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Get Your Seafood Fix at These Local Taco Joints

Written By: Elyse Ford Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

Whether you live here or are just passing through, there’s nothing quite as quintessential to coastal Orange County than a fresh fish taco. From casual local hangouts to upscale tastings, we’ve tracked down the best of the best to upgrade your Taco Tuesday to Taco Every Day. 

 

1 | A Local’s Favorite Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

Normita’s Surf City Taco

Normita’s is known for their large, fresh mahi tacos with a perfected ratio of fish to batter. Say hello to friendly and locally loved owner Normita when you grab your Baja-style tacos.

Native Knowledge: As well as serving delicious food in a low-key atmosphere, Normita’s is cash-only, so make sure you have some bills in your wallet before dining at this gem. 

Normita’s Surf City Taco
815 Indianapolis Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.960.8730

 

2 | What’s the Catch? Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

Wild Taco

Created by the owner of Bear Flag Fish Company, this hip taqueria offers lobster and scallop tacos as well as rotating catch-of-the-day options like seared ahi, swordfish and yellowtail. All come drizzled with Bear Flag’s signature Tommy Sauce!

Wild Taco
407 31st St
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.673.9453

3 | Batter Me Up Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

Fish House Market and Grill

Bite into a Fish House Taco with lightly breaded deep-fried Pacific cod, or lean on the light side with a charbroiled mahi mahi taco with paprika and olive oil. 

Native Knowledge: Head over on Taco Tuesday when Fish House uses nearly all their seafood to create unique tacos—salmon cakes, crab cakes, scallops and calamari have all been featured. Make sure to try their special marigold shrimp tacos topped with spinach, cilantro and onion; it’s made with their family’s homemade Indian spice rub with notes of garlic and ginger!

Fish House Market and Grill
7626 E Chapman Ave, Ste B
Orange, CA 92869
714.289.2908

4 | Your Typical Taco Tuesday Could Never… Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

Taco María

Sourcing fish from sustainable farm Passmore Ranch, their Mexican-inspired à la carte menu includes a mouthwatering fried sturgeon taco, or you can opt for wine pairings and a prix fixe menu that includes a smoked fish Taco de Esturion.

Taco María
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste C21
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.538.8444

 

5 | To Crisp or Not to Crisp, That is the Question Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

West Coast Fish

Team Fried gets Bjorn battered tacos (fried cod) with citrus mayo and raw tomatillo salsa. Team Grilled has shrimp and mahi tacos with watermelon pico de gallo and chipotle crema. Choose your side wisely!

West Coast Fish
2981 Bristol St, Ste B5
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.549.2887

 

6 | Flavor to Howl Over Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

Coyote Grill

Enjoy the taste of Baja-style Mexican food with calamari, shrimp and mahi mahi fish tacos. All come with cilantro, cheese, tomato, cabbage and housemade secret sauce. 

Native Knowledge: Though there’s no fishing allowed in Laguna Beach, Coyote Grill has been in South Laguna for 30 years, serving the same delicious fish tacos to locals year after year. If you want to save some cash, it’s good to know that their fish tacos are on the happy hour menu on Tuesdays only! 

Coyote Grill
31621 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.499.4033

 

7 | Dia de los Tacos! Best Fish Tacos in Orange County

URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology

Industrial meets rustic at the Anaheim Packing District, where you choose the Baja fish served with guacamole, pico de gallo, spicy aioli and cabbage or the marlin, complete with melted cheese and habanero salsa atop a crispy tortilla. 

Native Knowledge: You’ll dine in style amidst colorful Dia de los Muertos paintings and skeleton dolls hanging from the ceiling. With its cool atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine, the place is so popular that they have a 90-minute maximum seating policy on weekend nights! 

URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology
440 S Anaheim Blvd, Ste 101
Anaheim, CA 92805
714.502.0255

 

8 | Food for the SOL

SOL Mexican Cocina 

Choose the beer-battered fish taco (served every day during happy hour from 3-6 p.m.) while dining on the bayfront! Other options include the chipotle-garlic Shrimp Taco Dorado, Fish Taco Gobernador and the grilled agave-chile shrimp taco. 

SOL Mexican Cocina
251 Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.675.9800

 

9 | Mahalo For Making Us Happy!

Hapa J’s

Taco Tuesdays aren’t just for Mexican eateries. Try tacos with a Hawaiian flare like the mouthwatering coconut shrimp tacos (only on Tuesdays) and seared ahi poke tacos (available every day). 

Hapa J’s
2016 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92673
949.276.6657

 

10 | Every Taco Needs Its Tequila!

GuacAmigos 

Enjoy all-day tequila and taco specials while you choose among seared ahi tuna, spicy crispy shrimp, fresh halibut and Port’O Nuevo lobster tacos. All tacos are served with rice, beans, guac and all the fixins. 

GuacAmigos
2607 W Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.650.1818

 

11 | No Bones to Pick Here 

FishBonz Seafood Grill 

With eight seafood taco options that come cajun grilled or fried, your plate runneth over at FishBonz. For something extra special, treat yourself to ahi poke taco sliders (sold only on Tuesdays from 4-9 p.m.).  

FishBonz Seafood Grill
350 E 17th St, Ste 2
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.269.7812

12 | Reggaeton Sets the Tone

Taco Mesa

Smooth reggaeton permeates this eclectic atmosphere, and with $5 margaritas that pack a punch, you’ll be buzzing over their wild salmon, beer-battered fish and lobster tacos with housemade non-GMO corn tortillas. 

Native Knowledge: The only restaurant in OC to use tiger nut for their original horchatas, Taco Mesa’s founder Ivan Calderon notes how tiger nut is a vegetable legume extremely high in nutrients. As well as tiger nut, their delicious dairy-free horchatas have a base of cinnamon, vanilla and agave. If you’re feeling adventurous, Calderon suggests trying the golden-infused horchata with tumeric and ginger or the aphrodisiac-infused Mayan with maca, ashwagandha and cacao. 

Taco Mesa
647 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.642.0629

 

13 | Authenticity That Makes You Go Mmmm

Mariscos Los Corales 

Chow down on marlin tacos with melted mozzarella cheese amidst walls of Spanish murals. Mariscos also serves grilled and fried fish and shrimp tacos with cabbage, pico de gallo and chipotle. 

Mariscos Los Corales
16361 Harbor Blvd
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
714.531.7492