Descanso Plancha Dining

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$30 and under
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Mexican
THIS PAGE IS FOR PLANCHA TABLES ONLY (Where Our Chefs Cook at Your Table). For reservations in our standard Dining Room and Patio, please search for DESCANSO STANDARD DINING on the Open Table Website or call us at 714.486.3798

PLANCHA Dining is available Monday Through Sunday 5pm-Close and Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

Descanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors executed on a traditional plancha grill and prepared in front of you at your table.

Seating Types in the Restaurant:

PLANCHA
Make a reservation at the Plancha Table for an intimate experience with your Taquero Chef. This is a multi-course meal option where each item is cooked in front of you!

STANDARD DINING
Make a reservation for our Standard dining room or patio on the Descanso Standard Dining Open Table Page.

TACO BAR
The Taco Bar is an a la carte version of the Plancha. First Come First Serve.

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Specials

Happy Hour at Descanso

Enjoy amazing Happy Hour deals Monday Through Friday at Descanso (3pm-6pm)... $6 Margaritas and Cocktails, $3 Tacos, $4 Beers, $5 Wines by the Glass and 1/2 Off Appetizers!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 20, 2019

Ends: December 21, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 172 People Are Saying
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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Fun time

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you!

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CO
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Had we had more time we would have sat at the Plancha tables, but we were kinda rushed as we had a show to go to. I would like to try their tapas plates next time.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you and we look forward to having you back!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Plancha table was fun. Took a while to serve the food but once served it was delicious. Meal definitely served two and you could easily get by with splitting a dish with a guacamole and soup or salad. Food was very tasty and sangria was excellent.

TH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience for the family. Food is filling! Could definitely have split the entrees. Great taste and good energetic interaction with the server and cook. Would definitely recommend to go back.

SS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It was an interesting concept bu the execution and quality was not good at all. I will not go back

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on February 11, 2020

Sorry you felt that way... we are always looking to perfect the experience so any detailed feedback on your experience would be appreciated.

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s
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks
perfect for a birthday or family gathering
the private table are awesome

KD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an interesting concept! We all are intimately familiar with the traditional Japanese teppanyaki but blend that concept with Mexican cuisine is brilliant!!! Super fun server who was patient with first timers and knowledgeable of the menu. Al Pastor skillet and cheesy corn is a MUST!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from service to food. We sat at the plancha table. The cooked in front of us!! Yummm the staff were all so friendly!! Exceptional!

PP
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Booked regular table for three for Sunday brunch which was confirmed twice by email and once by their follow up call. Arrived ten mins early and were asked again if we’d like to do the Teppan. no. Ordered drinks at bar while we waited for tables and bartender very surly. Gave us our drinks then followed up later with napkin to put them on. Guy came to get us and asked if we needed table for four! Waitress came to get order immediately so we ordered Guacamole while we decided. She then came back for main order without bringing our appetizer ! When I mentioned we weren’t having a good time with service so far she told us she was doing her best as she was the only one !! Food was warm but sufficient size and good taste .
Doubt I will return but others seemed to enjoy the food.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on December 30, 2019

Pommie, Sorry for the confusion on your reservation. This is not acceptable and we have counciled the staff member already. This is not indicative of our experience and we truly hope that you give us another chance.

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LK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and experience. Food was creative and flavorful...not your typical Mexican food. Carnitas are delicious as is the al pastor. The plancha table is a fun and lively experience for a special occasion.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to try La Plancha for my bday.
The rib eye was delicious as my La Sirena drink.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you Very Much!!

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g
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bomb. Come for brunch and order the huevos rancheros.

FE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Descanso is new to the neighborhood and of course we had to try it. The first few experiences were for lunch, and we couldn't have been happier (except the servers gave us straws--a big negative). Last Wednesday we came for dinner a la Plancha. What a lovely experience! The staff was solicitous and effecient, the chef was a delight, and the food was wonderful. Thank you for the unique experience! We intend to return.

CC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my good friend there for her birthday and everything was more that I could have guessed. The staff and owner were very attentive to us and the food was amazing. My friend and I were so pleased to find such a gorgeous gem in Costa Mesa.

NN
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a 6:00 reservation for the hibachi which I verified 2 days before. When we got there, they only had a regular table available. The manager said he could get us in at 6:30 at the hibachi so we agreed. However, the hibachi experience didn’t start until 7ish... way too late for a 2 and 5 year old and the grandparents. They were all hungry and grumpy. I feel like the least the manager could have done would have been to comp a few apps pr drinks since we had to wait over an hour for our table. But, nope.

l
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous food we will return

CJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing but they need to do a better job at explaining how things work and why we had to wait for two more people to fill our table. Also a drink menu would be beneficial.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy food, great atmosphere, amazing chefs.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Angela, cant wait to have you back.

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TG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool spot, a bit pricey, but food was great! Highly recommend!

AT
Orange County
97 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have never experienced Mexican cuisine on a grill Fantastic.

R
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience, you have almost five different dining areas to choose from and three different experience. I went with the a la plancha where the chef cooks in front of you - fun experience since they are talking you through the email and also happy to have conversation with you. My first time trying fideo which is like a noodle soup. A great experience overall and highly recommend.

DC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

When we arrived we waited 10 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation and the restaurant wasn’t busy, we then waited 10 minutes before they decided who’s table we were. After ordering and receiving our dinners they said my tortillas would be right there but again I finally had to ask someone to get them. The manager did come over and apologize, but someone needs to coordinate the service staff so everyone knows what their jobs are.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on November 13, 2019

Don, We sincerely apologize for this experience and know that this is not indicative of our service standard.

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FD
Orange County
197 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first time at Descanso's. We had a very nice lunch.

Releno tacos were very good; Al pastor and tamales dorados were good as well. This is authentic Mexican cuisine. Well worth the trip from south Orange County.

I highly recommend Descanso's.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service takes longer than it should. The food is good but certainly nothing memorable. If I am going to pay for over-priced Mexican food, Javier’s is much better. Unfortunately, the experience was forgettable and I’m finding it difficult to come up with a good reason to return.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was amazing

SA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to come back. Next time we are going to try the taco bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We had hoped for the private grill would be more of an entertaining experience, like Benihana’s... but there was no entertaining... no fun... just a personal cook basically. Cool concept, but poor execution.

The food was super mediocre. And to top it off, our waiter reeked of booze. Like, lay off the sauce buddy!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Cheap quality food, way overpriced. Don’t go.

M
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and food experience. Plancha was a great choice. Front hostess are a little casual but no big deal.

R
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Descanso! Definitely a very energetic atmosphere so if you like a calm quiet place, this is not the place for you. We had a reservation at the Plancha and our cook was excellent and entertaining! It's a little pricey for the Plancha but they also have a taco bar and regular dining options that are more economical.

JG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I mad reservations here for my daughters 21st birthday after seeing an ad on youtube. This place looked fantastic and a lot of fun. From the ad I was expecting a Japanese Tepan experience but with Mexican food. Aside from cooking in front of us, I could not have been more wrong.

The menu for the "plancha" is very limited and is basically just something covered in a bunch of grilled cheese. Now dont get me wrong, I love grilled cheese but I drove 2 hours for that? Ugh!

There is no show and the cooks are just average. With each dish he lit the grill on fore and told us to get our cameras ready. After the first time, big deal. Aside from that we might as well have been sitting in the kitchen next to the grill.

Service was very slow and not very good, I ordered a side of elote and it never came. The entire experience was just so basic.

I have owned a Mexican Restaurant for the past 20 years. When I saw this ad I was very excited and even a little envious; I wish I had a tepan style Mexican restaurant. Unfortunately the people ar Descanso have a great idea/concept but fail at the execution.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on November 20, 2019

Jose, I am sorry you were not satisfied with your experience and we appreciate the feedback. It is a brand new concept and we are always looking to perfect and evolve the experience. First, we are not trying to be a benihana of mexican food. Maybe we need to rethink our videos, but we are more about the culinary experience. Only two of our Dishes on our current plancha menu contain cheese. I say this cause we do have plenty of other options if you wish. Service issues are not acceptable.

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DP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Brainless hostesses. Very weak overpriced cocktails. Mediocre food. Two boring hours at the plancha while the “cook” heated pre packaged food potions with no flair or flavor. Won’t return

BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food is excellent, however, I took my friend there for her birthday and there were only two of us at the teppan bar. Had I known that it was only going to be the two of us I would have sat at a table. It was a bit uncomfortable and I felt as if I couldn't change my mind once I was there.

After dinner we went into the bar and sat there with no one acknowledging us or taking our drink order so we continued on outside to the patio where we were greeted and served right away.

RS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and exceptional food! We sat at the table where they cook in front of you and it was fun!

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on September 11, 2019

Great... and thank you!

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KN
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have introduced several people to Descanso Restaurant and each person has been very impressed with the food and service.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant has a great concept, service and ambiance. I am only giving four stars because the person behind the plancha was very quiet and not making connection. I had a lot more info from the bartender (I believe Ana), than the guy cooking for us.

Beside that the food was great. I didn’t hear good comments about the cesar salad, but loved the noodle soup. We tried the carnitas and the alambre and they were both bomb.

We will def be coming back.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on September 11, 2019

Sorry about your experience with the plancha chef. sometimes they will remain quiet if the group looks as if they would rather talk amongst themselves. However, obviously this wasnt the case with your table and we will address it.

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CW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only thing I didn’t like was the coffee... it was really really strong. The waiter made apologies and brought me a new cup but it was still too strong to stomach. Not like an espresso .... like it was old....yet he told me they made a fresh pot. Don’t order the coffee.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on September 11, 2019

Sorry about the coffee. we have switched up our brew.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

I really enjoyed the first two trips here but on my third time they had changed their menu, raised their prices and changed their presentation. The food was not as good and they changed what came with the meal as well. We all walked away disappointed.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on September 11, 2019

Sorry about your experience. The plancha menu is constantly changing due in large part to customer feedback. We appreciate it. It has changed since your visit with some amazing "build your own" taco skillets. you must try it as i think you would love it.

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BA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was OUTSTANDING, and Jay our cook was Great! Can't wait to go back

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank You

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M
Sacramento
128 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giving these guys all 5 stars for taste, haste & no waste:
Taste: fresh ingredients; guacamole is a must!
Haste: seated quickly!
Waste: nothing left on our plates!

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you!

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