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Tangata Restaurant

1143 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pacific Rim
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Pacific Rim, French
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Sunday 11AM-3PM

Closed Monday

EASTER BRUNCH BUFFET - APR 1 Celebrate the occasion with a festive menu by Executive Chef Brian Black, including banana fosters French toast and a carving station featuring citrus honey glazed spiral ham. $55/adult, $32/child 10 and under. Menu subject to change; tax and service charge incl.
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Phone number
(714) 550-0906
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Black
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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.
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Private party contact (714) 567-3623
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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
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Cross street
Main and 20th
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Parking details
All-day parking is available in the Bowers Museum parking lot. $6 flat rate. Free with validation from Tangata.
Complimentary parking is available across the street in the public parking lot.
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Special events & promotions
To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location, please contact our special events representative below:

Catering and Special Event Sales | 714-567-3623
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1143 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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WhiteDove (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

What a find. A well-run, handsome restaurant with good food in a beautiful setting at a world-class museum.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Our second visit and glad we tried it again after a disappointing first time earlier this year. We were greeted, seated, got great service and yummy food. Can't wait to go back.

foodie4ever (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I had the Salmon Cobb Salad which was not extraordinary, but was very good. My friend had the Butternut Squash soup that was presented with a drizzle of olive oil on its surface. The presentation of the gold colored soup with the green olive oil on its surface was beautiful. It looked like a modern painting. She also enjoyed the cold smoke salmon and pickled vegetables on bread.

Our server was great. He was attentive, but not hovering and joked with us over the dessert offerings. When we returned to the restaurant about an hour later, after finishing our tour of the museum, he came over to us at the host desk and validated our parking ticket which we had forgotten to take care of following lunch. He remembered us and referenced the joke over the dessert. He added the "frosting on the cake" to our visit to Tangata and Bowers Museum.

Steph (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant is located inside the Bower's Museum and has great food if you're visiting the museum or not. It also has a full bar. The atmosphere is open with a skylighted ceiling (I'd love to try it when it's raining). We had Saturday brunch. The menu is not overwhelming, but has just enough to please everyone. The burger was delicious, the Salmon Cobb was yummy and Salmon was cooked perfectly. The smoked salmon appetizer was also wonderful. The only downside was although their omelet was delicious, it needed a salad to accompany it. It wasn't quite enough on it's own. I'll go again.

AndreaD (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Tangata, is a Fusian restaurant located in the Bowers Museum. Restaurant is not cozy and the noise level is high, It is very bright, and tables for two are close together and in the middle, so if you get one of these, you are basically eating with strangers. Need to get a table by back wall or the window. We had reservations, yesterday, and they wanted to put the two of us in the middle, next to a large noisy group, we would never have been able to have a conversation with each other, As there was nothing else, we ate outside on the porch, It was fine, as the tables for two are by the railing with large bougainvilla trees next to them. The food, though is very good, as are the cocktails and the service. When they remodeled, they just should have made it more cosier.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Best place for lunch when visiting the Bower's Museum.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Enjoyed lunch with my friend from Boston. Delightful day so we opted to sit at outside table. I selected the grilled tuna and cheese sandwich while my companion ordered the Caesar salad. Both entrees were tasty. Our server was very accommodating and attentive.

UniqueEats (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food is always excellent. The service is a little spotty, but the food makes up for it.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was prepared perfectly, and was very good. *They do not serve bread or salt/pepper/sweetness unless requested, which was fine; just a heads up.

There was a large, chatty/noisy group

* Service slow and because we wanted these things, and it was hard to catch our waiter’s attention. He was not assigned to large group.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Ate at Tangata after going to the Shackleton exhibition and seeing the rest of the museum. We chose 2:00 because we figured it would be less crowded. It was. It was also out of the wheat beer that was listed on the menu and the cabernet sauvignon that was listed. That said, I had the Little Gem Chicken Caesar Salad and my husband had the grilled Black Angus Beef Burger and we were very pleased with them.