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Diners' Choice: Mexican restaurants in North Orange County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mexican cuisine in North Orange County? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Green Parrot Villa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (36)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Santa Ana
About the restaurant
The Green Parrot Villa transforms into a restaurant Sundays. We offer a vibrant setting for an all-you-can-eat Champagne Sunday brunch. Come enjoy the sounds and foods of Mexico backed by our LIVE mariachi. The mariachi band performs at various settings throughout the venue, so everyone is assured the same unique experience. The brunch menu features a taco bar with authentic hand-made tortillas, fresh fruit, made-to-order omelets, and a variety of Mexican entrees and sides including pozole and menudo.
For those who would like to continue an afternoon full of culture and history the Bowers Museum is right across from the villa. The museum's permanent collection features notable pieces of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and Native American art. One mile away are the Downtown Santa Ana Bars and Shops for those who want to enjoy shopping and premium drinks.

If you're curious about hosting an event with us this is the perfect way to get to know the venue in an event like setting.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 26, 2024
Great atmosphere, great food, and great customer service. Every time my friends and I come here it's always a blast. Don't miss out!
A photo of Descanso - Plancha Dining restaurant
4.6
4.6 (549)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
ChristinaM
Dined on May 27, 2024
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!
A photo of Maizano Cocina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (52)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Costa Mesa
About the restaurant
Maizano
Nestled in the heart of Costa Mesa, Maizano offers traditional Mexican cuisine paying tribute to Mexican gastronomy through our main ingredient: corn masa.

The word Maizano comes from a combination of the two most important pillars of the restaurant:
• Maiz
• Paisano

Maizano boasts a menu that celebrates the diverse culinary heritage of Mexico. Diners can savor exquisite dishes like Mole Poblano, Pipián verde, snacks made from masa like Memelas and Panuchos, and perfectly grilled carne asada. The extensive tequila and mezcal selection complements the cuisine, offering an array of handcrafted cocktails.

The elegant interior is adorned with hand-painted murals and Mexican “artesanias” creating an ambiance that’s both inviting and luxurious. Maizano offers indoor dinning and a terrace service.
Top review
mimi
Dined 7 days ago
Food was excellent. Need to upgrade their Chardonnay wine choices.
A photo of Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2026)
$30 and under
Mexican
Orange
About the restaurant
In Executive Chef Gabbi Patrick’s pursuit of preserving the rich culinary heritage of Mexico, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen is dedicated to integrating modern gastronomy with indigenous and regional recipes of mexican cuisine. Her passion and vision are reflected in each detail of her craft, from supporting local farms, sourcing quality and seasonal ingredients. Gabbi’s earned a Michelin Bib in 2023.

An Old Towne Orange staple, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen immerses guests in an old-world hacienda ambiance, celebrating native Mexican flavors. Explore authentic dishes like Enchiladas de Camaron, Gorditas Al Pastor, Empanada de Viento, Queso Fundido, Arrachera, Puebla Tacos, and Pozole Verde—favorites of loyal patrons.

The vibrant bar offers exclusive Mexican wines, great margaritas and cocktails. For an intimate setting, our Private Cellar accommodates 8-12 adults. Enjoy Gabbi's everywhere with Pre Order Taco Kits or Pickup catering options. Great for Business Luncheons and Celebrations.
Top review
AlanS
Dined 4 days ago
Very nice and casual, cute authentic decor. Great chips. Tasty food.
A photo of Paseo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (65)
$30 and under
Mexican
Anaheim
About the restaurant
From the heart and mind of Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán, the Downtown Disney® District’s newest authentic Mexican restaurant blends cultural legacy with the present day. Enjoy delicate, rich flavors blended together with zest and spice over an inspiring meal with friends and family.
Top review
chrisfromirvine
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Paseo is a nice change from what was there before. The decoration is more inviting and open. They have folding doors opening to the balcony that make the space light and nice. We were lucky to be seated there because by the time of our dessert, the fireworks from Disney were on display. Food is great, flavors and the infusion added to the dishes is different but tasty. Ceviches and the octopus were extraordinary despite the small quantity (for the price). The carne asada was very good. Drinks were amazing and different from other locations. Our waiter was great once he was available. He would disappear for some times so we tried to order and ask questions when he came to our table. His wait skills were very good nonetheless.
A photo of Jardin Autentica Cocina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (441)
$30 and under
Mexican
Orange
About the restaurant
Jardin Autentica Cocina is a contemporary Mexican restaurant serving polished authentic dishes, rooted in Mexican traditions and flavors. The crafted drinks also mirrors its cuisine, with small batch, hand-crafted agave artisanal cocktails. We look forward to welcoming you in our warm and cozy Jardin!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
First time here. Had lunch with a friend, tho’ it was actually breakfast. No lunch menu at 11:30 AM. I had the pollo and waffles. Four mini waffles with delicious fried chicken. My friend enjoyed her pancakes with strawberries. The only downside was the valet. Thus, the 4 stars. They really don’t need it; parking lot was just feet away from the entrance. I could have easily walked. I don’t care to valet, as I keep a lot of items in my car. Felt it was an unnecessary expense.
A photo of Puesto Anaheim restaurant
4.6
4.6 (948)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Anaheim
About the restaurant
Puesto offers award-winning tacos and cocktails as well as its own selection of cerveza by acclaimed brewmaster Doug Hasker. Located on the grounds of The Westin Anaheim Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel across Disneyland® Resort, Puesto provides an innovative approach to traditional Mexican cuisine. Family owned and operated, the menu is inspired by their travels throughout Mexico and California's fresh, local ingredients.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll be immediately greeted with fine craftsmanship of walnut, brass, steel, and elegant lighting designed by Basile Studios. Lighting will continue to amaze, from the entry lights to the staple liquor shelving, to the suspended agave structure. Inside the space is a first-of-its-kind projection with high-end video content telling a story throughout the wall.

Puesto is where inspiration is brought to life and we're thrilled to welcome you soon.
Top review
JordiRonanvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and margaritas! our server Scotty was pleasant and very friendly and attentive; he was one of best servers we have had (and we recently ate at 3 star Michelin restaurant!!) Only prob was very loud music. should drop volume to more tolerable volume. felt I had to yell to talk to my wife
A photo of solita Tacos & Margaritas - Huntington Beach restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1605)
$30 and under
Mexican
Huntington Beach
About the restaurant
solita Tacos & Margaritas is about everything that makes us happy: great Mexican food, dynamite margaritas, and Southern California's laid-back lifestyle.
Top review
KenG
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing service and food was delicious!! Definitely will return soon.
A photo of El Torito Grill - Brea restaurant
4.5
4.5 (794)
$30 and under
Mexican
Brea / La Habra
About the restaurant
Our mesquite grill transforms simple ingredients, showcasing the bold flavors of Mexico with gourmet flair. Join us at El Torito Grill for Taco Tuesday, daily Happy Hour and our famous Champagne Sunday Brunch.
Top review
Luvgoodfoodvip
Dined 3 days ago
The food is always fabulous. But what makes things even better is the service. Our server, Antillo, who we have had on many occasions when we dine there, is the absolute "BEST"!
A photo of Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1777)
$30 and under
Mexican
Brea / La Habra
About the restaurant
Using only quality seasonal and organic ingredients, our Latin-inspired menu features spectacular Latin food prepared in a wood-fired oven, and a variety of fresh house-made fire-roasted salsas, which hint at the natural and abundant flavor profiles found in every dish.

The same attention to detail carries on to our hand-crafted cocktails; using only fresh-squeezed juices, house-made sour mixes, 100% Blue Agave Tequilas and fresh fruit garnishes for all of our Margaritas. Cha Cha’s House Margarita was named Critics' Choice for the Best Margarita by the Orange County Register.

PLEASE NOTE: Cha Cha's automatically adds a 20% gratuity fee for parties of 6 and over.
Top review
luvrestaurantsvip
Dined 1 day ago
Went for the Wednesday special and it was great food and value. Also shared the clams appetizers which were delicious as in the past. Cherish our server was perfect and keeping our meal relaxing and served accordingly.
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