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“Get there early, worth the wait if you don't”

Taco Temple Morro Bay
Ranked #8 of 100 Restaurants in Morro Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Laguna Beach, CA
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109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Get there early, worth the wait if you don't”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

We tried to go to Taco Temple our first day in the area, but saw the huge line and went to Chapala's instead (a nice, authentic alternative). We tried again the next day, arriving as it opened, and were very pleased with the entire experience.

The service is extremely friendly. They have self-serve homemade chips and salsa that you can go back for. The restaurant itself is really casual, but clean and well-kept.

The food was great. The tacos are huge and not really what you'd call authentic. Your best bet is to eat them with utensils because they're just unruly otherwise. My husband's flat iron steak taquitos were excellent.

Again - this isn't authentic Mexican food, but the twist they take on standard Mexican fare is really well done and worth trying to stop in.

Cash only, no reservations.

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  • Visited August 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worshipping at the temple”
Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

This fun, quirky California fusion restaurant is one the of the most awesome spots on the coast. Innovative menu items and thoroughly unique decor will win you over before your plate touches the table. The staff is energetic and welcoming and the salsa good enough to eat with a fork. I had a burrito the size of my head but bursting with fresh ingredients and flavor. My wife had crab tacos with mango salsa, as genius and delicious as it sounds. The lager on tap was cold and the service quick. It deserves multiple revisits. Do not be put off my the line or the cash only sign, this Taco Temple will have you feeling more "Californian" than ever and sending blessings to the food gods.

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Southern California
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great food, but there are drawbacks.”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Pros: The food! The chicken tacos were unique, quite filling and were very flavorful and the nachos were huge and yummy. Oh, and don't forget the tortilla chips ~ thin and crispy to perfection.

Cons: Even on a Wednesday night, they ran out of enchiladas and carne asada. (How does a restaurant do that?) It's cash only. There was a 30 minute wait to be seated. The gentleman at the podium taking reservations and to-go orders wasn't what I would consider to be friendly and welcoming.

  • Visited July 2014
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Locally recommended, visitor approved!”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

We went there after meeting some nice local ladies who recommended it. Nice beer/cider selection and a good salsa bar were noted and appreciated. Portions were large and well flavored - we all ordered the fish tacos and they definitely filled us without feeling too guilty. The food tasted fresh and was presented with lots of greens for a healthy spin. In addition, despite being extremely busy, service was prompt and friendly. We will be back next time we are through that way to try something else on the menu.

Visited April 2014
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Simi Valley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The Locals Are Lucky!”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

We saw a review in an automobile club magazine and wanted to experience this too. Right up-front, we want you to know the Taco Temple is a cash only place. That's not a bad thing, mind you; in fact it could save you from over-ordering. The portions are HUGE (hskayakan, reusachtig, énorme, riesig, malaking-malaki, enorme) in any language. One taco is the size of a 10" plate; two tacos is for two people - unless you haven't eaten all day or have room in the car for a to-go box. She had carnitas ("very yummy meat") and I the chicken taco. The tasty greens topping is 'over the top' (literally). The fresh fish offerings are varied, pricy, but plentiful. Our server, Jacob, knew just about everything when it came to recommended specialties. Note: if you visit at dinnertime expect a 20 minute wait. But you can enjoy very fresh chips and salsa with your pitcher of beer while you wait in the open-air grotto. By the way, she wanted to mention an important fact: the restroom is very clean.

  • Visited July 2014
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