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Great MEX

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703 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1305
+1 949-675-0808
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 07:00 - 21:00
Tue 07:00 - 23:00
Wed - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wanted a place that was informal and good culture food. This was a tiny little place but had great food and friendly service. Seating is limited so definitely better for small groups. You order at the counter and eat casual. We had grilled tacos, burritos and the chips and guacamole are excellent. Also, loved the salsa bar that you could... More 

Thank tmattt
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Deals on Tuesday's and Friday's, great mex is the best Mexican on the balboa peninsula, try the shrimp taco!!!

Thank Julius L
Salem, Oregon
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Balboa Pier just for the day and we're looking for a place to eat. What drew us was the smell of the homemade tortillas. The place is small and very clean. The food was so good. Best enchilada I ever had. A family member ordered the Carne Asada and raved about it. This is a small walk up... More 

Thank kedder77
Hollywood, Florida
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Make Mexico Proud again!! Great... the best Mexican food that I have had in years. This is the clean a well established restaurant. The staff isn't very easy to engage in communication but they provide decent service. The people cooking know what to do, that's why I rate them so high. You can eat in or take out. There is... More 

Thank cithinker
Launceston, Australia
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this eating establishment. We wanted to try some different Mexican food outside the usual tacos. The waitress was very helpful in suggesting what to try. We had tortas. These were amazing. Huge servings. We had to take some home. We also tried some sort of chips with chilli coriander dipping sauce. We had never tried these. They... More 

Thank DanandWendy
North Vancouver
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48 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Great stop here. We were hungry and wanted some cheap eats. Even though it was cheap, the quality is good. Small place with many cheap eats and some specials on certain days of the week. We had the California burrito which was wrapped in fries and gravy. Sounds disgusting, but was flavourful. They are licenced so you can have a... More 

Thank KenKiK
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Food is very good. I recommend the bean and cheese nachos (awesome). The prices are very good also, you can find $1.25 tacos (small ones but tasty)

Thank Angeles H
Perth, Western Australia
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197 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Our family of 6 had a great meal on 3rd July. Balboa was packed with 4th July revellers and parking took an age but we got a spot in GM quite easily. Got one table first then added the adjacent one when it was free. We had fajitas, a burrito and a quesadilla and all was great. Fresh, tasty and... More 

5 Thank Romford
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Came her before going on our whale watching tour. The service was great - you get that "at home" feeling. It is very small can maybe fit about 30 people. You order at the counter and then they either call you or bring food out to you. The salsas are great - you get a lot of variety from the... More 

1 Thank Nalu22
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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181 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Went after our whale watching tour. Tacos were amazing!!!! Chili relleno was not authentic or yummy and cost $3 ala carte. The salsa bar was a great addition to the complementary chips. Highly recommend the carne asada Mexican tacos. Burrito was a little pricey but delicious.

Thank bacm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 703 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1305
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-675-0808

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?