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Taco Mesa

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

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 24
    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
Great first experience!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Newport Mesa
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Newport Mesa
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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Salem, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We found out about this place from Internet reviews when looking for good places to eat in the area. We were visiting in the Costa Mesa area on vacation and went back here twice in 2 days for lunch and also dinner meals. The food is authentic, fresh Mexican and served quickly. My favorite was the blackened chicken quesadilla and... More 

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california
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107 reviews 107 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Wonderful Mexican flavors from a chef raised in Mexico City, Locations in Orange, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch. Great Mexican food, you can reserve their tamales ahead of time for holidays. The flan is really amazing too.

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Costa Mesa, California
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I can't give this place a bad review rating because the Gringos love it so much. They really think its authentic Mexican food but its nothing special. Everyone in Costa Mesa will tell you that this place is their hole in the wall. King Taco puts this place to shame.

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Costa Mesa, California
Top Contributor
239 reviews 239 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We have been coming to this eatery for years, and...the food is always great. It is an old, converted fast-food place so the interior is nothing to write home about. It's all about THE food...!! The food selection has been written up in numerous local newspapers and publications. Check out the Specials. They always have several for both lunch and... More 

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