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2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731 (Main and 20th)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Joshua Tree, California
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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322 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Went for the opening of the "Mummies of the World" exhibition and had the fixed price dinner before viewing the exhibition. Food was delicious as we had come to expect and although all the other diners were seated inside we were granted our request of a table outside overlooking the gardens. Felt like we had the restaurant to ourselves with... More 

Thank KEinSF
Newport Beach, CA
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224 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Very crowded restaurant with good food, contemporary design and furnishings. Upscale with an interesting menu. My dining companion had a entree salad with shrimp and odd combinations of vegetables that was delightful. I eat very small portions and I ordered an appetizer of beef/pork combo egg rolls. They served four of them, however they were really tiny and the price... More 

Thank bitler
los angeles, CA
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124 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

Went there after reading the positive reviews but frankly was a little disappointed. Not because the food is bad but there was nothing outstanding or memorable about the restaurant other than the decor. The quality, service, price are typical Patina standards. Don't come with higher expectation and you should be fine.

Thank RRla
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Tangata has a wonderful brunch and lunch offering and occasionally hosts special occasion dinners for Valentine's Day and other special events. The ambiance is comfortable-chic, the service is excellent and the food is wonderful! A nice addition to your museum visit or a meeting with friends or a special treat for yourself! They have wonderful desserts!

Thank B P
Carlsbad, California
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The restaurant has just reopened after a remodel. I chose it as a tourist wanting to see the attached Bowers Art Museum not knowing anything else about it. Take it from me, if you are alone sit at the bar. I was treated to an insider's view of the crafting of a new cocktail and was even offered a taste,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, 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: 17145500906
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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