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Our Latest Reviews

Jeantina 3 days ago

Blue Moon

Ohhh my goodness. This has got to be one of my favorite restaurants. I LOVE Caliente. The food is soo fresh and so delicious. The Blue moon salad is to die for. So so so good. I would have never thought to mix these foods together but WOW! SO good.

Caroline 9 days ago

Chicken Flauta

I love the chicken flautas. I have got them ever since I was a little kid. I introduced them to my friends and they love them too. Soo delicious and im always craving them. Great price and amazing quality food. I love caliente!

Rschimm 3 months ago

QUINOA SALAD

Great healthy salad with tons of flavor. Good portion size. Favorite place to have lunch.

Sailorgirl2332 5 months ago

CLOUD 9 TACO

These are my favorite tacos they are light and fluffy and so full of flavor! 10/10

Petiteclg 5 months ago

Wheat Chicken

My all time favorite. I drive over 20 miles to eat one of these and have for many years.

Melissatharpe1 5 months ago

Beer Battered Fish Taco

I love this place! Their food is to die for. My favorites are the tacos. The hardest thing is to decide which ones to get when I go there. Fish tacos are awesome, chicken ones, and then we have the cloud nine. All amazing! Their salsas are fresh and flavorful. The staff has also always been friendly and helpful. Atmosphere is great as well.

Nicole 7 months ago

TAQUITOS

Pork taquitos! Yum!!! Everything we have tried at Caliente is so good but you definitely have to try the taquitos and make sure to get it with rice and beans! You will not be disappointed no matter what you order. We drive Over 40 miles just to eat here and always look forward to coming back.

Treveccao 7 months ago

Healthy Rellenos

Caliente is our favorite spot for Mexican food! My two favorites are their Blue Moon Salad (which is a favorite to order for a weekend lunch when friends come over) and their Healthy Relleno! It is fresh and also it is not breaded and fried (hence the "healthy" part!). I especially love that I can order it with Caliente's sweet corncake!

Pilar 7 months ago

Fiesta Burrito Bowls

This is my FAVORITE dish here... well, also the Blue Moon Salad! But this bowl is BOMB... it has everything and the sauce is so good! It's big, so you can share or save for the next meal.

Debra 8 months ago

Rajas

The Raja salad is the perfect way to eat my favorite Mexican in a healthy way! I love the mango (always spot on ripe!) combined in there with the most delicious dressing. And it's a large offering so I usually can share it with my husband along with a taco or two. Nice job, guys!

1healygirl 8 months ago

Mazatlan Mahi Mahi

This is one of the best items: it's served warm with a delicious sauce (I get it on the side for dipping), has a slight crunch with jicama inside & really, it's perfect. The sauce is so intriguing! I have yet to tire of this burrito (Martha was floored when I came in & ordered something different.....after 3-4 months, no lie).

Baybrn19 9 months ago

CARNITAS PLATE

OMG! Best carnitas I've ever had (and I order them a lot)! Tender and flavorful with the yummy, crunchy pieces too. Corn cake is UNBELIEVABLE. Makes a great dessert. Portion was huge - enough for another meal - and the price VERY reasonable. Will definitely be a customer for life!

Pinktelecaster 9 months ago

CHICKEN GRILLED 8 Oz

So delicious, saucy orange sauce with Spinach ch salad was amazing!! A Thursday special must try!!

Tiffanyneptune 12 months ago

Corncake

Corncake is one of my favorite mexican foods, and Caliente does it right! Perfect consistency and perfectly sweet. Yum 😋

Pcpappano about 1 year ago

ZUNI TOSTADA

I love this it's so delicious. The tostada shell is always crunchy unlike other restaurants. Try it with steak and you'll experience a symphony of flavors! This will be your go to entree!

Shannatimmer about 1 year ago

PANCHOS GRILLED AND ROLLED QUESADILLA

The Panchos quesadilla is one of the best quesadillas I've ever hadn't ! Perfect combination of chicken, cheese, avocado & more grilled perfectly

Positiveday513 about 1 year ago

QUINOA SALAD

Love Love Love the Quinoa salad with chicken. The dressing gives that kick of deliciousness!

Mesai about 1 year ago

PAKA RICS

I just tried this place over the weekend, and tried a few "unique" items that I haven't seen from other similar restaurants. So far, I loved everything I ordered!

Mesai about 1 year ago

RANCHERO CRISPY TACO

I just tried this place over the weekend, and tried a few "unique" items that I haven't seen from other similar restaurants. So far, I loved everything I ordered!

Michelle about 1 year ago

Rajas

My coworkers and I all work one parking lot over and we all get so excited as a team to eat here! We'll come on our lunch break or order takeout and rave about it to everyone! The Rajas is my absolute favorite salad (with shrimp). The perfect mix of healthy + filling! I could eat this every day and I do haha!

Eli 6 days ago

Blue Moon

I heard about this salad from a customer ( I work across the street) and after I tried it I absolutely loved it. They used to all also have this salad with this corn side but I dont remember the name of it.

Jredelhauser 3 months ago

GRILLED FAJITAS PLATE

This is one of my favorite meals! The bowl itself is so delicious with so many flavors. The fajitas are amazing, I love the Tex-Mex beans they serve here along with the rice, and when they are all mixed together in one taco it is so delicious. Would highly recommend to anyone!!

Jackie 5 months ago

ZUNI TOSTADA

This tostada is incredible. ❤

Mastreiff 5 months ago

WOW CHICKEN TACO

The best tacos in town! My favorite is the Wow Chicken Taco. The chicken is so good. Caliente is one of the only places we can eat that all five of my kids are happy. Family favorite!!!

Darren 5 months ago

Chicken Fajitas

Caliente is the best Mexican spot in Newport hands down. Their fajitas are unrivaled and made with organic ingredients and quality oil. 🖤🖤

Kyle 6 months ago

Fiesta Burrito Bowls

Every single time, the fiesta bowl with chicken. Soooo good!!! I would highly recommend this.

Kscottcu 7 months ago

Fiesta Burrito Bowls

I get the fiesta burrito bowl with mahi mahi every time I come here and it is my favorite dish by far. Never fails, always amazing. You will not regret it.

Julie 7 months ago

Healthy Rellenos

I can't resist ordering the Healthy Relleno every single time I call or enter Caliente ! The huge unbattered chile oozes with its tasty cheese filling, and is surrounded by rice and beans and a dollop of sweet corn cake if you order the plate! It has been my fave ever since they opened ! Try it; you'll love it !

Roxannedennant 7 months ago

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Legit my favorite burrito in SoCal! I'm obsessed! I drive from Long Beach to get this burrito and hit the delicious salsa bar - it's THAT good

Stevervta 8 months ago

Healthy Rellenos

My favorite Relleno anywhere!! Great salsas & awesome & friendly service!! Caliente is the kind of local eqtery you hope to have in your neighborhood!!

Aj 8 months ago

Fiesta Burrito Bowls

The chicken fajitas is my absolute favorite dish from here! The chicken is always cooked to perfection and the overall dish is filling, yet making you crave more!

Pinktelecaster 9 months ago

Chicken Flauta

I am a homemade, organic cooking kind of person, so I rarely ever eat out. A friend helped me with some reupholstering and I took her to lunch! Wow The best thing I have ever eaten! I normally would never order Deep fried flauta's but thought I'd try the Tuesday special. I am so glad that I did! Crazy good! I Am blown away!

Mbrahar 10 months ago

Cheese Enchilada

I truly enjoyed the cheese enchilada, it was tasty and full of cheese. I look forward to expanding my food selection choices next time. My favourite is carnitas - anything.

Rbarnett102 12 months ago

STREET TACOS: GRILLED CHICKEN

I honestly don't know what I was ordered but, I work at a HOA in new port and one of my residents brought me these delicious tacos. I drove from La Habra to Costa Mesa for this food... a few times

Thefolgers310 about 1 year ago

RANCHERO CRISPY TACO

Caliente is the best place we randomly found by mistake. We don't live close but we will now drive all the way out there just to eat! We have loved everything we have tried especially the crispy tacos and enchiladas! Yum! Beans and rice are good too and even their drink selections are great!

Kristenmadigan about 1 year ago

CALIENTE FLAUTAS

I love these chicken flautas! Nice and crispy with yummy dipping sauces! My favorite thing at Caliente!

Rebeccawang91 about 1 year ago

Spinach Enchilada

Amazing food, staff, and pairing of flavors!

Mesai about 1 year ago

WOW CHICKEN TACO

I just tried this place over the weekend, and tried a few "unique" items that I haven't seen from other similar restaurants. So far, I loved everything I ordered!

Mesai about 1 year ago

PANCHOS GRILLED AND ROLLED QUESADILLA

I just tried this place over the weekend, and tried a few "unique" items that I haven't seen from other similar restaurants. So far, I loved everything I ordered!

Srcondon about 1 year ago

Rajas

Do you like salads? Yes! Then the rajas salad is definitely he best salad ever! Don't like salads? Well you will after you try this one! Top it with chicken & your already amazing salad mixed with mango, bell peppers, avo & the best salad ever got even better!



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