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The Best Orange County Mexican Restaurants on My Local OC


Best Orange County Mexican RestaurantsWondering where the best Mexican Restaurants in Orange County are located? Well, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you! And we’ve even included some that are having a Cinco De Mayo Celebration on May 5th. Located below you will find a list of local Orange County Mexican Restaurants, and we hope there is one near you. If you have a favorite and it’s not listed, please let us know and we will add it. And if you happen to go to one of the best Orange County Mexican restaurants based on our list, please let them know you saw them on My Local OC. We don’t receive any compensation for this list, nor do we expect to, but a ”shout out” would be great. It’s just one more way that we @ My Local OC serve those who live, work and play in Orange County. “See You Around the OC!”


Best Orange County Mexican Restaurants on My Local OCThe first American Cinco de Mayo celebrations date back to the 1860s. A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. However, it is not. May 5, 1862, is the day that Mexico defeated the French at Puebla in California.

The French landed in California and intended to set up a monarchy in Mexico, and then that monarchy was intended to become an ally with the slave states during the American Civil War; of which the United States was deeply embroiled.

Napoleon III the emperor of France at the time, had already selected Maximilian of Austria to be Emperor of California. The Latinos of California, which was still part of Mexico but had been deemed a “free territory” since 1810,  were not going to allow that to happen.

The amazing stand-off of the Californios (the name for California’s residents during that time) against the powerful French is truly a shining example of brave citizens standing up for their civil rights. And while we know that Cinco De Mayo is a fun day for celebration, let’s remember to raise a beer, or a margarita, or whatever your pleasure to our California predecessors who were courageous and strong and fought for all of us, the current Californians. Happy Cinco De Mayo from the Team @ My Local OC.


Aliso Viejo   Lupe’s Mexican Eatery   26541 Aliso Creek Rd Ste C   949.328.9099   Website

Anaheim   Mi Casa Mexicana    630 W. Orangewood Ave.  714.971.0111   Website

Anaheim   El Cholo    8200 E. Santa Ana Canyon   714.769.6269   Website

Anaheim   El Torito   2020 E Ball Rd   714.956.4880   Website

Brea   El Torito   555 Pointe Drive   714.990.2411   Website

Brea   Cabo Grill & Cantina   301 N. Brea Blvd.  714.529.2540   Website

Buena Park   La Huasteca   6940 Beach Blvd.   714.670.6621   Instagram

Corona Del Mar   El Cholo   3520 E. Coast Hwy.   949.777.6137   Website

Corona Del Mar   Avila’s El Ranchito    2515 E. Coast Hwy.   949.644.8226   Website

Costa Mesa   Playa Mesa    2428 E 17th St.   949.287.529   Website

Costa Mesa   Habana  2930 Bristol Street   714.556.0176   Website

Costa Mesa   El Matador   1768 Newport Blvd.   949.645.0324   Website

Costa Mesa   Avila’s El Ranchito    2101 Placentia Ave.   949.642.1142   Website

Costa Mesa   Descanso Mexican Restaurant   1555 Adams Ave. Suite 103   714.486.3798   Make Reservations Online For Cinco De Mayo  Website

Cypress   El Torito   5995 Katella Ave   714.761.8155    Website

Dana Point   Olamendi’s Traditional Mexican Cuisine   949.6611005   34660 Pacific Coast Hwy.   Website

Dana Point   Lupe’s Mexican Eatery  949.558.5430   33621 Del Obispo   Website

Foothill Ranch   Avila’s El Ranchito   949.4521721   26771 Portola Pkwy    Website

Fullerton   Super Mex   714.992.2624   250 West Champman    Website

Garden Grove   Sabrosa! Mexican Grill   657.427.6317   13129 Harbor Blvd.   Website

Huntington Beach   Ola Mexican Kitchen   714-969-7300   21040 Pacific Coast Hwy F200   Website

Huntington Beach   Las Barcas Gourmet Mexican Food   714.536.2616   21032 Beach Blvd.   Website

Huntington Beach   Avila’s El Ranchito   714.960.9696   318 Main Street   Website

Huntington Beach   Lupe’s Mexican Eatery   714.892.7252   14961 Springdale St.   Website

Irvine   El Torito   18512 MacArthur Blvd   949.833.8230   Website

Irvine   Habana  708 Spectrum Center Dr.   949.419.0100    Website

Irvine   SOL Mexican Cocina   949.975.1220   1910 Main St.  Website

La Habra   El Cholo Celebrating Centennial!  562.691.4618  840 E. Whittier Blvd.   Website

Laguna Beach   Avila’s El Ranchito   949.376.7040  1305 S. Coast Hwy   Website

Laguna Niguel   Calo Kitchen & Tequilla   (949) 409-7380   28141 Crown Vly Pkwy   Website

Lake Forest   Avila’s El Ranchito   949.855.4989   24406 Muirlands Blvd.   Website

Los Alamitos   Taco Surf   10542 Los Alamitos Blvd   562.598.3088   Website

Mission Viejo   Hacienda La Joya   25542 Jeronimo Rd #6   949.586.4765   Website

Newport Beach   Cabo Cantina   949.675.7760   100 Main St.   Website

Newport Beach   SOL Mexican Cocina   51 Pacific Coast Highway   949.675.9800   Website

Orange   El Mariachi Bar & Grill   714.602.9914   650 N. Tustin   Call To Reserve For Cinco De Mayo   Facebook

Orange   Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen   714.633.3035   141 S. Glassell St  Website

Rancho Santa Margarita   Carmelita’s Kitchen   949.709.7600   31441 Santa Margarita Blvd.   Website

San Clemente   Asada Cantina & Kitchen   949.561.1200   225 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa Ste G   Website

San Clemente   Sol Agave   949.312.2210   111 Avenida Del Mar   Website

San Juan Capistrano   Sol Agave   949.218.1158   31111 Rancho Viejo Rd.   Website

San Juan Capistrano   Ricardo’s   949.493.4941   32082 Camino Capistrano    Website

San Juan Capistrano   El Adobe   949.493.1163   31891 Camino Capistrano    Website

Seal Beach   Taco Surf   115 Main Street   562.594.0600   Website

Seal Beach   Yucatan Grill   550 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 11   562.430.4422   Website

Stanton   Dos Amigos   714.636.5907   8546 Champman Ave.   Website

Villa Park   Cocina El Ranchito   17851 Santiago Blvd Ste 2   714.602.8237   No Website Listed


Anaheim   May 2-5   Anaheim 5 De Mayo Festival  @ La Palma Park   1151 N La Palma Pkwy   Website

Dana Point   May 5   1:45-3:35pm   Cinco De Mayo Harbor Cruise (21+)   24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr   949.488.2828   Make Reservations Online   Website

Orange   May 5   12-3pm   El Mariachi Bar & Grill  – Mariachi Band & All You Can Eat Buffet   714.602.9914   650 N. Tustin   Call To Reserve For Cinco De Mayo   Facebook

San Clemente   May 5   1-3pm   Cinco De Mayo Celebration @ Outlets at San Clemente  101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa   949.535.2323   Website

Santa Ana   May 5   11am-3pm   Free Cinco De Mayo Family Festival  @ Bowers Museum   2002 North Main Street   714.567.3600   Website


My Local OC Serving the Orange County Lifestyle

Written by:  Patricia Braun
Research: Tina McNamara
*While we try our best to be accurate, we are not responsible for errors and/or omissions.

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Patricia Braun is the Owner and Publisher of My Local OC. She has been in Marketing for over 20-years and considers it a privilege to work in an industry that is not only her area of expertise but her passion as well.

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