MICHELIN Guide 2019

Taco María

  • 3313 Hyland Blvd. Ste. C21, Costa Mesa, 92626
  • 50 - 75 USD • Mexican
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MICHELIN Guide 2019

Taco María

  • 3313 Hyland Blvd. Ste. C21, Costa Mesa
  • 50 - 75 USD • Mexican
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Nestled within an upscale galleria called The OC Mix, this simply appointed but highly desirable darling boasts some of the best and most refined tacos in town. Brought to you by the intensely creative chef, Carlos Salgado, lunch service may primarily focus on elevated tacos. But in truth, this kitchen shines through its prix-fixe dinner—complete with other culinary interpretations from the chef's Mexican heritage, as well as top-notch produce sourcing and techniques honed during his fine-dining training. Following suit, the clued-up staff excels in every way. Centered around a sleek open kitchen and counter, a petite patio as well as a few tables offer supplemental seating in the dining room. Here, diners may look forward to such deeply intricate dishes as a carrot and masa tamal drizzled with mole Amarillo; or sea scallops gratinados with Chihuahua cheese and squid ink breadcrumbs. Even a simple potato cake is dressed to the nines with an hoja santa-anchovy salsa and a touch of caviar. Beef birria is the evening's showstopper. Simmered in a blend of coffee, roasted chiles and cumin, it arrives with blue corn tortillas, chili oil as well as guacamole-and is quite simply, muy bueno!

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  • m One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
  • ò Comfortable

Facilities & Services

  • ˆ Brunch
  • a Wheelchair accessible
  • r Outdoor dining
  • Ä New establishment in the guide
  • E Establishment totally or partly reserved for non-smokers


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Opening hours
Lunch Tue - Sun Dinner Tue - Sat

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