Los Angeles, CA

Taco Maria: serving Los Angeles award-winning Mexican food since 2013

Eugene Adams

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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:


The menu focuses on quality, not quantity. 

Their great appetizer options include:

Caesar Salad

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


Carne Asada

Dry-aged Flannery Beef rib eye, grilled spring shallots, and huitlacoche butter

They also have two options for dessert:

Panna Cotta

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

Website: www.tacomaria.com

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