Taquiero Taco Patio

4517 Campus Dr, Irvine
(949) 333-1671

Recent Reviews

Rebecca Williams

Food is delicious. However, the last five or so times we have ordered takeout (both locations) , our order has been messed up. This time, a burrito we ordered Cali style ended up being NOT Cali style. Parts of our previous orders have been forgotten. I suggest eating at the restaurant rather than getting takeout so that any issues can be resolved easily.

Bruce Blumberg

With some trepidation due to the reports of this place mixing up orders, we ordered takeout tonight. My wife went to pick up the order and it was not ready. She waited for 10 minutes, then was handed 2 bags. She came home (about 5 minutes drive away) and immediately got a call. The caller said, "you took the wrong bags". The incompetent person had given her two Uber Eats orders instead of our order. So back she goes to pick up the correct order. I really have difficulty believing that any establishment is so incompetent. I don't care how good the food is, this is a one of for us.

Artur Best

The buritto and drink they had was a perfect combination. The staves were very friendly and accmmodating. The place has a warm ambiance that captivates the customers.

Michael B.

great tacos - really poor service the tortillas are great quality and the ingredients seem to be fresh and authentic. if you don't mind spending $3.50 per taco for a bare bones taco - no salsa bar, no extra ingredients - you order a pork taco you get pork and a tortilla. you want rice or beans you pay extra. side of beans $3.50. you want salsa, you have to ask (we had to ask for a second glass of water although there were two of us) at this point i thought maybe he didn't understand so i started speaking spanish but that wasn't the problem although if you're there during the day you may have a problem with english. a burrito on the same empty metal tray with a sheet of paper is $9.75. i would definitely put these guys on the "no frills" high end of price or value for money. they get your phone and call you when it's ready so no table services, no service of any kind. you have to ask for salsa it's not offered and when you ask, it appears they have to open the safe to get it grudgingly you get one or two small plastic containers. no body said "thank you" and i'm pretty sure it's not that kind of place. my wife asked if i would go back. wow, what a struggle to answer. two tacos, a drink, and a side and i'm at $15x2 = $30 and no thank you. i'm still thinking about it - i haven't answered. where was the service? can a place do this with their only feature being good tacos?

Grace C.

LOVE this place. If you're like me and crave tacos all the time, it's challenging when good taco places are far away. I'm down to drive to SD for the best tacos, but I had always wanted a solid taco place in Irvine/Tustin that I could easily drive too and found most of the places I tried to not quite hit the spot. This place serves generous portions of meat and avocado on their tacos and has a self-serve bar with more avocado sauce, limones, salsas and many other condiments so you can have a flavorful, plentiful meal. Is it on par to the tacos in SD? Well, no. But is it the best taco place in Irvine/Tustin area? My vote is definitely yes!


I love tacos, I’ll pay whatever for a great taco and my family and I LOOOVED this place. The burrito is huge and the asada was juicy, full of flavor. The pastor tacos were also delicious. Got full with just two tacos. Tried the vegetarian tacos a as well. The salsas were tasty and had a good kick. Nice touch with the candy bar.

Nate Pratt

Lived n Newport 15+ yearsWant good MexicanEven this place can’t get it togetherFugghhNo onions = they put extra onions lolllUnrealChips n salsa = stale chips w 1 thing of salsa lllloollllEven ordered chips n guacamoleLolCalled to helpMgr or whoever answered = 3/10Denied

Mike H.

I came here with an old friend from out of town on a whim. I have lived in SoCal for over 30 years and my favorite Taco places are the 24 hour "bertos" in San Diego for a late night fix. My favorite SoCal Taco place has always been "Taco Mesa". I think the quality here is on par with "Taco Mesa". The salsa bar was amazing. Great thick sauces, nothing watery. The Customer service was amazing. It was a busy 4th of July weekend night and the Hostess and Bartender took control of the room. (I went on Friday, July 2nd) We asked for samples of the Beers that they immediately obliged. The food prep was a little slow, but when checking on it, the hostess and bartender gave an honest answer and set the right expectations. I ordered the Palo Asade Taco and Quesidilla. My buddy ordered the carne asada Burrito and taco. I didn't see much difference in the taco and Quesadilla, but they both tasted amazing. My buddy loved the Burrito and Taco. I'll definitely go back when I am in the area. Great job overall! :)

Evelina C.

Carne asada mulitas? Sign me up. This place is my absolute favorite. I came across the joint on Yelp and saw all the amazing reviews. Stopped by to try their famous mulitas and was blown away. Homemade tortillas with melted cheese and perfectly seasoned meat. This place is out of this world! Not to mention they also celebrate taco Tuesday's. I love the pollo Asado, carne asada, and al pastor. I believe the carne asadas are exempt from taco tuesdays but they are definitely worth it. They have the best salsas too! Highly recommended.

Andrea B.

What a jem!! Looking for tacos for my best friends birthday ...because he is a Taco nut. When I found this I wasn't to sure. ..one because it was in Irvine and thought how can it be authentic. But wow.. !! To my surprise it was so delicious.. very authentic flavors! My friend had taco of pastor and cochinita taco..the tortillas are handmade and full of flavor. The meet was juicy and seasoned just right. The pastor had so much flavor and that little crunch to from the roasting.. the salsa ..which makes the Taco!!! Oh my gosh sooo good so many different types of salsa .. none where crazy hot where you can't breathe .. in stead they were perfectly spiced and full of flavor! I had a pastor molita!! The cheese is not just some cheese its flavorful and adds so much to the meet and salsa. Serving size is good .. at first I thought its kind of expensive.. but with the quality its well worth it. We go to allot of Taco places and this by far is the best and our new spot. Kind of far from home but I would take the extra time to bring my family here. To the owner .. Downtown Santa Ana would be a great spot for a new location... this restaurant would thrive there! Drinks and fabulous food for night life upbeat historic neighborhood..think about it. So glad we found this place! Try it!

Elle F.

What in the world! I typed up a long review but the app corrupted it! So real quick: - restaurant exterior -- warm and inviting - nice patio with fun good music (not too loud) - tasty succulent carne asada taco - refreshing aqua fresca (Jamaica) but strange aftertaste - quick food prep

E S.

Remember this: 3 visits and 4 orders. That's how many times this restaurant has gotten my order wrong. I am leaving five stars still because the food tastes great when they get it right. I also don't want a business like this to fail. I have faith that they'll get this message and act accordingly. If you can follow along, you'll get my point. Even if you are being super specific with them, and even after you tell them that you've had your order messed up many times, they may not take you seriously enough. That's what happened to me. The first visit, the order was wrong. They missed a few details. Decided to let it go and enjoy the food anyway. I was already home and it was too late. The second visit, they didn't follow instructions and still kept some of the ingredients in the burrito that I originally asked to omit. The third time, I went and explained to the young lady that my order has always been put together wrong and to please ensure accuracy. She gave me her word and even had me look at the screen for accuracy. I did. And supposedly that was the end of it. I received the order and took it to go. Upon opening the order I discovered that the order was incorrect, again! I returned to the restaurant, expressed my concern, and was reassured that the order would be corrected. I received the corrected order and took it home. I should have checked the order then and there, but I had placed too much confidence in them again. The order was wrong once again, the fourth time in total. I don't know what to say about the whole experience other than I hope they can figure out the ordering process because I have been wronged way too many times. I also feel a little slighted as management hasn't tried to make things right or offer me a refund for getting my order wrong a few times especially for the last time. Like I said, the food is good, the workers are polite, and I like the restaurant concept. Please, just make it right. I enjoy supporting your business and want to be loyal to you for many years to come.

Mandy F.

I feel so lucky to live next to all these eateries near UC Irvine. My husband is very picky about Mexican food, but he definitely approves of Taquiero. They have a great variety of tacos, including steak, adobada, al pastor, Cochinita, etc. I could be wrong but their foods don't seem greasy and doused in lard like other Mexican places. On Tuesday's, you get $1 off tacos, and you could also get a free taco if you "check in" via Yelp and use a coupon. When you check in, you can order on the screen. The second time I went, I brought my in laws, who also enjoyed the food! The tacos are normal sized but theyre also thick (it's not all tortilla!) i like to try the variety, and while they're all tasty, the al pastor and steak stand out to me! We also ordered a michelada, which was nicely made and kinda spicy actually. I saw they made it similar to a Bloody Mary and added Tabasco to the base. I like the tamarind straw but that is spicy as well!!

Lucee V.

Taquiero Taco Patio is a new favorite place to go to when craving Mexican food! First, the service there is friendly and welcoming and when checking in for your order status, they're always so sweet in ensuring your food to come out quicker. I always get the American carne asada quesadilla because it comes with a side of sour cream, avocado, and red sauce together in one sitting. I also really enjoy the mini cheese pull when I bite into it. The fries there are bomb! They top it off with cheese and more cheese but the surprise hint is that the fries are double fried which makes it extra crunchy amongst all the cheese! It also comes in a really good amount and I almost never finish the fries in one sitting. The only thing that needs a bit more work is the al pastor tacos. The al pastor meat came out dry and somewhat hard to chew on even with all the sauce on top. I thought it was just a first time kind of deal getting that kind of taco because the carne asada taco tastes really good, but after getting the al pastor taco again, it seems like the meat is always a bit dry. All things aside, I enjoy coming here to get my other favorite dishes. Must try taco place!

Kimberly C.

Bomb Carne asada fries and tacos! I visited based off of a friend's recommendation. There was little to no wait on Saturday at 7pm. I'd expect that this place usually is busier for lunch since it's one of the restaurants you order first and sit down rather than get table service. My friend and I ordered Carne Asada Fries and Al Pastor Tacos. The Carne Asada fries were insanely crispy and packed with flavor. It's loaded with cheese, avocado sauce, sour cream, and tons of Carne Asada meat. The portion size is huge and great for sharing. This was my favorite item and I would absolutely recommend trying this. Al Pastor tacos were pretty average in size and packed with flavor. Like the fries, the tacos had a ton of meat which I enjoyed. 3-4 tacos would probably be filling enough for one person. I like that they top the al pastor tacos with pineapple rather than needing to ask for it on the side. Outdoor patio is clean and easy to find seating since the plaza has a ton of other quick grab and go eateries as well. Really enjoyed dining here and I'll be back.

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