Descanso Restaurant Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Descanso Restaurant in Costa Mesa, is celebrating five years on Thursday, November 16, and is inviting the community to join in a day of festivities with live music, all-day drink specials, featured menu items, giveaways and more. The first concept of its kind, Descanso’s unique and award-winning Plancha dining experience catapulted the Mexican eatery to the top of Orange County’s dining scene shortly after opening in the fall of 2018. To commemorate the occasion, Descanso Executive Chef Jose Angulo and Mixologist Krys Modawell will introduce new menu items that will be featured throughout the month of November.

“Five years ago we started Descanso with the idea of bringing people together to commune over great food and a memorable experience,” said Rob Arellano, Owner of Descanso, SoCal’s only full-service Mexican restaurant known for preparing authentic cuisine a la minute in front of the guest on a traditional Plancha. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our community, and we look forward to our most exciting year yet as we prepare to expand to Los Angeles in 2024.”

Chicken Enchiladas - with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, melted 3 quesos, sour cream, queso fresco, red onion 

Photo courtesy of Descanso Restaurant.

Join Descanso in celebrating five years of authentic Mexican flavors. Enjoy complimentary bites, half-off margaritas, beers, tequila flights and wine bottles. Vibe to live music on Descanso’s spacious patio and savor a rotating collection of special menu items and cocktails which will be featured through November 30. 

Featured Anniversary Menu Items


Quinta Fiesta – Cazadores Blanco, crème de cassis, lime juice, ginger beer, morita chili salt rim, edible flower garnish, lime wheel.

November 12 -18 

Lunch special 

Hamachi En Leche de Tigre – sashimi grade hamachi, leche de tigre, pomegranate

Dinner Special

Braised Lamb Shank – butternut squash mash, black olive juice, gremolata

November 19-25 

Lunch special 

Chicken Enchiladas – with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, melted 3 quesos, sour cream, queso fresco, red onion 

Dinner special

Beef Cheek Agnolotti – slow braised beef cheeks, root vegetables, ancho chili beef reduction, black garlic, chanterelle mushrooms

November 26-30 

Lunch special 

Crispy Lobster Tacos – butter poached fresh Maine lobster, morita aioli, mango relish, red cabbage, crispy blue corn tortilla 

Dinner special  

Seared Sea Bass – pistachio crust, poblano sauce, garlic spinach  

Descanso Restaurant is located at 1555 Adams Ave. Ste. 103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Hours of operation are Monday from 3–9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Weekly happenings include Weekend Brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3–6 p.m., Taquero Tuesdays in the Plancha Room from 5 p.m. to close, and Wine Wednesday with live music beginning at 6 p.m.For more information and to make a reservation visit or call 714.486.3798.  

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