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2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731 (Main and 20th)
+1 714-550-0906
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA
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188 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

I just visited the BOWERS MUSEUM and looked forward to a lunch at TANGATA. I thought it would be a nice treat. It is a clean and bright restaurant that has the modern hipster look that is popular these days. I approached the young lady behind the podium at the entrance and asked to look at a menu. She didn't... More 

Thank Jackbear
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Jackbear, I want to thank you for taking the time to provide us with some great feedback. I apologize for not being able to give you the service you expected when you first arrived. I will let our Chef Brian Black know about the request for more vegetarian options. We are always looking for feedback in how we can... More 

Irvine, California
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37 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

We reserve the seating through open table a week ago. Two days prior to our lunch, I called twice to letting the restaurant know we are celebrating my mother's birthday. Upon arrival, they thought we are party of 9 instead of 5. Again I mention to them we are party of five celebrating birthday. The menu is so un impressive... More 

Thank peiwei
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Peiwei, Thank you for providing feedback about your most recent experience. I truly apologize that we did not live up to the standards that you have come to expect from us. We are always striving to provide the best dining experience that we can and it does not sound like we able to do this for you this time.... More 

Mission Viejo, California
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Tried this restaurant for the first time on a visit to Bower's Museum. It was very convenient and had a clean modern look. Acoustics were very poor. We had to talk loudly to hear each other. We placed our order and ended up waiting more than a half hour for our meal. We both had the $15 burger which came... More 

Thank manglin
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Manglin, Thank you for visiting us and providing me with some valuable feedback. We are always looking for ways we can improve and take your feedback seriously. I will share this information with team and work towards making your next experience better. Thank you, Shane Jagow More 

Garden Grove, California, United States
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163 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

After spending the morning and early afternoon looking at the exhibits in the Bower's museum, we decided to try the restaurant. What a treat. There is a slightly limited menu with a current special lobster addition to their normal selections. We did not see any soft drinks (soda) so my husband joined me with a berry ice tea. Very good.... More 

Thank Diane D
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Diane D, I very sincerely want to thank you for the very kind and gracious words. I shared your feedback with my culinary team and they were all beaming with joy. We love what we do and we take great pride when we get to share our treasures with our guests. Thank you again and we hope to see... More 

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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

This venue is very convenient, but also a real treat when visiting the museum. The ambience is modern with an Asian flair. The food is delicious and presented beautifully.

Thank Linda D
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Linda D, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience! We absolutely enjoy being able to share these wonderful experiences with our guests. We look forward seeing you soon! Thank you, Shane Jagow More 

Joshua Tree, California
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

I had read the great reviews and since we planned a trip to the Bowers Museum wanted to have lunch there mid-day at Tangata. Our waiter was not very good (did not tell us about special that we saw later going by, never asked if we would like bread). My salad was $18 and I realized it was missing avocado... More 

Thank TropiCAL2003
Patina_Group, General Manager at Tangata Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Tropical2003, First and foremost, I want to apologize for not being able to provide you with the type of positive experience that you were expecting when you initially sought us out for a visit. I appreciate you taking the time to reach out and provide your feedback. If you would like to reach out to me personally and share... More 

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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

This restaurant is tucked away in the Bowers Museum (which has some wonderful special exhibits.) The food is excellent....I had the best creamed corn soup I've ever had. Menu changes seasonally. Decor is very nice which an outdoor patio area. We usually go for lunch when we are visiting the museum and will never miss a meal at Tangata.

Thank Suefowl
San Diego, California
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213 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

Whenever we had ever traveled to the Bowers Museum, we always noticed that the attached Tangata Restaurant was consistently full with diners-no open tables. A couple weeks ago, after driving up from San Diego, we decided to discover what everyone else had already found out. We made reservations in advance(A MUST!) After viewing the Bowers Museum opening night of "Mummies... More 

Thank Bruce H
Huntington Beach, California
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

We went to take the family to the "Mummies of the World" exhibit, and decided in the interest of time we would try Tangata. It was a delightful experience! We ate outside as the weather was perfect. We each ordered something different and cleaned our plates dry! The buyers were great, homemade pasta delicious as were the mini salmon tacos.... More 

Thank ewj2015
Los Angeles
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339 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016

Great to find good food available at a museum. We visited on a Sunday, so it was packed with a festival that day, but it was light in the restaurant (kind of expensive). We were going to have the tacos, but glad we switched, because they were super small. Instead we had the delicious burger, aioli sauce, and the tuna... More 

Thank anonymousLosAngeles

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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: +1 714-550-0906
Tangata Restaurant serves a Pacific Rim lunch menu at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, and also offers wedding and event catering.

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