lunch and wonderful museumWe older people enjoy museums but often need a break from standing and walking. Seeing the Bowers and then resting while having a nice lunch and then seeing more of the Bowers Museum was a perfect day. The food at Tangata is really good.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely place to eatTangata is part of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. It is the perfect place for an amazing lunch after or during a visit to the museum. It is restful, beautiful, and service is wonderful and the food is just terrific! Highly recommended6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMClassy Place to EatConvenient, tasty food, pleasant atmosphere, classy6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMConvenient LunchThis is a very convenient lunch option if you are visiting the Bowers Museum. It is located right across from the gift shop and looks at the beautiful museum courtyard. There are a few tables outside which provide a great setting but you can see the sky through the glass ceiling even if you are sitting inside. The service is thoughtful and the food is tasteful.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent, theThe food was excellent, the server great--professional, friendly and efficient. Probably the best ravioli I've ever eaten.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMawesome food in the museumFood is like another exhibit here in Tangata. Everything was prepared fresh, the presentation was wonderful and the tastes were awesome. We had the brushetta for appetizer, my hubby had the lamb and I had the spaghetti with manila clams. My hubby said that the lamb there was the best he's ever tasted and my spaghetti was perfect too. Our desserts were wonderful as well. Terri this restaurant, you will not be disappointed!5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT!This is a great place for lunch. Don't wait until you visit the museum to come, the food is fantastic as is the service and ambience.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLong-time customerWe have been eating at Tangata since it opened. We always make it part of our Bowers experience. The menu is excelent, and tying a couple items to exhibits is a fun touch. The service is friendly and professional, but this wouldn't matter if the food wasn't so good. My husband loves the compressed salad and I trust the chef to get my burger exactly as I like it5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed a quiet lunch on Thursday,Enjoyed a quiet lunch on Thursday, the 16th of May. The sliced beet, goat cheese appetizer was excellent and well displayed. We enjoyed the ravioli as well as the salmon. THe creme brulee and the apple tart complimented a fine lunch.
Look forward to another dining experience there...5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLunchThis was our second time in 5 years eating at Tangata and we were not disappointed. The salmon salad and the creme brulee along with the ambiance were excellent and having the option to sit on the patio on such a beautiful day was wonderful. Highly recommend for a special occasion.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a delightGreat Atmosphere and the food is consistently above average5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMmuseum and lunch with the girlsRestaurant at Bowers has great ambience and staff is most accommodating. We try to eat there every time we attend a lecture or exhibit at Bowers Museum.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Dinner after Museum visitNormally not open for dinner, it opens for "Bower's After Hours" events and lectures.
Awesome mushroom ravioli!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch on 4/27/13 was the firstLunch on 4/27/13 was the first time for us to eat at Tangata (there were 3 in my party). The restaurant was pretty crowded that day as there was a Bead Society show/sale in the courtyard and the Lucy exhibition was ending that weekend. In spite of all that, we were treated courteously and served promptly. I only ate a portion of my lunch, but my friends ate all of theirs. We all had creme brulee for our treat and it was very good. All in all it was an enjoyable experience.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMPart of museum experienceGreat restaurant for the museum experience. Loved taking a break from visiting the exhibits to have an interesting, well-prepared meal. Would recommend this for anyone spending the day at the Bowers Museum.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe entire experience, MuseumThe entire experience, Museum and outdoor dining was wonderful.
We have been here for two very beautiful weddings before.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a very busy SaturdayIt was a very busy Saturday @ the Bowers Museum, where Tangata is located, but the food was fabulous, the staff was curtious, friendly and extremely patient with the large crowd trying to eat. Fortunately, I'd made a reservation ahead and was seated a few minutes early when I checked in. Outside table was great with comfortable temperature, great people watching, and efficient and not rushed wait service. A most enjoyable experience and I highly recommend a day @ the Museum and a wonderful lunch!!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time diningThis was our second time dining at Tangata and it was as good as the first. We love the menu choices which had changed from our first visit and it was fun to see new offerings. So many selections to choose from! We had a delightful appetizer followed by delicious entrees. Dessert was yummy as well. We were able to sit outside on the patio with a lovely view of the garden. The weather was perfect and we were happy to be outside. Our server was excellent, took great care of us, and kept the refreshing tropical iced tea glasses full It's great when you can visit the museum and see three interesting exhibits and pair it with a relaxing and delicious lunch. We look forward to the next visit!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Tangata, one of the PatinaThe Tangata, one of the Patina Group, is located at the Boweers Museum. (My daughter also had her wedding here, catered by Tangata.) The food is interesting and always excellent. It is a far cry from the restaurants or cafes you find at some museums. I highly recommend it.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGive your review a title (optional)Everyone from hostess to reservation receptionist, to beverage server, the waiter, and all support staff were, happy, gracious, very accommodating, and made our visit a wonderful experience. It was a joy to dine in such a pleasing atmosphere. Oh, and the food was beautifully prepared and delicious, great soup on a chilly day with out of this world bruccetas.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Museum Dining Ever.This was our 3rd time lunching here.
Lovely way to end our viewing of the Medici Gems Exhibit. The BlueCrab Cakes are the best West of Maryland. Hubby had The Renaissance Buger and delicously complex. I had The WildMushroom Ravioli with WhiteTruffle sauce...OUTSTANDING! I am still thinking about it 4 days later.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been to Tangata severalI've been to Tangata several times and have always found it to be enjoyable. The food, service and ambience have never disappointed me. We always enjoy combining our trips to the Bowers Museum with lunch at Tangata.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to Tangata becauseWe went to Tangata because we were going to see an exhibit at Bowers Museum, of which it is a part. We dined on the patio and that was lovely. I had eaten there twice before and was very impressed. However, this time, my husband and I shared and panzanella salad, which was mediocre, and the lamb entree. The lamb was not very tender and had some grizzle. For dessert, we share the mango sorbet, which was outstanding. The staff was very accommodating, friendly and professional. I think we just hit an off day because, as I said, the prior two visits were very impressive. I would still recommend Tangata to anyone going to the museum.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Crab Cakes and the BurgerThe Crab Cakes and the Burger were delicious. Particularly good were the rosemary-garlic fries. Only one problem, no chocolate for dessert! Need to have at least one chocolate choice! I look forward to eating there when I visit the Bowers Museum.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed the food, wine,We enjoyed the food, wine, ambiance. Everyone on staff knew and performed his/her job promptly and with courtesy although very very busy.
No annoying loud music.
In all, a very satisfying part of a trip to Orange County.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA good experience except:A good experience except: a "medium" burger turned out to be bone-dry. Also not enough servers, hard to get more water, to get a desired condiment, to get the check.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat staff; eager to please.Great staff; eager to please. Glad to see the menu was different from my February visit. The panna cotta was terrific with the sweet-sourness of the kumquats. Enjoyed the earthy wild mushroom ravioli except for the very salty garnish. Was happy to introduce a friend to Tangata and the Bowers Museum at the same time. It's worth the drive from Long Beach.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for lunch and then toGreat for lunch and then to the exhibits at the Bowers Museum.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWait staff was very professionalWait staff was very professional and yet personal and friendly, they were able to adjust offerings for food allergies, the room was immaculate and the patio was warm on a chilly day. The food selection while limited covered all the variations that we like to see offered - everything to a wonderful burger to crisp salads and tasty entrees. I would not take small children here, the ambiance was great for refueling after wandering through the exhibits at the Bower Museum.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were delighted with ourWe were delighted with our experience there. It was a special addition to our visit to the museum.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis isa very fine restaurant.This isa very fine restaurant. We always eat there when we visit the Bowers Museum.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an excellent EasterWe had an excellent Easter brunch with a huge buffet of delicious choices.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love the ambience and theWe love the ambience and the food. A very special place for brunch!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my family to TangataI took my family to Tangata for Easter brunch and it blew my expectations out of the water. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful and the food was so delicious that I was glad to get to try some of the items again!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the Easter brunch menu.Loved the Easter brunch menu. Tangata always offers a unique menu tailored to the exhibits at the Bowers museum. Excellent cocktails and carefully selected wine list.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMSetting is lovely outdoors.Setting is lovely outdoors. You can converse easily and staff is very respectful.
Food presentation is unique and likewise are the selections. Quality of ingredients appear
very fresh. A oerfect spot for conversation, relaxation and a hearty good tasting meal.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was fun to see EthiopianIt was fun to see Ethiopian dishes on the menu which coordinated with the "Lucy" exhibit also from Ethiopia in the museum. It was nice to see novel choices. We tried two of them and enjoyed the experience.
Also novel for us on the menu was the ingredient salsify.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Place for LunchTangata within the Bowers Museum is a real gem. This is the best place for lunch in Santa Ana, the food is consistenly excellent with innovative items sometimes reflecting the current special exhibitions at the wonderful Bowers Museum3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSeveral large groups wereSeveral large groups were dining inside and it was very loud but we sat on the patio and that was very pleasant. Salmon salad was delicious and the crab cakes tasty.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe seat I was at was in directThe seat I was at was in direct aim from the fan-BRRRRR! Great Ethiopian dishes tho to celebrate Lucy!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a fabulous restaurantThis is a fabulous restaurant at the fabulous Bowers Museum. We went there just for the restaurant this time and didn't go into the museum. Came from our city which is an hour away from the restaurant.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service is outstanding;The service is outstanding; the food not only taste great, but is also artfully presented.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMNoise Lessens EnjoymentWell, it was cacophonous with all those groups, so I guess it's good for groups. Our table of four could not hear each other. The food was good, though the portions small.1/10/2013 12:00:00 AM