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Descanso - Plancha Dining, Costa Mesa, CA

Descanso - Plancha Dining

4.6
4.6
553 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
THIS PAGE IS FOR PLANCHA TABLES ONLY (Where Our Chefs Cook at Your Table). For reservations in our standard Dining Room/Patio, please search for DESCANSO STANDARD DINING on the Open Table Website or call at 714.486.3798

PLANCHA Dining is available for Dinner Monday through Sunday and Saturday & Sunday Brunch.

TAQUERO TUESDAYS: On Tuesdays the Plancha Seating is Available on a First Come First Serve Basis. $2.50 Gourmet Street Tacos, Drink Specials and More.

Descanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors executed on a traditional plancha grill and prepared in front of you at your table.

Seating Types:

PLANCHA
Make a reservation at the Plancha Table for an intimate experience with your Taquero Chef. This is a multi-course meal option where each item is cooked in front of you!

STANDARD DINING
Make a reservation for our Standard dining room or patio on the Descanso Standard Dining Open Table Page.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (714) 486-3798
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jose Angulo
  • Catering
    Please Contact us directly at 714.486.3798 or go to our website (DescansoRestaurant.com) for our catering menu!
  • Private party facilities
    Descanso is the perfect location to host your next event! With its unique layout, Descanso is able to host live cooking stations throughout the restaurant. We can host all types of events up to 250 guests. Please contact our event staff at 714.486.3798 or info@descansorestaurant.com
  • Neighborhood
    Costa Mesa
  • Cross street
    Harbor Blvd. and Adams Ave.
  • Parking details
    A Huge Open Parking Lot Right Out Front! Free Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Mexican

  • North Orange County

    Mexican

554 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a great experience, the food was delicious, the mimosas were great and the value was perfect for what you get. Would recommend it, but probably don’t come too hungry cus you’ll spend a lot of time waiting. The negative for us was service, it was incredibly slow! We got seated at our table at 1:00 and even though they immediately took our drink orders (which was mimosas and water) we didn’t get served a glass of water for over 30 minutes. We were just sitting for over half an hour waiting for water. And we didn’t get served our appetizers until almost 50 minutes after we sat-down. Finally by around 2:00 the chef finally came to start cooking. The chef was great, very friendly and entertaining. The cooking experience was great and the food was incredibly delicious. Was just disappointed at how slow the service was, even getting refills took forever. We constantly had empty cups of water waiting 15-20 minutes just to get refill of water or another mimosa. So just be prepared for lots of waiting, from being seated at 1:00 did not get my actual food until around 2:20. While the cooking portion didn’t take too long and was entertaining there was a lot of sitting and waiting in between which was disappointing.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The servers and cook were great - very nice eager to please us. I was not impressed with the food. A lot of oil, butter and salt. I was ill from the food. Very expensive for what you get.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall amazing experience! The food was so delicious I was craving it the next day! Had the Caesar salad, carne asada, and margarita flight. Portions were great and the Mexican fried rice was something so unique! Loved the sauce and corn in it. Only feedback I have is ensuring that everyone has a seat. There was a party of 2 that was squeezed on the side of the plancha dining area that only fit 2 seats and my boyfriend was already sitting in one of the seats.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Plancha dining was so much fun. We were a party of 8 and everyone had a great time. The chef was very engaging. Food was excellent.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We didn’t realize that the weekend was more of a brunch and menu was different. So most of us got steak and eggs even though we would’ve much preferred to get the regular dinner menu. The brunch menu did not even include tacos. I would not come back for brunch because the menu is not worth it to me. Not to mention, the chef forgot my daughters shrimp that she ordered and, the chef forgot our tortillas. The chef also did not have all her ingredients in the cart and consistently had to go back to the kitchen. The restaurant does not carry bottled condiments like ketchup too. So if you like ketchup on your potatoes or even your eggs…it’s not happening… hence why I wouldn’t come back for brunch.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    First of all, we arrive 10 minutes late they were rushing us however, once we sit down on the table, we were waiting over an hour for our chef to arrive. And once a chef arrived, the pool was prepared. Very unorganized. We get the meat by the time we get the tortillas, we are done with the food. I know the whole idea is the experience but once you pay $50 for a meal you receive a kids meal the portion is barely enough to fill one person for $50. I won’t recommend anyone who appreciate their money and their time to go there. 

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  7. DonS

    Orange County

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There was a lot of hype about the experience, but the food was average, and there wasn't much show compared to the Japanese style. Just eat in the restaurant and skip the table show.

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  8. ChristinaM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time! Food was delicious! Our foodologist Jose was very entertaining and kind. The server was attentive! Enjoyed celebrating our 24th anniversary there! Kudos!

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  9. TMerideth

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service and the overall experience was outstanding we loved it. Pricey but well worth it.

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  10. CoreyM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef is always amazing and staff was very friendly

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Descanso - Plancha Dining using the Order Online button. Descanso - Plancha Dining also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Descanso - Plancha Dining also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 486-3798.

Descanso - Plancha Dining is rated 4.6 stars by 553 OpenTable diners.

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 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Descanso - Plancha Dining

1555 Adams Ave, Suite 103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Harbor Blvd. and Adams Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Costa Mesa
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    A Huge Open Parking Lot Right Out Front! Free Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jose Angulo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (714) 486-3798
  • Catering
    Please Contact us directly at 714.486.3798 or go to our website (DescansoRestaurant.com) for our catering menu!
  • Private party facilities
    Descanso is the perfect location to host your next event! With its unique layout, Descanso is able to host live cooking stations throughout the restaurant. We can host all types of events up to 250 guests. Please contact our event staff at 714.486.3798 or info@descansorestaurant.com
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