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Caliente Southwest Grill

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271 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3831
+1 949-515-0909
10:00 - 21:00
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Roseville, California
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466 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Recommended by a local, CALIENTE is part of a strip mall, not making scenic views from the inside. Lots of parking but IT’S usually crowded lot. Extensive menu presented neatly. I had a spinach enchilada and they included a second one for only a buck more. Tasty and mushy. Easy to cut with plastic cutlery. Wife had a shredded beef... More 

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Murrieta, California, United States
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Fast service even for a weekend lunch crowd. Interesting menu and super friendly staff - you can't fake this kind of friendliness. Some restaurants claim "fresh Mex." Caliente delivers. The Blue Moon Salad is excellent with chicken strips worth tasting alone to get the full flavor. The Wow Chicken Tacos with chicken and cucumber had a uniquely enjoyable flavor and... More 

Thank Keith R
La Habra, California
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310 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2015

We used Caliente Southwest Grill to icater my son's 8th birthday party at SkyHigh Trampoline park. All of my guests raved about the food. For our catering we ordered, Blue moon salad (amazing), Flautas, chicken skewers, and tacos (chicken & carnitas). Included in the meal was rice, beans, sweet corn, guac, chips, and salsa. They set up an incredible spread.... More 

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Anaheim, California
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2014

Visited today for first time as it was yummy. Had the carnitas platter which was more than I could eat. It came with rice and black beans. Ordered a small side of chips for .25 cents additional. Not a large restaurant so seating isn't great. Because restaurant is also in a strip mall parking can be a challenge too, but... More 

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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Love this place. The food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable. Love the salads, the spinach enchiladas, and the carnitas platter. Everything is always good and this is my favorite weeknight place to pick up dinner when I'm not in the mood to cook.

Thank dreyer
Costa Mesa, California
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268 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

I have been ordering the Blue Moon Salad for years, but...my new favorite is the Almond Salad. Try it...you'll like it

Thank ebrynnie
Newport Beach, California
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268 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2012

I usually order the Blue Moon Salad, which is delightful. I recently stopped in on a Tuesday and they have great Tacos too, on special of course. The portions are generous and the prices are very fair.

Thank SunshineGirl2929
Costa Mesa, California
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268 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2012

Caliente's is a small place on 17th Street in Costa Mesa. We have been enjoying Caliente's food for years. If you have a chance stop by...you won't regret it. They offer an extensive menu. Here's a couple of our favorites: The BLUE MOON CHICKEN SALAD is to die for. It comes with Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, bleu cheese, sliced apple,... More 

Thank ebrynnie
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2012

WOW! Nice portions, a wonderful mix of flavors to just tantalize your palate. Nothing same ole same ole here. Ask for spicy, that's what you'll get! I'm not happy unless my nose is running but it's wonderfully NOT TOO overbearing. Not much of a 'hot' person? The thrills on this menu far exceeds any imagination one would expect for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 271 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3831
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-515-0909

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?