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Taco Rosa - Irvine

4.1
4.1
391 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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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What 391 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.0Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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87% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall2food1service1ambience2

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

  2. KC

    KaseyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Amazing food and service at a Reasonable price first time here

  3. I

    Izzy

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 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.

  4. RH

    RobinH

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    overall2food3service3ambience1

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

  5. SG

    ScottGee

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience2

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

  6. M

    Maddie

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 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.

  7. d

    diana

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 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.

  8. SQ

    SusieQ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall1food3service3ambience1

    Construction detracted from our experience.

  9. L

    Lance

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3

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

  10. CY

    CraigY

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2018

    overall3food2service2ambience2

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

  11. DG

    DanielG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience2

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

  12. M

    Marmari

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. r

    rayc

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 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.

  14. C

    Cesar

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 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.

  15. AD

    ArleneD

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 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

  16. KL

    KarenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 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.

  17. R

    Rosie

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 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

  18. MG

    MatthewG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 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.

  19. KA

    KathyA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was fast and friendly and the food was great.

  20. BL

    BLISSfuldiner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

  21. P

    Pequod

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  22. r

    rickgaskins

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  23. SD

    SenorDiego

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 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!

  24. LD

    Love2Dine

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 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

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service is always fantastic!

  26. W

    Wags

    Orange County

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 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!!

  27. J

    Jim44

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Service and margaritas were terrific. Food was below mediocre.

  28. B

    Beachgoer1970

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 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.

  29. b

    buck

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 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

  30. KL

    KarenL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

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

  31. SR

    ShreyasR

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 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!!

  32. AR

    AllanR

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  33. SC

    SoCalFood15

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience2

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

  34. p

    parker511

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food for a reasonable price. Good atmosphere.

  35. EJ

    EssJay

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 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.

  36. r

    rmangali

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All around great!

  37. P

    Poppy

    Los Angeles

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5

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

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing!!!!!

  39. k

    kimmymama

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 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.

  40. C

    Connie

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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