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Taco Rosa - Newport Beach

4.4
217 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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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
(949) 720-0980
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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: (949) 231-2192
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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
Prairie Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 217 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Taco Rosa has been a favorite of mine for a few years. The service is always excellent. As with many restaurants with every new printing of the menu the prices go up.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great service and tasty tacos, a good family spot.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Friendly, attentive staff, delicious food and fun atmoshpere

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

ALWays great service and delicious food! I would highly recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

What can I say. We love Taco Rosa. We have not been in a few years because we moved away from the neighborhood. Things can change and we were worried that Taco Rosa would not be the same. It's even better! The taco selection is amazing, I recommend trying the octopus. Everyone at the table had a different entree and loved it, wet burrito, beef fajitas, tacos and a quesadilla. Our 12 yr old gave the quesadilla and accompanying black beans two thumbs up. The churros and chocolate were the perfect end to our meal and very shareable. The presentation of the churros is fabulous!

It was so good to eat and enjoy authentic Mexican food! We will be back on our next visit!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

What a delight to return to Taco Rosa. It is kind of
off the beaten track for me and I had forgotten about
it until I received a coupon from the Newport Hills
Shopping Center location. I even phoned them to make
sure it was the right restaurant and they described the
location. I immediately made an Open Table reservation.
Service and food were excellent. Can hardly wait to return.
I ordered a fabulous sample plate that was filled with
portions of many appetizer items, enabling to know what I
might want to order in the future. Generous portions enough to share.
My friend ordered the Paea, seafood mix and LOVED IT.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Dinner. Food had no taste. Salsa’s were bland. Asked for spicy and still bad.

We go to Taco Mesa ( Fast Casual version) on a regular basis. The food quality and flavors are superb.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was outstanding service . I’ve been coming here for years and my daughter wants to celebrate her birthday here with my family . Everyone is very friendly and generous . We had an empanada appetizer that they gave us without charge. It was so good . I highly recommend this place excellent service and very good food. Thank you for making my daughter’s birthday memorable .

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Taco Rosa revamped its menu some time ago. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has gone downhill with the more limited menu. The starting appetizer was very good and a nice touch, and the guacamole was also very good. The chicken in mole was really disappointing. It used to be a nice, plump, juicy chicken breast with spicy mole sauce. It is now paper thin rubber chicken cooked so it has moisture and no flavor. The mole was surprisingly bland. I used to go to Taco Rosa a lot; it was one of the few Mexican restaurants that offered authentic, interesting dishes. It is now permanently off my list.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Loved the queso fundido, which came with a nice spicy chorizo. In fact, we overate on this and so couldn't finish our dinners! Even the pinto beans were tasty! Will come back again.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Great restaurant

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Made us feel like we were on vacation and enjoying a top notch meal! The queso fundido, chile relleno, quesadilla, tacos (carne asada, shredded beef, lobster), and rice and beans were all so flavorful and unique. Amazing!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Taco Rosa is one of the best restaurants in the area. Always enjoyable and taco Tuesday is crazy cheap!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Had a wonderful lunch, great food and the service was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We went to the restaurant not understanding that brunch was buffet style. It was not clear on open table. There was plenty of food. It would have been nice for the food to be labeled, because many dishes looked unfamiliar. As it turned out a majority of the main dishes were made with pork. The food was quite tasty. I was also surprised that for a Mexican restaurant there weren’t any chips for the table or guacamole. The best part of the buffet was the dessert selection! The service was good and the owner is very attentive.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Good food, nice service, but they charge for chips? Really? Been to many high end Mexican restaurants here and abroad and this is a first. Not cool.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Taco Rosa never disappoints. Friendly and attentive staff. Tasty Mexican food. Prices are very fair. A nice casual place that is comfortable to spend time with friends. This time was brunch and it was full of options and very fairly priced. Lucky to have them nearby.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent service, fabulous food, great margarita!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great service, excellent food and nice environment.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

This is out secret neighborhood walk-to place. Great twists on Mexican food and a quiet outdoor patio at fait prices. Love it every time

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Gathered a few of my close friends and family to celebrate my 26th bday, what a great place to brunch! The staff was very pleasant and attentive and the food was delicious! Will definitely visit this restaurant again and will recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Family Reunion

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. This is a hidden gem in Newport Beach.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

The enchiladas were amazing. Prices are on the high side, but not for the area and worth the amazing flavor.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food and service. The queso was a bit of a disappointment. The menu needs to be a bit more specific with ingredients. Lots of garnish and extras in the queso weren’t listed on the menu. Be sure and ask specific questions if you have any food allergies or dislikes. The alcohol pour was quite light in both our margaritas. A good spot for locals. Wouldn’t drive to eat at this location if I wasn’t already in the area.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

I have eaten Mexican food across the country (and in Mexico) for over 60 years.

Taco Rosa was right up there with the best that I've ever had.

I had carnitas, my wife had chicken fajitas, my associate had steak tacos, and his wife had the salmon special. All were outstanding.

Margaritas were also excellent.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was great and when the severs were present they were great. However, it took a very long time for our order to come out. Our 1 hour business lunch turned into 2.15 hrs due to the food coming out and the length of time to get the bill

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

The manager was so friendly and made us feel special. They brought a complimentary appetizer which really was so nice and tasty too. The restaurant was highlighted on Vista LA and I was not disappointed. Definitely will go back as there as so many wonderful choices. I so want to try the Sunday brunch.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The service was absolutely amazing. Also the food was so good. It is totally worth the price and drive (if you are far from it)

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Staff was amazing and friendly. We took our coworker to celebrate her birthday. Food was amazing!

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2017

We have been going for several years and always love it. this time it was a much different experience : my son asked for plain Carnitas with some Mexican rice on the side nothing else, he got it and it was good but we paid $15 for carnitas and 2×4 dollars for a little bit of Mexican rice on the side!!!! the lobster enchiladas that I have been ordering for years is totally different from what it used to be even though the waiter told me it was the same . very disappointing experience this time especially for what we were charged

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

very friendly staff, delicious food !!!
The Tacos are a must have....

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Easy make reservations thru OpenTable, food good, service good... the guacamole was the best!! Our table had a 2nd order.. chips were really tasty..

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Made a reservation for seating outside to find out they use it for their Sunday Brunch. They did not have a table ready for us. One side of the restaurant had nice white linens. Sat us next to the kitchen. Very load especially when they decide to vacuum one of the shelves.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was delicious & the staff was very friendly & always there to serve us. We really enjoyed our experience at Taco Roas.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Asked for a table away from the door and were sat right next to the door. Margaritas not good. Food was okay.

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Been to both Taco Rosa's Irvine and Newport Beach. Totally opposite. I would recommend the one in Irvine over the Newport Beach. The food here is not the same. Had the soups both were over seasoned and too much chilis. Salads were average. Never got the tacos we ordered. Drinks were poorly mixed.

Service was poor this evening. Had to search for our server twice.

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Must be new owners. Not the same Sunday Brunch.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The food was very good. The guacamole was presented in a very unique way and wonderfully prepared. The menu options were plentiful. The atmosphere was very energetic. Definitely a place to enjoy with a group of people!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Tacos alambre are the best! Fajitas were meh.

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