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Tangata Restaurant

2002 N Main St, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
+1 714-550-0906
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (32 reviews)
“cobb salad” (7 reviews)
“crab cakes” (4 reviews)
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2002 N Main St, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Our family of four had a wonderful lunch here while visiting the Bowers Museum. We had their signature burger (excellent), a "JFK" chicken dish, and a Caesar salad. The food was carefully prepared and high quality, and the service was excellent. The coffee was excellent...More

Thank Kiernan820
Reviewed 2 May 2018

I had the mushroom ravioli and a lovely green salad (underdressed, but they brought more dressing when asked). The bread was especially good, too. Delicious bite-size cupcakes for dessert. Gets a bit noisy when there are a lot of people. Service was very good.

Thank GardaGal0912
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Over the years I've eaten many times at the museum restaurant. Each time I hoped that I would have an experience worthy of earlier memories. I give up. The decent into mediocrity is complete. Both the service and the chief need refresher courses in preparation,...More

Thank iamgodot123
Reviewed 25 March 2018

This was a very good restaurant many years ago. Now is expensive and the food is not good. We asked for a soup and it was salty and greasy, the crab cakes were really salty, even the salad. There are many option to eat don't...More

Thank ClaraMarlene
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

The Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers is a convenient place to take a meal when visiting the museum. The chef has done a nice job of assembling a menu of fresh dishes that are representative of meals I have had at other world-class museums. I...More

Thank mjd496
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We enjoyed another very good lunch at Tangata during a recent visit to the museum. Sit inside or outside and relax before, during, or after seeing the always interesting exhibits. There was something for everyone of our party of four. The food was very good,...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 10 December 2017

Had a delicious BLT for lunch at Tangata. It came with excellent fries. The sandwich had beautifully ripe tomatoes and fresh butter lettuce. Service was friendly and reasonably prompt, given that I was with a large group. The iced tea was excellent. Very attractive dining...More

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This restaurant is a hidden gem where only the locals know. you will see judge, top notch attorneys and other professionals at lunch time

Thank Sohaila S
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This gem of a restaurant is nestled inside the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. It is beautifully serene and tastefully decorated. Service was excellent as well. At first glance, the menu selection seemed limited. The omelettes are only available on weekends. So we opted for...More

Thank EllenOnVacation
Reviewed 26 August 2017

We waited 15 minutes for an order taker, despite the manager passing our table 3 times. Ordered the special - risotto ($19) and chicken blue cheese salad ($16). Risotto was bland, and as if from a box popped into the microwave. Chicken was smothered in...More

Thank Deb-Jeff-retired
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2002 N Main St, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA 92706-2731
    (Main and 20th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-550-0906
Tangata Restaurant located within the campus of the Bowers Museum on Main Street in Santa Ana; with a newly updated space and Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine. The largest art museum in Orange County, Bowers Museum offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs.
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