Taco Rosa - Newport Beach

4.4
244 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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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Neighborhood
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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 244 People Are Saying
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L
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mariachis were my favorite part but it must be said, the food is amazing! New brunch spot!!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Spanish food. Both locations are excellent

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SK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and drinks are excellent. Authentic, tasty and memorable!

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RE
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going for years, the food has been consistently great, creative menus have evolved nicely over time. And it's all bout the food, right?

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service was exceptional!

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WB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the margaritas, guacamole and chips, however the fajita steak was tough and the beans were cold. Our server was very good.

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C
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! While sitting on the patio I enjoyed a fabulous Cadillac margarita-the waiter added the tequila at the table. Ordered the house special 3 skirt steak tacos topped with flaming Brie cheese. OMG...it was crazy good!
The well dressed servers were attentive without being pushy. The decor was simple and clean.Taco Rosa should not be missed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to brunch to celebrate a birthday!

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F
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very heavy meat orientated very little seafood I think 2 dishes only and pricing was high
I gladly have paid $40-100 for an entree but this was very average food if not below

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going after hearing lots of good reviews. All of us received a delicious appetizer. Food and service was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!

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SW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mexican food..no wonder it won best Mexican food in 2017 from the OC LAtimes

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ET
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice patio area, very accommodating to our seat preferences and food substitutions. Lively place for a fun time.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch is always delicious, listening to the Mariachi play our favorite songs makes it even better. Brunch is $28 and included all you can drink champagne.

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JR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice way to celebrate my wife's birthday. Nice service.

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FP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to brunch and as a regular dinner date. Both are so different but the food is delicious and very authentic. The service is A+ even when it’s crazy busy.

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LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends for Taco Tuesday! Great service and amazing menu!

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m
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Requested outdoor dining. When seated we were told that the outdoor tables, there were 3 to 4 available at the the time, were being saved for people with dogs. Seriously, now people with dogs get priority? We were seated inside and were told we were getting the best table in house. It was between a large table with a loud kids soccer team and parents and a table of screamers at the bar. Not a pleasant experience. Food and service adequate, nothing special. As we left all but one outdoor tables were available. When I asked the host as we were leaving why we couldn't get a more comfortable table outside, he indicated that a bunch of guests did not show up and laughed. Again seriously, 10 groups did not show? Will not be coming back here anytime soon. Also, we did not get credit on open table.

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SH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have another favorite Mexican restaurant. Service is incredible. Margaritas - huge and tasty. I had the CAMARONES TAMPIQUEÑOS. Fantastic. My husband had the chicken Mole - perfect! The guacamole is some of the best I've had. I cannot wait to go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. Nice service, easy reservation process. Chips were a bit stale and not fresh. Not anything spectacular.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch. Suggest label food so non-Hispanic patrons can learn the different food names. Taco station did not have plates— had to go to separate station to get plates and then come back.

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T
Orange County
71 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to find sophisticated Mexican dishes with such pleasant service.

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M
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I started with a margarita, guacamole and chips. I had ordered the wild shrimp enchilladas. Comes with veggies, rice and corn goodie. so much food that I had 2 meals the next day. We were seated on the patio which is pleasant. The music is a little too loud, but we could still have conversation. One friend was ill and not able to come. Friendly service (Jasmine Torres). She split the check between our 2 cards, which is appreciated. We plan to go again when I am at my daughter's.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing unforgettable time. Outstanding service and food

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B
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

not your average strip mall mexican place; much, much better than expected.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were very disapointed. The food is set up outside right next to other businesses and in the area where people are waiting to get in. The hot food items were luke warm and the service was bad. We constantly had to chase a waiter/waitress down to get what we needed.

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IG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food at a reasonable price. We will be returning.

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O
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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D
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and tasty tacos, a good family spot.

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TV
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly, attentive staff, delicious food and fun atmoshpere

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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AO
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AB
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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m
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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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L
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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JW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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