Acapulco - Costa Mesa

4.3
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Acapulco infuses the savory flavors of Mexican coastal cuisine with California’s freshness and innovation, creating stimulating flavor combinations to be enjoyed in our resort-inspired restaurants. We serve up an “everyday escape” for guests to luscious simplicity in an inviting and lively atmosphere. Since our first cantina opened in 1960, our restaurants have become hidden gems where locals gather with friends and family for great food, drinks, and heartfelt hospitality.
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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

took us about 5 minutes for someone to notice we were waiting at the front, food was pretty good overall and service was decent, gf was satisfied with the birthday treatment

DH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves. We appreciate the hard work of all of the staff who sacrificed on Christmas Day.

P
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Turkey and Ham were excellent. However the enchiladas were cold..

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They handled a party of 17 very smoothly. Good job!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was a little slow to start (server didn’t arrive to table for about 10 minutes) but once we got going everything was awesome! Food was delicious, $2 margaritas were a great value, and service was speedy after initial wait.

a
Orange County
94 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good clean Mexican food
Good service

HH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Crappy food.
Terrible service.

No one in my group enjoyed the environment.
I spent a lot of money for nothing.

TC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and Roberto was excellent. Ate on the Patio - lots of fun. It was a great lunch !!

MR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food was delicious and the service was awesome. The included bottomless mimosas were a plus!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Everything from service to food was impeccable. Tropical tea is a must

NH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I made a reservation so we wouldn't have to wait, and so we could enjoy the brunch buffet before it got too pulverized by the crowds. Instead, I had to wait an additional 45min. The food was totally picked over and the servers were clearly too exhausted to continue. Acapulcos tried to remedy the situation by extending the time of the brunch an extra half hour. What a waste of money.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day Brunch, not a discount but food was very good and a lot of selections.
Restaurant has been remodeled a bit so looks a little more modern than before. Always liked the service and we had Alberto as our server and he was great! One of our favorite places and we will be back for sure!!

RP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Acapulco was always our favorite restaurant for Mexican food. Now that we live out of state, it was a real treat to return for a very tasty dinner.

K
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Extremely slow service. Did not expect to get in and out easily. The food is kind of bland. Improved Decor

A
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming to this location. We came for the mother’s day brunch and it was delicious. Very busy but food was kept well stocked and nice and hot. Service was great and champagne was a plus! Will be returning.

SF
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

But not for buffet style. The food was gross. It was too packed and it hindered their service.

S
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had reservations but the place seemed mobbed when we got there. However, we got seated within 15 minutes and were waited on almost immediately. Our very busy waiter was friendly and attentive, the food was good and plentiful, and we really enjoyed the experience. Parking was a bit of a pain, but it all worked out, and we may just do this again.

AD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We never received our food. We were seated and promptly forgotten. Our server brought us our water and then disappeared. He did come back to take our order and after 50 minutes we got up and left. We never did get our food.

RR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

service was slow at times, all 3 guests found the food disappointng.

Acapulco - Costa Mesa
Responded on March 31, 2019

HI RobbyR, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review on us, How can we improve our standards so we can earn a five star experience. I`m sending you a private message next. Sincerely, Jesus

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Staff was very nice. We came in late and ended up staying after hours talking as it was a special occasion and everyone was still nice and not rushing us out. I don't write this to encourage arriving at close but rather to comment on the quality of the staff :) will be back!

Acapulco - Costa Mesa
Responded on March 31, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your nice review on our staff and look forward to serve you soon again, Sincerely, Jesus H

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l
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We decided to go to brunch at Acapulco’s for our anniversary. The food and service were good and as always, it was quite busy with large groups.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was a good experience. Food was a lot . Drinks were so good

PP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We noticed prices went up. The food and experience is very good but priced too high. We will not be going as often as in the past.
$20 to $25 (didn’t see the crab and lobster) is enough. Anything more than that for a regular champagne brunch is excessive.

BS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service was provided for our table of 9 in the outdoors area. Wonderful experience, we will be back!

m
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best waiter he was very helpful and courteous.

JT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is good but pricey for mexican food.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great service & good amount of food selection

R
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a very good value. Good food and drinks, reasonable price.

PG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good brunch good food will go again! Always consistent.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Sunday Brunch! Food fresh n delicious.

WK
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Just a note, we have eaten here at least a half a dozen times with no issues. Tonight: seated at 7:30pm my food arrived cold at 9:00pm. We asked for the bill at 9:20pm We received the bill at 9:45pm. Someone stopped by to ask if I needed a box, I literally said "I think" and he cut me off, saying "it's ok, take your time." It was rude and humiliating. He walked away before I could address the interaction. They picked up the check at 9:53pm and we left at 10pm when they returned the bill. If this was my first time dining here, I would NEVER come back. Not sure what was going on. It was awful, from start to finish. I hope they fix this pronto.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! We will be back for the amazing drinks, friendly servers and wonferful food.

CM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had Fathers day brunch and we all enjoyed it. The service was great, thank goodness we made a reservation. The waiter Pepe was awesome, always asking if things were going well. we would go back again.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and so was the service! I love this place!

x
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A reasonably priced brunch with plenty of fresh servings to choose from. Plan ahead and make a reservation to avoid the wait. Carving station, omelettes made to order, plus bottomless mimosas.

MD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We had a reservation for over a month and when we arrived they tried to sit us at 2 separate tables. We said no, then they seated us outside in the heat and sun. I have pre-skin cancer and my niece had a concussion which was not conducive to outside seating. We won't be going on a holiday again.

KP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My review applies to our recent Brunch experience on Mother’s Day. I’m sure during a non-holiday, the dining experience is much different. There were so many tables and chairs crammed onto the patio it was difficult to get from the food area back to our own table. The noise level due to so many patrons made it difficult to have a conversation. We were there fairly early at 9:30 and were seated promptly and didn’t have to wait very long for a server to greet us. However, we had to get our own coffee from air-pots at the front of the restaurant. Paper coffee cups didn’t make for the best cup of coffee. Food was replenished as quickly as staff could and was warm. It looked like there were a lot of options to choose from. Overall, for $27 per person, the food lines were long and the ability to get around the food area was a challenge. I expected it to be very busy, but thought that the restaurant completely overbooked the dining area.

I
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice enough stop on Cinco de Mayo. Minor errors on both guests' orders but not enough to make a stink. Disappointed that high end tequila drinks were served in plastic cups. If you're charging $10-15 for a drink, it shouldn't be served in plastic. Food was up to par, comp chips and salsa were very tasty with some zip. Ambience was pleasant. Sat inside due to breezy chill but it looked very comfortable. Would return.