Descanso Restaurant

Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.star-quarterCreated with Sketch.
4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
116 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Mexican
ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR PLANCHA TABLES ONLY (Where Our Chefs Cook at Your Table). For reservations in our standard Dining Room and Patio, please call or email the Restaurant directly.

Descanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors executed on a traditional plancha and prepared in front of you. You will come face to face with our Taqueros as a unique Mexican cuisine is made to order!

Seating Types:

PLANCHA
(Reservations Available Online)
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!

Dining Room and Patio
(Call or Email Restaurant Directly For Reservations)
Make a reservation for our dining room or patio. Here you will enjoy options from our standard menu.

Taco Bar
The Taco Bar is an a la carte version of the Plancha. No Reservations; First Come First Serve.

Indoor and Outdoor Bar
No Reservations; First Come First Serve.
What 116 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience we have had. Loved the way they made food in front of us!

Report
Helpful
b
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

For a change of pace, Descanso is a Mexican restaurant specializing in Michocan style food. The servers call it a show but the show is only for the fried rice and main course. They provide chicharrones and tortilla chips with salsa. Chicharrones were delicious, fresh and crispy. In the prix fixe plancha meal, you get your choice of soup or salad which is brought from the back of the house, fried rice, and a choice of entree.

Everything is well seasoned. Yes they use an abundance of salt and sauces. Fried Rice was yummy. The Mahi Mahi tacos were delicious.
I called it a Mexican Benihana but there is more of a show at Benihana. You engage with the chef more at Benihana.

Report
Helpful
o
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was marginal. Service was horrible: slow and inattentive. Took forever to get our drinks and water was never refilled. The server and cook both had no personality and weren’t very welcoming. We will never go back. Highly disappointing.

Descanso Restaurant
Responded 17 hours ago

Sorry to hear that and their is no excuse for this... We will Address this ASAP. Rob

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was super friendly and accommodating. Server was attentive without hovering. Food was delicious and the portions are generous.

Report
Helpful
PG
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

Report
Helpful
SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time celebrating a birthday! Can't think of a better place. Great food, drinks, service...the whole package! Plus, facilitated a staff dinner social, as well. It was a HUGE success! Awesome place to meet, celebrate, eat, drink...have a good time! Definitely brings to mind the term "GOOD TIMES!"

Report
Helpful
m
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It turned out to be one of their slower Sunday's for "La Plancha" brunch, however, that was fine as it was my first time there.

La Plancha Is a teppan style grill, just think Mexican instead of Japanese.

The experience was amazing. The food and service did not disappoint!

Had the Huevos Rancheros with steak, as well as fresh guacamole. Simply outstanding!

Report
Helpful
C
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here with my family for a belated Mother’s Day meal. We ended up sitting at the Taco bar. The food was excellent, I had Fideo soup, tasted just like my mom used to make it and Sopas with steak. Everything tasted very authentic and our server was very attentive and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I will definitely come back , and want to try their Happy hour too !!
This is a great place for really authentic Mexican food , and the atmosphere is good too .

Report
Helpful
CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant looked great, we were seated right away with our reservation. The waiter was phenomenal! He was on top of everything including table allergies. The chef was a little bit of a disappointment though, he wasn’t very entertaining & wasn’t the best at listening to the waiter about the shrimp allergy at the table. If you have an allergy I would make sure you are paying close attention to make sure you’ll be okay, because I can’t say this chef will (I don’t remember his name). Besides that everything was great, I had the steak tacos & they were delicious!

Report
Helpful
S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and atmosphere. We sat at the plancha table and It wasn’t quite ready at the time of our reservation so they gave us complimentary appetizers and were very apologetic. The restaurant was busy but the customer service was still outstanding. I’d def go back and recommend!! Loved it!

Report
Helpful
e
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first Plancha meal. We had discerning international visitors with us and they totally enjoyed themselves. Although busy, our waitperson was on point. Acoustics were surprisingly good. Our table chef was friendly, skilled, pleasant and could tailor the dishes to our preferences. We'll be back!

Report
Helpful
M
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at the Plancha table! Never felt rushed! Will be back again

Report
Helpful
LN
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Average food. Overpriced, and brunch menu was limited

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been waiting to come try Descanso’s since they opened but we couldn’t get our days set. So a year later, we made it! We ate at the plancha table. Restaurant is nice. Staff was great. It is very loud inside. Wax hard to hold a conversation with friends. Drinks were good. I like that they took time to ask each guess if there were any food allergies. Our group had carnitas tacos, steak alambres, pollo alambres, Fideo, rice, chips & chicharrones & of course salsa and guacamole. We ended the meal with bunuelos & ice cream with berries. Delicious. We will definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
HS
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious margaritas and open face quesadillas

Report
Helpful
MG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went on Cinco De Mayo and the restaurant was ill prepared for the crowd. Staff was overwhelmed and inexperienced. Service was expectedly slow but could have been better. Was given the wrong credit cards and bill. Music and ambiance was good and so was the outdoor setting for the celebration . We will come back again to give it a second chance. It was our first visit and had read the reviews in the OC Magazine and expected more.

Report
Helpful
C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic concept. Best machaca I’ve had. Poor check in

Report
Helpful
S
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Ate at a Pancha Table (same as a Japanese Teppan table)
Wait to be served water, chips, drinks was too long. Then another long wait to have our food order taken and another long wait before they finally came out to start. I think we were there an hour before they came out to cook.
Table adjacent to ours had VERY noisy people...so much so that we had a hard time conversing in our party - this is not controllable...so just beware.
Food was sub fair. VERY SALTY and just not tasty.
Had enjoyed a lunch in the regular dining room on a prior visit so thought this would be good and fun.
It was not.

Report
Helpful
OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

I found it interesting of them to automatically assume we were getting a plancha. We wanted a private table and it took a long time to be seated and helped.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We sat at the teppanyaki table. The cook and server were super sweet but the food was very heavy, in my opinion. We all left feeling over full. Before we had dinner we stopped at a bar for a drink and the bartenders were not friendly at all. We will not be going back.

Report
Helpful
EV
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, tasted fresh and the cooks were good. The service was a little bit lacking, but picked up more towards the end of the meal. The drinks are good and authentic, but pricey. Overall would be a great place for a party or celebration, but if everyone is having drinks, be prepared for the bill.

Report
Helpful
CB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the place , the food is fabulous, the staff try to get to know you and strive to make sure you are happy. We will definately be back with friends.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the taco table this evening! The taco chef talked to us while he was cooking our food and made recommendations for ordering. Beautiful restaurant. A little expensive. Overall a great experience.

Report
Helpful
c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Descanso is a beautiful new restaurant. The highlight was having the chef prepare our meal at our Pancha table on the grill included in our table. It was a memorable experience. The restaurant was busy but quiet at our table. The food was excellent, and the chef asked us if we wanted to customize our order at no charge.

Report
Helpful
TP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried to get in during dinner, but crowded on weekends. So we booked lunch. We had an excellent brunch and will definitely be back. Highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
RW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing, definitely will be returning!

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Experience the grill section was good

Report
Helpful
S
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I would have liked regular tacos on the brunch menu...a little too breakfast driven.

Report
Helpful
LN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only negative thing I can say is that we were seated about 20 mins after our reservation time for the Plancha table. Reservation was at 8:30 because of how popular it is. Seating closer to 9 and then a big heavy meal. Made for some interesting dreams that night :). Other than that, the concept is great. The food was very tasty. The service during the meal was very attentive. We were very full at the end of the meal. Plenty of food. It was a great experience.

Report
Helpful
CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. Super fun atmosphere. Such a great idea with the plancha tables.I would go again in a second.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was fun! Kinda like Benihana’s but with tacos!

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Service was awfully slow! Saw the waiter about 4 times the entire time we were there, which was around 2.5 hours. There was a table next to us that showed up about 45 min after and were done and payed there check before our table did. The food was great! I’d come back again, with the hopes that the waiter was different.

Report
Helpful
AJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! We were celebrating a birthday ) We definitely will be back!

Report
Helpful
DD
Orange County
308 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time here and we enjoyed it very much. We were able to watch our chef cook the meal right in front of us and sample things along the way. The food was very tasty and all the different sauces were fun to try. I really like this place and look forward to my next visit.

Report
Helpful
OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for lunch and it was empty. The food is a fusion of many countries. The flavors were interesting. I would give this place a second chance.

Report
Helpful
DT
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again great experience at this gem of a restaurant. Food, drinks and background music adds to the wonderfulness that is Descanso

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reserved a Plancha table for a birthday. Only fits 8 people. Because you’re in a separate room from the rest of the restaurant sitting service can be a bit slow, since the waiters are mainly in the general sitting area. Besides that everything way excellent!

Report
Helpful
CD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful. Our dinner was amazing. Can’t wait to bring friends

Report
Helpful
B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I had to ask twice for my chips and salsa and they finally came out AFTER the entrees. My food kept being brought out way before my husband's food, and it took around 90 minutes for 3 courses. It does not take someone 30 minutes to eat a salad.

Report
Helpful
DC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the concept

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
null