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Taco Mesa

647 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715
949-642-0629
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Ranked #7 of 421 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
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English first
USA
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

There food is excellent. Service is fast and efficient. They even have an outdoor seating area under roof. All of the food here is excellent. if you want a more posh environment, go to Taco Rosa in Newport -- same owners -- which has excellent food and more variety.

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If all the old Taco Bells get converted to Taco Mesa's we can call that real progress! Lots of good taco stands in SoCal but this one is yop tier. Beer ain't cheap here but hard to complain or go hungry here.

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York, PA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I have got to say everything I saw being served here looked amazingly good. I wanted to try it all. I chose the shrimp tacos which were awesome. The tacos are made with corn tortillas which is smart because they didn't fall apart like tacos I got at a place in Monterey that were made with flour tortillas. All seating... More

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Irvine, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One of my favorite spots in all of Orange County! Order at the counter, load up on your salsas & marinated carrots, and enjoy your cold beer at one of their metal folding tables on the patio. No need to dress up...come as you are. The salmon tacos, nachos, amazing burritos, and the daily specials. Mouth-watering splendor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Great food - and reasonably priced. We can highly recommend the tacos and the guacamole!! Looks simple when you get there but it is an easy going and cool place!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This was my 2nd experience using trip advisor. We researched the various restaurants in orange county and decided on Taco Mesa. When drove by Taco Mesa I too thought this isn't a place that could get such high ratings on Trip Advisor, but then my wife said do you trust Trip Advisor and after our previous Trip Advisor's recommended restaurant... More

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Irvine, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Don't let the exterior deter you, because this little place prepares some of the best Mexican food in OC. Everything they make with seafood is outstanding and they offer delicious specials and soups every day.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I researched this place on the internet. In late April we went to Costa Mesa, our old stomping grounds. Taco Mesa is so good! Reasonable, fresh, and so dam good! We used to live in the area and sure miss it. California has some of the best Mexican food north of Mexico. The best way to describe this place is...traditional... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Taco Mesa has incredible Papaya Salmon and Calamari tacos ! Their specials on any given night are delicious. I've been eating here for yrs and have never been disappointed.!!!

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Loma Linda, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is a very small restaurant that makes amazing use of its space! Seating and parking are both limited, but the food is well worth the effort! The food is fresh and made with local and organic ingredients. The options are great - satisfying vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore preferences without difficulty. The portions are big, leaving no one hungry. And... More

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