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About Tangata Restaurant
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.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Pacific Rim, French
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday 11AM-3PM
VALENTINE'S DAY - FEBRUARY 14 Experience a Taste of Love at the most romantic restaurant in Orange County with menu by Executive Chef Brian Black. Prix-Fixe Three-Course with Chef's special Amuse Bouche $75. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl.
Main and 20th
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
email@example.com: (714) 567-3623
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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Tangata Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Tangata was the restaurant I was taken to for my birthday, along with a trip to the Bowers museum. How disappointing a meal for a brithday, or any other occasion. The food took forever to come; the food was overpriced for what was served; a $20.00 grilled shrimp salad had lots of lettuce and 4 room-temp shrimp sitting on the side. But the worst part was the indifferent service by server George, who never came back to the table to ask how everything was, or if I wanted more iced tea or my husband wanted more coffee. It was virtually impossible to get his attention, even when it came time to ask for the check. Wouldn't go back. Not worth it.
The modern design of this restaurant contrasts with the Old California Spanish motif of the Bowers Museum and its a perfect spot to have a delightful lunch while visiting the museum. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Highly recommended if you are going to be visiting the museum, or not.
This was our 5th visit to this restaurant - we showed up nearly an hour early for our lunch reservations and they were able to seat us right away because the restaurant was nearly empty - only 2 other tables were occupied. Nevertheless, they seated us at a tiny table right next to the entrance to the kitchen area - basically the worst table in the restaurant. Disappointing. The food was good, but we ordered the cappuccino crunch ice cream for dessert and were served chocolate - when we pointed this out to our waiter (and we had only taken a little dab to taste the dessert because it really looked like chocolate- there wasn't even a bite missing) - he insisted it was the cappuccino even though it tasted like chocolate and there was nothing crunchy in it. Disappointing. BTW we were dressed nicely and are very quiet diners...
Convenient to have lunch at this restaurant when attending Bower museum. Had reservations, which they had trouble finding. Cobb salad good. Don't even serve rolls with salad, which is why we ordered one sandwich. Tuna melt almost burnt & French fries very limp. Should have sent it back, but was hungry. Extremely loud. No ambiance. Waiter nice. Parking tickets stamped, but no attendant in either parking lots when we left. I would only go to this restaurant when attending museum, as mentioned, because it's convenient. I have eaten there before, but it seems to have gone downhill.
My friend ordered the heirloom tomato & lobster salad, it came with ONE small cherry tomato cut in half and a few chunks of unripe hard peaches, very disappointing since it was the feature of the month!!!Coffee was so weak the iced tea at the next table looked stronger.
The manager was very apologetic about the salad and offered another item off the menu. At least he was willing to make it right . She declined. I had the heirloom BLT and it was delicious.
The food at Tangata has always been very good. This time, however, we had several complaints, mostly about the service. The lobster salad, which was supposed to include heirloom tomatoes, instead had nectarines and plums, and we were not told about this change and only found out when it was served. We asked the waiter for bread, and when it didn't come, we asked the busser. He said they ran out and had no bread, but then the waiter showed up with bread. At the end of the meal we told the waiter that it was one of our party's birthday, and he said "Oh, we'll have to find something to bring you." He then brought a dish of ice cream which we thought was provided gratis, since we hadn't asked for it. When we got the bill, he had charged for the ice cream. It was a busy Sunday, and the restaurant was very crowded, but this is no excuse for such shoddy service.
This is the second time I have filled this review out.
We had the worst service I have had in any restaurant in a very long time. The waitress was completely rude the whole time-very little service-sneering and eye rolling the complete time.
The manager of the day was almost as useless. My friends and I have memberships to the Bowers and have frequented Tangata often. We brought someone who had never been to the
Bowers or Tangata it was very unpleasant for her first visit. If I had a say in this matter the server
would be fired.
In the future I will certainly hesitate before frequenting Tangata again. I have tried to reach someone at Patina headquarters but have had not success. I am now assuming they don't care if they have our business. Our groups are usually at least 6 persons.
Would love to hear back from someone.
Unfortunately, this is not the Tangata we remembered from previous visits. The previous chef and the approach to simple yet elegant creations are gone. The menu is extremely pedestrian with very few selections. The Web site is very misleading and items listed there are not available now. The food was tasty, but we will not return.
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