Z'Tejas South Coast
Z'Tejas South Coast

Z'Tejas South Coast

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ztejas.com/locations/#!/california/costa-mesa/
  • Phone: 7149797469x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest, American
  • Executive Chef: Danny Stevens
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Banquet room available that can accommodate private parties for up to 60.
  • Private Party Contact: Ellen Juan 7149797469x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anton Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Located at South Coast Plaza, on the North side of Bristol Street, just east of the 405 freeway.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking provided by the mall (non-complimentary) directly outside of Z'Tejas at South Coast Plaza.
A word from Z'Tejas South Coast
Our fresh, flavorful and innovative menus showcase the bold and robust flavors of Arizona, California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. We take traditional ingredients, spices and cooking techniques from around the South to create a taste without borders.

To make a reservation for parties of eight or more, please call the restaurant directly
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Z'Tejas South Coast reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (52)great for lunch (44)good for groups (36)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (18)kid-friendly (17)neighborhood gem (14)great for brunch (13)special occasion (12)hot spot (11)late-night find (4)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Not impressed
    IDGAF
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the second time dining at z Teja's in Costa Mesa. I was a long time fan of the restaurants in Arizona. I am sad to say that the Z Teja's in Costa Mesa does not measure up. The food was presented poorly. The person delivered our Shrimp Bites on top of our menu's and they slid all over the plate. The service was non existent and the food was luke warm when served. I hope that they can get it together in Costa Mesa because they certainly don't seem to care about the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We always enjoy having appetizers before going to the SCR production. Plenty of food, efficient service every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-theater dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We made reservations at Z'Tejas because it is literally across the street from South Coast Repertory Theatre where we were seeing a play that night. We're from San Diego so we are not familiar with the area but were very pleased with our choice. The menu is Mexican but with some very interesting and tasty twists. Everyone in my party was very happy with their meal choices. The only drawback is they tell you not leave your car in the lot while attending the theater. Seems to me they could work something out where you could pay a small fee to leave your car in the lot where the restaurant is and walk across the street to the theater. It would be so convenient. I'm sure I'm not the first patron to think of this! But good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dinner
    CoastalRichVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was underwhelming, highly processed, lacking in flavor and served lukewarm. The service was equally underwhelming, slow and understaffed. The entire experience was poor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • some exotic dishes on menu
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I enjoyed the menu. Oft rare finds with Tex-Mex dishes. The food was served hot with a little hot spice. Was a little disappointed when I learned they do not serve any kind of salsa with the meal. Quality of the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for happy hour
    VeggieFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great pricing and quality of food and drinks for happy hour: Drink: $6 signature margaritas; $2 off wines by the glass; $3.50 domestic beer; $4.50 import beer Food: $5 - $7 appetizers Weekends 2pm-6pm Mon-Fri 3pm-7pm I ordered a Hard Day Margarita which was made nice and stiff. I also shared the Tejas Trio Nachos, Spinach Quesadillas, and Street Tacos. My friend got a Tejas Mule. All this for about $34.00!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrimp & Guacamole Tostadas Yummy
    mkpirvine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had dinner before a show at OCPAC and it was great! The grilled shrimp & guacamole tostadas were amazing. Server was very attentive even though it was a busy Saturday night. Next time I will definitely ask for seating on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair
    Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ordered with one server, drinks brought out by two others, food by another - each time was an auction. Asked to refill water twice. Made reservation and got stuck in the back next to the kitchen at an oversized table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Thanks. Food prices have gone up 20%. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Go To
    Chanteclaire
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is my restaurant of choice for a nice dinner before a show or just meeting friends for lunch or dinner. The food is always good... I especially like the steak mango salad, and the service and ambiance excellent. And unlike most restaurants in the area, the pricing is very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good service and food
    Binky
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our family group of 8 has eaten at Z'Tejas several times over the past year. The food is always very good and the service is great. We always eat on the patio as we enjoy dining al fresco whenever possible. The Happy Hour is really a deal but their regular prices are on par with other similar restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    mishelley25
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been here several times, and every time is an enjoyable experience. I've tried several items on the menu and have never been disappointed. I especially like the Pesto-Rubbed Ruby Trout or the Jerk Chicken Salad. I recently went for dinner and found the noise level to be a little too high, but we were sitting behind a large group which could have contributed to the excessive noise. I will definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winelover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have loved this place for years for lunch on a work day or happy hour. The food as always was consistent and delicious. The service however was terrible this time around! We waited at least 15-20 minutes for our first round of drinks. Our food came out before the drinks! We did not have silverware or napkins (I had to go ask one of the bartenders). My friend had found chicken bones in her quesadilla and told our server... she said, "oh sorry, I will let the kitchen know." She didn't offer to take the food away or replace it with something else. I understand they were busy, but this was ridiculous. We will be back and am hoping this was an isolated incident. We have had too many good experience to not try again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great girls night out
    avalon
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We headed to Z Tejas last week before attending the GoGos concert at the OC Fair. We figured we would have better food and air conditioning instead of the fare at the fair. We were SO happy we made that choice! We enjoyed appetizers, drinks, dinner and had great service dedicated to getting us out the door on time. Everyone ate something different ranging from tacos to salads and we were all raving about our choices. My friends commented they were happy I chose Z Tejas instead of the overpriced, unhealthy choices at the Fair. We would all do it again and there wasn't any traffic getting to the Fair taking Fairview off of the 405.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love, love, love Z'Tejas!
    fairbound
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A group of 6 of us sat on the patio. Not much of a view, just the plaza parking lot, but it was a perfect CA summer evening. Music was playing on the outdoor speakers but did not interfere with our conversation. Our server was friendly and checked on us often. The cornbread they bring out was warm, moist and delicious. We ordered the bottomless chips with three dips, which was good. The menu had so many things that sounded yummy, it was hard to decide. We all ordered something different, and no one was disappointed. Food was fresh and delicious all around. And the price was right, our bill was under $160, and that included appetizers and adult beverages. My only wish is that they had a place in LA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So
    LindaLVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Not my favorite place, that is for sure. Would think twice before going back. Food was good; service left much to be desired.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy for the Tummy
    Gaums10
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was excellent and presented beautifully. I had Tapas Mule Margarita and it was fantastic. We sat outdoors and the noise was hardly noticeable. Carol loved her selection and her wine was nice. Our servers were all very pleasant and courteous. We love ZTapas. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good!
    TeresaP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was very good. Service was exceptionally fast to almost a fault in that we were having dinner and wanted some time to dine, however the service was very prompt. I think this restaurant is better for lunch since it is located in South Coast Plaza and caters to people who are most likely in a hurry. Also, I think it would be a good spot for Happy Hour. All in all, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    djhmc
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great menu variety, prompt delivery of our meal. Great employees
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ztejas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Patio dining ambiance is outstanding. A variety of reasonably priced menu options and attentive service made for an wonderful birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Restaurant
    JVD123
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It was a nice restaurant. It was for a special occasion. Service given met our expectations. We would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love Z-Tejas, we have been coming here for years and we totally love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    LovesDining0224
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    When we got there it was 6:10, we were seated immediately due to our open table reservation and were out by 7! The service was great, our server was very attentive and asked us if everything was okay quite often. Ordered the 14oz NY strip medium rare and it was cooked wonderfully, tasted even better! Girlfriend had the cilantro rubbed chicken and she loves everything except the rice. Overall the place was great and I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a Winner!
    Luv2CelebrateLife
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My party and I enjoyed Happy Hour menu which is served throughout the entire restaurant. Excellent food, generous portions and tasty libations. We enjoyed Chicken Nachos, Chile Pork Tostadas, Street Tacos, Flat top Grilled Chicken Quesadillas and Sizzling Dumplings. Z'Tejas South Coast is close to Segerstrom Center of the Arts. We are definitely returning to Z'Tejas South Coast Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Kiwi
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I decided to go out for a nice dinner and chose Z'Tejas on Opentable. We were seated immediately and greeted by our waiter. The food arrived in a reasonable amount of time and was full of flavor. I recommend the Texas Trio appetizer. It's chile con queso is delicious! And, my entrée recommendation would be the filet. It just melts in your mouth! We’ll definitely be dining here again…
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service!
    mramirez14VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was in charge of organizing a work lunch for 10 people and was worried that with a time constraint, we wouldn't be in and out in an hour with a large group. Z'Tejas was great and suggested we fax in our orders beforehand. It worked out great! Our lunch was served within 5 minutes of our entire group being seated. The order was correct and we were able to enjoy good food, good service and good company without feeling rushed. Our server was great and very attentive. Thank you for making me look good with our group!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place For Groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    There's always something on the menu for everyone's tastes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    papajoed
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Was by myself and had an early dinner. Def recommend the shrimp appetizer...had the steak salad for my entree which was excellent...p.s. The Shock top beer was ice cold...wish this chain was back east!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite!
    1FoolishMortal
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Always fantastic!! Great food, great drinks, and an AWESOME happy hour. Can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 222 reviews are from the Z'Tejas South Coast reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had reservations for 4 prior to seeing a show across they street. It took a while to get seated and the hostess was not at all friendly. Our past experiences here have been fine but it seemed that the staff was overwhelmed and not prepared for a busy evening. Our server was very friendly and joked about how busy they were but overall was not the best experience. Will reconsider returning during busy hours.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appreciated honoring reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    There were many people milling about the reception area when we arrived. They seemed to be waiting for seating. We arrived with our OpenTalbe reservation and were seated immediately! I certainly appreciated this.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problem with Open Table Reservation
    AJ07
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Eating outdoors is recommended because it's quieter than indoors, where it's quite loud. I had a problem with my reservation. I arrived 10 minutes early and stated my name, that I had an Open Tanle reservation and that I arrived 10 minutes early. When I got home I noticed that I had received an email 3 minutes after my reservation time stating that my reservation had been cancelled. I called the restaurant the next day in an attempt to get the cancellation reversed. The woman who answered seemed confused about how to handle the reversal. This cancellation did not happen the first time I visited the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality and service
    Jean
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    A good place to eat before theater or while shopping at South Coast Plaza. Not very quiet, so best you go to eat without a lot a chatter. Good southwestern food and cornbread. Bar items seem popular. We find it comfortable to be there but usually get a reservation due to the waiting most any night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with great service
    cliententertainer1
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I was there with a party of 6 for lunch. Everyone enjoyed their food, from salads to burgers to pasta. The hostess and wait staff are super friendly and accommodating. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have eaten at Z Tejas restaurant s in Arizonia & the food was delicious the food here was mediocre!it was also very noisy. It was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Z'Tejas, I thought this was Denny's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Too loud, and not in a vibrant energetic way. Service was poor. Server was unable to handle his station. He admittedly said he's too busy, and he would forget our order, didn't check in on us. All of that could be excusable if it had stellar food. But it was no better than Denny's. Denny's could even be marginally better.
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  • Nice surprise
    SecretFoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food here was pretty tasty. It took our waitress a long time to get our drinks on our table, but aside from that we would come back again and try out other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    Strubs
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We went on an extremely busy night but since we made our reservations with OpenTable we were seated with a very short wait time. Our waitress was very attentive and made the experience worth the time. It was very loud in the restaurant but the food and service certainly made up for that. I would definately eat there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible
    caroluna
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    i made a dinner reservation an hour and 30 minutes before my husband and i had to be at a show at segerstorm. we got to the restaurant and waited 15 minutes for table. even then we were not given a buzzer like everyone else and i had to remind the hostess that we were waiting. after being seated we sat 15 minutes at the table and no one ever approached us to take our order or bring us even a water. not one server even looked our way. we left. will not be returning.
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  • average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Very loud, average food and service. Not the best dinner spot, but could be great for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall