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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)
17145500906
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Tangata Restaurant serves a Pacific Rim lunch menu at the Bowers Museum in...
Tangata Restaurant serves a Pacific Rim lunch menu at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, and also offers wedding and event catering.
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  • 6
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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
Wonderful Experience!

Tangata has a wonderful brunch and lunch offering and occasionally hosts special occasion dinners for Valentine's Day and other special events. The ambiance is comfortable-chic, the service is excellent and the food is wonderful! A nice addition to your museum visit or a meeting with friends or a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
B P
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Los Angeles, California
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los angeles, CA
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93 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there after reading the positive reviews but frankly was a little disappointed. Not because the food is bad but there was nothing outstanding or memorable about the restaurant other than the decor. The quality, service, price are typical Patina standards. Don't come with higher expectation and you should be fine.

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Thank RRla
Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Tangata has a wonderful brunch and lunch offering and occasionally hosts special occasion dinners for Valentine's Day and other special events. The ambiance is comfortable-chic, the service is excellent and the food is wonderful! A nice addition to your museum visit or a meeting with friends or a special treat for yourself! They have wonderful desserts!

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Thank B P
Carlsbad, California
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The restaurant has just reopened after a remodel. I chose it as a tourist wanting to see the attached Bowers Art Museum not knowing anything else about it. Take it from me, if you are alone sit at the bar. I was treated to an insider's view of the crafting of a new cocktail and was even offered a taste,... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The cake is the Bowers Museum and the icing is the Tangata Restaurant. The combination of the two makes for a perfect, enriching, educational, and delicious day. Loved the sunny spacious restaurant area complete with linen tablecloths and servers in ties. Josh was very friendly and took excellent care of us. He was most accommodating to special requests.. The salmon... More 

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

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Tangata! I am glad to hear you had a great experience and hope to have you eat with us again soon. Thank you again! Best, Stanko Mihajlov, General Manager Tangata Restaurant at The Bowers Museum smihajlov@patinagroup.com -- 714.550.0906. More 

Pasadena, California
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182 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a total experience. Not only is the setting spectacular but the service is exceptional and the food tasty. In addition, it provides the opportunity to easily visit the exhibits in the Bowers. The dining room is open, sunny, and comfortable with tables that have plenty of space around them. I enjoyed the Manchego salad and iced tea that... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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266 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Tangata is a very special spot to have lunch. As others have said, this restaurant is open for lunch and located at the Bower's Museum in Santa Ana, California. The room is full of sun with views out to the beautiful courtyard and they do offer outside patio dining. The service was excellent, and the food simply beautiful and delicious.... More 

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

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Tangata! I am glad to hear you had a great experience and hope to have you eat with us again soon. Thank you again! Best, Stanko Mihajlov, General Manager Tangata Restaurant at The Bowers Museum smihajlov@patinagroup.com -- 714.550.0906. More 

California
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Start with a positive...the quality of the food was very good. As for negatives...smallest buffet - three salads, a pasta dish, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, salmon and prime rib. That's all. For desert there was chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream or root beer float. The price was $ 35 +++ since all drinks, wines, champagne or sodas were extra.

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Thank Worldvoyager1
Fullerton, California
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164 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I really enjoy this restaurant. I eat here every time I visit the Bowers. The room is beautiful with tables covered in white linens and flowers. The service is above average. The menu has many interesting choices and changes from time to time. This is a nice spot to break during a visit or to cap one off. I really... More 

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Thank MaryLouise H
Redlands, California, United States
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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Thank Meg G
Pacific Grove, California
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330 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 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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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: 17145500906

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Tangata Restaurant serves a Pacific Rim lunch menu at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, and also offers wedding and event catering.
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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