Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen - Irvine

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is an award-winning Latin restaurant offering contemporary dishes including seafood; braised meats; and grinding corn in-house to create tortillas and various masa dishes. Cha Cha’s has become known for fresh Latin cuisine made-from-scratch with quality, seasonal ingredients; sustainably-caught seafood; wood-fired meats; local organic produce; as well as signature margaritas and an innovative cocktail menu.

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AlexE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebration..... food and service was great! Will definitely dine here again.

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BryanV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just absolutely amazing. Although the food might cost more than a traditional Mexican restaurant, the difference in cost is made up in the food. You can taste the difference. The service was great. My server made sure to always make sure we were doing fine.

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vipYayi
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We liked Cha Cha’s Mexican food with a twist and the live music during lunch. I would not recommend the flautas, but my husband and son would wholeheartedly recommend the shrimp enchiladas and my daughter loved her steak taco. The highlight of our visit was our server, Raul. He was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great live band during brunch, had a lot of fun

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vipAndreaB
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. We live in South OC but go to Cha Cha's anytime we're nearby. The Carne Asada is amazing. Get it with grilled zucchini instead of potatoes to make it Keto or Paleo.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is very good and the atmosphere, while noisy, elegantly cozy. The guacamole is outstanding, with a strong lime taste. I don’t like fish, but the ahí ceviche was even delicious for me. I recommend it, and recommend choosing to eat on the patio. There are lots of heaters. It is always busy, so make a reservation regardless of which night you dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a fun place for girls night out!!! Dishes were very shareable!

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vipOski65
Orange County
75 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour, good food. Chicken flautas were excellent, emapanadas were OK, shrimp taco was spicy. Lots of chips and salsa. Left Coast IPA on tap.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We started our meal with the empanada appetizer. It was very tasty, however way over Priced at 10.00 for three bite size pieces. For our main courses we had the short rib enchiladas which my husband thoroughly enjoyed and the portion was huge. I had the chargrilled chicken salad which was very large but had zero flavor. The service was fine but somewhat impersonal. The manager wished my husband happy birthday when we arrived but that was the extent of any acknowledgement. Sort of a lackluster meal.

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vipPeterW
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is an energetic venue that is reasonably priced and a good place to try something new. The menu offers items not found at most latin/mexican restaurants, and twists on old favorites. Be prepared to find pickled onions in your tacos! A definite contrast to the more family-oriented restaurants in the area, and a nice lively addition to the MarketPlace.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipOceanGirl
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos! They have an awesome portabella mushroom taco and their margaritas are so strong and delicious! We tried the Cha Cha margarita, the Pineapple Mojito margarita, and the Mango Harbanaro margarita. The chips and salsa are good too.

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MJmj
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was good but the sweet waitress forgot one of our drink orders so had to wait for that. Also this is a pretty loud restaurant and sitting next to the kitchen door made it worse. Would ask for another table next time.
Otherwise very good food. We had the carne asada, crab and shrimp enchiladas, and 3 tacos.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really great time with our friend from out of town. We food came in good time and the hostess seated us almost right away! only comment was that the side exit door kept opening bringing in a cold breeze.

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vipBaseballDad
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I stopped by for lunch. We both had margaritas to get us started. I had the mango and habanero which was absolutely perfect (and not spicy hot). My wife had the Cha Cha’s house special margarita with the grapefruit. It was also great, as I got one little sip. It was not overly tart or sour, just awesome! We had the complimentary tortilla chips with the red and green salsa’s. My favorite was the verde (green), but the rojo (red) was still very good. We both had the 3-taco plate. She had the braised short rib, mushroom, and shrimp tacos, while I had basically the same minus the shrimp, and substituted a fish taco instead. All was accompanied by Spanish rice and black beans. The tacos were each outstanding. The Spanish rice is some of the best I have ever had along with those delicious black beans. We left as Happy Campers! We’ll be back for sure.

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Archie
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Be careful that the weather is suitable to sit outside when you go to Cha Cha's. it was a nice day when we went but very windy and that wasn't conducive to a relaxing luncheon. There was plenty of heaters, but the wind was very annoying and in the restaurant was crowded and loud!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, great service

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vipeattoomuch
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Our waiter was so nice but the food was so medicore.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went to Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen today for the first time. It was a fantastic experience. We both ordered the Fresh Seafood Caldo and it was delicious! I also got the blended mojito and I loved it. If you go definitely get the chips guacamole. Our waiter was excellent and the hostess was also very pleasant. I can't wait to go back!

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AllyP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A couple of people recommended I visit Cha Cha for their queso fundido. During the holidays I took advantage of their gift card promotion and got some. For my birthday I took the plunge with my picky kids and hubby. This place was a huge hit for all. We had an amazing server. He was on top of everything. My girls had the bean and cheese burrito and grilled chicken breast (from the salads) with rice with guacamole app. Both kids were happy. Hubby and I shared the delicious queso con chorizo fundido which was amazing. He had the green salsa enchilada while I had the short rib tacos. Again their food is on point and won’t disappoint. For our family -> 8 thumbs up. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monday night buy one entree get one (need to show the online coupon) is such a deal!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the staff were excellent!!

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Tacklehojoe
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love cha Cha’s, always great customer service, food is really good.

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vipShoebaggirl
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always love the food at Cha Cha's and Enchilada Wednesday is a great deal. Enchilada's are half off!! The margaritas are always delicious too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews