Credit: Mary Carol Fitzgerald
Credit: Mary Carol Fitzgerald

The 10 Best Taco Tuesdays in Orange County

Brighten Your Tuesday With These Delicious Bites and Even Better Deals 

Taco Tuesday: a timeless tradition that has been tempting taste buds and wallets with weekly wonderment for generations upon generations. But what happens when you take this age-old alliteration and put it mere miles from the cuisine’s cultural origin? The result is a world-class array of delectable Taco Tuesday destinations. From five-star restaurants to the tiniest, most intimate kitchens and stands, nobody does Taco Tuesday quite like Southern California. Here’s 10 of our favorites in Orange County.  Taco Tuesday Orange County

Taco Tuesday Orange County

Solita Tacos & Margaritas

If it’s a truly decadent experience you seek, then look no further than Solita’s. Offering deals on everything from tacos, tequila, margaritas and amazing appetizers, Solita’s Taco and Tequila Tuesday goes well beyond the confines of the traditional. Our advice? Try their K-38 special offer and sample some of their award-winning creations, including the ever popular Cali Elote and Vampiro tacos.

Location: Huntington Beach

5/2

 

Descanso

Located in Costa Mesa, Descanso is known for their unique plancha-style dining experience. This Costa Mesa restaurant has established an innovative take on delicious Mexican cuisine, giving customers a front-row seat to how their meals are made. However, on Tuesdays, Descanso transforms their plancha room into a streetside taco stand for the beloved Taquero Tuesdays. Come hungry (and thirsty)—customers can expect $2 gourmet street-style tacos, $3 quesadillas and $4-$6 drink specials. Taquero Tuesday starts at 5 p.m., and no reservtions are needed. Any taco connoisseur should place Descanso at the top of their list of places to check out! 

Location: Costa Mesa

 

Playa Mesa

One of the hottest and most decorated places on our list, Playa Mesa has over 1,000 five-star reviews, and it’s not hard to see why. Playa Mesa is as gourmet as it is authentic, but with their incredible Taco Tuesday specials, this world-class restaurant also offers one of the best deals on our list. With incredible eats, such as their buttery grilled shrimp and zesty pollo asada tacos for as little as $3 a piece, Playa Mesa is sure to impress.

Location: Costa Mesa

Taco Tuesday Orange County

Taqueria El Zamorano

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Santa Ana is home to some of SoCal’s best Mexican food, so it should come as no shock that it’s also home to one of the best Taco Tuesday deals in the state, courtesy of the highly acclaimed Taqueria El Zamorano. With melt-in-your-mouth el pastor and carne asada as well as some more unique flavors, such as their crispy milanesa, their “three tacos for $6” deal is an absolute steal.

Location: Santa Ana

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Avila’s El Ranchito

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With 13 different locations all throughout SoCal, Avila’s El Ranchito has asserted itself as one of the premier sit-down Mexican restaurants in nearly every neighborhood it’s a part of. With authentic white stucco and elaborate Spanish mosaics and tapestries adorning every location, the decor acts as a beacon to any and all visitors that the food is as authentic as it is delicious. 

Get $3 soft or crispy shredded chicken, beef, fish or potato tacos (along with great drink specials) on Taco Tuesday. 

Location: Multiple OC locations

5/13

 

Great Mex

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Great Mex truly lives up to its name. Offering a simple yet elegant spread of all the quintessential Mexican classics as well as a wonderful, health-conscious “Mexi-lite” menu, this spot has everything one could want in a Taco Tuesday destination. It’s so good they offer it on Fridays, as well. Don’t forget to check out their salsa bar while you wait, as they offer new seasonal salsas and condiments every single day.

Location: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach

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Sol Cocina

Nobody does Baja-style cuisine quite like Newport Beach’s Sol Cocina. Inspired by the fresh and lively coastal culinary world of Mexico’s most iconic peninsula, Sol Cocina effortlessly blends traditional, wood-fired favorites with a refreshing, bold SoCal flare. And to make things even better, they offer one of the best Taco Tuesdays around. With live music to complement $5 house margaritas, Sol Cocina will send you and your taste buds soaring across the Mexican coastline.

Location: Newport Beach

 

La Vida Cantina

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Our next pick’s claim to fame is none other than a masterfully crafted mahi mahi taco, and to make things even better, these mouthwatering creations are discounted not once but twice a week for La Vida’s Taco Tuesdays and Taco Thursdays. Pull up a chair and come dive into all the wonderful bites La Vida has to offer. The atmosphere is lively, and you’ll feel like you’re transported to Cabo! 

Location: Costa Mesa

 

El Matador

For over 55 years, El Matador has been serving up some of the most authentic and bold Mexican cuisine in all of Southern California, and they have taco and margarita deals every Tuesday. Their continual dedication to culinary excellence pervades each and every part of their expansive menu, from their tacos and enchiladas to their “Tequila Wall of Fame,” featuring over 400 different tequilas and mezcals that garner love, support and recognition each and every year. One meal at El Matador and it is easy to see why such a seemingly inconspicuous restaurant has acted as the benchmark for high-quality, authentic Mexican food in SoCal for well over five decades.

Location: Costa Mesa

Taqueria Los Gueros

Just when you thought Taco Tuesday couldn’t get any better for both your taste buds and your bank account, Taqueria Los Gueros entered the conversation, offering $1.35 tacos packed with enough flavor to warrant a price tag double or even triple that. With an authentic lineup of classic Taco Tuesday favorites, including deliciously rich horchatas and agua frescas to compliment your meal, Los Gueros is the ultimate hole-in-the-wall taco shop.

Location: Anaheim

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