Descanso Restaurant

4.2
25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Descanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed on a traditional plancha and prepared a la minute in front of the guest, in a full- service setting. The guest comes face to face with our Taqueros as a unique Mexican cuisine is made to order in a lively setting that brings in the music, smells, energy of a quaint Mexican town.

When Booking, Please note the following dining Experiences:

PLANCHA
(Referred to as THE COUNTER on OPEN TABLE)
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 right in front of you!

Taco Bar
The Taco Bar is an a la carte version of the Plancha experience. Reservations Not Available For This.

Dining Room and Patio
(Standard Dining or High Top Seating)
Make a reservation for our dining room or patio. Here you will enjoy options from our standard menu.

Indoor and Outdoor Bar
-Reservations Not Available
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JU
Miami
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional and the food was amazing. We did the plancha seats, the price is so worth it. You get so much food for what you pay.

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V
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best guacamole I’ve ever had. Imaginative menu. The chili relleno tacos are spectacular. My only complaint was I was unable to mix tacos on 2 and 3 taco plate. That’s too bad as it discourages customers from trying new creations. Speciality drinks are interesting...spicy bad hombre grew on me. Service wonderful! Will definitely return.

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KS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food. Great service. Tortilla chips and tortilla (fried) used for dessert were stale. Apparently they did not change oil for frying.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mahi tacos I have ever eaten! Can't wait to go back.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our waiter we had on New Years Eve was good Brian did a great job.

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CM
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good: Food was interesting, authentic, and delicious. Even the chips and salsa were fresh and tasty. My vegetarian tacos were a yummy unique combo including mushrooms. There are some interesting things on the menu which you don't find at most Mexican restaurants. Loved the elote app, which was more like a corn salad mixed with the cheeses and spices. Our server was upbeat and warm.
Not great: The room was dark and the overhead lighting was spotlights above the fans. The fans turning created an annoying strobe effect which required us to move to another area of the restaurant. The other complaint was that the table was too small for 4 people. There was not enough room for drinks, chips, and entrees. We had to pile things on top of each other.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Dinner was very good.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Our server was attentive and knew the menu. Lots of questions on unusual items and he answered with knowledge and humor. All around great experience!

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OT
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the hard to find Tequila that goes well with great company & food.

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DG
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The decor is great and the service is super! The menu items were a bit too unique for our taste. The quesadilla is an open-faced soft taco and does not include the expected gooey cheese. I would skip it. Our friends loved the chile rellano.

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T
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was ok. Elotes was the best. They have been open about a month, but need to work on their timing. We were at a high top table for 2, so not much room for food with the cactus plant, 2 drinks and chips and salsa and appetizer. Part of our entree was done when we were still working on our appetizer. So no room for it on the table. We asked the server if they could hold it in kitchen, she said fine. 2 minutes later our waitress brings it out, again we ask if they can hold it in the kitchen and bring out with the rest of our entrees. We were still working on our appetizer. Sure no problem. 2 minutes later someone from the kitchen now brings the side of elote and 2?entrees out. No room on the table; Guess we are done with the appetizer. They ask My husband to holds the elote while they take the appetizer and put the entrees down. They need to work on the timing. We were done in less than 45 minutes. Our date night was cut short.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very nice, but tables are high for wheelchairs, it was awkward for my mom. The good was delicious! We will be returning just maybe not with my mom 😣

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OT
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food find in Orange County. Tacos are delicious and the drinks are well crafted. Looking forward to returning soon.

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TO
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The hostesses were rude. Food and waitress service was okay, not exceptional. That’s about it. Don’t care to return or recommend to friends.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Went to here last week and enjoyed the food so I wanted to take my family tonight. Made an reservation on Open Table earlier in the week and have 4 or 5 phone calls about my reservation...2 of them today. They couldn’t figure out my Open Table reservation time, they couldn’t honor our request for the counter top table, to confirm the reservation and then again couldn’t honor our request for the counter top table. I spoke to to manager who offered to move our reservation time to a later time for the counter top table and when I said No, I can’t because I have young children (hence me making a reservation) he somehow got from that, that I said, “No, I’m stubborn.” (which he said aloud to me that I’m stubborn) I don’t care about the free bottle of wine or the apology that was given once I got upset with the comment. After all that, I would still have to sit at a table or take a later reservation. I understand that this is a new restaurant and they are working out some of the kinks, but I have not EVER been treated this way. Especially not the manager. I won’t be going there to eat which is a shame because we live right by it and my family was excited when we saw it being built. I won’t recommend it either. I’ve never, ever written a complaint about a restaurant, but I’m very disappointed in my experience here. By the way, don’t email the restaurant to share your experience. I tried and it went directly to the same manager so now I’m posting it here.

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LL
London
34 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Recently opened and I’m guessing working out kinks of running a large operation is overwhelming them. Three hostesses who couldn’t figure out where to seat us for 10mins and then two managers, who were really trying, noticed we had no waiter. Someone from behind the bar came out to grab our order, only for a young server to mess it up twice trying to deliver it. They’ve got a solid spot, decent eats, and obviously an underserved market. Need to work on service. Would only recommend for adults night out where you can wait and drink, not families with kids and seniors.

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FR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I love the concept of the restaurant. The layout has many options for seating and groups. The service staff is excellent. The house salsa was great, but the fish tacos were just bland. I will have to go back and try something else and hopefully find the spice I am longing for. I want to really like this place because great authentic Mexican food is a wonderful thing. Perhaps it is hiding in a different item for me to find.

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DC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Hostess was inflexible about moving our reservation from the patio to inside, even though it was starting to rain Wednesday night. Chips were excellent, food is a different blend of what you’d expect for Mexican fare in California. Drinks and food were overpriced. Doubt we’ll be back.

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GC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a great new place for families or dates. You must try the la plancha style dinning! Drinks are delicious.

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AH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They need to get the kinks out...still very new restaurant. All the meals at our table were too spicy, very slow service.

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PG
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever! Can’t wait to go back! Everyone loved there meals! Plenty of space, service was excellent and our host Jeffrey Grasso checked in on our party often to make sure all was awesome!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was on point. From the greeting by the host staff, our server, the delicious food, great ambiance and fair price. I will return.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was nice and new. The bar service and drinks were fabulous but our food service was very slow and our food was cold. Would only go for drinks next time.

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JC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner with the family to try it out! It was amazing and good service fir just being open !

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PG
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu! So different than all the usual places! Atmosphere was a cool vibe. Great place to socialize, hang out with friends, etc. Food and drinks are FANTASTIC! Definitely recommended!

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