Chaak KITCHEN

4.7
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437 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
Inspired by Executive Chef Gabbi Patrick’s Yucatecan roots, CHAAK features Mayan staples of pibil, recados, seafood, smoke, and exotic spices combined with her signature modern flare. Located in Southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula differs from other regional Mexican cuisine with Spanish, Caribbean, and Mediterranean influences, dense tropical climate, and deep roots of the native Mayan culture. Experience the spirit of the Yucatan at CHAAK.
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4.6
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome experience. The restaurant buzzes with outstanding customer service, delicious food, and candlelit upscale style. The manager Don truly exceeded all expectations. Watching him make every customer feel like they are a part of a magical Chaak family experience was outstanding. We are craving the Sausage appetizer... must go back soon!

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu categories are difficult to understand without explanation from server. Which are appetizers, main dishes, etc...? Not as clear as those close to the development of the tool itself may think

EJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bad night for Chaak, at least for us. Hostess had us wait at the bar and then forgot about us and I had to go back 20 minutes after our reservation time to ask about our table, all with empty tables that we could have been seated at. Carlos, our waiter, I think might have been the only waiter and could only get to us 10 minutes after seating, and then only very intermittently after that. So we had to order when we had him available. But then the food came out all at once - we had an appetizer, the cauliflower, and an entree, and they all arrived at the same time. We apologized to our out of town friend, having sold Chaak as a good option, but afterward decided we wouldn't be back. Plenty of other excellent options.

a
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not my first visit to Chaak. I like to try something new every time I go and I am never disappointed! From Drinks or desserts everything is unique and delicious!

d
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very Nice Brunch! Menu was Good, Food Was Great! Always a Pleasure to go there and relax and enjoy a meal.

m
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speak dinner. Plan on spending 50 to 60 each person

SA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! The service is excellent. Our waiter was attentive, helpful and friendly. Every dish we had was delicious!!

PS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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FO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food is outstanding and service right on point. This was a Valentine dinner and was a huge success
Thank you Chaak

PR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Everything from the food to the service was excellent.

j
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks! Will definitely return.

W
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, service and ambience. Yucatán Mexican food here is amazing.

F
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love all the food, drinks and the vibe! It is sometimes too loud but that just means everyone is having a great time! Everything on the menu (we have tried it all) is delicious.

m
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was great in every way. Very cool space, attentive, friendly servers, excellent food and drinks and reasonable pricing for the high quality of ingredients. We love Gabbi’s but this was even better.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant! We will be back (again and again...).

J
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cold inside. Margaritas were 80%-90% ice...not acceptable. Portions very small. Food itself was good, not great. For example enchilada was served in skillet and it was stuck to bottom of it. Waiter suggested meatballs not on menu. 3 very very small meatballs. Not worth price. Arugula salad tasted good, but basically pile of arugula with 1 halved egg and half a dozen small pieces of bacon.

TO
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
We love to dine here

JA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service, food and the look of the restaurant. One of our favorite restaurants.

LP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Ambience and service at this restaurant are excellent. The food is way overpriced and the portions are very small.

HW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every bite of this meal was fantastic (The sauce on the crudo was epic. It took every last bit of self control not to lift up the bowl and drink the last drop of it.) The drinks were delicious. The atmosphere was great. I was there at night, but it looks like it will be even more amazing in the daytime for brunch on a lovely spring day, with that retractable roof! My only suggestion for them....do something with that boring stark-white over-lit restroom. A restaurant's atmosphere experience doesn't stop at the dining room.

O
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took friends here for the first time and they loved it. Orlando was very attentive.

CR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

My wife and I chose this place as our date night destination after a recommendation from a friend. The ambience was great, we had reservations so we were seated right away. Service was slow, it could have been due to the fact it was a busy Sat night. We order 3 different items. The Sikil Pa’k was very tasty, the blue corn chips and chicharrones were a great way to accompany the pumpkin seed dip. Next we had Crudo Chaak, the sushi grade yellowtail was deliciously prepared. For our final dish we order the Cochinita Pibil, this is where everything went wrong. The pork was served cold, and possibly under cooked. We couldn’t tell due to the fact that we were sitting outside. We each had 2 tacos and we believe that’s what caused us to get sick. Will not go back. Very unfortunate because we really liked everything about the place.

OT
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen in Old Town Orange has been a favorite place of ours for years. When we heard that the owners had opened Chaak in Tustin we had to try it! It is very different from Gabbi's but equally delicious. It is a very pretty, airy place on El Camino Real . We had planned to dine on their outdoor patio but decided to sit indoors as the patio was in the shade. Our waiter, Frank, was prompt, friendly and explained to us all of the different dishes - many of which we had never had. Everything was delicious, especially the empanadas, and the cocktails were fabulous! We enjoyed a lovely lunch, and can't wait to return for dinner as the lunch menu is not as extensive. We highly recommend Chaak Kitchen !!

y
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We are a fan of Gabbi Patrick's innovative cuisine and have dined at Chaak several times since it opened. Although the food was delightfully consistent and delicious at this visit, service was lacking and spotty at the bar and dining room. We sat at the bar for drinks before dinner and had to get the bartender's attention - it was 4:45 p m and not that busy. Then our appetizer which we ordered at the bar arrived about 30 minutes later, after we were seated for dinner. We had to remind our server about our missing appetizer. I hope this was just an off day.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great flavors- innovative menu- a bit hard to tell what’s in the food you order based on the menu- but everything was yummy. Tried Mexican wines which were lovely. Very loud - wish the ceiling had a little noise dampening but otherwise beautiful space.

P
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall the food was superb and I definitely would return to try more from the menu. The charred octopus was a little bit chewy, which was a let-down. The Tamal Colado and the Parrillada Yucatan were delicious. The Silent Pool cocktail was delightful and service was friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

B
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

DF
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience1

This was my second visit. On my first visit some of the dishes were hit or miss. This time every dish was outstanding. The drinks were also creative and great. Will definitely be back.

CH
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Love this place.

JO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Chaak for the second time. The restaurant itself is beautiful- lots of windows and light and glass. The high ceilings give it a spacious quality and the noise level is fairly low. The service was wonderful. The server always had time to answer our questions and was very knowledgeable. The food was wonderful. The dishes are so unusual and obviously prepared very thoughtfully. We enjoyed the ceviche very much - it was fresh and chock full of seafood. I felt it was a little heavily seasoned but no one else in our party agreed with me! We also ordered a whole branzino to share. It was cooked perfectly- served with peppers and onions - it was absolutely delicious. The fish was served with lovey home made tortillas. Everything about our visit was perfect. The only thing I would add is that both times we visited, we were celebrating an anniversary. The restaurant does not do anything to mark a special occasion. Although just coming here was special for us, it is a little disappointing not to be fussed over just a little!

SC
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Generally an excellent experience.

T
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. The food is amazing. The ambiance fantastic.

RG
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

This was our first time to Chaak Kitchen. Very disappointed.
Prices were high for the amount of food and quality.
We order Chicken liver appetizers to share to start. What a joke. It was literally a smear on the bottom of a dish with a few pieces of crostini. Couldn’t even scrape enough to put on one crostini. We sent it back!
We also ordered pulled pork tacos. Good but very expensive for two small tacos.
Restaurant is quite nice inside and the service is great.
The food and prices’ however were a deal breaker for me.
Sorry, can’t recommend this place

OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were the second table sat as the restaurant had just opened. Friendly, attentive service, good options, very tasty. Overall very good. I would say that the food did take a little but longer than expected, especially since they were not busy yet. But I would not let that deter me from coming back. It was worth the wait.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Food was excellent but very loud and difficult to converse. We went on Saturday night and it was very busy and difficult to get our waiter’s attention. We also never had our water glasses filled.

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food and cocktails are delicious. $20 corkage fee.

n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food, waiter made great recommendations as to the dishes to try and was able to help some of my parties dietary issues.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there and it was better than the first time. We let out waiter order for us and it was incredible.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you @tinabu2002 for recommending @chaak_kitchen celebrating a beautiful birthday dinner for my sweetie with the most spectacular Yucatán cuisine from Chef Gabi! Not to mention her amazing staff & her wonderful husband who was most attentive & paid special attention to all the small details to ensure we were taken care of! Thank you to my dear friend P.N. For the gracious surprise at the end! Feeling so blessed!🎉🥂♥️🥰#chaakkitchen #chaakkitchentustin #birthday #birthdaydinner #familylove #lovefromfriends @ CHAAK

SK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I’m definitely returning soon!