Little Onion Mexican Restaurant - Santa Ana

4.3
60 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Little Onion Mexican Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant's color décor contributes to its bright and beautiful ambience. The family-friendly environment is suitable for friends and family gatherings. The restaurant offers a discount of $5 on a bill of $30 to its customers, who check in on Facebook. The friendly staff working at Little Onion suggests great recommendations.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was excellent and the food was great.

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Kara
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Fantastic food and excellent hand crafted margaritas, will certainly make this spot a regular!

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vip1forBeva
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just wanted an evening of peace and quiet.

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RoyR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sorry that the Irvine location has closed as I live in Irvine and we have made several visits there for lunch.

That's why we came to your Santa Ana location because the food is so good.

Roy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Brunch and Mimosas

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was closed

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vipJasmeer
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there. I went there with my friends to celebrate my birthday. My friend is also hispanic and a chef. He really liked the food. I loved it. It was very authentic and can't wait to be back there. The service was amazing and everyone in the team there deserved 5 Stars. We were comfortably sitting outside with the heat on :). Loved their Salsa as it was spicy with the kick and not to mention non stop serving of Chips lol.

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SoniaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When arrived at the restraunt, they informed us they were closing on 20 minutes and not accepting Open Table reservations.

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vipahdiii
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Dining was a bit noisy but the Lobster Encheladas were worth it +++

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JindaleaR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

To say we were underwhelmed is an understatement. After reading so much about this restaurant in OC magazines we had pretty high expectations that it was going to be some amazing, authentic Mexican food. We went during a COVID period where indoor dining was not permitted, so happy to support and sit outside. The salsa tasted like tomato sauce, the green enchilada sauce was mild at best, the steak fajitas had no flavor, though the chicken was surprisingly juicy, though had no flavor. The guacamole needed garlic salt. The best thing was the Cadillac margarita. Can’t believe 2 entrees and 2 drinks was $80!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the outdoor seating patio built for Covid. Was much nicer than expected. Food was great as always. Stay was nice and attentive to our requests for more water, drinks, salsa etc

Look forward to returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing! The crispy lobster taco was especially good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love how everyone is always so polite. Always checking on our food, drinks, asking if we need anything else ect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

First few visits, the food and drinks were great. Last 2 times the drinks and food just weren’t up to par with the first visits. The drinks especially were way off. Lacking consistency or maybe one bartender is just better. Overall the patio and staff are great. Just wish that it was as good as the first couple times.

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ChristinaS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

I really wasn't pleased with the lack of customer service. Our table was overlooked and treated differently than other parties, which we didn't appreciate. We paid for our meals just like anyone else and deserved to be treated equally.

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Chris1972
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I've been going to the Little Onion since 1972. I understand recently they've decided to expand which apparently changed their menu somewhat. My wife and I went to try to support the business during covid-19 so our expectations weren't high, understanding that they were seating outside. We ordered two spicy cucumber margaritas and they were the most sour we've ever experienced. It tasted like half a cup of lime juice and nothing else. I had ordered that drink before and it was great. Our server was nice enough to remove them from our bill but our disappointment didn't end there. The salsa was so hot it was nearly inedible for my wife, as were two of her three tacos she ordered. My two item combination meal was okay. The shredded beef enchilada was good but the cheese enchilada wasn't melted through and the bean serving was about two tablespoons. This just wasn't what I expected for a $21 entree and a $12 drink. Maybe it's all due to Covid, but it just wasn't the place I knew and loved. Not sure I'll ever go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and alway good food. We live at Essex and it’s walking distance. They created a beautiful outdoor space. Highly recommended

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Coco
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot we just discovered. Looking forward to going back to try more on their menu.

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Carells
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Little Onion is a Sandpointe neighborhood gem! So glad they are back to their former quality. Due to COVID-19 there were few guests. We had a cozy corner booth and felt safe. We were able to linger and catch up in the usually bustling atmosphere. We tipped generously for their kindness!

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TamraM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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vipKarenH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Total bummer that Little Onion has changed their menu and it is not an improvement so that will be my last visit after 20 years of lunches.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice food as usual

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vipErikaL
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Place was cute. Food was great. Service could have been a little faster but overall would go back. Great Margaritas!!!!!

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vipDavidA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going here for 30 some odd years. The food has always been good, but the last few years it's become excellent. Great happy hour deals. Tried the Margarita Lime Pie for dessert for the first time. Delish.

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EliseB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and Mothers Day. Service was very good.

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viprmangali
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Close to work. Taking a visiting coworker out. We enjoyed it. Service was average. Food and drinks were good.

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vipJARM
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to The Little Onion. I didn't realize that it started 40years ago. The food was Delicious. The best I've ever had. I had a Chili Relleno with rice and beans. Absolutely Delicious. Excellent pico de gallo too. Great margarita. I highly recommend you try this restaurant.

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HungryMan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice cozy atmosphere, good food, sit in back under the balcony if you want a place to talk because the restaurant can be loud when busy.

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vipRuthann778
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We keep trying Mexican restaurants closer to home trying to find one that compares to El Cholo. This one doesn’t even come close. The nachos were pretty good, but the enchilada and burrito were tasteless. Had to dump a whole bowl of salsa on there to find some flavor.

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VenitaV
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a little pricey. A Tostada for 15.00? I know it comes with rice and beans, but damn ya'll. :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julie and Miguel were outstanding!!

JB
JeanetteB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly atmosphere. And always fast so we can get back to the office in a timely manner at lunch time. One of my favorites!

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vipclarepurpl
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want authentic Mexican food at a reasonable price this is the place. The Sunday brunch offerings are delicious as well.

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KatIng
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took friends from out of state here. Good food, service and friendly atmosphere.

JB
JeanetteB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was soo delicious and the service was fast. Our waitress had a beautiful smile and was attentive. A+ service with great food!

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vipjennifert
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

No parking, rundown restaurant, food was mediocre at best, & service was extremely slow or not present.

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NicoleD
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and had some kick to it! The meat in everything we had was so well flavored and wasn’t dried out which can tend to happen with some dishes at other Mexican restaurants. Server was nice and prompt with food and checking in with us. I’d be pleased to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and always outstanding service!

JW
vipJanetteW
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredible service! Bring your appetite! The portions are HUGE!!

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SylviaA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday with my family and the seating on the loft was great. The food was delicious and everyone in my group was happy. The servers were great and very friendly. Thank you Little Onion Restaurant for making my birthday celebration memorable.

FAQs

Little Onion Mexican Restaurant - Santa Ana does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Little Onion Mexican Restaurant - Santa Ana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 979-1144.

Little Onion Mexican Restaurant - Santa Ana is rated 4.3 stars by 60 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.