Cafe Tu Tu Tango - Orange

3.9
336 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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From the first moment, one quickly discovers that CAFÉ TU TU TANGO is a restaurant like no other. Something in the soul stirs, awakening the senses, igniting a passion for living that exists within us all. You are not here to eat, you are here to delight. To revel. To savor life, friends and family, and the flavors of a menu drawn from the corners of the globe.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, International, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
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Phone number
(714) 769-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jim Hall
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Private party facilities
Enjoy one of our unique Private Dining Rooms or inquire about renting the entire restaurant. Our professional sales team can accommodate parties between 10 and 1000 people.
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Private party contact
Jim Hall: (714) 769-2222
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Catering
Full service catering available for private parties at CAFE TU TU TANGO or at your home or office.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
City Drive
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Parking details
Free Parking
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Public transit
OCTA is available as well as many taxi services.
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Entertainment
Salsa Dancers, Tango Dancers, Swing Dancers, Belly Dancers, Magicians, Balloon Artists, Steel Drummers and much much more and Artists painting on location. All the Art is for Sale!
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Special events & promotions
Valentines Day Feb. 14th
Wine Dinners First Wednesday of Every Month
1/2 OFF Bottle Wine every Wednesday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on recent ratings
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food
3.7
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4.0
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3.9
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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

restaurant is closed. arrived and storefront was boarded

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. Spent my golden birthday here when I turned 29 and 18 years later it’s still great! Just a festive place to go with a unique atmosphere and delicious food and drink!

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OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lobster and Filet Mignon. They were cooked perfectly.

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Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great dinner

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BD
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ahi sashimi was good. Some folks ordered salmon dishes, then waiter return to let us know there was no salmon for the day. Would have been nice e to know upfront.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we sat outside and it was directly across from the speaker which was to loud. our waitress was friendly but it took forever to get our bill and to checkout. The food was OK

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J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time with friends. Excellent selection of appetizers and was even better was the fact is Tuesday is 50% off appetizers all day. Wait staff was very helpful.

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SE
Central Coast
60 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a fun place to dine because of the variety of small plates and appetizers. We ordered a couple of these plus salads, and that was filling enough for dinner, even though the list of entrees looked attractive. Good selection of wines, too. Try to sangria.

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YK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff greeted us and helped us with ordering. 8 of us went there early evening and had two sampler plates and a glass of sangria each. With an order of paella and a rice dish called, "Barcelona Fried Rice" added to the order, we were all full. The chocolate cake and the cream brulee were all delicious. Fun, artsy decorations were great.

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O
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had The Barcelona stir fry and it was fabulous!!

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JD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We've been here before but it's been a long time. We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated right away, but the service was very slow. It was sort of busy, but not crazy. There were empty tables all around. It took forever to get a glass of wine and a draft beer. The menu is much smaller than I remember and the food was just so-so this time. The ceviche was pretty good and the empanadas were just ok. It was all so slow & mediocre that we cut our visit short. We ended up ordering only a few drinks & appetizers, then left and ate dinner somewhere else. Very disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went on Christmas Eve with friends. Not to busy and good food!

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have dined at the Tu Tu Tango in Orlando many times. This location was very disappointing. The food was not good quality and the service was friendly but not great.

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LB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful small plate oriented restaurant with a unique ambiance. Great selection of well prepared varied menu items.

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LU
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

TuTo Tango has been a steady "go to" restaurant in the Block in Orange, since the mall was re-designed. Always a good choice for before/after the movies as well as a small snack and drink for lunch or dinner. The kitchen just keeps getting better.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We decided to make a reservation here (our first time visit) to get a quick bite to eat before seeing a movie next door. Very fun atmosphere and bonus!!! We arrived in time to take advantage of the last hour of happy hour prices. Great small plates with very good appetizers (super filling) and 1/2 priced drinks 🙌🏻

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s
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We are always treated really good.

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s
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go at 10pm for the appetizer happy hour.

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OT
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating here for years now and this a great place to eat and enjoy the atmosphere.

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M
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Our original waitress was great but her replacement when she went on break never smiled or refilled our waters and drinks.

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YS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprise 1/2 price tapas on Monday’s! Efficient service, no waiting. Restaurant could have been a little cooler. Service had great attitude & she was helpful with suggestions on menu items. White peach sangria, full & lackluster, no peach flavor. Did not drink , credited to our check. Beer was icy cold. Black bean soup had great flavor, just like the Cuban restaurant in Key West. Spanish antipasto was delightful, dressing had good flavor & balance. Definitely worth going to after a long day at The Parks down the street!

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L
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Clara, was EXCEPTIONAL in every way. 10 in our party, with 5 kids. She treated "each" person with SUPERB service. Genuine, attentive to details, friendly, fun, personable, remembered names. One of the best servers EVER, that will stand out in all of my dining experiences. Wished every restaurant could clone her. 😁

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s
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night for date night. After 10pm 1/2 price appetizers. I love how we can sit, talk, and eat for 4 hours without any problem. The service is great.

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KF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clara our server was wonderful. Great food and reasonable prices.

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m
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I would not recommend this restaurant as our party had a very poor experience. The only good rating I could give was for value, and this is only because they comp'ed our entire meal because of the whole overall poor experience. So I have to give them credit for not charging us.
But the place was dirty, the food was salty, and the service was poor. We advised our waitress that we were in a hurry because of a pre-planned event in one hour. The server acknowledged and said that she would rush our orders, Two (out of six) meals were served in a timely manner.
But the other four did not arrive for quite some time. Twenty minutes later, two other meals arrived, but by now, we were getting worried, and the first two diners had already finished. We asked the server about the issue and we were told that the other two meals (sandwiches) were delayed because they had to bake the bread! We cancelled those meals and we were getting ready to leave when the sandwiches arrived just as we were asking for the check. So two of our diners left hungry.
Again, they acknowledged the problem and comp'ed the meal, so I give them credit for that.
But I can't recommend them, and I wouldn't go back either.

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g
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place awesome food and service

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s
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night out. We sat outside. Not to hot and not to cold. Great happy hour appetizers. Not just at the bar so if you don't drink, like me, you can enjoy your appetizers anywhere.

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C
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place- fun artwork! Chips and salsa were tasty - wedge salad was pretty good too. Would definitely return.

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K
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch was great. Good food and selection for the price. The drinks were not so good. We ordered the bottomless Bloody Mary and when the 2nd came the mix had been changed. We ordered cocktails instead and it was evident that the bartenders were new.

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SC
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Server sucked. She clearly did not care and when asked why, she was, whatever.
They used to have such good servers.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would totally recommend this restaurant for anyone that wants something that's definitely a little bit out of the norm for so cal and a lot more on the creative side. I like the creativity throughout the entire place as well as the art that you can purchase on the back side of the place as well. The service was great, food was great and the belly dancer they had that night was hot and talented! So next time your at the outlets of orange check this place out it's definitely worth it!

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EG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for dates, option for photos is also nice

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MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Only place we could get a reservation during expowest. It’s in an outdoor mall which we didn’t realize. Solidly mediocre. Food was ok but waitress kept forgetting things we ordered and we had to remind her. She kept going “it’s so crazy!” And it wasn’t even very busy. They had a belly dancer with a weird light up dress which all seemed out of place. Overall it was just ok food with bad service. If it’s the only place you can get a reservation because of an event, it’s not awful and probably better than some of the chain options, but wouldn’t be my first choice.

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b
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiter was a little slow. Sangria wasn’t award winning great. Sampler and fish tacos was ok.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The place could have been great if the service was at least ok. However, from getting seated to paying the bill was unspeakable. The server took a long time just to get our drinks. When drinks were brought to our table, there 3 drinks missing. Food was served one at a time. We have 2 little kids and 1 food was served and the other one kids meal was served late. Server do not check if you need anything or if meal was even ok. You have to stand up and raise your hand and call him to get the attention.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

They were really short servers. Food took a long time & getting things like plates & extra napkins was a mission. Food was cold by time we actually had plates to eat it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We were encouraged to sit outside. We were promised a free dessert, we even weren’t offered one. Felt as we were used to attract costumers by sitting outside (it was chilly, and the outside heater was not working). But the food was good.

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S
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was plentiful and flavor excellent! The restaurant was quiet. Service was a little slow but pleasant.

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d
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and comfortable place to eat prior to going to the movies or going to Burke Williams spa. The owner, Jim, was extremely attentive to us.

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Denver
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my son who is in college at Chapman and 6 of his friends out for dinner, and we had a great time! We wetre seated at a perfect table outside. The host wqs lovely! Our first waitress did not seem very interested in serving us, but we soon learned that our "actual" waiter had been on a break, and when he took over, the service was wonderful! The food is fabulous, fresh, and interesting. This is the third time I've taken a large group to your restaurant, and have not been disappointed except for the small annoyance of a "stand-in" server not being on her top service behavior because she was covering for someone else.

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