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Taco Mesa

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647 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2715
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mesa, Arizona
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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195 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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308 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

We've been there yesterday and it was really good! Nice location, cool restaurant, friendly waiters. Can only recommend it!

Thank Thomas N
Costa Mesa, California
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is in an old Taco Bell store but the food is anything but chain Mexican. The chicken tacos are good, as are the carnitas ones. They also have fresh squeezed organic juices, flan, fresh chips , fish taco, etc. all fresh.

Thank RuggieM

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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
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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: 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?