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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED El Corazon de Costa Mesa Restaurant Review: Like its name's English translation suggests, El Corazon stands at what would be considered the heart of Costa Mesa, at the end of the 55 Freeway on the top floor of the rebranded entertainment venue The Triangle. The restaurant's breezy, casual outdoor patio stretches from one side of the complex to the other, providing an ideal setting to grab a margarita and people-watch or to order tableside guacamole, the bananas Foster or a Mexican coffee. The cantina-like décor sets the stage for the approachable coastal-inspired Mexican cuisine created by executive chef Armando Martinez, who previously honed his craft under Rick Bayless at L.A.'s Red O. Starters like the jícama and tuna tacos and the yellowtail ceviche are appropriately refreshing. Mains include tasty takes on expected items such as burritos, tacos and enchiladas, along with special dishes prepared over a mesquite grill, like Cabo-style butter-roasted shrimp. And like any self-respecting cantina, there’s a solid list of tequilas, which can be assembled to create a flight.