Amor y Tacos

4.5
215 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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"This is the fine food of Mexico, filtered through the sensibility of souther California. This is food on the edge."
--- Merril Shindler(renown food critic)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Mon-thur: 11am-10pm
Fri: 11am-1:30 am
Sat: 11am-12am
Sun:10am-9pm
Sun brunch: 10am-2pm
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Phone number
(562) 860-2667
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thomas Ortega
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Catering
Ask about our catering menu amorytacos@yahoo.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carmenita & South
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Entertainment
Friday and Saturday Nights Resident DJ's 10p-130a
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Special events & promotions
Call and ask us for your next dinner party event
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Made reservations and still waited 45 minuets to be seated

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service was outstanding. I had the chicken mole enchiladas and they were great! My friend had the carnitas and loved them. The Margaritas were pretty good too.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We made reservations and our table was ready right away. We ordered the Brussels sprouts appetizer and it was delicious. I had the short rib burrito. It was big and delicious. Took half home to the hubby. Planning on bringing the husband back. Would recommend reservations. It was busy.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was amazing but service was horrible.
When they sat us down they dropped by some chips and salsa which where really good. No one stopped by to take our drink order until 10 minutes later. A guy then stopped by and apologized about the wait and explained that our waiting was a little busy. I was confused because that individual was our waiter the whole night. The waiter took our drink order, a Paloma and a Corazon. The waiter stopped by 10 minutes later saying he didn’t know why the drinks were taking so long, but he confirmed our drinks again, at this point I knew he forgot to put our drink order. He then took our food order.
About 13 minutes passed and they brought 1 drink, mine. I had never seen a restaurant bring only one drink when it was two people eating. 3 minutes passed by and our food came. At that point I was upset since we had our food but not one of our drinks.
We kept calm, never complained and just ate our food, 10/10. After we finished we asked for the check, in which we waited another 10 minutes.
The only reason I will return to this establishment, if I ever do, is for the food only. It’s sad to see the service this bad. The restaurant was not busy at all , it was around 5 o clock and there was a lot of empty tables.

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b
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server Roman made sure we were served consistently throughout the guest's birthday.

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DA
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is not your normal Mexican food. It has a high quality food menu and not the rice and refried style. Root vegetables and great sauces to go with their entrees.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Big hype about this place so finally decided to take a trip with my friends to check it out. There were a few things that I was not to fond about when we first got seated as we got seated on the side where no one else was being seated which was near the restrooms. We were the I lo customers who were sat there everyone else was being seated on the opposite side. We at first got quite a few waiters making sure we placed a drink order and came back to check if we were ready to order. After our food order was placed all went downhill for us. Never were we asked or had anyone come out to check if we needed anything else or even a refill on our drinks. It was totally as if we were the forgotten table keeping in mind that they knew it was our first time there. At the end of our meal I had to get up and ask for to go plates, a refill on our drinks and to see the dessert menu as that wasn't even offered. Our waiter ad well as two other employees were sitting at another table near us on their phones. After going through all of this and their customer service towards us we just decided on skipping dessert and just asking for our check. Totally disappointed on my first experience here and feel that this place might be a little too overrated.

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MA
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was fast

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NO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tacos awesome. Will go back to try other items on menu. Freshly made tortillas delish. Very attentive and awesome waitstaff. Can't say enough about nice they were to let my friend and I sit there to eat and catch up and not push us to leave. I am sure other restaurants wouldn't have been so understanding. They kept our drinks filled and the hostess even came by to let us know that we were ok to stay. That we could eat, sit and talk will tell you that the noise level is ok and we didn't have to yell to have a conversation. Will be back again !

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KK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & decor are amazing! Service is great! Staff is knowledgeable about the menu items. Margarita was delicious! Must try the Brussels Sprouts app, Chicken fideo soup, & churros! Everything we’ve tried there has been spot on!

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SA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Great for dinner before an event at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

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R
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Would highly recommend for casual dinner or lunch---

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C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice welcoming waiters. Friends and I went during holiday season when companies are having holiday dinner so it was very loud. No biggie. Food was good churros were great ! Mango margaritas were so good !

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LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The restaurant is very busy and a bit unorganized. Even though I had reservations for two I had to wait to be seated. We were seated next to the bathrooms in the middle of large parties with children making lots of noise and bit of bit too energetic for my taste. This is not a place for a dinner date.

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L
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent ceviche de camerones (shrimp ceviche)! The noise level was loud at lunchtime, but the food was excellent. Friends liked the chicken quesadilla and the chicken enchiladas with green sauce. Chips and salsa are also delicious!!

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SM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family favorite. Visit here every time we visit our son in college. Yum!!

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e
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to lunch here before going to show at Cerritos Performing Arts Center. I had the short rib taquitos
while my wife had the carne asada burrito. We found the meat in the burrito more tender and juicy than in other mexican restaurants. The short rib taquitos recommended by the waitress were a delicious change of pace. The center is only 5 minutes away, so this makes a very convenient and delicious option before the show.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place. It is highly rated and nearby my hotel for a business meeting. I took two other colleagues because I was looking for authentic modern Mexican cuisine. We hit the jackpot!

The service from entering the doors was top notch. We felt immediately at home even on a work trip!

Guacamole and margaritas to start - perfect on flavor and taste.

Tacos come 3 to a plate and pretty filling. Loved the carne asada and carnitas.

I think this place is a gem and must go when anywhere within 30 minutes. No brainer and you’ll enjoy great food and great people.

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GV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice spot. Nice to see management engaged, courteous and on it.

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch menu here is so innovative and creative! It’s a perfect balance of Mexican American cuisine. The carnitas pancakes are LIFE CHANGING. Seriously THE best bite I have every had. The flavors unfold one topping the other. It’s perfection. I’ve been there for dinner and lunch and everything is delicious but what they are doing with brunch has never been done before. Amor y tacos is beyond delicious, it will inspire creativity and open your mind with every bite. See you next Sunday.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! Thank you to the staff for being so welcoming and attentive.

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BF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here prior to a concert at Cerritos Performing Art Center. Food is outstanding as is the service. Would definitely recommend.

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DT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a great experience with the staff, food and location. If you’re in Cerritos for anything - make your way here.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not your standard Mexican food. Unique dishes well prepared and very good. Full bar with interesting drinks, beers, and wines.

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LS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went with a friend for dinner around 730P on a weekday. The prices food, drinks, and food were good. It was a bit loud to and the lighting was pretty dim. I wouldn't recommend it for a place that you are trying to catch up with someone due to the noise level.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christian was so knowledgeable and helpful with the menu as a first time guest. He must have told the manager because I got a surprise sample of their fabulous Doritos chilaquiles delivered personally! The food was SO good and incredibly flavorful. A nice surprise of a mariachi band to round out the night. Being in the service industry myself, Christian and the manager were personable yet professional and had wonderful attention to detail, even as it started to get packed. I can tell they really value their customers and it shows. Felt good to be so welcomed, respected and remembered by name as I left. Will def be back when in town.

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mexican inspired flavors with a twist. Everything is a different take on classic dishes and it's all fantastic. Whatever you get be sure to order the mole tots to start! And the pork belly tacos from their secret menu are amazing!

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YA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a second visit for us. The first visit was to meet friends for dinner and the reservations made by our friends. My husband and I liked it so we decided to go for happy hour. Good food and drinks available on their happy hour menu. We will go back again.

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JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, with an eclectic collection of tastes! Love the tacos. The quacamole was delicious!

Service always is, and was, great. We were not sure about our order, and one of the managers came by to justr check if we had any questions about the menu. Very thoughtful.

We were there for a birthday celebration, which was also a Taco Tuesday. The whole restaurant was full, and LOUD. Not obnoxiously loud, just alot of people having a good time. Fun scene, didn't distract too much - but if you like a more relaxed time then stay clear of Taco Tuesday. :-)

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EH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely the best restaurant in the area, which isn't known for great options. The service was very attentive and the staff was well-trained, which is super important to me. Food was very good and the environment was fun, inviting and warm.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was fine

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I'm back at my parents' house and meet up with friends, this is my go to. Every person I've brought has enjoyed the food.

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AN
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to Amor Y Taco. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and full of flavor! Ambience is loud but it is expected due to how busy it gets. Will come back!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody and everything was absolutely fantastic. 5 stars for sure.

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GM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed this place food was good wish they had a friendly kids menu I ordered the taquitos for a teen but they failed to say they’re spicy and they don’t have lettuce I know this may be a fancy place but no lettuce in a restaurant? Overall was good I had to stop in another place before home so the kids would eat something not spicy.

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LT
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great beer options! Good food!

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JB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were absolutely fantastic and authentic with good portions and quality for a great price. Definitely a hidden gem in Cerritos! The only thing is I wish reservations were available later in the evening.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent all around . One of our favorites !

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BK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were in Cerritos for a basketball tourney and honestly had no idea where to go. I saw this "gem" on Yelp and figured since it was the sister restaurant of Ortega 120 (in my neck of the woods) we would try it out. BEST DECISION EVER! First off, the margaritas were beyond compare - so fresh and yummy - just perfect. My husband loved the shrimp tacos and my kids loved all the taquitos. They ordered a variety from potato to tinga de pollo - it would be hard for them to chose their fav. My short rib tacos were the STAR and I wish they would bottle up the habanero crema as I would eat that on EVERYTHING!
Our server was very friendly but took a while to come get our order - maybe I was just hot and grumpy from being in a hot gym all day and knew the margarita was calling my name. Once he took our order it was smooth sailing after that. Atmosphere is festive.
Love this place and will be back again!

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