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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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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 23
    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
Best Seasoning in Mexican Restaurant

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Orange County, California
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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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142 reviews 142 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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237 reviews 237 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
239 helpful votes 239 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?