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Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

American, Eclectic, Californian
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2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731 (Main and 20th)
714-550-0906
Monday
Closed
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 24
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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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
Most recent review
Wonderful Food but Pricey for a Family

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Christie C
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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 NEW

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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505 reviews 505 reviews
418 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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.

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Tustin, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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.

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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 

Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 

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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 

Palm Springs, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We were visiting the museum and decided to have lunch in Tangata. What a great decision on our part. It is a very light and airy restaurant with a wonderful wait staff. Food was top notch, and services was fast and efficient. Were especially pleased with our meal. One had the pastrami sandwich and the other the salmon Cobb salad.... More 

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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 your great review of the restaurant! I will relay your review to Jeffrey and i'm sure it will make him very pleased. Hope to welcome you again soon! Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More 

Laguna Niguel, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I attended a company party and ordered the Hanger Steak with charred shishito peppers and fried lotus root & sunchoke puree. I was a little worried because it sounded a bit too exotic, but I was pleasantly surprised. The presentation was a 10. The taste of the steak was excellent! We shared the creme brulee and it was also a... More 

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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 enjoyed the steak as it is one of my favorite item on the menu as well. My apologies for the mistakes during food delivery it will be addressed with the staff. Again thank you and happy holidays! Thibaud Duccini More 

Orange County, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
335 reviews 335 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

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
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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 

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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, Eclectic, Californian

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?