Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen - Irvine

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$30 and under
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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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PW
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OG
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.

MJ
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.

LS
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.

BD
Orange County
20 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.

A
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!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, great service

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

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

OT
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!

AP
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.

OT
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!

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the staff were excellent!!

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

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

S
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!

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service

DF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. It was our first time dining and thanks to your email promotion we took advantage of it and thank goodness, we did. Definitely a MUST HAVE on your list if you like pseudo-modern Latin food. The music was on point. The vibe and ambience was perfect. And the delicious food was divine. From the carne asada plate to several tacos and the crab and shrimp enchiladas. Since that was my plate and everyone got to sample—let’s just say that on our next trip everyone will be ordering that dish. The creamy sauce that accompanied the enchiladas was scrumptious. To boot, I tried the Mango Habanero Margarita. En Fuego! Our waiter was cool too. 5 stars for Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Irvine!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the wife and kids out

J
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Extremely disappointed in the entire experience.

r
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service...great food....

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the Salmon and Skirt Steak. Steak perfectly cooked medium well and salmon was flavorful and moist with a delicious sauce. Definitely will return.

SP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night Monday is such a good deal, yummy food, great ambiance and awesome service!! :)

p
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Totally unacceptable food quality. I was served FROZEN enchillada. Food was not prepared. Fresh. I do not recommend

JT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good good food and service but very noisy

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cha Cha’s - great food and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food and drinks were just okay

MK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great food, but it was very loud. First seated right next to band but when requested were moved promptly to the patio, much nicer.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time!

YS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good, on the spicy side for us. Enjoyed the patio. Server did her job, but wasn't overly friendly.

I'd recommend it.

LF
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday was the first time at ChaCha's Latin Kitchen for lunch....had only been for dinner a few times. The lunch menu is fantastic, the food was delicious and our server (Fernando) was GREAT!!! Thank you for a lovely lunch. I will return soon.

LI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are new in the area and we are so happy we found this place. The food was amazing and the service was great too. This will be one of our go to places to eat!

CE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were having a luncheon meeting, and sitting out on the patio proved to be a quiet place for our conversation. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. The place never disappoints.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Patio was dirty & menus were filthy

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Daughters birthday

JF
Orange County
169 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Back on point big time! Not a single element was off - a great experience

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great work lunch and they were able to accommodate a request for a quiet section.
There was one mistake on one order, but was remedied quickly and easily.

RD
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great service. Horrible tortillas (stiff and hard)

S
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ChaCha's consistently delivers a scrumptious and memorable experience. The salmon is one of our absolute favorites. We go to a few seafood restaurants and the salmon at ChaCha's is far superior to any we've had. It's so fresh, cooked perfectly (medium-rare to rare depending on how we order it), and the glaze adds just the right amount of spice, sweetness and savoryness. Amazingly the fish is not just warm but it's actually hot and it really delivers superior flavor. We like the roasted potatoes a great deal but the calabascitas have become our favorite. Our other entree favorite is, of course, the carne asada. It's always perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful, and again, with either the roasted potatoes or the calabascitas, it's an absolutely wonderful dish. We will continue to go to ChaCha's several times a month and hope to be willing to forego either the salmon or the asada so that we can at least try some of the other great-sounding things on the menu. That's always our objective but in the end we almost always find ourselves ordering either the salmon or the asada. The servers are always very friendly and helpful and they go out of their way to make sure we are happy with our meal. We have recommended ChaCha's to at least 10 other couples. All of them were delighted and continue to go back for more.

j
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. Hope she helps us in the future. Our hearts are still in brea. Thank you irvine

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