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Our Latest Reviews

Showdonkey1 21 days ago


Quality meat and full of slow-cooked flavor!! This is my go-to meal...& the corn cake on the side is perfection!! Can't beat the amount of food for the price either.

Vanessangerrie about 1 month ago

Cloud 9 TACO

Caliente is a secret spot for all residents of Eastside Costa Mesa. The Cloud 9 taco is so delicious! Exactly as the name implies, and really never had anything like it. And the carnitas tacos are the best around.

Darren about 1 month ago


Caliente is an amazing gem - healthy, great ingredients, well made, fast and consistent! Our goto spot for the best Mex in Newport!

Kailuainme about 2 months ago


These flautas will be your new obsession! They are so delicious! The flavors are amazing!

Anthonyluna1514 2 months ago


We are having a wedding in in July 2019. Our venue has Caliente as one of their vendors. My Fiancé and I are trying Food from the all recommended catering vendors for our wedding. My fiance and I went to Caliente and it was awesome! The beer battered fish tacos and chicken tacos were delicious! Great food and great experience! Viva Caliente!

Guest 2 months ago


This is the yummiest salad ever! The chicken is always perfection! You must try it!

Sabrina.Norristurin 3 months ago

Cloud 9 TACO

This taco is AMAZING. The tortilla is super fluffy and it adds something special to a what you may think is a basic chicken or steak taco. Super delicious, highly recommend.

Guest 8 months ago


The best Carnitas around.

Melanie 25 days ago

Spinach Enchilada

Doesn't taste healthy! But it is! I order this every time I go to Caliente. It's like comfort food without all the bad stuff - super flavorful, melted cheese, yummy sauce. Even my kids love it.

Colibbin about 1 month ago

Hacienda Black Bean

Always a great salad, the mushrooms and black bean relish are an awesome pair and are always good with the dressing (I've tried many times to recreate it at home). I usually add chicken and it always hits the spot. 10/10!

Mia about 1 month ago

Spinach Enchilada

Oh my! How could I have loved in the neighborhood over a year without visiting Caliente Southwest Grill?! My new favorite restaurant in the OC. The spinach enchilada with beans and rice was so delicious, as was my friend's mahi mahi wet burrito. I'll be back soon, and again! Thank you for a quality presentation with great service at quick serve prices. You guys are amazing!

Kailuainme about 2 months ago


The Blue Moon Chicken salad is a favorite of everyone I know, from friends, family to coworkers! The juicy chicken breast grilled to perfection tops a generous serving of romaine with fresh mango, apple, pepitas blue cheese, mushrooms and queso fresco, tossed with THE best dressing you have ever tasted! (My mouth is watering as I write this!) If you havent tried it, you dont know what you are missing!

Lea.Mannone 2 months ago


Caliente is the best ! I have been eating here for years with my husband. He loves the cloud nine tacos and I love the pancho quesadilla or fish tacos, oh and the quinoa salad (depending on my mood). The salsas are fresh, the staff is great and basically we love everything about this place. My best friend has had you guys cater a few of her events and seriously the set up, arrangement of food and service has been excellent. Don't ever leave Costa Mesa !

Rleon 3 months ago


Caliente Southwest has catered alot of our team lunches and the office Loves it! The food here is amazing and we just can't get enough! The Flautas are so delicious alongside the chipotle sauce!

Billiondollhairs 3 months ago


I LOVE the Rajas salad with chicken, but that is not all I get when I go to Caliente because the food is THAT good! I also get the Texas Nachos!!! My husband gets the two enchilada combo and we both just scarf the food immediately. The food is incredibly fresh and super flavorful. I absolutely love the dark colored salsa (forgot what it is called), it is the BEST!! I love everything about Caliente. I hope they continue to grow and expand because the food is just so yummy. Keep up the excellent work over there guys and gals! You got a lifer here!!!