Taco Rosa - Irvine

4.3
391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Experience authentic Mexico City Cuisine at Taco Rosa. Our talented executive chef and creative team utilize ingredients, spices and flavors passed on through our ancestral roots ~ our Aztec, Mayan & Spanish heritage. Today these elements are fused with cutting-edge technique and innovation providing the best of 'old world' culture in a unique contemporary experience. Taco Rosa brings to you the best dishes from a variety of regions throughout Mexico, unique award winning culinary creations along with your familiar local favorites.
We use natural grass fed beef for our Rib Eye Carne Asada, Angus outside skirt steak for our fajitas, enchiladas, salads and tostadas. Fresh Wild Sea Bass is featured in our entree 'Zarandeado' and also in our Ceviche. Taco Rosa features a unique 'cantina approach' which begins each morning with the daily hand squeezing of juices. We produce a supreme and unmatched line of fresh fruit margaritas, sangrias, mojitos and martinis.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 1:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(714) 505-6080
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Javier Zambrano
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Private party facilities
Taco Rosa Newport Beach or Irvine offers a contemporary 'Latin Rivera' resort setting to host all types of events.

With various areas and semi-enclosed outside patios, we can accommodate groups from 8 to 100 for all types of events including, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, corporate parties and business meetings.

We take exceptional pride in our hands-on 'anfritiones' hosts & inviting ambiance. Our creative menus and attentive service will make your gathering wonderfully memorable.

Executive Chef Javier Zambrano and his team have created multiple event menus that represent our uncompromised quality at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Contact Ivan Calderon (tacorosa@gmail.com) for information. He will happily show you around, discuss event details, and check available dates and times for your special event.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to Taco Rosa.

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Private party contact
Rene Fuentes: (714) 505-6080
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Catering
Bring the 21st Century of Mexican Cuisine to your own setting. Enjoy our unique approach to Mexico City Cooking: an eclectic fusion of Spanish, French and Southwestern influences. Our highly trained staff and service professionals create a personalized team which will ensure a successful and memorable event. Authentic and innovative recipes that utilize contemporary cooking techniques inspire our menus. We offer 'on site cooking' as an option. From an intimate 'taqueria' style gathering, black-tie formal wedding to a major event or fundraiser..Your memories are our greatest asset.
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Cross street
El Camino Real
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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D
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

My food was cold. Waiter wasn't very friendly. It was overall not a great experience.

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service at a Reasonable price first time here

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I
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Rosa is our first stop home from the airport when we have out of town guests or have been away from our beloved southern California cuisine for a time. The service is always friendly, the food never disappoints, and it is conducive to good conversation.

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RH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

They were in the middle of construction. We sat next to plastic sheeting and the only bathrooms were portables outside.

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SG
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Despite the construction, still a great lunch Good service. Tasty food

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I didn't know it was under construction and it was a little inconvenient to use the restroom that they located outside. However when they do finish the patio it will be a great place to have dinner.

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d
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

I took out town guest there for dinner on Sunday night. My first time there, went with yelp notes. Food looked good on the site. Got to the restaurant, they were remodeling. Horrible, canvas partitions up and sheets to block the view. Out house bathroom outside of the restaurant. Just terrible. We sat down, hoping ok, the food is going to be really good. So they bring the chips and salsa out. The chips were spicy and stale. Who serves spicy tortilla chips? Then we ordered guacamole, too spicy. I like spice but this was ridiculous. My daughter orders the ceviche, mistake... too Spicy, fishy tasting. Don’t go there. You’ll be disappointed.

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SQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Construction detracted from our experience.

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L
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. Flavorful and many entree other options. I will definitely go back again.

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CY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Second time eating at this restaurant. First time was very good, second time very poor.

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Everything was perfect about the restaurant except the fact that nobody mentioned that they were under construction when I made the reservation

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M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and love the food. The staff is always polite and kind.

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r
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg.....the food was amazing...chicken mole was delightful the sweetness n saltiness of the mole with mango chutney with banana leaves on bottom...too die for ..the 3 tacos meal...juicy succulent chicken just melted in your mouth..included tamale. The complimentary samples were great taquitos was crunchy crispy..the tartnes of the veggies great...jalapeno margarita...did.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall was great. Service was a little slow when we arrived but after a while the staff became more attentive and turned the whole experience so much better. The churros are beyond delicious.

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AD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on Thursday sept. 20th at 5:45. We had a wonderful time!! We had reservations and ended up getting there a little late. We apologized for being tardy and we were told it wasn't a problem at all! Everything was ready and waiting for us. The waiters were very very helpful when we were placing our orders. And when we were hurrying off for a movie, they were extra helpful with us and still very kind! My friends have been texting me with thank you's and asking the "Name of that Great Restaurant?" Thank you Thank you to your entire staff! Our experience was EXCELLENT

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were both really good, little pricey for what you get. House margaritas are awesome!
I would totally recommend this restaurant but be prepared to spend some money.

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R
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always good and the service is always wonderful. They make us feel like family every time we dine at Taco Rosa

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MG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The service was fine but even the simplest of food was made way too spicy. We sent back both meals and were very disappointed with the food. The chips weren't even seasoned or salted.

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KA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly and the food was great.

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BL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

. . .very good food, with excellent, professional service, and friendly staff!

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P
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been there twice for Happy Hour and was pleased both times. Brought friends on second visit to taste the delicious Barbicoa tacos.

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r
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Rosa doesn't get enough credit for their quality. Great Mexican food

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SD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Rosa is a Mexican epicurean gem in Irvine. Mama Rosa taught her talented chef sons well and they have taken Mexican cooking to extremely high level of mouthwatering cuisine. Each dish is carefully crafted with special flavors and tastes not found that cannot be found elsewhere. There are always new specials on the menu along with old favorites. There is no better Mexican restaurant on the planet! At the end of your meal you will want to standup and give the chefs and staff a standing ovation!

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LD
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The food we enjoyed very much!
However Management should consider very strongly to upgrade the inside of the restaurant because they presently use a very heavy "back in the day style" tables and chairs and there are a lot of scuff marks on the floor because the chairs are very heavy and it is easier to scoot than lift.
Wall decor should be upgraded and the walls painted with a fresh color.
Right now the interior feels like a 1800's restaurant that was discovered in a South American town and shipped to irvine..

The clientele is looking for a restaurant that features quality food, preparation, excellent service and a welcoming decor. When we ate there there was a lot of open tables and also later when we left.
The food is sooo good that there should be a line out the door, but no the decor kills the return rate..

Good luck

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always fantastic!

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W
Orange County
79 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We introduced a new person to Taco Rosa today, and he was suitably impressed. I had the carnitas tacos (they're my favorite) -- juicy, tender and very flavorful. Hubby had steak tacos (topped with brie cheese warmed tableside!) and he thought they were very delicious. The new visitor was from out of town, and he mistakenly ordered a burrito! The only mistake was HE COULDN'T FINISH IT -- It was huge!! He loved it. . .said it was the best one he'd had in YEARS!! Took the rest in a doggie bag, to try and finish it before bedtime. Even though he's in town for only a couple of days, he wants to revisit this restaurant!! THANKS, Taco Rosa!!

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J
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service and margaritas were terrific. Food was below mediocre.

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B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luis Fernando, our waiter was amazing. He knew the menu in and out. The way he explained the specials made you want to order one of each. He brought a small complimentary appetizer for my boyfriend and I and when I asked if there was meat in it he explained there was but told me he’d be happy to make me a non-meat one as I am vegetarian. I told him that was sweet but so not necessary but of course he insisted. His service was awesome from start to finish. The food....oh my goodness so fresh, delicious and served beautifully. My bf got a calamari taco and was instantly in love. We also order the chips & guac and the guac was soooo fresh. He later ordered a combo plate that he enjoyed immensely. I had the vegetarian chili relleno tacos and they were not breaded, totally in the raw and were so good. We highly recommend Taco Rosa if you’re looking for a restaurant that caters to every customer’s dietary preferences , makes the freshest, yummiest, unique food and has the best service.

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b
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and dishes not your typical Mexican fare (although they have that to). Wait staff very friendly. Will go back soon

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Thrilled to have a vegan entree. Chile relleno stuffed with jack fruit. Very tasty!

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mexican food, the taco arrangement my girlfriend ordered was on the money! I ordered Cazuela De Camarónes Tampiquenos and it didn't disappoint me at all!!

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AR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always delicious and the waite staff friendly and efficient. Good for any occasion

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SC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

If you like spicy food and do not mind paying more for your food, then Taco Rosa is the place for you.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a reasonable price. Good atmosphere.

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EJ
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice table out on the quiet patio. Our server was fantastic and made great suggestions and even worked with a bartender to make an off-menu special margarita for us. We'll definitely be back.

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r
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great!

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R
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food with creative presentation. Very
Classy place to bring friends

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!

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k
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

With it being the eve of Cinco de Maya, there was a live band playing music. I am not sure if that was the occasion or if there is live music every Friday. I enjoyed the music but it was very difficult to have a conversation with my party because the band was going around to every table and playing a song by request. During the hour of dining, we were having to lean in to hear and having to use loud voices to have conversation. At one point, our group just gave up and ate our meals. Good food and fun place to dine but the loud music can be a bit much to really enjoy a meal. Definitely not a quiet place to enjoy a date night.

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C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great as always......... this is NOT your typical Mexican restaurant.....it's much much more.

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