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Tangata Restaurant, Santa Ana, CA

Tangata Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1278 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
  • Charming
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Good for business meals
Experience a culinary juxtaposition of Pacific Rim and California cuisine. Set aside the celebrated Bower Museum in Santa Ana, Tangata Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon. Deemed the "hidden gem of sophisticated California Cuisine" by the OC Examiner and winner of the OpenTable "Diner's Choice" and "Great for Lunch" Awards, Tangata is sure to satisfy any appetite.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (714) 550-0906
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    The romantic fountains, flower gardens and mission-style architecture of The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana provide a quintessential Southern California setting for any event. From elegant dinners to business meetings, wedding receptions to holiday gatherings, The Bowers Museum offers spaces to make any event memorable, and Patina Catering will create a custom menu to perfectly suit your event’s needs. To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location and off-site, please call 714 567 3630 or email bowersevents@patinagroup.com
  • Private party facilities
    Tangata (or "mankind" in the tribal Maori language of New Zealand) features Southwestern decor enclosed by glass walls and a ceiling framed with stuccoed beams and large windows to allow ambient light to illuminate the main dining area. Located in the Bowers Museum's mission-style courtyard, the 160-seat restaurant dedicates half of its available seating to al fresco dining on a large patio area. The patio area opens into the mission-style courtyard that is perfect for romantic weddings or evening receptions. Tangata is perfect for social or business luncheons, dinners and gatherings. Our sophisticated Californian cuisine and impeccable service will impress your guests. Located just off the 5 freeway, we also offer convenient parking. The Bowers Museum adds a twinkle to romantic weddings, banquets and receptions under the stars with its lush mission-style courtyard, replete with romantic fountains, year-round flowers, an attractive tiered patio and Spanish-style balcony.
  • Private party contact
    bowersevents@patinagroup.com: (714) 567-3623
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Ana
  • Cross street
    Main and 20th
  • Parking details
    All-day parking is available in the Bowers Museum parking lot. $6 flat rate. Free with validation from Tangata.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,278 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,283 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and servers were very friendly and quick. Accessible parking and not overwhelmed with crowdedness.

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  2. Daziner

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recomend, food is great, outdoor seating is best when weather is nice.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Mother’s Day brunch was way overpriced. $75 per person with a bubbly, most expensive item was prime rib while there was only two tables of selections. and we had to pay for coffee separately. For that price, even it is not Vegas’s variety, it should have way more options.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    mother’s Day brunch is a real treat. the food is exceptional and the surrounding gardens are beautiful. It is a perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day.. You will not get a huge buffet, but every single thing was delicious. If you want fine dining and a great celebration for your mother, you should go to Tanga for Mother’s Day.

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  5. CindaJ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great. As a group we’ve had lunch several times at Tangata. We love the museum and gift shop too.

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  6. hardmarker

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were there for lunch on a Saturday, and the restaurant wasn't crowded. It's all hard surfaces, so probably not so quiet when full. The rolls to start were fresh from the oven and delicious. The pureed cream of Mediterranean vegetable soup was excellent. The club sandwich wasn't anything special, but the accompanying fries were perfect--just the way we like them. The raspberry sorbet was a tasty and refreshing way to finish the meal.

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  7. PatriciaM

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Nicely prepared and presented. Our server was really excellent. I don’t know her name but she deserves kudos. We were a party of seven on 4/27. Tangata is consistently great. Love reserving this restaurant.

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  8. DebraG

    Orange County

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect pairing with museum. Nice selections for all size appetites, dietary needs, and pocketbook. Welcoming, accommodating, and attentive.

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  9. HoagBaby

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect in every way! Delicious food. Great service. Lovely ambience.

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  10. composer

    San Diego

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful Cobb salad, but one of the added shrimp was spoiled so that charge was removed from the check. Be aware that the espresso cappuccino and macchiato are served in 4 ounce cups.

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FAQs

Tangata Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1278 OpenTable diners.

Tangata Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Tangata Restaurant

2002 N. main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main and 20th
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Ana
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    All-day parking is available in the Bowers Museum parking lot. $6 flat rate. Free with validation from Tangata.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (714) 550-0906
  • Catering
    The romantic fountains, flower gardens and mission-style architecture of The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana provide a quintessential Southern California setting for any event. From elegant dinners to business meetings, wedding receptions to holiday gatherings, The Bowers Museum offers spaces to make any event memorable, and Patina Catering will create a custom menu to perfectly suit your event’s needs. To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location and off-site, please call 714 567 3630 or email bowersevents@patinagroup.com
  • Private party facilities
    Tangata (or "mankind" in the tribal Maori language of New Zealand) features Southwestern decor enclosed by glass walls and a ceiling framed with stuccoed beams and large windows to allow ambient light to illuminate the main dining area. Located in the Bowers Museum's mission-style courtyard, the 160-seat restaurant dedicates half of its available seating to al fresco dining on a large patio area. The patio area opens into the mission-style courtyard that is perfect for romantic weddings or evening receptions. Tangata is perfect for social or business luncheons, dinners and gatherings. Our sophisticated Californian cuisine and impeccable service will impress your guests. Located just off the 5 freeway, we also offer convenient parking. The Bowers Museum adds a twinkle to romantic weddings, banquets and receptions under the stars with its lush mission-style courtyard, replete with romantic fountains, year-round flowers, an attractive tiered patio and Spanish-style balcony.
  • Private party contact
    bowersevents@patinagroup.com: (714) 567-3623
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