Descanso Standard Dining
Descanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed in a lively setting that brings in the smells, sounds and energy of a busy Mexican town.
Types of Dining at Descanso:
At a Plancha Table, you will receive an intimate experience with our Taquero Chefs. This is a multi-course menu where your meal is cooked in front of you at your table! Please go to our DESCANSO PLANCHA DINING page in order to book for this experience online.
Make a reservation here for our dining room or patio.
The Taco Bar is an a la carte version of the Plancha Experience. This is first come first serve.
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FULL LIQUOR BAR
First come first serve.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Upon arrival, we were told they had another reservation in about an hour and a half so that’s all they could give us. We drove over 30 mins to come eat here. :( Service was a little on the slow side, there were a couple of larger parties outside. We had a 2 year old with us, so we had to order his food with the drinks and apps when the server took our first order. Drinks came out and we ordered our meals since we had to rush due to time limit. Our apps and drinks came out. Food was good, drinks were good. Our meals all came out... all EXCEPT the baby’s food. At this point, he was hungry, cranky and we asked the server and she said she put in the order and would go check. She came back and apologized and said they would make it right away. The food finally came out for the baby (a quesadilla), but at this point, we were all done with our meals and the baby was just upset. They comped us the quesadilla, but overall this was not a good impression for our first visit.
Definitely a great experience only down side was reservation was made for 08:30PM however was seated until after 9:00PM
Really a taco bar but they do have Benihana bar which looked cool
For being our first time, was disappointed in the service but food was great and would order take out
Very nice outdoor patio with tables nicely spaced apart!
Absolutely Awesome & Fresh take on Tacos, Quesadillas & more. Spicy Palomas are to die for. Love this restaurant!
Birthday celebration. Enjoyed the food and the vibe.
We travel from a long way to enjoy good food and this place is outstanding highly recommended for all to visit good food friendly great atmosphere plenty of parking if you ever think of good food it’s this place thank you to our waiter that did an amazing job we will definitely come back again and again thank you look forward to eating here again !!!!!!!!
Thank you Alex!
Excellent food and loved the service. We sat outside and loved it.
They sang a rousing rendition of Happy birthday!
Reserved outdoor dining through Open Table. When we got to restaurant we were told because we reserved through Open Table in last hour we couldn’t have outdoor seating - only indoor - even though that is exactly what we reserved. Disappointing so we went to restaurant next door and sat outside.
Mark, We apologize for the confusion here. We truly do make every effort to accommodate reservation requests made on Open Table. Last minute reservations make it difficult sometimes due to the real time nature of what is happening with walk-ins at the restaurant. again, we apologize for the inconvenience. we do recommend making a reservation at least 6-12 hours in advance. Glad you got to enjoy our neighbor though!
It was a gray place to
Food was great. Green chorizo was awesome. The corn tortillas tasted fresh.
Excellent service as always!
Good vibes and super friendly staff! I recommend going to experience the ambiance!
Descanso never disappoints! They’re food and drinks are always on point and although the menu is small and somewhat pricey, there’s always something delicious to eat and enjoy.
Great meal - Everyone enjoyed the food! The quesadillas are the best!
Best Carnitas skillet ever. It was a delightful experience.
Tacos where amazing. We tried the Volcano, Chile relleno and al pastor one ..... all so full of flavor. Will be back for more.
Beautiful afternoon outside. Absolutely Delicious tacos & cocktails.
Awesome food and great drinks. They charge for chips and salsa though. Portion sizes were small for the price that was paid. I could have had much more food at a Javier’s and paid the same amount.
The music was too loud and a very limited menu.
The drinks and food were amazing, and the servers were nice enough. Everything seemed to take a very long time, and several requests had to be made more than once, but I would still go back!
They followed current pandemic guidelines and felt safe. We all had tacos with beans and rice. Great flavors enjoyed by all. Will return again when in the neighborhood.
A little disappointed in the food. I had the lamb shank and it was not up to the usually very high standards of Descanso. The chips, guacamole and cocktails were great as usual, but I think I will go back to my go-to dish of short ribs next time I visit. The staff and service was excellent as always.
The food and margaritas are okay and the price is high. Skip it !
Had lunch with family during my trip to California. This place was nice, food was good but menu selection was limited. Our nachos were served cold but I had a great soup and quesadillas were very good. Waitress was nice.
Great as always. Happy hour was a great deal and very good.
It was amazing. I reserve my table in a wrong date my mistake but they still seated us. We can’t wait to go back.
We always come here because their food is amazing!! The drinks are also great too. They have outdoor patio dining and have handled the pandemic restrictions quite well.
Descanso has delicious food and great service! We plan to go back ASAP!
I had lunch there with a friend. The food was really good, I had a steak taco and shrimp quesadilla. The rice was super yummy. The staff was on it and did an awesome job!
Waitress was rude
It was great from start to finish
Portions were very small but food very good. Caesar salad was a shocker.
Overall the dinner, drinks, and service were great. The live music offered did not allow for conversation at the dinner table due to the volume.
It was a very cold and damp night, but they did a good job keeping us pretty warm. I do recommend more clear plastic walls and maybe make a permanent outdoor cover and temp glass for the future.
Dined March 6th, 2021. Will NEVER go back to this restaurant again. The service was already horrible (asking for plates, asking for water, asking when we can order a drink... then nothing would come and having to ask again).
Then the table next two us sends back their quesadilla because there were 3 very long human hairs in it.
Our server, he was actually the bartender and between mixing drinks trying to be our server. For my main dish I ordered the ahi ceviche, it was slimy: too slimy to be fresh 2 bites and decided it was too risky to eat and be ill. Left hungry and disappointed. Still tipped 20% because that’s how we are but definitely does not deserve a second try when there are numerous outstanding Orange County restaurants with which to choose.
Oh and the chips and salsa....we asked for something a little spicier, which took 10 minutes to bring they charged us extra for that! Understaffed, but also food quality disappointing. I had high hopes but these issues cannot be overlooked, I’m sure the restaurant wants to know our honest feedback.
Krystal, First off, we truly apologize that you had a bad experience. Our mission is to always ensure every guest has a great experience and therefore we take these incidents very seriously. of course, we will address this problem as this is not indicative of our service standard. I agree with you, we 100% want/need to hear any and all feedback. We want to fix it! For issues like this, its even more impactful to the restaurant if you inform the mgr on duty at the time of the incident.
Excellent quality of food with real Hispanic flavors
Food was fabulous as always. The MI Corazon cocktail is delicious.
You can order delivery directly from Descanso Standard Dining using the Order Online button. Descanso Standard Dining also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 486-3798.
Descanso Standard Dining is rated 4.5 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.