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Our Latest Reviews

Rachel.Morganf 5 days 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 13 days 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 16 days 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 26 days 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 52 about 2 months ago


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

Ajaxx 52 about 2 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 2 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!!

Truebluebum 2 months ago

Shrimp Tacos

My wife and I have been going to the Newport restaurant for over 15 years now. We live in Ontario and we make the trek to "see the Newport pier" but that is not the truth. The truth is that we love the Shrimp tacos. Yes, the view is awesome, the water is calming, but its those darn tacos and their great salsa's, great service and the people that bring us back every time. Also the beers are always very cold. We can't wait to go out there again, hopefully in the near future.

Laurensmeekens 3 months ago


Pretty sure I've had at least one of everything on the menu! Lived on the Balboa Peninsula for 8 years now and the food never disappoints. Everything is always so delicious, staff is friendly and they have the BEST Taco Tuesday and Fridays in town!

Troy 3 months ago

Shrimp Quesadillas

I am very well traveled and have had food from all over the world. I have a best of list and GreatMex has the absolute best Shrimp Burrito I have tasted. I am not sure what they put in it but I am absolutely addicted. There are 6 places to eat within walking distance from my place but GreatMex is always my Go to!

Zyrahx33 3 months ago

Bean and Cheese Burrito

The burrito was delicious! Lots of cheese and a good size.

Dcgoodman1986 3 months ago

California Burrito

Burrito was everything and more than advertised. Great value. Clean fresh and balanced ingredients. Not greasy. I will absolutely be back

Raven.Burns 9 days 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 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 15 days 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 24 days 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 29 days 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago


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 about 2 months ago


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 2 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 Hunt1949 2 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...

Susan 2 months ago

Machaca and Eggs

This is a small, but MIGHTY, venue so close to home that I eat here often and have NEVER been disappointed. My favorite is their shredded beef taco, but their enchiladas are delicious as well as every other thing I've ever tried here. What tops their food is that the staff is pleasant, charming, and accommodating. Kudos Great Mex Newport!

Kierracormier96 3 months ago

Machaca and Eggs

For my breakfast burrito of choice I have to go go with the Chicken Machaca with egg whites. So much flavor, and a perfect way to start the day, or even end the day! They serve breakfast burritos ALL DAY! Must try, especially with the salsa rojo, so spicy, but in the best way imaginable!

Lizserr54 3 months ago

Carne Asada & Eggs

Food was delicious!

Icybri03 3 months ago

Mexican Tacos

If you haven't been to great mex for the tacos you should. I'm here almost every Friday for their carnitas tacos. Seriously some of the best I've ever had. If you are worried they won't taste authentic because they have multiple locations don't worry they are!

Chanel.Sigal 3 months ago

Fajita Burrito

Favorite local spot! Shrimp tacos and carne asada are amazing!! Taco Tuesday and friday never gets old!


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