Taco Rosa - Irvine

4.1
391 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

About

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.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
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3.9
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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience2

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

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KaseyC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and service at a Reasonable price first time here

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Izzy
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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RobinH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

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

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ScottGee
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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

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Maddie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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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vipdiana
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

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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vipSusieQ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Construction detracted from our experience.

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vipLance
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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CraigY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

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

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DanielG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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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Marmari
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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rayc
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Cesar
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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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ArleneD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KarenL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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Rosie
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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MatthewG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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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KathyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast and friendly and the food was great.

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BLISSfuldiner
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Pequod
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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rickgaskins
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SenorDiego
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipLove2Dine
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always fantastic!

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vipWags
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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Jim44
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service and margaritas were terrific. Food was below mediocre.

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Beachgoer1970
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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buck
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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KarenL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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ShreyasR
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AllanR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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SoCalFood15
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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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parker511
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a reasonable price. Good atmosphere.

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vipEssJay
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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viprmangali
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great!

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vipPoppy
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!

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kimmymama
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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Connie
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Taco Rosa - Irvine is rated 4.1 stars by 391 OpenTable diners.