We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

American, Californian, Eclectic
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731 (Main and 20th)
714-550-0906
Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 56 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Don't Miss It

Friends suggested we meet at Tangata for lunch, and it was an excellent choice. Nice atmosphere, good food, attentive service. We stayed for the better part of two hours, getting reacquainted after a long absence, and we never felt rushed to get up and get out. You can bet we'll be back whenever we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
RuNanS
,
Pacific Grove, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
Add Photo Write a Review

56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Pacific Grove, California
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Friends suggested we meet at Tangata for lunch, and it was an excellent choice. Nice atmosphere, good food, attentive service. We stayed for the better part of two hours, getting reacquainted after a long absence, and we never felt rushed to get up and get out. You can bet we'll be back whenever we return to the area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
The OC, Orange County, CA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My wife had never been to the Bowers before so we decided to go. She went online and found that the Tangata was there at the museum. We enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere was really nice, upscale like but someplace you could wear shorts too on hot days. We both enjoyed our meals. I don't remember what she had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Ana, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Tangata at Bowers Museum is a perfect lunch stop! Especially for friends and business! The atmosphere of this museum is a rich backdrop of pleasure like few others! Tapestries and global artifacts add a sophisticated elements to an environment of fresh, modern design at the restaurant itself! There, wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and other customers add a stylish... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pasadena, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We tend to try to bring our pet bird (cockatoo) along with us whenever possible. Although the museum wouldn't let her in, the restaurant was very nice and let us eat outside with her. Both the service and food were very good. If you are going to the Bowers, make a point of having lunch here. Apparently I need more... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
232 reviews 232 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Upscale offering of appetizers and main course salads. Tangata offers a variety of main courses and a selection of homemade desserts. Lighters offering include an assortment of sandwiches and pasta dishes. We always make time to eat here when we visit the Bowers. Recommended

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California, United States
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Food is very delicious and ambiance decent. There is a good wine list. However, this is not a restaurant for small children.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moorhead, Minnesota
Top Contributor
516 reviews 516 reviews
429 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Excellent eatery at a very fine museum. Perfect setting and good service. A but higher in price but not bad for what it is.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tustin, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is not your ordinary museum restaurant--it is much better! The ambiance is lovely and the food is delicious. I have eaten lunch here many times and I have never had a bad meal.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Tangata! I am glad you had a great experience and I hope to have you eat with us again soon! Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More 

Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

To round out the excellent experience of visiting the Bowers Museum, have lunch at Tangata: it's elegant, food is delicious, from standards (hamburgers, etc) to inventive specials, expertly prepared. And it's right there, in the museum. A wonderful way to take a break between seeing exhibits. Not opened for dinner, except for special occasions.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Tangata! I am glad you had a great experience and I hope to have you eat with us again soon! Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More 

Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Museums can crank out standard fare and even a poor meal. Not here. A pleasant setting either under a skylight or outside on a covered patio. We had salads and pasta dishes well above the average with ice tea refills offered by the competent staff. It makes going to the Bowers Museum even more fun than ever. And parking is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Tangata! I am glad you had a great experience and I hope to have you eat with us again soon! Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More 

Travelers who viewed Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art also viewed

Santa Ana, Orange County
 
Santa Ana, Orange County
 

Been to Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
    (Main and 20th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: 714-550-0906

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?