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Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

American, Californian, Eclectic
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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
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 27
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    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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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
Wasn't expecting such a great lunch!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
mjbncc1701
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The OC, Orange County, CA
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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The OC, Orange County, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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Santa Ana, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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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Pasadena, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 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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San Diego, California
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89 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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427 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 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 

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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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