Chaak KITCHEN

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
458 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.

Support Chaak KITCHEN during COVID-19

What 458 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
j
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was very quiet which was great for us. Food was outstanding as usual. Only problem was three hairs in my drink which made me sick. They got me a new drink and apologized but did not comp it off the bill which I would have expected. I actually wanted a beer because I was still sick from the hair situation. We still made the mist of it and had an enjoyable evening.

TS
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food and the service was excellent. I love how Ed takes the time to chat with customers.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our client was 45 minutes late to the lunch and not once did we feel rushed. Great service and food - it made for an enjoyable and successful business meeting.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall a great experience. Our server was a bit delayed in refilling our waters, but otherwise, great overall.

o
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Sunday brunch and the menu is just amazing. Sit on the patio, bask in the sun and enjoy a bloody mary and the best chilaquiles you will ever eat.

DD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to Chaak Kitchen for dinner with high expectations because of its glowing review in the Los Angeles Times's 101 Best Restaurants in L.A., and Chaak Kitchen met and exceeded our expectations. The food was superb, from myriad small plates to the main course of cochinita pibil and a mixed grilled meat platter to dessert. We enjoyed a wine from Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive if a little slow, but we didn't mind the relaxed pace (and the restaurant was very busy). We had a positive, memorable dining experience.

JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Beautiful ambience, I love the variety and the flavor of the plates.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and such a fun spot for a good date night.

D
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good as usual. Am starting to come here more and more. I do think it is a tad pricey, especially for being in Tustin.

FO
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had seats at the bar met a nice couple. The bartender was awesome. Can’t wait to go back

MA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great vibe throughout the restaurant but had to wait over 40 mins for our table.
Food is very tasty

DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here quite often and love it. Last week, as usual, we reserved our table inside due to the weather. As we were waiting a couple that had been seated outside complained that they were cold so they were moved inside. We were then called to be seated and brought outside to the vacated table. Our reserved table had been given away. We were then escorted to the bar to wait for another table. We were told we would “be taken care of”. It would have been nice to have had our drinks at the bar paid for While we waited or our corkage waved but not one thing was offered. Disappointing.

TC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was phenomenal! From the opening cocktail through our dessert with anejo, we were completely blown way with the taste and visual presentation of every dish. Even when the kitchen got a little backed up at peak, the service and attention to our needs was great! I would totally recommend this to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

OT
Orange County
135 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. A place we call home as the food preparation and flavors are exceptional, service courteous and professional and ambiance - you can’t beat it. A vibrant setting full of character and conveniently located. A must on our short list of places we enjoy and frequent regularly.

EE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The quality of the food is impressive. Variety, freshness, unique flavors are all great. Highly recommended and worth several returns.

IL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was my 3rd time there. Amazing as usual. The drinks, the service, the food... awesome! The best drink ever is the Tamanino con Chile, one is never enough. The pork PIBIL was out of this world!!! We’ll keep coming back

SH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was great! It was a little pricey, but worth it. Service was outstanding and cocktails were delicious. Desserts were not as good as the rest of the food, but just fine.

IA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Service was amazing. Awesome waitress. Loved her. Only con is the dry martini was ok. Just an fyi.. the olive juice from Trader Joe’s olives has so much more flavor than the juice from whatever brand you use. But that’s our taste. It was still ok

TP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upscale environment. Excellent food and Service.

Interesting dishes and selections.

MS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Refined Yucatan Mayan food prepared with a serious attention to detail. The cocktails alone are reason enough to return. A mescal or tequila flight would be a great addition to the bar service so that one can taste the overwhelming choices without overspending and over drinking.

C
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice place and the food was good with dates or friends.

K
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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

Delicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious deliciousDelicious delicious delicious

Report
FO
Orange County
4 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
61 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.