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Our Latest Reviews

Sdavila1620 4 days ago

California Burrito

It was so good! Asking for an add on of beans inside the burrito makes it extra delicious. It's definitely a guilty pleasure of mine- especially since I try not to eat red meat often!

Photogsherry 6 days ago

Bean Burrito

The beans are the best I've ever had. I can eat the Great Mex bean burrito every single day and not get tired of it. The pico de gallo makes it absolutely delightful!

William 10 days ago

Carne Asada Plate

My staff and I from CSULB always come here. I have been in love with this place for years and always stop in for basically anything on the menu. Well, I stopped by there last night.  Man if you have not been there you are missing out. The interior is clean & has a good vibe with a modern theme. Seating is roomy & there is an outdoor area.  The chips are good and the salsa is great!  Homemade salsa definitely.  The meat in tacos is flavored perfectly & super tender. The tortilla soup has way too much chicken as this can be a meal in its self !  The soup has potatoes, carrots, tons of good chicken, Monterey Jack cheese and the broth is excellent with a hint of cumin.  The Mexican rice is cooked & flavored perfectly. Rice is fluffy & perfectly cooked, just enough tomatoe sauce and the perfect amount of cumin & caldo de pollo.  Good texture, pork taste good and good balance of masa vs meat.  I had the tomatillo sauce, I don't like the Tex-Mex chili con carne. I know my Mexican food and this place is legit! I will definitely be back to try many other items on the menu, especially the shrimp & ceviche cocktail.   Go Lakers!

Stephenschnack 12 days ago

Soft Taco

I had the Pollo tacos and they were delicious. Soft moist premium chicken, seasoned to perfection... I threw in some chips and helped myself to the salsa bar. Some carrots, pepper, and tons of salsa later, I am a VERY happy camper. Thank you Great Mex!

Sunnyjgoldberg about 1 month ago

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Tried Great Mex on a friends suggestion and it did not disappoint! We've already been here 3 times and have ordered take-out from the Newport location twice. From bean and cheese burritos (my number 1) to taco Tuesday tacos to carne Asada fries, everything has been tasty! The food is great, the service is great, and this has become our go-to for Mexican food!

Kimelliottdq about 1 month ago

Shrimp or Fish Taco

Super delicious grilled fish tacos.! Good size portions. This is my new favorite place to eat.

Hmmhjr about 1 month ago

Bacon, Avocado with Cheese Omelette

Soooo good. The people are awesome that work there and the food is really good. The atmosphere is local beach hangout!

Yorkmikaela about 1 month ago

Soft or Crispy Taco- choose one

I always come in for soft ground beef tacos here bc they're one of the only places that do flour tortillas for tacos!! I love their food. I've also had tamales and enchiladas from there; just as delicious. Busy sometimes but the employees are always friendly.

Wyattmarkrobertson about 2 months ago

Ham, Sausage or Bacon Burritos

Whenever I come home to visit Costa Mesa or Newport Beach, this is the *only* food I make sure I get every time. I've shown every person I bring to this area how good these breakfast burritos are, and I've never been disappointed.

Avamonroze about 2 months ago

Mexican Tacos

Great Mex Grill is my favorite place to get crunchy tacos, my personal favorite - chicken. By far the best Mexican restaurant in OC for Taco Tuesday.

Rachel about 2 months ago

Crispy Taco

I love great mex because the staff is always welcoming. Its always clean. The salsa bar is my favorite one in town!!! Not to expensive.. and most of all EXTREMELY TASTY!!!

Arielannette 2 months ago

California Burrito

The California Burrito is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I had one and was NOT disappointed. The ingredients were fresh and everything was cooked perfectly. I can't wait to come back for another this week!

Ronanco 2 months ago

Shrimp or Fish Taco

Great flavor & a kick to it. Must order every time we eat there! All the food is good with great quick service! Best value for the money!!

Jessicaswifty 3 months ago

Huevos Rancheros

Best Huevos Rancheros around!! Whenever I am in Newport I have to stop by and get this for breakfast. I remember when Great Mex first opened in Balboa and was OBSESSED with their tacos. And now I keep getting new favorites I discover on the menu. Love you Great Mex!

Efoster9 3 months ago

Chicken or Beef Tacos

Fantastic value, and right on the money every time. Great Mex is my go to spot on Balboa Peninsula.

Ktbeck83 3 months ago

Fish Tacos

I've lived on the Peninsula for 10+ years and the grilled fish tacos at Great Mex are still the BEST I've ever had! Super friendly staff always as well. California burrito is also amazing!

Ajaxx 3 months ago

Chimis

Best chimi's around, everyday customer and the staff is always on top of things with great service!

Ajaxx 3 months ago

California Burrito

I live 1 minute from great mex on wilson and Newport Blvd and get a Cali burrito or chimichanga everyday and it is always 🔥🔥🔥 and the staff is always great!

Chwherry 4 months ago

Bean and Cheese Burrito

We love Great Mex! Their burritos are so yummy with the wet sauce. Shrimp tacos to die for. We have ordered and tried almost every dish and we love everything! Highly recommend for some good Mexican food! Don't forget to get the black salsa!!

Xkorinaaaa 6 days ago

Crispy Taco

Their crispy tacos are bomb!

William 10 days ago

Mexican Tacos

My staff and I from CSULB always come here. I have been in love with this place for years and always stop in for basically anything on the menu. Well, I stopped by there last night.  Man if you have not been there you are missing out. The interior is clean & has a good vibe with a modern theme. Seating is roomy & there is an outdoor area.  The chips are good and the salsa is great!  Homemade salsa definitely.  The meat in tacos is flavored perfectly & super tender. The tortilla soup has way too much chicken as this can be a meal in its self !  The soup has potatoes, carrots, tons of good chicken, Monterey Jack cheese and the broth is excellent with a hint of cumin.  The Mexican rice is cooked & flavored perfectly. Rice is fluffy & perfectly cooked, just enough tomatoe sauce and the perfect amount of cumin & caldo de pollo.  Good texture, pork taste good and good balance of masa vs meat.  I had the tomatillo sauce, I know my Mexican food and this place is legit! I will definitely be back to try many other items on the menu, especially the shrimp & ceviche cocktail.   Go Lakers!

Matthewpfeinstein 11 days ago

Chimis

Excellent food. The chimis had a nice crisp to them and the chicken was exceptional. The space is small but the food makes up for it! Their menu is pretty large which allows for ample choices!

Sandracamacho84 16 days ago

Tortas

Their tortas are really tasty, it was made quick, nice and hot. The side of fries really add on to the dish and brings it all together. I really recommend trying their torta on your next visit.

Jennamaybee03 about 1 month ago

Chips and 8 oz. Salsa

We work next door and always order the chicken soup. Its the best always done within 5-10 mins.

Kimelliottdq about 1 month ago

Soft Taco

Super delicious grilled fish taco! Good size portions. Friendly staff. I love mexican food, this is my new favorite place to eat.

Cldonovan about 1 month ago

2 Shrimp or Mahi Enchiladas Plate

I had not been to Great Mex in some time, and we decided to drop by for something different. Everybody enjoyed the food, mostly burritos. The mahi I had was absolutely fabulous.

Hmmhjr about 2 months ago

Breakfast Sandwich

Everything I have ever had at this location has been wonderful. The service is with a smile and the people call the locals by name. They even know what they like! The ambience is ... well ... It's a small hole in the wall steps from the beach ... My kinda place

Garciadesiree07 about 2 months ago

Soft or Crispy Taco- choose one

I've gone here a couple times for their Taco Tuesdays. Now, let me just say, I'm EXTREMELY picky when it comes to Mexican food and more specifically tacos. Their crispy tacos are the best and I would also highly recommend the soft tacos. Get a few plus their $1.50 beer and you are good to go!

Jane about 2 months ago

Mushroom Taco

Mushroom taco is the best, particularly on taco Tuesday. Also love the crispy tacos and salsa hits the spot.

Raven 2 months ago

The Slim Burrito

My favorite item on the menu (and I've tried a lot of them)! Perfectly portioned, super healthy and overall just bomb.com. It may be weird but I get this with shrimp added to it. Their shrimp is perfectly seasoned and always worth it! They're generous with their portion sizes. Friendly service, delicious food (which you can see cooked in front of you) and an amazing salsa bar. There's a reason they're always so busy! This is a delicious choice.

Jessaivie 2 months ago

Crispy Taco

Great mex has the best crispy tacos! We love the shredded beef in them the most. We live down the street and love riding our bikes here to get an order of them to go and a churro on the side. Their salsa Verde is delicious and they have a great salsa bar!

Aaron81roberts 3 months ago

Soft Taco

Soft tacos are authentic and fresh, just like street tacos in Mexico. Has been a solid Taco Tuesday (and Friday) spot for years!

Amandamay36 3 months ago

Bean and Cheese Nachos

My favorite weekend spot! The patio area outside is great and I always get really good service. The food is awesome!

Sarahpcolgate 3 months ago

Crispy Taco

My fiancé and I try out tacos at all different places in the Costa Mesa/ Newport area and we have decided that the crispy chicken taco here is hands down the best! We love the fresh ingredients and you truly can't beat the price! Thank goodness this place is around the block from our house!!

Kkthinkpink15 3 months ago

Fajitas

Great Mex is the best Mexican food on the Peninsula! I take all of my visitors there. I love the Fajitas and their chips and guac are great!

Kristina 3 months ago

Enchilada

Tried Great Mex for lunch. The enchiladas were amazing, not too much sauce, just the right amount of cheese. The sides were also great as well. Will absolutely return to try out more of the menu!

Carolinahernandez1495 4 months ago

Fish Taco

Their fish tacos are amazing! I prefer them both ways, grilled or fried! I have been going to great mex for 4 years now since the days my boyfriend and I met in college! We are faithful to their Costa Mesa location and now we are faithful to their Long Beach location! Yum!

Maggie 4 months ago

Soft or Crispy Taco- choose one

This place is life..I cannot live without their crispy chicken tacos..I live in Santa Ana and I drive all the way to Costa Mesa just to get me my tacos..Everytime my husband asked what I want for dinner, lunch or breakfast he already know my answer..Crispy chicken tacos from Great Mex, Costa Mesa..I used to work at Money Mart on Mesa Verde and this is how I find out about this place then I share to all my families now they over there every weekend...I hope you will extend your restaurant to Santa Ana or Tustin coz everybody will love it,.If I love your food so as others..Thank you for making the best Mexican food ever..I tasted some of your food but tacos is my favorite...



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