The Local Spot

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Located on 17th street, in the heart of Costa Mesa / Newport

In the 18 years of business Caliente has earned the title "Local Favorite",

and is best described as...

"Healthy Fresh-Mex with a Southwestern influence."

- The Local Dish Magazine

"Caliente infuses elements of the budding farm-to-table movement along with health-conscious sensibilities into a cuisine that has long had a reputation of being heavy. Utilizing locally grown produce and making their sauces, salsas, and dressings from scratch not only brilliantly demonstrates Caliente's tremendous commitment to their from-scratch cooking, but also ensures the traditional and inventive creations found on the menu are delectable."

- Dining Out Magazine

"Amongst all the casual restaurants packing the stretch of 17th Street strip malls in Costa Mesa, is the discrete hidden treasure of Caliente Southwest Grille. With only six tables inside, a few seats along the wall, and some alfresco seating, Caliente is notorious for being packed, with a line of locals out the door. Once you've tried anything on the extensive menu, such as the massive Rajas Steak Burrito, the heaping Carnitas Platter, the decadently crispy Flautas, or any one of the generous salads which overflow with delicious toppings, you will understand why people frequent Caliente several times during the week."


Our Location

Costa Mesa
271 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 515-0909

Mon - Fri: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm