Perla Mexican Cuisine

4.6
59 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in the energetic, historic street of the Downtown Santa Ana on the corner of W Fourth St & N Birch St, Perla is a new authentic, family owned restaurant. Perla is truly an authentic representation of the culinary diversity of Mexico. The main focus is to introduce the traditional Mexican flavors enhanced with a personal touch of long family recipes and traditions.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 59 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food and drinks took forever. When we got our food, it was cold and my shrimp was chewy/tough. My waitress was amazing and so nice. The band and place was nice. Enjoyed the music.

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jojoC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Perla had really delicious food worth every bite . The environment was good . However there were several inconsistencies. I had the Jamaica Margarita it was delicious , however was not able to finish it as the glass it came in was broken. I advised the waiter , drink never replaced and no apologies given. Secondly our order was wrong , missing an item we ordered and they tried to serve us two of an item we did order . Other than that would have been a great score but just be aware of above .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and Music were Great!!!!! 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The live music was a treat on a Friday night.

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Tenyghiab
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

me and cousins had a great time ! we loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Solid drinks, food was pretty bomb (rec their enchiladas and bone marrow). I think because of COVID, service was a little slow but not terrible. Seats are pretty separated and they have heaters outside if it's too cold

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Ponce
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Everything was good except for the Service. The server could have been a bit friendlier. He was serious and did not say thank you for coming when leaving the restaurant. He just ignored us competently. The employees that were cleaning the table were friendlier.

Other than that the food was exquisite!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was not a lot of people on this day that I made the reservation, they did have one big party at a table. Service seemed a bit slow and the waiters barely came by our table or they would forget which table they were serving and three different staff memebers would ask us a similar question in regards to drinks. We went half an hour before brunch ended but by the time they took our food orders we had to order from the lunch/dinner menu. There was a drunk female dancing which was a bit funny yet weird at the same time. But that wasnt an issue since she stayed in her area but it was a bit flashy. Food and drinks were a bit on the pricier side even though the food was a bit bland. My pasta sauce was more drippy then creamy and needed more flavor. The drinks were okay, i got some fruity ones but I mostly tasted similar taste such as some smokey flavor and no fruittiness. Music was good, I probably wont come here again, food entress such as enchiladas should come w side or rice,salad or beans for the price they are and due to how small they are.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

This is not my first time here, we love coming because of the food and live music and outs seating, this time I did not enjoy my visit because the outdoor heater was mot heating well so we we froze our butt out! We asked several personnel but did nothing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience2

Good food quality drinks

IG
vipItalianGal
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started the night with queso fundido with chorizo. I wish the chips were a little sturdier, but it was very tasty. My husband tried the bone marrow and loved it. We both enjoyed our cocktails! La Niña is my new favorite! So refreshing on a warm evening. The asada tacos and short rib tacos were also delicious. Can’t wait to go again!

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ChrisS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Perla's for our "reunion/celebratory" dinner for sisters and a daughter from out of town. We had not seen each other for over 2 years. Perla's was perfect for celebrating all the good women in my life at a restaurant run by women. The enlarged out door eating area with the happy party lights were the perfect ambience and a respite from COVID. Tables were far enough apart and the polite, knowledgeable and friendly servers were great and wore masks. It was a bonus night for us because a live played there for the first time and everyone was enjoying feeling the music and feeling "normal" again. Did I mention and food and drinks were outstanding? Thank you Perla's.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Nice setting outside. Live music

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vipMelodye
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time very much! The energy, the music, the food, the drinks were all spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The short rib tacos were amazing! Presentation was beautiful and service was great! Will definitely come again!

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Scorpions14
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Food and drinks were on point!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service! Awesome! 🔥

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Monica
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very welcoming and it was also a super fun environment to be in. Loved the mariachi too.

IG
vipItalianGal
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back! The food was so good! We started with the corn appetizer and loved it. The enchilada suizas are the best we have ever had. The Saturday night band was fun and entertaining. Can’t wait to come again!

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NancyL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing!!! and the live music made the atmosphere that much more amazing!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place !

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PatriciaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely the best Tacos I have ever had. Guacamole and cocktails outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service all staff is very attentive. Busy with plenty customers and all staff manages the environment well.
Our server Alfred did a phenomenal job. Was able to manage a party of 8 people with ease and .. hes sharp man and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time always here. Staff, food, drinks it’s great every time.

MS
vipMelissaS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience2

The food was delicious. Our server, Carlos, was really good. The problem was the live music. It was so incredibly too loud. It completely wrecked our night. We had to shout to hear each other. Their talent was good. But please. Just let them only do 3 song sets. It was too too much.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent!
Appetizers and food came at the same time. Drinks came way after the food was served. Asked for dessert and it never made its way to our table.
Overall it was great.

CM
vipCrystalM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Just a little overpriced for the atmosphere. Food was good though

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JesseH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here and my girlfriend and I loved it. Food was excellent and the drinks were amazing! Definitely on the list of places to revisit!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was recommended by a friend to come here to celebrate my birthday and I had a great time here. Brunch was completely awesome and to top it they had the mariachi to play

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

. Staff was not following COVID-19 safety protocols.

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MonicaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the mole enchiladas and chili rellano with shrimp both were delish!

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SarahbethP
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small drink menu but open bar and the La Niña was the best drink they have! You must get it. It has a kick though and my lips were on fire but it was delicious. The flautas, the corn, and the shrimp enchiladas are a must have.
There was also a live band and they were amazing. One gentlemen played the Sax and I love the sax.

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vipNicoleB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Samantha was our server and she was fantastic! The drinks were great. The food was hit and miss for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

First it didn’t say anything that we had to order from a special menu. My salad was not fresh it was very wilted, shrimp cocktail was not a shrimp cocktail and my salmon was over cooked it was hard when i put in the fork. Drinks were ok. I was very disappointed and then it was 314.00 it was not worth it. My boyfriend and I will not come back. Food was poorly made and limited items to order.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall a good experience even tho the server was busy she made sure we were getting our food and drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience! And Food and drinks were delicious!!😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious!

DA
DeAnn
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my mom's birthday with a group of girls. Our waiter Alfredo was amazing. Food and drinks were great. Great vibes. Highly recommend.

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for any type of celebration. The food is just AMAZING!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Perla Mexican Cuisine using the Order Online button. Perla Mexican Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 316-5421.

Perla Mexican Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 59 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.