Descanso Standard Dining

4.6
174 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
THIS PAGE IS FOR OUR STANDARD DINING TABLES ONLY. For reservations at our Plancha Tables (Where the Chef Cooks at Your Table), please search for DESCANSO PLANCHA DINING on the Open Table Website or call us at 714.486.3798

Descanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed in a lively setting that brings in the smells, sounds and energy of a busy Mexican town.

Types of Dining at Descanso:

PLANCHA
At a Plancha Table, you will receive an intimate experience with our Taquero Chefs. This is a multi-course meal option where each item is cooked in front of you! Please go to our DESCANSO PLANCHA DINING page in order to book for this experience online.

STANDARD DINING
Make a reservation here for our dining room or patio.

TACO BAR
The Taco Bar is an a la carte version of the Plancha Experience. This is first come first serve.

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FULL LIQUOR BAR
First come first serve.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 174 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal - Everyone enjoyed the food! The quesadillas are the best!

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DOTTIEG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Carnitas skillet ever. It was a delightful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Tacos where amazing. We tried the Volcano, Chile relleno and al pastor one ..... all so full of flavor. Will be back for more.

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vipThomas1952
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful afternoon outside. Absolutely Delicious tacos & cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Awesome food and great drinks. They charge for chips and salsa though. Portion sizes were small for the price that was paid. I could have had much more food at a Javier’s and paid the same amount.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The music was too loud and a very limited menu.

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Jenni
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The drinks and food were amazing, and the servers were nice enough. Everything seemed to take a very long time, and several requests had to be made more than once, but I would still go back!

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vipSharibaby
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They followed current pandemic guidelines and felt safe. We all had tacos with beans and rice. Great flavors enjoyed by all. Will return again when in the neighborhood.

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vipAV1958
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

A little disappointed in the food. I had the lamb shank and it was not up to the usually very high standards of Descanso. The chips, guacamole and cocktails were great as usual, but I think I will go back to my go-to dish of short ribs next time I visit. The staff and service was excellent as always.

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manm
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food and margaritas are okay and the price is high. Skip it !

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Jazz
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had lunch with family during my trip to California. This place was nice, food was good but menu selection was limited. Our nachos were served cold but I had a great soup and quesadillas were very good. Waitress was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Happy hour was a great deal and very good.

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EllenC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. I reserve my table in a wrong date my mistake but they still seated us. We can’t wait to go back.

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vipLeeL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always come here because their food is amazing!! The drinks are also great too. They have outdoor patio dining and have handled the pandemic restrictions quite well.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you.

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vipErin
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Descanso has delicious food and great service! We plan to go back ASAP!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 15, 2021

thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch there with a friend. The food was really good, I had a steak taco and shrimp quesadilla. The rice was super yummy. The staff was on it and did an awesome job!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waitress was rude

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great from start to finish

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Portions were very small but food very good. Caesar salad was a shocker.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall the dinner, drinks, and service were great. The live music offered did not allow for conversation at the dinner table due to the volume.

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StephenP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a very cold and damp night, but they did a good job keeping us pretty warm. I do recommend more clear plastic walls and maybe make a permanent outdoor cover and temp glass for the future.

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vipKrystalP
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Dined March 6th, 2021. Will NEVER go back to this restaurant again. The service was already horrible (asking for plates, asking for water, asking when we can order a drink... then nothing would come and having to ask again).
Then the table next two us sends back their quesadilla because there were 3 very long human hairs in it.
Our server, he was actually the bartender and between mixing drinks trying to be our server. For my main dish I ordered the ahi ceviche, it was slimy: too slimy to be fresh 2 bites and decided it was too risky to eat and be ill. Left hungry and disappointed. Still tipped 20% because that’s how we are but definitely does not deserve a second try when there are numerous outstanding Orange County restaurants with which to choose.
Oh and the chips and salsa....we asked for something a little spicier, which took 10 minutes to bring they charged us extra for that! Understaffed, but also food quality disappointing. I had high hopes but these issues cannot be overlooked, I’m sure the restaurant wants to know our honest feedback.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 8, 2021

Krystal, First off, we truly apologize that you had a bad experience. Our mission is to always ensure every guest has a great experience and therefore we take these incidents very seriously. of course, we will address this problem as this is not indicative of our service standard. I agree with you, we 100% want/need to hear any and all feedback. We want to fix it! For issues like this, its even more impactful to the restaurant if you inform the mgr on duty at the time of the incident.

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BigGdog
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent quality of food with real Hispanic flavors

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 24, 2021

thank you.

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GinaC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fabulous as always. The MI Corazon cocktail is delicious.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 7, 2021

thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! This is our go-to favorite for meeting up with friends and family.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 3, 2021

thank you for the kind words.

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vipBilly
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Seating wasn’t the greatest ended up going to the bar

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great drinks. And good music!

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JoTheFoodie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Loved the ambiance! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 3, 2021

thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food and Atmosphere in town!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good but understaffed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful setup for Valentine’s, wished we could have been on the inner most part of the patio area but pretty much everything was perfect - the food and drinks are incredible!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and very well priced! Our server was amazing and gave great recommendations and was overall very friendly. This was my first time going there and now I can’t wait to go back! If I could give 6 stars, I would.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on February 19, 2021

We love this and thank you for the kind words!

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JackK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Poor service from server. Took several minutes to get a drink. Eating outside was a cold experience. Food was okay. The churro dessert was not good.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on February 17, 2021

sorry to hear that about your experience... We will certainly address these issues.

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vipRichey
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant had outdoor seating with decent spacing. It was kinda busy, so it was a nice atmosphere with outdoor heaters and a bit of privacy to help block the chilly breezes. All the food was very good - we ordered the Shrimp Ceviche (outstanding choice) as an appetizer, then had the Asada Skillet and Glazed Salmon as the entrees! Both were good, although the Glazed Salmon was excellent! We will definitely go back here again, especially when it warms up!!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the meal was phenomenal! My wife and I highly recommended this restaurant and we will definitely return soon!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you!!

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vipThomas1952
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly Delicious. The carnitas, carne asada & pollo were all tender, lean & delicious. We will definitely be back.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here & the service was great! Cute place with delicious food!! Waiter was friendly & everyone was super welcoming!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and excellent service! Definitely will be returning again soon.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on February 19, 2021

Thank you, see you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipLawrenceS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the Toro track and steak quesadilla. Both were excellent. The service was fantastic.

I'll be back for sure.

FAQs

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

Descanso Standard Dining is rated 4.6 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

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.