Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

4.6
886 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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About

Gabbi Patrick is dedicated to integrating modern
gastronomy with the indigenous and traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine. In her pursuit of preserving the rich culinary heritage of Mexico, Gabbi has adopted an eco-gastronomic approach in her interpretation of “Old World” recipes. Her passion and vision are reflected in every detail of her craft, from supporting local farms to her extensive travels throughout Mexico.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Gastro Pub, Organic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pmg - 11:00pm;
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Phone number
(714) 633-3038
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gabbi Patrick
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Cross street
S Glassell St
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Parking details
Parking lot behind building
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 886 People Are Saying
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N
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my daughters Birthday. We were seated right away . Our waiter was fun and attentive.
We had chips and guacamole to start. Very good. We all ordered something different so we could
try everything. We were not disappointed.

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c
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabbi's is an extraordinary Mexican restaurant! We dined with out-of-town friends who said it was the most amazing Mexican food they have ever eaten. Small plates and entrees are uniquely created and, even though it seems a small thing, we all agreed that the salsa was so delicious and different from any we had ever eaten. And the Granadita margarita - Que bueno!

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KT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Sorry only a fair experience. Request to split order was not done. Waiter checking on us was meek. Only one water refill. Food was average.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We fell in love with their habanero salsa and decided to take some home. My wife got a margarita and they are fully loaded. The churros were tasty. Overall everything was great. The waiter was nice and always checked on us.

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BO
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good take on Mexican cuisine. The music, food and service were all incredible.

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JP
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Gabbi’s!

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DL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and varied food and cocktail menu. Helpful and attentive wait staff.

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N
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Service has always been poor but we thought we would give it another go. Never can get anyone to order additional drinks or fill your water. Food came out cold. Heaters kept going out and had to find someone to relight them over 4 times.

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

Love the shrimp enchiladas and ranchero are both amazing and order the habanero salsa if you like hot with flavor.

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SH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very good and attentive. The food was very good as well. It made my girlfriend’s birthday a great night.

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EM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is the second time I’ve been there in the last few months. It seems like you’re rushed throughout-the meal— our salads came out the same time as appetizers and then — our entree came out minutes after our salad— they were quick to pick up the plates. The margaritas were too sweet and service just okay— and food a bit rich. I’m not rushing back.

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R
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. Gabbi is remarkably creative and ambitious.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We arrived on time for our 5:30 pm reservation. As our table wasn’t ready for another 10 minutes, In spite of several two-tops open inside the restaurant, the host recommended sitting at the bar as an option for waiting or dining. We told the host we would sit at the bar for our meal. (We received notification later that evening from OpenTable that we were recorded as a “no show” for our reservation.)

Our dining and beverage service from the bartenders was very good. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the special for NYE, ceviche. I had my favorite, Ensalada de Aquacate with chicken. This evening the salad was not satisfactory. Cubes of dry, and tough chicken pieces were offered. A small portion of avocado was offered on the side of the salad.

Gabbi’s is a restaurant we often frequent because the food is consistently delicious. This evening my experience was otherwise.

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OT
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juan is FANTASTIC. We were in town from Vegas on NYE, and had an early dinner. All of his suggestions were SPOT on. If you want to feel transported to Mexico City without leaving the U.S., you must run, don't walk, to Gabbi's. This is no "Tex Mex", this is Authentic Mexico on a plate. The mole was sublime, shrimp enchiladas were nearly perfect, and every pork dish we had were likely as good as a Mexican Grandmother's. Love love love. Thank you for making our California trip worthwhile!

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JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I asked for indoor seating and was seated at the closest table to the entrance on a very cold night

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent, ambiance OK, but the noise level is atrocious! Impossible to carry on a conversation at the table without shouting. There is nothing to absorb the sound--no wall coverings, no floor coverings, wooden tables/chairs. Owner was nice and stopped to chat a couple of times.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ have been visiting this restaurant very often and introduced it to our friends. Great food, awesome staff, every time! It never disappoints.

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service and food. Meals are consistently very good.

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J
Orange County
168 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Am awesome annual experience on Christmas Eve. Tyler is one of the best servers we have ever had at any restaurant. He’s polite, friendly, and attentive. The appetizers here are not to be missed. The quest fundido and the quesillo in salsa Verdes never disappoint. The carnitas is so flavorful. Cocktails were good. An overall excellent experience. Would dine here again.

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a
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnitas Nortenas was excellent

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G
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The people that helped us were very pleasant and so was the lady manager that came by to inquire if we were pleased with the food.

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g
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Lunch was super delicious. The kids particularly loved their dishes and commented 'my enchiladas are amazing' and the veggie tacos were the best we have had in a very long time!!! So overall a great experience and a lovely time watching people go by ...

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J
Orange County
168 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation but when we arrived we ended up waiting 30 minutes past our time. Once seated we were well taken care of. The food is so authentic and tasty. The salsa verde is our favorite. Lots of choices for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. One of our favorite places to dine when up in the Orange Circle.

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SO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time dining at Gabbi's. It was a great accidental find the first time and did not disappoint with the second visit. Loved the mole sauce and the flash fried kale this visit. Will return with my husband in tow next time. Service was excellent.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We've been many times and enjoy the food, but Sunday was not their best night. With the Tree lighting ceremony, you would think they would staff up. No. Our waiter was slow (or preoccupied with too many tables). My second drink never arrived until the check! He blamed it on a 'new bartender'. Noise level was not 'Energetic', it was simply too loud. Not the evening my wife and I had planned for our 29th Anniversary.

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SA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was SO good, I can’t stop thinking about those Puebla tacos! Great chips and guacamole too!

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

Love love love this place. Gorditas al pastor is the best food item on the planet.

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a
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Always make a reservation as this place is always full and busy!!

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AL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Gabby's is fabulous and the wait staff is top notch. I would recommend this restaurant for a meeting, date, lunch or dinner. Outstanding.

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GM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Puebla tacos are the best tacos ever! I’ve had them several times and they have been consistent. Never change the recipe!

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SP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here for years now, food and service has never let me down!

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DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. David our server was awesome.

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CM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been to Gabbi's many times and always enjoyed the experience, even when the crowd can be a little too loud. This time, the food was not as enjoyable as in the past. The albondigas soup was very good; great flavor but needed to be hotter (temp.). I had the Mole Coloradito (stuffed chicken with mole) and while it was good, the chicken lacked proper seasoning and was bland. While the mole is supposed to be the star, the chicken needed salt and/or garlic to bring out the real flavor. My wife had the steak which also needed seasoning and was fatty. Not bad but not up to the standards expected of Gabbi's. Gabbi- get into the kitchen and kick it up!

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OT
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Upscale Mexican, and no complaints about the food. It was expensive but you know it’s gonna be so you can’t belly ache too much. It was all good, and some dishes were good we than others.

Worth a try to make up your own mind.

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r
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

food very good. kinda pricey. we had the carnitas and empanadas. salsa was good too.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and good service. It was my wife's Birthday. When I made the reservation, I was told my wife's birthday would be acknowledged. It was not. Fortunately, my wife is not sensitive, so no big deal. Because of the great food, we ate way too much anyway. However, other guests may have been offended by the oversight.

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LR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time! Part of our party had car trouble and arrived substantially later than the rest of us. The wait staff was patient and very helpful. The food was great!

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in orange.

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JP
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time! Love Gabbi’s!!! The food is delicious and the ambiance is fun as well!

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PD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great location and really good ambiance. A little loud for conversation.

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