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Taco Rosa - Newport Beach
Taco Rosa - Newport Beach

Taco Rosa - Newport Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tacorosa.com
  • Phone: (949) 720-0980
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 1:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Javier Zambrano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring the 21st Century of Mexican Cuisine to your own setting. Enjoy our unique approach to Mexico City Cooking: an eclectic fusion of Spanish, French and Southwestern influences. Our highly trained staff and service professionals create a personalized team which will ensure a successful and memorable event. Authentic and innovative recipes that utilize contemporary cooking techniques inspire our menus. We offer 'on site cooking' as an option. From an intimate 'taqueria' style gathering, black-tie formal wedding to a major event or fundraiser..Your memories are our greatest asset.
  • Private Party Facilities: Taco Rosa Newport Beach or Irvine offers a contemporary 'Latin Rivera' resort setting to host all types of events.

    With various areas and semi-enclosed outside patios, we can accommodate groups from 8 to 100 for all types of events including, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, corporate parties and business meetings.

    We take exceptional pride in our hands-on 'anfritiones' hosts & inviting ambiance. Our creative menus and attentive service will make your gathering wonderfully memorable.

    Executive Chef Javier Zambrano and his team have created multiple event menus that represent our uncompromised quality at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Contact Ivan Calderon (tacorosa@gmail.com) for information. He will happily show you around, discuss event details, and check available dates and times for your special event. We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to Taco Rosa.

  • Private Party Contact: Rene Fuentes (949) 231-2192

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prairie Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Taco Rosa - Newport Beach
Experience authentic Mexico City Cuisine at Taco Rosa. Our talented executive chef and creative team utilize ingredients, spices and flavors passed on through our ancestral roots ~ our Aztec, Mayan & Spanish heritage. Today these elements are fused with cutting-edge technique and innovation providing the best of 'old world' culture in a unique contemporary experience. Taco Rosa brings to you the best dishes from a variety of regions throughout Mexico, unique award winning culinary creations along with your familiar local favorites. We use natural grass fed beef for our Rib Eye Carne Asada, Angus outside skirt steak for our fajitas, enchiladas, salads and tostadas. Fresh Wild Sea Bass is featured in our entree 'Zarandeado' and also in our Ceviche. Taco Rosa features a unique 'cantina approach' which begins each morning with the daily hand squeezing of juices. We produce a supreme and unmatched line of fresh fruit margaritas, sangrias, mojitos and martinis.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Taco rosa is an authentic Mexican restaurant. It had that feeling as soon as you walked in. To start with we had the chips with salsa and avocado It was good but my wife makes a better one. Hey give you plenty of VIPs. They also give you a free appetizer which was quite good. The margheritas are excellent. The main dishes of tacos and enchiladas were excellent. The burrito had too much sauce and wasn't great. The waitress Alexandra was excellent. We went for an 8:30 reservation. Problem was kitchen closes at 9:00 so we got rushed a bit."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner with my family here. The food was a nice step up from your typical chain Mexican restaurant and the staff was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had read the reviews and this is a true neighborhood gem. Although the salsa that came with the chips a little watery with no zip, the guacamole was great. The chicken nachos were great as well. We had a variety of dinners but the lobster enchiladas and the mexican osso bucco won rave reviews. Far above most mexican in the area. We also sat on the patio which was nice on a summer evening. Service was good. I will be going back and telling friends."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I choose Taco Riso based upon reviews from Open Table. My experience was wonderful. My family and I had cocktails, an appetizer, wonderful entrée and for desert churros with dark chocolate. Simply outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our waiter was outstanding. Personable, efficient, eager to explain menu and make suggestions. The lobster bisque, lobster enchiladas, carnitas, and guacamole we ordered were all delicious, as were the margaritas. It was our first visit but we will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is not your ordinary Mexican Restaurant. The dishes are prepared and served with flair. The Latin courtesy of the servers makes for a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We went fro Brunch. The food and selection are wonderful. Especially the omelets and enchiladas. The chocolate fountain and fresh churros were really tasty. We had 11 people and the services was quick and courteous."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Continuing excellece with a touch of difference on their Mexican dishes. Tacos include calamari, shrimp, mushroom, etc., etc. Service is worth the trip. This is the sort of place that responds to a request for regular coffee after dinner by brewing a fresh pot rather than just serving the popular decaf which is already on hand."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We love Taco Rosa and dine there frequently. Everyone's lunch was delicious, but my chicken mole was overcooked and extremely tough. I was entertaining clients and didn't want to bring it up. Waiter went missing for about 20 minutes at the end of lunch and i had to hunt him down to pay."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a group of 16. Our waiter Gerardo was great. Very attentive. As far as I know, we were all happy with our food"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Surprisingly sophisiticated for a restaurant tucked in the corner of a neighborhood shopping center. Not just your usual Mexican food but a touch of originality. Service and presentatation exemplary."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We read the positive reviews and invited friends and drive the 25 minutes to check out this place. Luckily our friend wasn't feeling well and couldn't make it - don't bother with a special trip here. The service tries hard but even they seemed to admit that some of the dishes aren't the best. The award winning margarita was so-so. The nachos was tasty but odd - only 8 tortilla chips. The entrees were where it really fell down- nothing served hot and all served bland. Chicken mole enchilada so dry! One taco just tasted of onion. Steak taco SO dry and bland I didn't bother finishing it. Highlight was maybe the octopus taco. Tasty and moist and actually warm. Not enough to save the night, nor was the kind , apologetic server."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Taco Rosa adds some specialities that are well worth it, particularly the Camerones Tapiquena. Service with exemplary Latin courtesy and grace. We''ll be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Love this place!! GREAT mexican food, busy ambiance, and service. If you want noise and action, sit inside - if you want quiet and conversation, sit outside. The outside is equipped with fantastic heaters, so you still feel like you are inside... love it!! My ONLY complaint was that I went for my birthday, and we had requested a patio table because we were with my 90-year old grandpa, and they didn't follow through. The evening was great because the food was great and it was my birthday and I was with the family, etc. but papa didn't know a darn thing that was happening... So, if you have an important request, maybe call to reassure how important your request is. Other than that, the service was PERFECT!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "first time for us. Great Mexico city food, very unique items on menu. wonderful tamerindo margarita and fresh strawberry margaritas."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Can't believe we didn't know this place was here all these years. Tucked away in a shopping center off Bonita Canyon Rd, this place is a real gem. Excellent food and margaritas and friendly, attentive staff makes it a great place to hit when we get a craving for Mexican."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "This restaurant is an unexpected delight with unusual plates on the menu. This is not your ordinary Mexican restaurant, it's above average and although it is a bit pricey, it was worth the cost. The food was excellent, the service superb, and the atmosphere was very nice...ask for Christian, he will take good care of you!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We have tried various Mexican restaurants in the Newport Beach area. Taco Rosa is better than others, but still far from authentic. Guess we will have to venture farther from Gringo Land into Santa Ana for that. The restaurant is nice for drinks and a casual meal after a day at the beach. Great margaritas."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "When my group of friends arrive we immediately had a table. Taco Tuesday is always busy night but we were taken care of very nicely by our server. The restaurant is a neighborhood gem with fun casual ambience. We enjoyed our selves and was very pleased with the service."
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "This is an authentic Mexican restaurant with very good food and outstanding service. There's rarely a wait for a table unless you're picky. They have an outdoor patio which often fills up, but inside are lots of TV's and a decent local bar scene if you like. I recommend the "Taco Tuesday" as a very good value. Excellent margaritas and Mexican beers as well."
    Dined on 6/18/2013
  • "First time to eat at this restaurant. Given that it is tucked into a corner of a shopping center we would have never found it if Open Table had not listed it in our search for a restaurant. They offer a variety of mexican food and I was intrigued with the steak and brie c tacos. They were incredible! I will go back."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Wonderful brunch - staff was attentive and polite! Margaritas were outstanding! It worked great for our group of 6 for a daytime birthday celebration - will go there again and again!!! Mariachi band was an added bonus...."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "Love the food! Especially the quesadilla morenita. The chicken one is excellent. Subbing in calamari is even better! The margaritas are great! We had a large group (15) and the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/15/2013
  • "I am a big fan of Taco Mesa so I was excited to finally make it to Taco Rosa. The service was excellent. It was a busy Saturday evening but it appeared to be a well oiled machine. The margaritas were excellent. I had the carnitas. Another person in my party had the lobster enchiladas. We all enjoyed our food. The only complaint we had is that the food was way too salty. I like a little salt but on my carnitas it was very heavy handed. Otherwise I would come again and maybe mention to go light on the salt."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We had a 6:15 PM Open Table reservation on Friday evening. We arrived about five minutes early to discover they had not kept a table available for us. We were told a 10-15 minute wait, which turned into a half hour. It was a chilly night and the only waiting area is basically outdoors, not much fun. The restaurant was very busy early. After we had been waiting about 20 minutes, the manager came by, apologized again and offered to bring us drinks on the house., which we accepted. A margarita can make a wait more tolerable! Food was terrific as always!"
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "This is a nice quaint neighborhood restaurant with delicious upper end mexican food. Not your standard mexican faire."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "We were up for lighter fare this night. My husband had the shrimp ceviche and a fish taco. He loved both. I had the house salad and the Alambre taco. Perfect for a filling dinner. We've had full platters there before but we both loved our dinners and left feeling super full. Great weeknight dinner."
    Dined on 2/6/2013
  • "Cocktails are a 5! Mixed fresh, many types of homemade sangri too. Prices are very reasonable, there are many healthy dining options and I always enjoy the salad with grilled salmon on top. This is not a greasy spoon. The burritos and rice are also outstanding. Complimentary appetizers. Chips are very good, with several fresh salsas and marinated carrots. I asked for a carrot refill. Don't skip dessert, a light fluffy (think benights) sprinkled with ample powered sugar and chocolate sauce & honey for dipping or you can opt for churros with dipping sauce. Casual is fine! Located in an upscale strip-mall in Newport."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "I have been to Taco Rosa many times. The food is always good and one of the few restaurants that can accommodate large groups = my group was 15 for lunch on a work day."
    Dined on 1/25/2013
  • "Great for everybody young to adult. Everybody loves the food. The special appertizers are especially delicious."
    Dined on 1/22/2013
  • "They have an interesting menu that puts a unique twist on several traditional Mexican dishes. They make a bad first impression by not giving chips and salsa as you arrive. You have to pay for chips and salsa (we did) and we were shocked that their chips were just ordinary Doritos, that weren't even heated up. But our burritos were good, although over priced. Over all it wasn't a bad experience, but we aren't likely to return."
    Dined on 1/19/2013
  • "Our waitress had too many tables so was unable to provide descent individual service. We asked multiple times for various items. Food was average at best...they served a sweet corn cake with dinner which normally I really enjoy but this was dried out and hard. Chips tasted bland and stale and the salsa was just as bland. My husband did day the margaritas were good and we did arrive a few minutes late for our reservation which we called to inform them and they happily and easily accommodated us."
    Dined on 1/18/2013
  • "The pork shoulder special was the best ever! We go to Taco Rosa frequently and appreciate the monthly specials - always something interesting. The latest decor/entertainment nights are great additions. Best margaritas in town!"
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "There were just 6 other tables with guests yet we had to ask the Manager to send a server. The Managet stood right in front of our table and chatted on and off with the tortilla woman without ever even making eye contact with us. Once a server did come, we did not get owe entire order, we did not get drink refills and the tacos were so salty, neither my daughter or I ate them.....no one noticed. The bill came and it was wrong twice....does anyone there care?"
    Dined on 12/21/2012
  • "We went twice in two nights with family since we liked it so much the first time. The service was excellent and the food even better, especially for the price. We highly recommend the lobster taco and enchilada! The chicken burrito is huge and an incredible deal at happy hour (50% off!) Even better, you don't feel price gouged. We will go back next time we are in the OC."
    Dined on 11/23/2012
  • "The food was ordinary and lacked in spiciness or tastiness. I had a chile relleno and a cheese enchilada. The cheese used was excellent and abundant. But the chile was overly large and tasteless and there was too much breading. Perhaps the biggest problem with the food was that it was lukewarm at arrival. Other reviewers have noted this too. Mexican food is not good if it's not steamy hot--it makes you wonder where it's been sitting. Portion sizes were large. There is only a limited beer me u. The house sangria is watered down and tasteless. The atmosphere is lively and boisterous, with lots of locals. Service was spotty. The waiters were polite and friendly, but had to be asked a second time to bring more tortillas. Would not g"
    Dined on 11/2/2012
  • "Went for brunch and my only complain was that the food seems a bit cold by the time we got it to our table. There were no lids on the food to keep it warm outside. Other then that the food and memosas were amazing."
    Dined on 10/21/2012
  • "This review is for the brunch only. In comparison to the Irvine location, the Newport brunch is not up to par. There weren't as many selections and the food is awkwardly spread out on the patio, and on opposite ends of the restaurant. We didn't even realize there was an omlete bar until we were pretty much full. However, the dessert here is super fresh and totally worth the $20 brunch... think yummy churros dipped in chocolate and chocolate covered strawberries :) This location is much closer to where I live, so I'll likely be back!"
    Dined on 9/30/2012
  • "Everything was so good. Had some special needs when ordering and EVERYTHING was perfect!"
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "Appetizer on the house. Lobster enchilada to die for"
    Dined on 9/2/2012