Little Onion Mexican Restaurant - Santa Ana

4.3
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43 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.



The restaurant's Mexican Blackened Fish with a creamy cilantro is its specialty. The signature Taco and Tamale is served with rice and beans. Taquitos and flautas are served in party platters. The bar at Little Onion serves refreshing margaritas and delicious wines.


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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
18 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
1 review
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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ErikaL
Orange County
9 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
3 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
32 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
47 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
28 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!!

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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
37 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
7 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
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and always outstanding service!

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vipJanetteW
Phoenix
31 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.

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vipOutstanding
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Family owned, quaint place... been around forever. Vet good, authentic mMexican food. Burritos are huge, very good salsa and fajitas are delicious.

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vipJas28
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was very “eh” to not very good. Overall it was bland and not worth the higher than average cost.

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vipIsabelle
Orange County
114 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very decent Mexican food. Busy place during lunch time. Menu has many options. Friendly service.

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vipChitowndiner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Based on my most recent experience, I probably will not go back again. My prior experience was better. But, this time the entire experience was disappointing. I really like carnitas and prior reviews about the carnitas was positive, so I tried them. It was over cooked and dry. Their margaritas were weak. Service was sporadic and she seemed to always be distracted with conversations she was holding with coworkers or a boy from a family in an adjacent booth. Never checked on my meal and took forever to get a check and pay the bill. The restaurant has older tables and facilities that show the wear of time. Long overdue for a facelift. I could easily overlook the surroundings if the food and service were better.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Made this reservation with instructions saying it was a surprise party that three people would be coming and then the rest would come, but again it was a surprise.
Very disappointed that these instructions were not read as the surprise was ruined. Management should go over reservations with employees before service.
Another person in the party made a later reservation, but even so, it should be treated as a separate party and not have interfered with this reservation as it was placed separate.
We appreciate eventually being set up correctly, but we feel like this was handled poorly.
But we always the the food and our server was great.

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NicoleM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Little Onion is great for lunch or dinner with friends. The food is moderately priced and the portions are large.

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vipKnot2L8
Los Angeles
55 reviews