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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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Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main and 20th
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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295 reviews 295 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited the Bowers Museum to see the Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt exhibition and to hear Dr. Salima Ikram's lecture Manufacturing Divinities: Creating Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. Tangata offered a special Egypt-themed dinner that night, so we ate there before entering the museum. The special dinner was $35 per person, plus $15 for... More

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

Good Afternoon, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am glad you enjoyed our Egyptian themed dinner. We will ba happy to welcome you during regular lunch of during our next bowers after hours dinner Kind regards, Thibaud Duccini More

Costa Mesa, California, United States
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186 reviews 186 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I have dined at Tangata so many times: with friends or dates, for holidays or along with visits to the Bowers, and for lunch, dinner and featured meals. The menu has just enough diversity that I can always find something to my liking. The portions are decent and the food always seems fresh. I could recommend practically anything, but I... More

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Anaheim, CA
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296 reviews 296 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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465 reviews 465 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 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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547 reviews 547 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
272 helpful votes 272 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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