Hidalgo’s Cocina & Cócteles

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Located in the Historic Villa del Sol in Downtown Fullerton, Hidalgo 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 lunch and dinner, Hidalgo is the perfect place for couples, friends, and families to enjoy its warm and inviting atmosphere.

Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 3-6pm offering $6 Margaritas, Sangria, Tequila Old Fashioned, House Chardonnay and Cabernet, as well as $2 off well drinks and 25% off Appetizers.

Hidalgo also caters special events, weddings, and private parties in the restaurant and the Villa del Sol courtyard for groups up to 250 guests .

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LG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Definitely only a one-time event not to be repeated.

BN
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was REALLY quiet (I.e. deserted) on Sunday night, but the service and flavors of food were great! Their Queso Fundido is really superior. The flank steak that came on our salad was a little tough, but cooked just right and very flavorful.

g
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've dined here several times and have enjoyed the food. It's not your run of the mill "Mexican" food. The menu offers elevated Mexican dishes. We especially enjoy their Taco Tuesday. 2 tacos and a beer or margarita for $10.
Sometimes it gets REALLY busy, but overall, it's a great place to just relax, visit with friends, and have a nice meal.

GG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Asked for minor things but was told the "chef can't" (like ordering one of something Ala carte--nope you have to order the whole big meal, no reason given). Food is fairly good, service staff great, cook department needs an attitude adjustment.

MK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were excellent! They make the best drinks in town. Friendly helpful staff that allowed us to have a leisuraly Sunday Brunch. enchilladas with short ribs and goat cheese were especially good. Looking orward to next time!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we’ve been there since the new owner took over. And we loved it. The menu was changed up a bit for the better. The food was really good and the prices were very fair. Plenty of selections to choose from too. I ordered a skinny margarita and it by far was one of the best ones I’ve had!They had some interesting craft cocktails on the menu. Looking forward to coming back!

K
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our party of 4 went to Hidalgo’s for the first time. I was really looking forward to it as we go the The Cellar, and Hidalgo’s is owned by the same owner, and we expected the service to be good. The hostess greeted us promptly and gave us a choice of table as the restaurant was not anywhere close to being filled to capacity. The service from our waitress was really, really slow and her attitude was that she didn’t want to be there. With not very many people dining while we were there, I would have to assume they were short staffed and maybe she felt rushed. However, I’m giving the restaurant 4 stars because the food was excellent! It was more than we expected on food, but substandard in service. We will go back and give it another chance as all four of us loved the food, salsa and drinks.

DB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious! But the service was terribly slow! The only item we quickly got served was water. After that, we hardly saw our waitress & our food was slow to be served. The food was not piping hot. The restaurant was not busy. Although the food was delicious, there wasn’t much of it. Expensive for the portions.

DS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Better service is needed. Our reservation was at 12:00. Though we waiting for 20 minutes to be seated. There was only 1 waitress servicing the 2 tables (ours included) inside and maybe 2 outside. Kinda delayed in any drink refills. And waiting for a good 30 minutes to get out check. We went there to check out the food for the venue attached to the restaurant. Needless to say we are gonna go with option 1 when it comes down to a venue and food.

M
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were senior citizens so we arrived before dinner rush and before louder younger crowd so noise level was perfect. Not rushed and could hear each other. Happy hour margarita was tasty and refreshing, perhaps a little short because I had on the rocks and there was a lot of ice. Friend enjoyed her vodka martini. We all had different taco plates. All good. I typically judge a Mexican cuisine place by its rice and this one was fluffy and tasty. I have been here before and will continue to be a go-to Fullerton food spot.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Cafe Hildago (previous version) was much better with truly Spanish items on the menu. When your entree arrives with more than the plate covered by rice and beans, you know you are in the wrong place.

C
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was subpar. It seemed very unorganized. We waited a long time to get our drinks and food. The food was ok. Not really memorable.

I loved the courtyard dining but was disappointed that there weren’t any heaters.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is absolutely amazing. I’ve been here a few times and can never say enough great things about it. The bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable. Dustin was voted Bartender of the year and it shows in their cocktail program.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has that Santa Barbara feel to it. The patio dinning area is remnant of being on a vacation is some Spanish town. The appetizers I had was the bacon wrapped shrimp a must have. I ordered the sangria and well can you say the south of Spain!! The main course was the Carne asada plate and let me say the Carne asada was prepared to order fantastico!! The service was excellent! Very attentive to our needs, pleasant and polite. We will be regulars no doubt

GG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The new menu is interesting and very good. Excellent cocktails.

g
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a cozy little restaurant in downtown Fullerton so it had pretty much the same charm as most of the restaurants there. We were the only ones in the place when we first got there and we were seated outside on a very nice patio. It was nice and relaxing. The food was good, not exactly your typical Mexican food so I thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was good although it wasn’t busy so I don’t know how it would have been if the restaurant was crowded. There were a few more customers by the time we left. The only complaint was that the food was not very hot. My husband like his food really hot and even though he sent his food back once to be heated, it still wasn’t hot enough. I would recommend this restaurant and will probably be back.

JH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, fast and friendly. See Chris when you go!

CH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Sara was AMAZING and made our brunch perfect!!!

J
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, quality food. Would be nice to have more options for a less spicy sauce substitution for those of us who can’t tolerate spicy food. Even the mild sauce had plenty of spice. Nice environment. Very quiet on a weeknight.

S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday however they forgot to sing despite my note on Open Table

TJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Menu has changed since new ownership. The quality of the food was not up to the standards it use to be. They use to offer higher end unique items. No longer...

Hidalgo’s Cocina & Cócteles
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you for joining us. We have vastly improved the quality of the ingredients used. No longer dyed or frozen fish. All our ingredients are extremely fresh and made from scratch. We offer more unique items such as octopus and more region specific items than before. We are truly sorry you didn't enjoy the new menu and that it wasn't to your liking. Thank you so much for joining us and giving us a shot. I'm thrilled to see that you did enjoyed the service

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KG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Saw on line they had paella. At the resturant they told us they had not had it for 2 years. Menu very limited. Not enough choices. Food mediocre at best. Won't go back.

KR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

When you see 'Hidalgo' you might think Spain. even a bit more continental then just Spanish cuisine. This is Mexican, right down to the beans and rice. The menu is slimmer than before but is it better? The barbacoa was dry and chewy with no flavor. The chicken tinga, eh. Overpriced for what you get. I'll go and try something different to see if it's any better, but I'm not hoping for much.

LR
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Like the new menu.

C
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a realaxing place to enjoy great food and excellent service. Always be in my favorite list.

TC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pecan salmon was very good as well the creme brulee. Music was not too loud but the walls echo people talking.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service and cocktails were great but food was slow to come out and the dish I ordered was over cooked. I had the Al Pastor and the pork loin was on the dry side. The fajitas were good though, but the prices in general were a little on the high side and I wouldn’t call it authentic Mexican food.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Fullerton. Love what the new owner has done.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Valentines

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under new ownership Hidalgo’s has really become something special. The salsa and guacamole are made fresh daily. They use local ingredients which i always appreciate. I had the Salmon, my husband had the tacos. Amazing. And the cocktails were incredible! We’ll be back for sure!

MV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and a great atmosphere. Nice place for a dinner.

GA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was not as I expected. The service was alright

A
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food awful and charge you for chips and salsa!
Nobody there, not a good sign
Will never go back

MM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food and drinks, great ambiance and romantic vibe able to have great conversation and enjoy the background music without having to speak super loud. Service was excellent. Will definitely go back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

New Year’s

LJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been going to Hidalgos for about 3 years now. They always get it right. The food is excellent. There's a comfort feeling about this place.

CY
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience2

First time diner at restaurant. Our server was terrific, and although the place has a nice ambiance, the quality of the prepared dishes was average at best. Hopefully new ownership will mean a better future for this establishment.

TO
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was a fan of the “old” Hidalgo’s, but in the past two weeks, my two visits were not great. Two weeks ago, our server wasn’t attentive to refills and we noticed the menu prices were a lot higher (no lunch menu). It took awhile to get our food, too. Last week we had a good server, but the wait was really long.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

There was a party going on and sooooo loud that me and my guest, who travelled hours to meet me there, couldn’t even hear ourselves across the table. Other than that experience for an hour, we did enjoy the food. Had we known there would be a large party, we wouldn’t have eaten there.

TG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Went for a celebration. The menu online, which is why I choose to eat there did not match the menu at location. What is offered is mediocre Mexican-American fare; and Shredded lettuce and carrots on a bread plate does not a side salad make. My dinner companion ordered the steak salad, it arrived very dry. Food arrived spotty to the table and presentations were very sloppy. I understand that the restaurant was recently acquired by new owners but there is a lot of work that needs to be done to make it worth a return. Cocktails however were well crafted.