Descanso Standard Dining

4.6
147 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
THIS PAGE IS FOR OUR STANDARD DINING TABLES ONLY (Outdoor Only Currently). For reservations at our Plancha Tables (Where the Chef Cooks at Your Table), please search for DESCANSO PLANCHA DINING on the Open Table Website or call us at 714.486.3798

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:

PLANCHA
At a Plancha Table, you will receive an intimate experience with our Taquero Chefs. This is a multi-course meal option where each item is cooked in front of you! Please go to our DESCANSO PLANCHA DINING page in order to book for this experience online.

STANDARD DINING
Make a reservation here for our dining room or patio.

TACO BAR
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 147 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good but understaffed

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and very well priced! Our server was amazing and gave great recommendations and was overall very friendly. This was my first time going there and now I can’t wait to go back! If I could give 6 stars, I would.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded 5 days ago

We love this and thank you for the kind words!

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JackK
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Poor service from server. Took several minutes to get a drink. Eating outside was a cold experience. Food was okay. The churro dessert was not good.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 17 February 2021

sorry to hear that about your experience... We will certainly address these issues.

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vipRichey
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant had outdoor seating with decent spacing. It was kinda busy, so it was a nice atmosphere with outdoor heaters and a bit of privacy to help block the chilly breezes. All the food was very good - we ordered the Shrimp Ceviche (outstanding choice) as an appetizer, then had the Asada Skillet and Glazed Salmon as the entrees! Both were good, although the Glazed Salmon was excellent! We will definitely go back here again, especially when it warms up!!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded 7 hours ago

Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the meal was phenomenal! My wife and I highly recommended this restaurant and we will definitely return soon!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 17 February 2021

Thank you!!

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vipThomas1952
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly Delicious. The carnitas, carne asada & pollo were all tender, lean & delicious. We will definitely be back.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here & the service was great! Cute place with delicious food!! Waiter was friendly & everyone was super welcoming!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and excellent service! Definitely will be returning again soon.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, see you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipLawrenceS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the Toro track and steak quesadilla. Both were excellent. The service was fantastic.

I'll be back for sure.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food here is always excellent. Because of my dietary restrictions, they cheerfully accommodated my request to make something not on their brunch menu, but from their regular menu, and turned it into a brunch item by putting a perfectly cooked egg with a little refried beans and salsa on top. It was great!

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vipCelinaA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was delicious but service was severely lacking. I was disappointed because I even let the server know it was our first time dining with them but she was extremely absent.

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KaterynaB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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riceballexpress
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Descanso is one of our favorites, consistently delivering great service, comfortable and warm patio seating and fabulous food and beverages. Whether we order takeaway or sit in the patio, we’ve always had a top notch experience. Don’t miss the Bad Hombre...my personal favorite cocktail😊

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Service was good but our server was very busy (not her fault) and was a bit slow (again not on her, just two big groups seated in her section).

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Colbertx2
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The volcano taco was delicious-- I was definitely recommend this

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Def will come here again

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo so good. Service was awesome, food was unreal. This will be a regular spot for us now!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food had so much flavor!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant great food and staff can’t complain.

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HeatherA
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! First time there, would go back.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 26 January 2021

Thank you!!

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BrennaZ
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had such a great time at dinner on Saturday night- service was great and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Would definitely go back and all of our servers gave my friends and I great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food and the atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

unsure how you can mess up a taco and burrito but they managed to! taco (fish) was greasy and it had random flavors that did not mix and some gooey disgusting sweet coleslaw. the burrito had pineapple in it... that would be illegal. horrible experience. my rose was cheap and syrupy. beer was way overpriced . never again ! our tequila flight was only thing that was ok since it helped ease the pain of the food. even the salsa (they make you pay for chips and salsa lol) was horrible ! random flavors in everything like someone just learned to cook and threw everything in to see how it turns out. save your money don’t come here.

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vipKevinK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They will take reservations, but won't honor them, i.e., you drive there to be told that there is no dining??

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 12 January 2021

Hello Kevin, We never said there is no dining. We informed you that we are not doing FULL SERVICE DINING due to the state order. however, your reservation was still valid. Your table was reserved. We are simply only doing "picnic style" dining with your take out. Given the circumstances of what restaurants are going through, i would think you would be a little more understanding of our situation then to call us out like this.

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vipFernando
Orange County
157 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good authentic Mexican cuisine .

Highly recommended !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was amazing! They are offering “picnic style” take out so you can still enjoy great food and they have places you can sit and eat on the common patio and enjoy one of their tasty margaritas while you dine. Please continue to support one of our favorite local restaurants!!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 23 December 2020

Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated quickly by a friendly host. Attentive waitstaff and good timing-no rushes feeling or too much waiting. Delicious food! Lots of choices.

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MargeryW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RSVP worked well. Seated on arrival. Great experience, service and food. Outdoor dining was very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While our confirmed reservation through this app was canceled; they managed to put us at the bar.
Drinks, appetizers and the food was delicious. Definitely will have to go back when In the area.

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JenniferR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great family outing on a Friday night. They have a fanatic safe outdoor area. Would highly recommend.

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vipTimmyT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced and small portions. Staff wasn’t super accommodating despite us being the only patrons. Wouldn’t go back.

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Romy
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant, the food was amazing, we ordered the chille relleno taco which was so different and delicious it was like fusion food,amazing flavor.Also the Allambra was so flavorful so different. The salsa and chips so fresh ,the salsa had a unique delicious taste.Only one draw back they charge you for the salsa and chips it's not complimentary and we didnt know that,so we kept ordering. Daisy our head server was the best she was friendly patient and had the best recommendations of food.I would definitely go back soon to visit this restaurant. We had an amazing experience and loved loved the food.

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 1 December 2020

Romy, Thank you for great feedback... We really appreciate it. I wanted to explain why we charge for Chips and Salsa (and yes, you should have been informed).... We could have gone with a generic Salsa, but we really wanted to focus on presenting a premier salsa that is made fresh every day. we have someone that comes in every morning at 8am to make our salsa fresh. They slow roast the tomatoes on a grill, prep all the fresh chiles and ingredients & blend the batch to get it just right.

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vipChad
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food at a great value!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great.

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vipValerieR
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time dining there and we really enjoyed it. Service was very prompt, did have to wait a little long for the first drink but it was their 2 year anniversary and it was extremely busy. Food was very good except for the rice (not a fan) everything else was excellent.
Live music was also very very good. We will definitely be back!

Descanso Standard Dining
Responded on 1 December 2020

thank you.

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MannyLegacy
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had Dinner and drinks with some friends for their 2 year anniversary. Food was phenomenal, Drinks were fantastic. It's NOT cheap by any means. But it's DEFINITELY a favorite of ours. And now our friends love it too. If you haven't been here yet, I suggest you go SOON!

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MaruN
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious , the taco bar excellent concept , the new taco guy was great, including the other guy working with him, our server rarely see her during our dining time. I extra tip our taco server. I feel he acknowledged me more then our server, she focus more on tables and other customer around us. Never got our water refill once. But the other family next to us were.
The busser excellent customer service.(worked Marriott before)

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manm
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tian, the guitar player & singer is exceptional! Created great ambience. Service and the food were great!

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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 4.6 stars by 147 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.