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Tangata Restaurant

1144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pacific Rim
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  • Great for Lunch (23)
  • Casual (13)
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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 1144 People Are Saying
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4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Had a lovely time and enjoyed the food. My two sisters were with was for my birthday. I had a Caesar Salad and both of them had Lamb Burgers. Tangata did not disappoint...I will certainly consider coming again. Thank you...

WhiteDove (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 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 on February 15, 2018

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.

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

The service was terrific, our waiter was professional and funny at the same time. The food was really my cup of tea: the portions were not huge (a good thing) and I love a good brunch menu. I had the huevos rancheros which were built on crispy tortillas and featured a not spicy, citrus tasting tomato salsa. I plan to go again.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

The menu in the restaurant was different than the one shown on Tangata's web site.

LunchinLady (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The restaurant is great for dining during a day at the Bowers Museum. The food is always good and the place is very pretty. However, I've been there several times and each time the service was really not good...extremely slow. This past visit we had to keep flagging someone down for anything we needed since the waiter didn't check in with us at all, even though he kept walking by our table. On my last visit we waited over an hour for food and one member of our group had to leave before her lunch arrived. Someone went in the kitchen, and quickly boxed up her meal while she paid for it so she could go. Still...I would recommend Tangata for your day at the museum.

Margaret (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

The food and service were very good. Ambiance is not so good. It is very noisy because the acoustics are terrible, not because it is a 'lively bar scene.'

HoagBaby (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Thanks again for a wonderful lunch experience! Yummy fried egg sandwich! Special thanks to Joey and George.

JandM (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

After a visit to the Shackleton exhibit, our group of 9 had lunch in the museum restaurant. The convenience made it the logical choice. We made reservations through Open Table for 7 originally but our group expanded to 9. Open Table was unable to change the reservation to accommodate the additional guests but a call to the restaurant directly took care of that. They were very accommodating and willing to change the reservation. Menu had enough variety for everyone. The soup of the day (tomato) sounded great, but was a little watery and not much taste. We were given the brunch menu that offered lunch and breakfast selections. NIce afternoon with friends!

bella (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant several times in the past few years due to being at the Bowers Museum and our schedule for a lot of the museums events. However I find the service lacking in that we have had to wait several times for our food to come out when other people received there food before us when we had ordered before them. We did speak to the manager about this and were given some excuse and a free dessert. The waiter was not very informative with letting us know things that were not on the menu but were available as specials, he was very forgetful and we had to ask for things every step of the way. Additionally the tables are not cleaned off as often as they should be.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Tangata is a great lunch spot for central OF.
Nice atmosphere and not fast food. Its a nice little escape.
The potato soup is wonderful!
Bring a sweater, though. It can be a bit chilly.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

My friend and I ordered ordered hamburgers-we asked that they be cooked to medium-well done. The table next to us was seated after we were, ordered after we did and received their food before we did. When our burgers arrived, they were seared on the outside and raw on the inside. Service was slow-we were not offered a refill on the coffee we had with our dessert. In spite of a 20% reduction in our bill, due to our complaint about the burger, we will not be returning to Tangata. We had an experience with slow/inept service prior to this trip...

HoagBaby (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

I love Tangata. Every time I visit the Bowers Museum, I lunch at Tangata. Food and service are always too-notch. I ordered the garlic noodles with salmon, and the salmon was prepared exactly as ordered. An extra special thanks to Joey for going the extra mile with my parking validation!

vipLaurieW (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Menu was very limited but food was good. Great place for lunch after visiting museum exhibits.

Foodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Tangata consistently delivers original and tasty food, with polite servers, in a beautiful, hip setting. It's the best kept secret in town. I only wish the restaurant (and the museum its nestled in) were open more hours - it would be among my neighborhood go-to spots for dinner. It remains the perfect weekend lunch spot, especially on an uncharacteristically warm fall day.

After the meal, they brought a fantastic creme brulee for our friends' anniversary along with delicious coffee. Everyone agreed, a table full of foodies.

Pretzie (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Service and food were okay but the atmosphere was lovely. Price is reasonable

abcd (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

W e did not have a good experience at Tangata this Sunday. The restaurant was not particularly busy. We had reservations. We waited for over 45 minutes for simple rice orders to show up. When it finally showed up the noodles were cold, the burger was not cooked at desired doneness. Cheddar chees was requested on top of the burger and only when asked for the third time. They new that were going to the lecture. The manager and the waiter did not know how to handle the clients and the shop.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

I was there for food tasting with a friend who was planning a luncheon for a group of 20. Twice we asked to speak to the Manager in charge - was told by the hostess that she couldn't locate the Manager. Prior to coming in person, my friend left messages to speak to someone; however no one returned her call. I guess they didn't want our business!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

As usual we had a lovely meal prior to the Sunday lecture series. Good service, delicious food.
I love Tangata... and especially enjoy the lamb burger and speciality sandwiches!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

The lavendar creme brulee was, in the words of my world-traveler friend who lived for ten years in Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan, "the best I've had in my life." Both entrees were tasty, and the whole lunch, including wine, was quite reasonable for such an upscale restaurant.Patina Restaurant Group never disappoints!

vipAnne (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

The outdoor tables were dusty and exposed to the elements, and there were no placemats. Our cutlery was placed directly on the table. We asked if we could use our menus as placemats, but were told they were short of menus so that would not be possible. We then suggested that the waiter bring additional napkins to use as placemats, which he did.

Our food took over 45 minutes to reach us. We were told that the kitchen was busy. Our meals were pre-prepared pasta and a generic salad - no justification for such a delay. Food was ordinary, and wasn't worth $19 for a salad.

Our waiter was adequate, but his mood was more "it happens!" than apologetic.

I have enjoyed Tangata a great deal in the recent past and have had very positive experiences. Now, I am reluctant to return for a repeat of this experience.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Really excellent lunch. The menu is not huge, but everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was a little slow, but was very attentive.