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Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
714-550-0906
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Ranked #9 of 604 Restaurants in Santa Ana
Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main and 20th
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English first
Orange County, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Bowers Museum stands out as a complex record of multiple cultures in which one can investigate. The permanent collection references native west and southwest people. Objects represent the creative output of people from prehistoric to contemporary times. On display are exquisite rudimentary tools, jewelry, basketry,and pottery. Bowers has a steady stream of once in a lifetime exhibits that they... More

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Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good afternoon Loren, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Tangata, i am glad you were please with everything! I hope that you will be eating with us soon! Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More

new jersey
Top Contributor
324 reviews 324 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I really enjoyed my lunch. It was a beautiful day and I sat outside. Their coffee was so good and I ordered a salmon cobb salad and it was delicious .

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Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good Morning, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to review your experience here at Tangata. I am glad you enjoyed sitting on our patio and you cobb salad. I hope you can have you visiting us soon! Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More

Santa Ana, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

This place just does not seem to wow me. Although it very convenient when visiting Bowers Museum. It is the typical museum resturants with higher prices and average food with an attitude.

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Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Tangata, I am sorry that you were not entirely pleased with your experience. We will be launching our new menu on October 8th i hope you will find it more to your taste. Please let me know directly next time you wish to make a reservation at... More

Pennsylvania, United States
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Tangata was a nice surprise for lunch after a walk through the museum. I tried the salmon cobb salad and was impressed. Salmon cooked perfectly, nice blend of greens, avocado slices were a nice touch. The price was a bit high, but the setting is nice, the service is good, and the food ingredients were fresh.

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Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good Morning Robert, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Tangata. I am glad you enjoyed your Cobb salad as it is one of our most popular item. I hope you will visit us again soon. Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More

Shelburne, Vermont
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The arugula, snap pea, goat cheese and English pea salad was very disappointing. There were 4 snap peas and 6 English peas. The Manchego salad was better, but heavy on the dressing. The salads are expensive for the quality. Instead, just order dessert. The white chocolate lime bar was amazing with the raspberry sobert.

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Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Dear Jan, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at the restaurant. I am sorry to hear that you were not please with your salad and as a matter of fact we will be changing the menu in the next two weeks and this salad will be removed. I hope you will come an try our new... More

Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
362 reviews 362 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited the Bowers Museum to see the Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt exhibition and to hear Dr. Salima Ikram's lecture Manufacturing Divinities: Creating Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. Tangata offered a special Egypt-themed dinner that night, so we ate there before entering the museum. The special dinner was $35 per person, plus $15 for... More

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Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am glad you enjoyed our Egyptian themed dinner. We will ba happy to welcome you during regular lunch of during our next bowers after hours dinner Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More

Costa Mesa, California, United States
Top Contributor
230 reviews 230 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I have dined at Tangata so many times: with friends or dates, for holidays or along with visits to the Bowers, and for lunch, dinner and featured meals. The menu has just enough diversity that I can always find something to my liking. The portions are decent and the food always seems fresh. I could recommend practically anything, but I... More

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Anaheim, CA
Top Contributor
327 reviews 327 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Bowers has special exhibits called "Bowers after Hours" and Tangata has a special menu just for the occassion. In this visit, the lecture was on Egyptian Mummification of Animals, and so our menu was Egyptian themed. The portions are adequate, but not overwhelming. In the typical Patina fashion, they mix a lot of creative ingredients to present a dish that's... More

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San Clemente, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Eat here whenever I visit the Bowers Art Museum. Owned by the Patina Group, as is Leatherby's Cafe Rouge. Both are excellent. Very accommodating to allergies. Interesting and delicious food presentations. Enjoyable to tour all or part of an exhibit, take time out for relaxation with good food and then return to the museum for more of the exhibitions.

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california
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I had a Caesar salad, deconstructed. Two hearts of Romaine, yellow not green, with the normal dressing on top, small piece of toast w/o garlic?, nice Parmesan, nicely grilled chicken breast. I prefer the regular Caesar. Creme caramel good but fruit was half an unripe strawberry, not the raspberry and blackberry pictured in AAA magazine. Sweet potato fries tasty and... More

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Additional Information about Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Address: 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
Phone Number: 714-550-0906
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
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
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Californian

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