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Taco Mesa

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647 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715
+1 949-642-0629
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After reading all the excellent Trip Advisor reviews I was anxious to try Taco Mesa for lunch today and as I was walking up it looked like a neat place and I was getting even more excited but upon walking inside the excitement quickly left. 1. They don't have waiters and waitresses, you have to walk up to a counter... More 

Thank David D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Visited the restaurant planning to enjoy some tacos and to my surprise they offer a great array of simple but delicious Mexican food. From simple tacos and "guacamole with chips to carne asada and churros. Location has its own parking and offers outdoor seating. Good option for having a taste of Mexico at a reasonable price.

Thank ecestafe
Mesa, Arizona
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Don't let this modest re-purposed Taco Bell building pass you by. By far one of my favorite eateries. My only complaint is that they do not have ant near my home in Mesa, Arizona. Try anything, My favorite is anything made with their Blackened Fish. Ivan has done something very special with his restaurants. A definite So Cal attraction.

Thank rcooper34
Orange County, California
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Taco Mesa is my "Go To" favorite Mexican restaurant. It is a pleasure to return for the delicious food. My favorites are Chile Relleno, Soft Tacos: shrimp, fish or calamari -loaded with the complimentary condiments from the salsa bar. I've recently tried the combination plate with a beef enchilada, chicken taco, rice, and beans and another customer asked what I... More 

Thank Loren B
La Habra, California
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42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

My family took me here for dinner for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised. I was looking for a low key, non-fancy place with great food and this place hit the nail on the head. One problem is that I went there after not eating all day so I was starving and then proceeded to order almost everything... More 

Thank TheRealDetentroph
Chiang Mai
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249 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Appearance from the outside may put you off, but don't be. The food inside is amazing. We read that it's popular with locals, and it did appear to be (although we arrived early when it wasn't busy). Food was VERY tasy, and really good value compared to other places too. Service was just OK, but hey - the good was... More 

Thank SquashAddict
Salem, Utah
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We ordered our food to go, a nice option. It was very tasty. I would go again and try other options.

Thank Deborah G
Los Angeles
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339 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Housed in a former old-style Taco Bell, Taco Mesa is a Costa Mesa institution. Upon landing at John Wayne airport , a traveller can be here in 15 minutes. Modern Mexican food with some innovative styles which you find in their daily specials. Always fresh. Prices are very good, but the food quality is always excellent. Limited indoor seating and... More 

Thank TheMulv
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I have been coming here with my family for years. Everyone has their favorite dish that they have to get every time, but I like to change it up from time to time. If I had to pick one menu item and stick to it like my boring family does, it would be hard not to choose the blackened chicken... More 

Thank Amy T. G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

You can't keep me away from this little spot anytime I'm in Orange County. It's a bit of a drive from Disneyland due to all the red lights, but it's a straight shot, so I would totally recommend it for anyone vacationing in Anaheim. Taco Mesa's blackened fish tacos and fruit salad are imprinted on my soul!

Thank Alison M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 647 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-642-0629

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?