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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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Los Angeles
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308 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars 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
new york
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

After a long day at the beach and being hungry but not wanting anything that entailed showering, dressing and going back out, I scrolled through my app on my phone and found "Taco Mesa" with rave reviews. Well they were correct ! . This is a gem within a rough exterior. Don't let the outside stop you from experiencing the... More 

1 Thank caliporsche
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Food was cold and nasty I got a wet carnitas burrito and let me tell u I would of been muchhh more happier if I would of got a burger next door at McDonald's. I do not recommend unless u like nasty food then be my guest 😷😷😷 I had to dissect my burrito cause the sauce tastes exactly like... More 

Thank Edward R
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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Outdoor dining but it's always good. It's not our number one restaurant and sometimes we do not come here because it's always crowded. The food is good and the menu is interesting. I recommend this location.

Thank brenagain
Newport Beach, California
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

In a Saturday noon after a long morning of shopping, needed a cool place with good food. I hadn't been at the taco Mesa, but heard about it. After parking in the free back lot, You need to order your food at the counter, get the salsa stuff and find a seat outside in the patio. Try the fresh churros... More 

Thank HashTagTraveler
Orange County, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Lively, friendly cafe with a quirky exterior that makes the high-quality yum of the eats offered even more of a refreshing break from the typical southwest food offered on every other corner. Service is bare bones, but staff are pleasant and efficient (order at the counter, and pick up food when your name is called). Cute patio (covered) eating areas... More 

Thank Windy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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?