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“Good Burger”
Review of Tangata Restaurant

Tangata Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 690 Restaurants in Santa Ana
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main and 20th
Description: Tangata Restaurant serves a Pacific Rim lunch menu at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, and also offers wedding and event catering.
Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
272 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Good Burger”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

I usually eat here when I visit the Bower's Museum. My only complaint would be that the menu hasn't changed in over a year and a half. Service is good and so is the atmosphere and they have a lovely patio area.

Visited November 2013
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English first
Huntington Beach, California
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Perfect place for lunch”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Restaurant is run by the Patina group, which is one of my favorites. I know to expect great tasting food, well prepared, albeit somewhat expensive. The restaurant is nice and bright, with a patio if you prefer outdoors. The menu is somewhat limited, but whatever you choose is excellent. My friend and I both had salads for lunch, a Manchego salad, with arugula, dried fruit, walnuts, apples, cheese and a champagne vinaigrette; sandwiches and a few entrees are also on the menu.
I highly recommend this restaurant after viewing the exhibits at the Bowers Museum.

Visited November 2013
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Dana Point, California
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A must when in Orange County”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Bowers Museum has come a long way since the 1980s.... galleries have been refurbished and recent exhibits have been international in scope and could be ranked with the best in the nation ! The Tangata restaurant on the museum grounds offers a wide and interesting menu.

Visited September 2013
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Carlsbad, California
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Like this Museum restaurant”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Museum restaurants are usually quite good and Tangata does not disappoint. We have eaten here with friends and family and the food has been consistently good. However, I wish they would vary the menu more often.

  • Visited August 2013
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Eaton, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

I have lived New York City and Washington, D.C. where I enjoyed their museums. The cafes and restaurants in the museums are usually good but Tangata is the one venue standing out among them. Bowser’s Museum is definitely one of the hidden gems in Southern California, and so is Tangata. Great atmosphere, good services, and wonderful food in decent prices. My teenage sons declared Tangata has the best burger ever. I have tried several different dishes and never disappointed. As Bowser’s often offers the spectacular special exhibits, Tangata’s seasonal dishes are fresh and sensitive. Enjoying great arts and food in a gorgeous California afternoon… what can be better than that?

Visited September 2013
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