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Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

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2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731 (Main and 20th)
714-550-0906
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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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
A Unique Respite from Urbanity!

Tangata is located just off the Bowers Museum entrance and shares the lovely interior courtyard, framed with blazing bouganvilleas and authentic Spanish arches. There's both indoor and outdoor seating, which I recommend, provided it's not summer in Santa Ana, which can be HOT. The menu is not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Meg G
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Redlands, California, United States
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Redlands, California, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Tangata is located just off the Bowers Museum entrance and shares the lovely interior courtyard, framed with blazing bouganvilleas and authentic Spanish arches. There's both indoor and outdoor seating, which I recommend, provided it's not summer in Santa Ana, which can be HOT. The menu is not extensive, but offers some lovely fare (Salmon Cobb Salad with Bacon, quite nice!)... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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86 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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.

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Patina_Group, Vice President of Operations at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Tangata. It was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. Sincerely, Christian Muniz More 

The OC, Orange County, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

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Patina_Group, VP of Operations at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Tangata. I am glad you had a great experience and I hope to have you eat with us again soon! Sincerely, Christian Muniz More 

Santa Ana, California
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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 

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Patina_Group, VP of OPS at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Tangata. It was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks I am glad you had a great experience and I hope to have you eat with us again soon! Sincerely, Christian Muniz More 

Pasadena, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 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 

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Patina_Group, VP of OPS at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

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! Sincerely, Christian Muniz More 

San Diego, California
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100 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 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

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Patina_Group, VP of OPS at Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, responded to this review

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! Sincerely, Christian Muniz More 

Los Angeles, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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.

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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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.

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Tustin, California
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43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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.

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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
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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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.

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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 

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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

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