that area can be intimidating. We parked in the Ninth & Penn Garage, which was a quick walk from the restaurant.

940 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 586-5024

  • Mon-Thurs 11 am to 12 am
  • Fri-Sat 11 am to 2 am
  • Sun 11 am to 10 pm

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Have you visited Bakersfield? Which menu item do you recommend? Share your opinion in the comments!

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