Hidalgo’s Cocina & Cócteles

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197 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Located in the Historic Villa del Sol in Downtown Fullerton, Hidalgo''s offers the finest cuisine from Mexico, Spain, and Latin America, as well as award winning cocktails. They have comfortable indoor and courtyard dining, as well as a craft bar where guests can enjoy and relax. Open for brunch and dinner, Hidalgo's is the perfect place for couples, friends, and families to enjoy its warm and inviting atmosphere. Hidalgo's also caters special events, weddings, and private parties in the restaurant and the Villa del Sol courtyard for groups up to 150 guests .
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vipMichaelS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food is really really good and it’s a very pretty place. But the service was awful…ended up eating the meal with no drink refills. Also, the table we got sat at wasn’t big enough for our meal and we shared a meal. Plenty of other seats available that were a little better.

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vipAndOneBee
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hidalgo’s has much improved! Drink selection is terrific with the added margarita flight. And the service was amazing!!! Hats off to the new manager- : )

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Yummy food, never disappoints

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GlamourMom
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem here in Downtown Fullerton. Ambiance was awseome. We were seated in the patio and the lighting was just perfect. Food and beverage selections are good. Our server Paula was nice and accommodating. Will come here again.

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vipCharlieH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at about 7:03 pm and got seated right away. We were in a visible area in the middle of the dining room. No one ever came to greet us, offer us water or anything for over 10 min. At 7:16 we simply walked out. I don’t even know if they noticed. It’s a shame because we have frequented that place before.

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LaReina
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Salmon was delicious. Our waitress was very nice and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’ve been here before…it’s so pretty. BUT this time I made a reservation for my mother’s 82nd birthday. Due to Covid we thought it would be nice to sit in the shady central patio. Where it would be conducive to conversation and relatively safe.

What they don’t tell you when you make a reservation online is that they’ve already booked the central patio for a party and you’re not allowed to sit there. So our choices were sit inside which felt unsafe or sit outside near Harbor Boulevard which is super loud.

My mother chose to sit inside under a fan and we felt relatively safe because the doors were open and there was a breeze. As soon as we sat down the music was turned up and everyone in the restaurant started to talk really loud. My cousin asked the wait staff to turn down the music just a tad and happily, they did it. The reduced volume really helped… all the patrons relaxed and resumed speaking at a normal volume.

We were there at 5:30 in the evening early enough, we thought, to take our time, and eat some appetizers before deciding what to eat. The young waitress was pretty rushy, maybe it was her idea of good service, But she kept asking if we wanted to order and it felt intrusive. No there were not a lot of people there. In fact we were almost the first people to arrive.

It seemed every time we asked for some thing on the menu they were out of it so we were pretty confounded. Ultimately we ordered some Carne Asada tacos and those were great.

I think we ended up feeling a bit disappointed everything was just a little bit harder than it needed to be but this place has so much potential

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Deniseb
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Short Rib Chile Relleno and the Salmon entrees were very good and something you don't usually see at a typical Mexican restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Do not filled out my expectations at all, not even the music was Mexican .

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TerriV
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

We were not pleased with our dish. I had the chille relleno and my best friend the paella. The drinks were on point! We had a couple mojitos and the sangria

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Grace
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

It’s was my birthday and made reservations for a party of 9. When we were seated our waiter seemed bothered and annoyed. I understand that times are hard and you are short staffed. The waiter didn’t even offer dessert and I was looking forward to blowing out at one candle in front of my family. My whole experience was very sad. The manager was not to receptive to what was going on.

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vipTiptonH
Palm Springs
95 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner in the courtyard at Hidalgo. Service was excellent and unhurried. Food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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Maxwell
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My four friends and I enjoyed our time and our meal very much. The only reason I rated the noise level as "energetic" is that the outside dining is next to a busy street. But after a while, the car sounds just become white noise. We stayed for almost three hours!

Great place for dinner.

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AlejandroV
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious, the setting was great, thank you.

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NorbertR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was grea. Parking was far away since we didn’t know that valet parking was available. Few selections for dinner. Food was not good in comparison with prices.

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AlbertM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I had been wanting to come here for a few months. We finally did this weekend. We sat outside under the tropical foliage. Our server was Chaz and she was the sweetest server ever. Drinks... Old Fashioned, Cadillac, and House margarita, PERFECT!
Food...Chicken and 3 cheese enchiladas for me and Lime Garlic Butter Salmon with sautéed spinach. Out! Standing!!!!!

Will def be coming back with family and friends

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Ordered the cochinita pibil. Brought me paella. Waitress argued with me when I told her this wasn't what I ordered. She said it was pibil. She gets a menu to prove her point. Realizes her error and takes away the wrong dish. The pibil I receive is bland and missing all the fixings. No onion, no cheese. Overall disappointing. Waitress does not make up for this with excellent service. She never returns to refill drinks or check on us. Just comes to take away our plates before we finished eating. The other people I was with said their drinks were strong and their tacos and wet burrito were delicious though.

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jacko
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful night out. Amazing food and ambience in the courtyard area. I couldn't have imagined it being any better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Made a reservation to sit in the patio yet I was seated outside the restaurant on a noisy street where the ambulance passed through every 5minutes. Why even make a reservation???

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JeffreyP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. Definitely would come here again. Great service and ambience

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vipStephM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here, brought my parents along and they loved it too! Drinks, food and service is great here!!

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vipStephM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best margaritas here!! Service was amazing, as well as food. We will definitely be back here. If life wasn’t so busy I’d be back for a margarita the day after we went !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

HORRIBLE!!! We booked this reservation for 5 people at 2:30 on Fourth of July. When we arrived we found out that the restaurant would stop serving food at 2:45. I was shocked that the restaurant didn’t even call us in advance to let us know. We would have gladly come an hour earlier if we had known. The food was just okay. They have changed the menu and not for the better. The cheese fondu dip had a disgusting texture. The guacamole had two whole avocado pieces that were completely in tact. The service was good and I still gave a good tip because it’s not the servers fault. The service was also very fast because they were closing shortly after we arrived. Why would they even allow for a 2:30 reservation? Never again!

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MarcB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant. My chicken and shrimp tacos were perfect and the accompanying salsas were even better than that. The staff were friendly and responsive. The ambiance was terrific as we ate our delicious meal in a quite courtyard. I cannot recommend Hidalgo enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Crappy cold food tasteless had no flavor. Server kept forgetting everything

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Anniversary dinner should have been somewhere else. Ordered surf and turf (said serves 2) They didn’t have sausage so asked for extra meat. Was not given. Very small piece of meat. Was not worth the price tag whatsoever. We have gotten the same type of meal at a smaller Mexican restaurant for half the price and much better taste. Service was ok but they didn’t bring us any silver ware till after the food came and had to keep asking for more. Only brought enough for the meal but it was meant for 2 (meal states for 2 on menu) drinks were forgettable and small. Would not recommend. $100 for 2 people and would have enjoyed our anniversary anywhere else for that price.

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been awhile since we've been to Hidalgo. Was pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to going back again. Food was outstanding, the service was quick and pleasant, and overall we had an enjoyable evening.

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MrsC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Glad the chicken tacos on Taco Tuesday menu, wish they were on the new menu too. Service was a little shaky with two people in our party not getting their food until after everyone else had eaten. They still make the BEST margaritas!!!

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ACJC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Father’s Day

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PaulD
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Out2dine
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu focuses on doing them well. It was all pretty good (shrimp and carnitas tacos). Oddly enough, the best thing was my kid’s chicken quesadilla. It is hands down the best chicken quesadilla I have EVER had. The chicken was moist, seemed to be made for the dish rather than a leftover bit that dried out. Great cheese ratio and then the whole quesadilla was grilled on the same grill as the freshly made chicken. It was delicious! The house margarita and the palomas were tasty and freshly made too. Short rib and goat cheese enchiladas were ok, same with the house guacamole (made with Bacon and Haas avocados I suspect), so I will pass next time, so I can get another chicken quesadilla!

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ArleneS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I reserved a table for 3 on the patio. When we got there, we were told there were no tables were available on the patio, and that my reservation "was not a guarantee." There was no apology whatsoever. Indoor dining was pretty empty... the waiters/waitresses had the time to fold napkins and arrange glasses; and yet, the service was slow, and I had to start getting up to ask for my cocktail because it was taking so long. The busboy was the only one who had any personality or seemed to care we were there.

We were made to feel like an afterthought.
The food was mediocre, not at all memorable.
First and last time I dine at Hidalgo's.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delightful surprise for a last minute reservation in Downtown Fullerton on a Friday night. The outdoor seating in the courtyard was nice touch. Highly recommend the shrimp tacos.

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CalliB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was great, the drinks were fantastic, and service was on-point. We will 100% be back.

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vipSpotMeHere
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The margarita was phenomenal as well as the food. This is one of our favorite date night spots because of the courtyard and the ambience.

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VeronicaD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Great ambiance. Food is delicious 😋

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Came here for my birthday dinner! The food and ambiance was great!

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BobD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Good food/limited menu. Great tequila old fashioned. Loved the enchiladas.

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JaninaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was horrible. We were the only ones inside the restaurant. The waitress came back to our table 3 times to confirm the sauce on my dish. She didn't seem to be able to recall any information. We had to request drinks we did not receive. We waited 40 minutes for our food. We understand there was seating outside but only saw a couple of dishes walked out in those 40 minutes. The food itself was disappointing. Overall, an extremely disappointing experience.

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MrsC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hidalgo's makes the best House Margarita's EVER!!!

FAQs

Hidalgo’s Cocina & Cócteles offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 447-3202.

Hidalgo’s Cocina & Cócteles is rated 4 stars by 197 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.