There's good food; then there's award-winning good food. Taco Maria serves the second type of food.
Chef Carlos Salgado learned from some of the best chefs around. Salgado spent a decade working in some of San Francisco and Oakland's best kitchens. He worked in Vernon Morale's Winterland, Daniel Patterson's Coi, and James Syhabout's Commis.
When Chef Salgado opened Taco Maria in 2013, he was more than ready to serve high-quality food that honored his family's culture. Taco Maria has been hugely successful using the techniques he learned in Michelin-starred restaurants and the freshest ingredients.
If you visit their website, you will see an impressively long list of awards, including:
- Beings awarded a Michelin star in 2019 and 2021
- Being named one of the 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2020 and 2021 by the Los Angeles Times
The menu focuses on quality, not quantity.
Their great appetizer options include:
County Line Farms lettuces, Meyer lemon, sourdough, and Parmigiano
Tostada de Cangrejo
Dungeness crab, avocado, and kumquat-habanero on a poppy seed tostada
Their great entree options include:
Mole de Pato
Confit Muscovy duck leg, date mole, almond, and cocoa nib
Dry-aged Flannery Beef rib eye, grilled spring shallots, and huitlacoche butter
They also have two options for dessert:
Mud Creek Ranch winter citrus, Straus organic cream, orange blossom honey, and herbs
Pastel de Piloncillo
Warm piloncillo cake, MX vanilla bean frozen custard
Hours and Other Information
Tuesday — Saturday: 5 pm- 9 pm
Address: 3313 Hyland Ave Ste C21 Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Phone: (714) 538–8444