Taco Rosa Tustin Market Place Ivan Calderon

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Healthy, flavorful and fresh Mexican food in a casual environment with a lively cantina.


Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.

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Taco Rosa, Irvine, CA

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Taco Rosa Restaurant Review

: Although Taco Rosa’s interior holds some Mexican kitsch, it also evokes the feel of a chill south-of-the-border beachside palapa with an expansive outdoor patio and cantina. Brother-owners Ivan and Marco Calderon (the former doubles as executive chef) have elevated the casual Mexican dining experience with lighter, healthier dishes as well as some classics. For example, you can order chips and salsa, and what arrives is a seasonal amuse-bouche of fresh greens, tomatoes, tangy cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette along with shredded tortilla chips. Tacos and enchiladas come with traditional meats, but also with salmon, lobster or calamari, and portobello mushroom for vegetarians. Classic Mexican entrées are complemented by progressive fare such as wild jumbo shrimp sautéed in a cayenne cream and Kurobuta pork shank served with a chile negro sauce. At meal’s end, don’t miss the feed-the-table dessert platter, which comes with handmade churros, chocolate-covered strawberries, flan de queso, raspberries, blackberries and dark chocolate sauce. Sunday brunch is a robust and rather inexpensive all-you-can-eat buffet. Also located at 2632 San Miguel Dr., Newport Beach, 949-720-0980.

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