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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 #3 of 583 restaurants in Santa Ana
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main and 20th
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English first
Anaheim, CA
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148 reviews 148 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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hollywood, california
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Nice selection of Cali type food...well done! And if that doesn't cover it here are some more words so TA will take the review. Cheers!

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California, USA
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352 reviews 352 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

free entry to the museum currently sponsored by Target. what better place to stop by and have some fine dining. we selected the crab cake (one) with lot's of crab meat. nicely decorated and excellent taste. that we choose pasta - made fresh. what a delight. best place for a date in Santa Ana. recommend MeuterMedia

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Alberta, Canada
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160 restaurant reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

So much to recommend about this place for lunch: free parking with the production of a restaurant receipt; delicious snacks and meals and desserts: friendly, efficient service; right next door to one of the best museums in the world. My wife had the burger (a bit messy to eat, but tasty); I had the tuna melt (a bit dry, but... More

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Los Angeles, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I usually eat here when I visit the Bower's Museum. My only complaint would be that the menu hasn't changed in over a year and a half. Service is good and so is the atmosphere and they have a lovely patio area.

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Huntington Beach, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Restaurant is run by the Patina group, which is one of my favorites. I know to expect great tasting food, well prepared, albeit somewhat expensive. The restaurant is nice and bright, with a patio if you prefer outdoors. The menu is somewhat limited, but whatever you choose is excellent. My friend and I both had salads for lunch, a Manchego... More

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Dana Point, California
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7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bowers Museum has come a long way since the 1980s.... galleries have been refurbished and recent exhibits have been international in scope and could be ranked with the best in the nation ! The Tangata restaurant on the museum grounds offers a wide and interesting menu.

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Carlsbad, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Museum restaurants are usually quite good and Tangata does not disappoint. We have eaten here with friends and family and the food has been consistently good. However, I wish they would vary the menu more often.

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