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“Ehh” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Besame Mexican Grill - CLOSED

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Besame Mexican Grill
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Crown Valley Pkwy.
Orange County, California
Level Contributor
58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Ehh”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

Sorry to say but I had high hopes for this newer restaurant. It is in a very nice location, an upscale center. So I expected it to above average as well. It had a nice long bar area, but the dining area did not measure up to the front of the facility. The menu was fairly predictable for Mexican. The dishes we ordered were sub par. Even the rice and beans that came with them were off. We left without finishing our meals, a rare occurrence in our family. It's possible it was just an off night for them, but it was enough for us to make this a one visit restaurant. Unfortunately.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Cali4niaVisi2r
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11 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Indian Wells, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Ole'!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Besame' was a very pleasant surprise! We were looking for some good Tex/Mex food for lunch but didn't want fast food or what a chain restaurant would offer. A fellow guest suggested we try Besame Mexican Grill located in the Gelson Market shopping center in nearby Monarch Beach. We did and we were glad for it. Open for a little over a year, Besame's offers a full bar (read excellent Margaritas) plus tasty Tex/Mex favorites. We enjoyed fish tacos, chicken frajitas and an excellent side of guacamole to go with the freshly made house corn chips and salsa. We ended up having a dinner rather than a lunch as planned! We just ate light that night. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Russ B
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Homer Glen, IL
Level Contributor
137 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Totally Unexpected Yumminess”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Who would expect a Mexican restaurant in a strip mall to be great? We were starving, wanted Mexican-read a few trip advisors reviews and this was the recommended place to go. Other reviews were right on. It was great! We had 4 differant meals-all great. Guacamole very tasty. Had nice skinny margaritas as well! We highly recommend!

Visited July 2013
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Thank CherylhHomerGlen_IL
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Damascus
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Our concierge wasn't personally familiar with Besame Mexican Grill. Because we prefer smaller, individually owned restaurants rather than corporate "chain" restaurants, we decided to give it a try. The service we experienced was very good. Our server was also tending bar and was a manager as well. Maybe we were just lucky, but he really handled everything beautifully. The menu was creative, the selections were extensive and the food was very good. The restaurant opened last summer, so hasn't been open long. I expect more positive reviews are in store. The location is fine...nothing special as its in a strip center, but do give it a try. We enjoyed our experience and would return.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bill A
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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We visited this restaurant on vacation because of a Travelzoo coupon on a weeknight. There were only a couple other tables occupied when we arrived. The service was good. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The strawberry margaritas were tasty if not particularly strong. There were chips with very spicy salsa on the table. We all enjoyed our food. I think we would go back if we lived closer.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nwbniteowl
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