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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

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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 21
    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
Most recent review
Try Once & You Won't Stay Away

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
JoAnne W
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Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
43 helpful votes 43 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
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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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
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236 reviews 236 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The food was fresh.The condiments were very good. I had the shrimp taco it was okay, my friend had the Mesa burrito, also pretty okay. I have had better shrimp tacos and burritos. Service was fast and friendly. I was not looking for anything fancy so this place fits the bill.

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Costa Mesa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Be thankful that this is technically fast food, because the line can be long; but well worth the wait. I'm partial to their tacos and the soup of the day, but I can honestly say that I've never had a disappointing meal here. Not only is the food reasonable, the staff is friendly and helpful. Stop by and discover a... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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436 restaurant reviews
511 helpful votes 511 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This was good Mexican. But the #3 restaurant in all of Costa Mesa? Doubtful. It was pretty tasty food, and relatively inexpensive. Give it a try, but not just because its way up the list.

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Dumfries, Virginia, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stopped by for dinner after an exhausting day and we were surprised at the friendly atmosphere. The menu is incredibly vast for such a tiny place and the food was excellent. There is no place to eat inside (other than a small bar type table). We sat outside and we had a nice time.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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116 reviews 116 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This place has been here for decades now. The food is great with a lot of choices. The decor has gotten better over the years with more comfortable seating. Very informal (was built in an old Taco Bell building) but the food is worth stopping here.

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Reggio Emilia, Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I'd like to recommend taco mesa for cheap and tasteful tacos! Give a visit, totally worth it!! We had shrimp tacos, delicious!

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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?