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Taco Mesa

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647 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715
949-642-0629
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Mexican food in Orange County

Not fancy, no ambience at all, just simply the most creative , tasty food in SoCal.I always order the shrimp quesadilla , a perfect combination of fresh grilled shrimp , top notch cheese on either a whole wheat or wheat tortilla. Our family loves the tacos, my wife is addicted to their breakfast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not fancy, no ambience at all, just simply the most creative , tasty food in SoCal.I always order the shrimp quesadilla , a perfect combination of fresh grilled shrimp , top notch cheese on either a whole wheat or wheat tortilla. Our family loves the tacos, my wife is addicted to their breakfast quesadilla. They offer 3 distinct salsas, all... More 

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Jonkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Drove for 40 minutes just because of the great reviews, was worth every minute in the car. We had some great food, had the burrito and the blackened chicken quesadilla and they was great.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Tops. Had the pork carnitas with pinil sauce and corn tortillas. Everything is stunningly good. Probably the best Margarita I've ever had. Couldn't even taste the tequila burn but definitely tasted it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The setting is cool very retro. All the food was made to order, I had carna asada tacos, well done with green grilled onions on top, All the food was good but nothing was spicy at all, food lacked pizzazz everything was a little bland. It was my first visit but I'll go again!

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Newport Mesa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I've been driving by this place for years and never been but always have heard great things about Taco Mesa. Taco mesa lived up to the hype. I have a few tacos and they were great and filled with flavor. The salsas were very good. It's unusual to find good salsa. I will definitely go back and try more food.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I visited here with my girlfriend on a 6 week holiday and had taco mesa ten times! It was amazing I loved the blackened chicken quesadilla

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Orange County, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This place serves a number of yummy entrees with daily specials in addition. The seasoning and sauces are excellent. How do they make rice and beans taste so gourmet? Friendly service too. The food is basically indistiguishable from the plusher and more expensive Taco Rosa. And the streetside ambience is definitely more authentico.

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Nashville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Nothing fancy but great food in a casual atmosphere. Guac, salsa bar, tasty chips and tortillas We had the fish tacos and the carne asada. Such fresh food!

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Huntington Beach, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Delish tacos and flavor combinations. Blackened has so much flavor. LOVE the salsas! Lots of choices and tons of jalapeno carrots to snack on while you wait. If you love tacos, this is the place to try. Order at the counter and they call you to pick up your food. Only seating is outdoors.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This little place is the original TM. I frequent the TC in Mission Viejo. The menu is consistent at all. My favorite is the blackened calamari, among the several blackened proteins (fish, calamari, chicken). Today, I had a blackened calamari. Also...the salmon taco with the creamy mango sauce is outstanding

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 647 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: 949-642-0629

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?