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!
(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.
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.
Best experience we have had. Loved the way they made food in front of us!
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.
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.
Sorry to hear that and their is no excuse for this... We will Address this ASAP. Rob
Chef was super friendly and accommodating. Server was attentive without hovering. Food was delicious and the portions are generous.
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!"
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!
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 .
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!
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!
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!
Had a great time at the Plancha table! Never felt rushed! Will be back again
Average food. Overpriced, and brunch menu was limited
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!
Delicious margaritas and open face quesadillas
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.
Fantastic concept. Best machaca I’ve had. Poor check in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Food and service was amazing, definitely will be returning!
Experience the grill section was good
I would have liked regular tacos on the brunch menu...a little too breakfast driven.
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.
The food was amazing. Super fun atmosphere. Such a great idea with the plancha tables.I would go again in a second.
It was fun! Kinda like Benihana’s but with tacos!
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.
Delicious! We were celebrating a birthday ) We definitely will be back!
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.
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.
Once again great experience at this gem of a restaurant. Food, drinks and background music adds to the wonderfulness that is Descanso
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!
The atmosphere was wonderful. Our dinner was amazing. Can’t wait to bring friends
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.
Love the concept