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US$30 - US$30
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Mexican, Latin, Bar, Spanish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 8 May 2022 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim and what a great choice!! We had our favorite - huevos rancheros... Which was cooked to perfection. We shared the shrimp ceviche which was presented well and a full portion for an appetizer. Definitely need to order the chips -...its a fee but the jalepeno sauce was addictive. I would come back just for that!! The service was super friendly both as we entered and the meal delivery. Water refilled..food hot...perfect attention to details. We will be coming back soon .More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 14 February 2021 via mobile

Let me start off by saying the staff was friendly and the service good. The food was also very fresh. Now we have the pleasantries out of the way, let me say while the food was fresh it was also forgettable and didn’t seem to...warrant the extra cost. I mean one taco and a cheese enchilada along with R&B’s for $16 with no chips or salsa seems a bit excessive. I found the entire experience disappointing; doubtful I would return.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

Can't stop raving about this place. Great atmosphere. Great food. Great music. They have two brunch seatings on Sundays. One at 10 a.m. & the other at 12 p.m. Reservations are highly encouraged. I was just lucky when I called two weekends prior to get...seating.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 22 January 2020

After a friend's high recommendation, we thought we would give this place a try. We were seated in a comfortable booth. Several times the waiter attempted to deliver the wrong order and actually insisted that I had ordered the quesadilla. They just couldn't get the...order right and the place was empty! Then, my friend bites into her chicken taco and removes a sharp 2" bone. The manager used the typical excuse that it's difficult to get the bones out of shredded chicken and offered another chicken taco (really?) or a dessert but he would not remove the charge. To top it off, when we received the bill, they charged us each $1 more than the price posted on the menu for the rice & beans. I have never had such a bad experience at a restaurant--really! I will never dine here again.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 6 November 2019

We sat on the patio on a Sunday afternoon and had just missed the brunch buffet, so ordered a la carte. Food was very good and service was impeccable. We had steak fajitas (highly recommend) and Tostada with chicken - the chicken breast was a...bit overcooked and dry, hence not giving 5 stars. Would like to go back and try the brunch. Looked interesting. We actually hung out on the patio for nearly 2 hours and were not rushed, which was nice.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 6 October 2019 via mobile

This place has delicious food and I love the way they take time to creatively plate the food just like a gourmet restaurant. Instead of the traditional chips and salsa they brought us these mini taquitos while we waited for our food which I thought...was a nice change from the norm. My taco lunch was fabulous and I will definitely visit again. We sat outside and ate. Our waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Lovely restaurant!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 14 September 2019

We went with a small group of friends for dinner. We sat in the patio outside and found the music was too loud. We requested they turn it down but the manager said the sound system was broken and they couldn’t control the volume even...though other patrons have complained earlier. Our server was rather unfriendly, bordering on being rude. He didn’t want to answer enquiries about some menu items. We ordered drinks and they were completely watered down. Even their margaritas tasted like waste water. We asked about complementary chips and salsa, a common denominator in Mexican restaurants and were told it’s a menu item for a price! Our food arrived with two plates including the wrong items. The food tasted as if it was reheated a number of times, not fresh at all. In summary: poor quality food, service, and atmosphere.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 10 August 2019

We recently had dinner there. My wife and I were visiting from Florida where there are lots of Mexican restaurants, but none of this quality. My wife and I both ordered the steak tacos. These tacos are filled with tasty flank steak and the brie...cheese is melted on the steak tacos at your table. Excellent! The three tacos are served with "Mexican Rice" and refried pinto beans. All excellent. Our other family members all liked their food as well.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 March 2019

Had the opportunity to try Taco Rosa during restaurant week. OMG it was soooo good --- you get an appetizer (I choose the tomato soup - the best I have had anywhere) a choice of 5 or 6 entrees - and of course dessert which...was chocolate churros and flan ---I opted for the Tacos de Filete. I couldn't finish all this food even though everything was amazing. The steak in the tacos was tender and flavorful with mushrooms, onions and topped with flamed brie cheese along side Mexican rice and pinto beans. Definitely want to go back since it was a working lunch and couldn't sample the margaritas which also looked great.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 31 January 2019

Our friend knew my husband loves authentic Mexican food so with careful consideration chose Taco Rosa. The chile relleno casero, and carne asada taco and chicken enchilada combo were fantastic. My tacos de fillete, skirt steak with sauteed mushrooms, onions with melted brie cheese, was...unique and one of the best tacos I have ever eaten. My husband couldn't resist a to go order of chicken enchilada in mole to carry on the plane. The margaritas were perfect. Guillermo was full of personality, fun and made our dining experience even more special. If we lived in the area, we would be here several times a month....at least!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Ruben Garcia, general manager, met us at the door and our magical and delicious evening began. Ruben treated us like family and listened carefully to my food challenges. Turns out over 40% of his repeat clientele are celiac or gluten intolerant. I knew we were...in good hands! The bar made us fabulous margaritas and I chose the chicken fajitas with corn tortillas. I was in heaven! The husband had the steak fajitas with the traditional flour tortillas. I wish we had known about this place when we lived in Irvine. It would have become our own cucina! Thanks, Ruben, for a fabulous evening during our visit!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

I had driven past taco Rosa a few times and always wanted to try it. We traveled on a rainy day to find that they were “open during construction”. They are redoing their patio, and the restrooms. We sat at a table by the window...that faced the Porta potty… LOL. Thankfully we were not presented with an endless bowl of chips and salsa, instead they gave us a small little tapas plate that had some kind of a circle of pita bread with a little salsa, beans, Lettuce and carrots. Very nice and not filling. I wasn’t sure about the prices, somethings are more expensive than expected but others were surprisingly affordable! For instance, I had the six dollar lobster tacos. It was $6 per taco and I chose to add the three dollar beans and rice side. Not bad for lobster tacos and as it turned out I probably could’ve just had one taco....they were that big. They were absolutely delicious, and I will be back again and again just for those! My friend enjoyed the cheese enchiladas, and everything was masterfully presented on a large square plate. Very, very nice. We were too full for dessert, but they had a beautiful presentation in a glass case as we were walking out the door of some delightful desserts that I would like to try next time. I will also wait until their patio is finished and bring my dog. Taco Rosa was a wonderful surprise and I will be back!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

This was a nice place, service was good, and food presentation very appealing. I just found the food to be rather bland.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend the tacos with Brie... so delicious! No need to buy the jumbo margarita as the original is huge ! Great service fantastic food

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

If you do not speak Mexican treated like second class. Demeaning customer service. Don’t go! Save your money. Waste of time speaking with manager. Should be out of business.

Date of visit: July 2018
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4