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“Good Burger” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Tangata at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
714-550-0906
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Ranked #9 of 608 Restaurants in Santa Ana
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main and 20th
Los Angeles, California
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32 restaurant reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Good Burger”
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.

Visited November 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Huntington Beach, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Perfect place for lunch”
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 salad, with arugula, dried fruit, walnuts, apples, cheese and a champagne vinaigrette; sandwiches and a few entrees are also on the menu.
I highly recommend this restaurant after viewing the exhibits at the Bowers Museum.

Visited November 2013
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Dana Point, California
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“A must when in Orange County”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bowers Museum has come a long way since the 1980s.... galleries have been refurbished and recent exhibits have been international in scope and could be ranked with the best in the nation ! The Tangata restaurant on the museum grounds offers a wide and interesting menu.

Visited September 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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“Like this Museum restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Museum restaurants are usually quite good and Tangata does not disappoint. We have eaten here with friends and family and the food has been consistently good. However, I wish they would vary the menu more often.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gardena, California, United States
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“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have lived New York City and Washington, D.C. where I enjoyed their museums. The cafes and restaurants in the museums are usually good but Tangata is the one venue standing out among them. Bowser’s Museum is definitely one of the hidden gems in Southern California, and so is Tangata. Great atmosphere, good services, and wonderful food in decent prices. My teenage sons declared Tangata has the best burger ever. I have tried several different dishes and never disappointed. As Bowser’s often offers the spectacular special exhibits, Tangata’s seasonal dishes are fresh and sensitive. Enjoying great arts and food in a gorgeous California afternoon… what can be better than that?

Visited September 2013
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