Mexican Restaurants in Lake Forest

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Located on the gorgeous shores of Lake Mission Viejo and decorated with hand-painted murals, the picture-perfect hacienda features a menu packed with Mexican favorites. House specialties include carnitas (fresh, Mexican-style pork with frijoles, arroz, salsa fresca, and guacamole, $14.95) and the mole Maria (tender chicken topped with homemade mole sauce, $14.95). If you bring a Valentine's date, the platon de tacos (for two people, $26.95) gives you both ample opportunity to eat from either end of a custom-made taco and meet in the middle—a couples activity as romantic to experience as it is disgusting to watch. Seafarers will dig the marinated convergence of raw fish, lime, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro in Tortilla Flats' ceviche ($11.95) or the sautéed crab and shrimp medley of chimichanga de mariscos ($18.95), while herbivores can savor some deep-fried tostadas stuffed with veggies ($10.95). Chase it all with a dessert of fried ice cream ($6.95) or caramel flan ($4.95). Tortilla Flats also offers a respectable wine list.

27792 Vista Del Lago
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina shares its menu of Mexican comestibles in nearly every U.S. state and more than five countries, acquainting diners worldwide with the classic recipes and innovative ingredients of the Tex-Mex tradition. Tortilla artisans bundle enchiladas, burritos, and chimichangas with surprising flavors such as beef brisket and chili pesto while sizzling platters reinvent traditional fajitas with the addition of ranch, bacon, and cold-fusion technology. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has partnered with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, pledging to donate a minimum of $250,000 annually to the charity to help bring attention to the importance of breast-cancer screenings, support important research, and supplement medical costs for breast-cancer sufferers.

26661 Aliso Creek Rd
Aliso Viejo,
CA
US

From 14-hour days during the beginnings of their first restaurant in Long Beach more than 37 years ago, Super Mex founders Manuel and Socorro Orozco built franchises across Southern California. Inspired by the local cuisine of the village he was born in—Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico—Manuel brought his passion for traditional Mexican food to California, where the business grew with a dedicated following of college students. Striving to craft dishes that taste homemade, Super Mex offers Mexican classics such as burritos, tostadas, and flautas.

14370 Culver Dr
Irvine,
CA
US

From a humble beginning as a family business in Tustin more than 25 years ago, Jalapeños has flourished into multiple restaurants throughout Orange County. It's an achievement almost as impressive as the sheer number of burritos on the Tustin menu: 15. And that number could be easily doubled by having each one made mojado-style with melted cheese on top. Classic combinations of beans and meat share the page with creations like the Chile Colorado—beef chunks, red chile, and cheese—as well as vegetarian burritos that are stuffed with the likes of chiles rellenos and veggies instead of just another tortilla wadded up.

Of course, the menu also includes tacos, tortas, and tostadas. Specialty dinners here range from enchiladas to plates of beef tongue and carnitas. To add a little tang to your meal, order an entire marinated jalapeno on the side and douse the spiciness with an imported beer.

3851 Alton Pkwy
Irvine,
CA
US

Settle into the capacious dining area and notice how the colors on the walls perfectly match the salsa, likely meaning it's possible to dip chips in the walls. Snap back to reality and get to appetizing with a pair chicken or steak flautas with chipotle dipping sauce ($6.35) or some carnitas nachos ($4.95). Big burritos comprise the core of the menu—nab the steak species to taste queso fresco and grilled bell pepper ($7.95), the fish to taste chimayo tartar and mahimahi ($7.95), or the California veggie with zucchini and avocado to keep it strictly unmeaty ($5.70). If you prefer unwrapped eats, opt for a shrimp taco ($3.50), the cheese enchiladas ($5.95), or a combination of entrees ($8.99+). Those dining during dinner will receive a free flan for dessert.

3940 S Bristol St
Santa Ana,
CA
US

At La Terraza Mexican Grill & Bar, talented chefs conjure up delectable medleys of Mexican flavors made from preservative-free, all-natural ingredients. Mouthwatering burritos and crispy tacos bulge with fresh, never-frozen meats, ensuring that taste buds swoon under the spell of farm-fresh chicken and beef ladled with salsa made fresh daily. Terracotta tile, bright yellows, and effervescent greens color La Terraza’s vibrant interior and full bar, providing a bright background for their sweet-and-salty margaritas. An outdoor patio aerates overheated palates and shelters patrons with bright red and yellow umbrellas.

3605 S Bristol St
Santa Ana,
CA
US