Descanso Plancha Dining

4.5
200 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
THIS PAGE IS FOR PLANCHA TABLES ONLY (Where Our Chefs Cook at Your Table). For reservations in our standard Dining Room/Patio, please search for DESCANSO STANDARD DINING on the Open Table Website or call at 714.486.3798

PLANCHA Dining is available for Dinner Monday through Sunday 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:

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
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 200 people are saying
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RAMriview
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meet a group of friends & sat at the bar. The bar staff were great and very attentive.

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shannonr
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We did not realize it was was a Sunday Brunch Plancha. They put eggs into everything, even their Nachos. We didnt like the food. Corn chips mixed with eggs is very soggy and meat was extremely salty. Soup very oily. The entertainment aspect of the Plancha table was nice, but no one in our party liked their food at all. We all got food to go that ended up in the trash can. Maybe next time we would try the regular Plancha or their main table seatings, but not sure if I would come here again.

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AlexS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The plancha table was okay. Went on a Sunday and ate off the brunch menu. Service was slow until the chef started cooking and no one explained how the whole process worked and it seemed a bit uncoordinated.
With little entertainment factor I wish the food was better. The Chef basically brought out pre cooked food and heated and assembled it in front of us with no real engagement with the table and little attempt to showcase the food. The whole meal was way less of an experience than Benihana and expensive for what you get. I’d eat at their normal table but would pass on the Plancha table

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bBmiran
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was hoping for a real Mexican tappan experience, like grilled steak carne asada style with quacamole, peppers and fresh tortilla masa cooked in front of us. The rice was the best part. Could have used more show to the cooking too. Been dying to try it but left unsatisfied

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on April 26, 2021

I am sorry your experience did not match your expectation, but our Plancha Dining Experience is NOT a Mexican Teppan experience. The fact that you left unsatisfied is never acceptable to us though, and this will be addressed. thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were great. We only had one issue. We had ordered chips and guacamole with our drinks. When the waitress came out with the drinks the other party asked for chips and guacamole. The lady who brought the chips and guacamole out asked who ordered and the other party said them. We had ordered ours first. Then again we ordered flan first and the waitress came out with our rinks and the other party asked for it too. What do you know same thing happened again. They were served our flan. Other than that food, drinks, and service was great.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on April 26, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed the experience, and we are truly sorry about the service issue you had. We will address this ASAP.

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AlainT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Great location and service. The food was just average at best. We ordered the chips and salsa and the chips tasted stale. My friends ordered steak and eggs with potatoes and the food were too spicy for them.

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JonathanP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great atmosphere definitely going back for other special occasions.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on April 19, 2021

thank you!

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GinetteL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends enjoyed a great meal at Descanso. It was a wonderful experience!

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you!!

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NancyC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was different and delicious, lots of flavors. Expensive for the small portions, but excellent food. Margaritas are good too. We enjoyed ourselves a lot and had live music on Sunday.

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vipCharlieH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The plancha experience is amazing. It’s a little pricey but we’d do it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst experience ever!! The staff has no idea what they’re doing. We had a 25 year old non-Hispanic girl with blue hair, who didn’t know how to cook, attempt to cook our food on the plancha grill. Isn’t this supposed to be authentic? Am I missing something? Not only was the food terrible, the whole experience was disappointing, gross and extremely overpriced. Then at the end, when we got our bill, which was over $260 for 5 people, no alcohol included, we noticed a $7 surcharge tacked onto the end. When we asked our waitress what is a surcharge, she had no idea and made a weak attempt to make something up. Something about keeping the staff safe? Okay. The whole place is a joke!! Save your money, your time and a stomach ache and do not visit this place!

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on April 13, 2021

First off, i am sorry that you were not satisfied with your experience, but what does our employees age, race, gender and hair color have to do with authenticity of the food? We always listen to our guests, as we strive to perfect our restaurant every day... however, when you begin with discriminatory comments, the rest just falls on deaf ears.

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Mateo
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Plancha dining experience was terrific. Food was also really good and our table chef couldn’t have been better. Just a couple things sort of sullied the experience:
1) The bartender was really douchey and was downright rude to a couple of the ladies in our party as we waited for our table.
2) Honestly, the plancha menu is overpriced. I know built into the Plancha menu prices is the experience of having a tableside chef. I get that. But it was just a hard pill to swallow at the end of the night. Not sure I would do it again. Having done it once was enough.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you Mateo and we are glad you loved the experience. Never acceptable when any staff comes of rude and that will be dealt with...

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StevenE
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't go wrong with the plancha tables at Descanso. The cook was so cool. The food is plentiful and so tasty.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you!

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AmyV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant to have an evening out with friends!

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vipJeradF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and service were absolute top notch! The waitress and the chef were very personable, kind, and attentive! We will absolutely be returning!

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PaulC
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Upgrade your steak option, the skirt steak is an insult to any patron that enjoys steak. Should’ve known it was going to poor quality when the cook even mentioned the skirt steak would be less tender but good flavor. Come on, at these prices we shouldn’t have to compromise!

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on November 12, 2020

We rotate our Steak options all the time... We have many cuts including Filets, Ribeye, Sirloin and Tenderloin. We have had many requests for skirt steak as it is a very popular cut these days. I am not sure why you think Skirt Steak is a poor quality steak. You may be confusing the cuts, but Skirt Steak is one of the most flavorful cuts of beef and works great on the flat grill. It is a popular cut in many higher end steak dishes throughout Mexico and here in the US.

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LADodgerGirl
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Our waiter and cook were very interactive with us which made the experience even better!

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DeniseJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and was happy. Great atmosphere great employees and most important the food was unforgettable. I will definitely return with more friends

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Stacey
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For Mexican food it is very pricey for what you get. You have to purchase your own chips and salsa. The make rice on the grill for you but it’s just plain rice that they add red and green bell peppers. No beans. They grill pablano Chile’s with onions. Then they grill your protein. You get 2 tortillas to put your meat in to make tacos . It’s okay your paying for the grilling. Trying to make it like Benihana’s but not as much food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!!!

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on February 24, 2021

thank you.

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Kg2413
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience, we recommend trying the Fideo soup delicious

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vipfthead9
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were aware we booked for their cool the the table deal. The chef was nice. The waitress was loud and perhaps checked in too much. The MGMT and hostess were jerks.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, I was the Manager last night and i completely apologize if I came off negatively. Honestly, was not my intention and I completely apologize for that. If this is the group I think you were, i made a comment when you guys were leaving and it was meant to come off funny/sarcastic. Again, sorry for that. Rob

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vipqjvaw
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the new experience of Teppan—Mexican style. Very unusual and very good. We will try it again!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Staff...wonderful! Miguel and Armando were so nice. And Mgr Jeffrey came by to chat which is a great touch and not done enough.
We did La Plancha style eating as it was our first time there and they recently opened for brunch. La Plancha style is like Benihana style and a bit of a different menu. Hubby and I had Huevos Rancheros with Steak, and Machaca. Both were unbelievable and so big we had to take some home. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we started with the Quesorizo which is enough for 4. Latter is like a Queso Fundido but waaaay better and more creative!
And my hubby’s favorite restaurant for Southwest Mex Food used to be Gabbi’s in Old Towne Orange. NOT ANYMORE!!! Descanso’s beats Gabbi’s hands down. Food and service. Example: Gabbi’s Queso Fundido turns into a glob if cheese quickly. Descanso’s is creamy with a great mix of chorizo, herbs, flavors, and comes with a buttery carnrlization. And Gabbi’s staff, especially the host station, make you feel like you’re doing them a favor by eating there. Yes, Gabbi’s location is better. But who cares when the food and service is far more outstanding at Descanso’s.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for the kind words!!

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vipConnieS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Descanso has become one of our favorite restaurants.

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you Connie and we cant wait to have you back.

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JudyO
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Fun time

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you!

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vipCOOKINGMAMA
Orange County
24 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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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

Descanso Plancha Dining
Responded on March 10, 2020

thank you. Looking forward to having you back!

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TerrilynnH
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.

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SonaS
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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surbers
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

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KimD
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 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!

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vipPommieP
Orange County
20 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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LisaK
Los Angeles
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 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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gregorio
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bomb. Come for brunch and order the huevos rancheros.

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FEEDME2
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.

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You can order delivery directly from Descanso Plancha Dining using the Order Online button. Descanso Plancha Dining also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Descanso Plancha Dining also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 486-3798.

Descanso Plancha Dining is rated 4.5 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

Descanso Plancha Dining does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://descansorestaurant.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.