Authentic, quality, street-style Mexican food cooked within inches of your dinner plate. When you dine at Descanso, a modern taqueria and one of the newest members of the Irvine restaurant scene, that’s exactly what you get. November marks one year that guests have been sitting and observing as the talented chefs ignite a delicious meal right in front of you. Inspired by the flavor and charm that ordering from a hometown taco-stand brings, Descanso aims for the experience of street-style food, but in a full service, modern restaurant setting. Imagine the Benihana of Mexican food, where a la cart ingredients are prepared on a plancha (a flat iron grill), the aromas of fresh ingredients sizzling and the sounds of your dinner being cooked float throughout the restaurant air. Descanso elevates your ordinary night out for dinner to an experience that highlights authentic Mexican cuisine, just minutes from your home at Main Street Village.

 

 

Although the main attraction is the plancha and the dishes that are prepared on it, such as the mezcal shrimp and vegetables or 8 oz chuck-eye steak with braised potato, there are plenty of other flavorful options to choose from. Soups, salads, small plates and even a few entrees are available to order from the cocina (kitchen). Descanso’s chef, Sergio Ortega, ensures that the freshest, most sustainable and seasonal ingredients are used in every dish. So whether you are in the mood for an al pastor taco or a simple quesadilla, you’ll be getting a flavor that sets Descanso apart from other Mexican restaurants in the area.

 

 

Along with crowd-pleasing fare, some of the happiest of hours in the area are spent at the Descanso bar! With happy hour specials Monday through Friday and everything from local California wines to Spanish craft beers, there’s something for everyone. Looking for the perfect place to grab cocktails after work? Along with wine and beer, the bar at Descanso has unique cocktails like the hibiscus smash (hibiscus syrup, vodka, mint and lemon) or a fresh squeezed house margarita. Cheers to that! Descanso is not only a hot spot for an out of this world dining experience but also for a casual bite to eat and drink with friends. 

 

 

 

Living in California means having the joy of eating on the patio, almost year-round. And that means a restaurant with a patio is already one star greater than one without! Lucky for us, Descanso has an outdoor seating area, conveniently located alongside a wall that opens up right to the bar! So if you want to sit inside but still feel the relaxing breeze on your skin, you can do that. And if you choose to enjoy your meal inside, the ambiance is hard to beat! When you dine at Descanso, you feel as though you are celebrating, and like every day is Friday. The sounds of food cooking, chefs chattering, and drinks cheers-ing makes for an atmosphere that is truly hard to beat. 

 

 

Descanso is more than an authentic restaurant; it is a lively dining experience and a worthy local spotlight! Give them a try, see for yourself, and tag us in your Instagram-worthy food pictures on Facebook and Instagram. And while you’re at it, keep following the blog here for more local spotlights and places you won’t want to miss.