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Caliente Southwest Grille

100% Local

271 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa , CA 92627 (view map)
Phone: (949) 515-0909 Website: Hours:

Mon – Fri: 10:30am – 9:00pm
Sat: 9:30am – 9:00pm
Sun: 10:00am – 9:00pm

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Located on 17th street, in the heart of Costa Mesa / Newport 

In our 11 years of business in Costa Mesa,  Caliente Southwest Grille has earned the title "Local Favorite"
Traditional mexican food expertly created with local organic produce has been part of Caliente Southwest Grille's years of service.  Truly authentic Mexican Food is what our loyal locals have come to expect whether dining in-house, or for take-out...  or, our renown catering service!
Here's what some O.C. Food Critics have to say:

In the 11 years of business Caliente has earned the title "Local Favorite",
and is best described as... Healthy Fresh-Mex with a Southwestern influence.

Caliente infuses elements of the budding farm-to-table movement along with health-conscious sensibilities into a cuisine that has long had a reputation of being heavy. Utilizing locally grown produce and making their sauces, salsas, and dressings from scratch not only brilliantly demonstrates Caliente’s tremendous commitment to their from-scratch cooking, but also ensures the traditional and inventive creations found on the menu are delectable.

Caliente Southwest Grille: Local favorite in Costa Mesa..... Amongst all the casual restaurants packing the stretch of 17th Street strip malls in Costa Mesa, is the discrete hidden treasure of Caliente Southwest Grille. With only six tables inside, a few seats along the wall, and some alfreeatingscos, Caliente is notorious for being packed, with a line of locals at times in line out the door. Once you've tried anything on the extensive menu, such as the massive Rajas Steak Burrito, the heaping Carnitas Platter, the decadently crispy Flautas, or any one of the generous salads which overflow with delicious toppings, you will understand why people frequent Caliente several times during the week.

  • Good For Groups
  • Good For Kids
  • Take Out
  • Catering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Specialties Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee
You name it - we can do it! Team up with Caliente for the best Mexican food catering celebration - for any event, birthday, company Christmas party, fundraiser, or class reunion.  Use your imagination or ours to plan seriously fun holidays and special functions.  It will be one affair that is the talk of the town.  Name the event, large or small.  We're serious about excellence in Southwest Mexican foods in Costa Mesa!  
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ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE GIVE US A CALL!  Heather  (949) 525-5303


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