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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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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
The Icing on the Cake

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Sun City West, Arizona
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Sun City West, Arizona
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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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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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138 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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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150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 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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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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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Fullerton, California
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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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Redlands, California, United States
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Pacific Grove, California
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 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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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

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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, International

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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