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Caliente Southwest Grill

271 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3831
+1 949-515-0909
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good33%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
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Travellers talk about
“fish burrito” (2 reviews)
“salad” (7 reviews)
“tacos” (2 reviews)
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
271 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3831
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I have been going to Caliente for years, and they are still hands down my favorite place for tacos in Costa Mesa. Especially the carnitas. It's not traditional Mexican food...but it has just the right amount of Southwest to make is perfection.

Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I have eaten here numerous times and used them for catering,. The Blue Moon Salad is my favorite of so very many delicious options.

Thank 299minal
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Come in and enjoy flavorful food, top quality ingredients and fresh tastes regularly! Unique menu items offered, along with the regular offerings with the Best fresh made fresh daily salsas anywhere around!! You can come in, take out or cater functions. Always a treat! Locals...More

1  Thank SoCal_kz
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Recommended by a local, CALIENTE is part of a strip mall, not making scenic views from the inside. Lots of parking but IT’S usually crowded lot. Extensive menu presented neatly. I had a spinach enchilada and they included a second one for only a buck...More

1  Thank Tommy M
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Fast service even for a weekend lunch crowd. Interesting menu and super friendly staff - you can't fake this kind of friendliness. Some restaurants claim "fresh Mex." Caliente delivers. The Blue Moon Salad is excellent with chicken strips worth tasting alone to get the full...More

Thank Keith R
Reviewed 9 June 2015

We used Caliente Southwest Grill to icater my son's 8th birthday party at SkyHigh Trampoline park. All of my guests raved about the food. For our catering we ordered, Blue moon salad (amazing), Flautas, chicken skewers, and tacos (chicken & carnitas). Included in the meal...More

Thank ALinCA5512
Reviewed 20 November 2014

Visited today for first time as it was yummy. Had the carnitas platter which was more than I could eat. It came with rice and black beans. Ordered a small side of chips for .25 cents additional. Not a large restaurant so seating isn't great....More

Reviewed 7 May 2013

Love this place. The food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable. Love the salads, the spinach enchiladas, and the carnitas platter. Everything is always good and this is my favorite weeknight place to pick up dinner when I'm not in the mood to...More

Thank dreyer
Reviewed 10 January 2013

I have been ordering the Blue Moon Salad for years, but...my new favorite is the Almond Salad. Try it...you'll like it

Thank ebrynnie
Reviewed 30 August 2012

I usually order the Blue Moon Salad, which is delightful. I recently stopped in on a Tuesday and they have great Tacos too, on special of course. The portions are generous and the prices are very fair.

Thank SunshineGirl2929
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 271 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3831
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-515-0909
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