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Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

4.5
4.5
1610 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Gabbi Patrick is dedicated to integrating modern gastronomy with the indigenous and traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine. In her pursuit of preserving the rich culinary heritage of Mexico, Gabbi has adopted an eco-gastronomic approach in her interpretation of “Old World” recipes. Her passion and vision are reflected in every detail of her craft, from supporting local farms to her extensive travels throughout Mexico.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (714) 633-3038

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gabbi Patrick

  • Private party facilities

    We have an underground cellar for private parties of up to 12 people. Call to inquire!

  • Neighborhood

    Orange

  • Cross street

    S Glassell St

  • Parking details

    Parking lot behind building

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,610 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Mexican

  • North Orange County

    Mexican

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  1. CD

    CarolD

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful experience, great food, great service and ambience
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Forgot food, drinks, etc. it was a below average experience.
  3. S

    Stephanie

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We were left along for 15 minutes with no service and had to ask the front to send a server. Menu is limited and good, but not worth it.
  4. CA

    CathiA

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The servers were amazing. I got the vege tacos and they were delicious. Others in our party got a salad, carnitas and a shrimp dish. The person that got the shrimp dish was disappointed. The shrimp was cold in the middle and he said the flavor was “off”. We got two different appetizers and churros for dessert, yum.
  5. BA

    BrianA

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Menu selection has been the same for a very long time. Need new items
  6. TP

    ToriP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabbi's is always a favorite!!! Delicious food, amazing chips and salsa, lovely environment!
  7. JS

    JackieS

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    When reserving our table I noted that it was a business lunch. The service was slow and laid back. Our group of 3 had 1 hour for lunch and we ended up running 30 min over. Would not recommend for a business lunch.
  8. A

    Alex

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We used to absolutely love this place but it’s really gone downhill. On Monday we went for lunch, the service was mundane, the drinks were AWFUL (ordered spicy pepino margarita and it was sweet, both times), the chips and salsa were honestly great, but the appetizers and entrees were not good. At these prices, the quality should be outstanding. This is probably our 3rd or 4th attempt at going back hoping it would be the way it used to be years ago, but I’m afraid it’s not somewhere we’ll be back to :(
  9. L

    Lnmarie

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We usually love Gabbi’s. But this day the service was quite slow. We waited awhile for our server to even come to our table. We waited about 30 minutes for chips/salsa and guacamole. We waited for our drinks,too. (Just 2 cocktails-everyone else had water) I got the shrimp enchiladas-the shrimp were way over cooked and tough plus the entire plate was lukewarm. But I was starving so just ate it. Again we waited awhile for the check and when it did come my credit card was missing-so we had to find the server who had kept it in her apron. It was not our best experience here…
  10. s

    sarahp

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Didn’t get greeted for 10 minutes by our server & didn’t get our drinks for 30 minutes! Asked for a side house salad & waiter brought out an entree salad. Nothing was worth the price either.
  11. LF

    LaurrenF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, slightly higher prices.
  12. DA

    DanielleA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular as always! We love coming to this restaurant.
  13. SL

    SaraL

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!! Our waiter was amazing!! Definitely will be back.
  14. A

    Annie

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Gabbi’s food was excellent. The guacamole and salsa were excellent! The seafood pozole is my favorite. It did not disappear. My husband had the tlacoyo which is a masa base with beans and lots of fresh food like cucumbers and avocado pieces on top. He ate the whole thing. His daughter had the enchiladas suizas which she said were delicious. Although there were many people in the airy restaurant, we chose to sit outside as we are older. It was lovely. We will return again and again. I love their perspective on Mexican food. So healthy and tasty!
  15. DB

    DevinB

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not a single bad thing on the menu. Getting a Margarita is a must!!
  16. CL

    CarolynL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Food, margaritas, and service used to be better.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very expensive for a Mexican restaurant
  18. GO

    GregO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! The enchiladas suizas had wonderful flavor and were cooked perfectly, as were the black beans and white rice. My friend felt that the rice had a bit too much garlic flavor, but for me it was an excellent complement for the food. Though I rarely have drinks - they are often too sweet or something I could make at home - I was very happy with the Paloma margarita. Gracias Gabbi and staff! I will be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and lunch service was impeccable.
  20. m

    michellew

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious, especially the carne asada tacos. OMG, such great flavor and so tender. The empanadas were good as well and quite unique. No many choice of chardonnay but a great varied menu for food. Fun atmosphere an our waiter was super attentive.
  21. s

    scufred

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Separate charge for kitchen staff is uncalled for. Pay them a decent wage, and you don't have to do that.
  22. RR

    RonR

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We dine at Gabby's periodically and always have a good experience. Our waitress was knowledgeable and personable. The shrimp enchiladas and anything with mole are personal favorites. The only thing I don't particularly care for is the "kitchen appreciation" charge. I'd prefer they eliminated this fee and simply raised the prices of the food slightly to compensate.
  23. RM

    RossM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places to eat. Food is amazing, drinks are delicious, it’s a great place to enjoy dinner.
  24. DV

    DeeV

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    If I had to describe this restaurant in one word, it would be OVERRATED. #1 Beautiful decor #2 Service was very slow and there were no allot of people dining #3 They refused to make simple food adjustments #4 My soda was watered down and they refused to replace it Food was tasty but not spectacular and they even add on a tip for the kitchen staff without my permission stating its a "law". Will not be returning.
  25. S

    Summer2022

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is our favorite place! The menu is very good but we are hoping to see some changes in the menu especially for summer. Something like Aguachile, Ceviche will be fantastic. We love the food, service and the ambiance. Keep up the good work!,
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! The vegan members of our party loved the choices available to them.
  27. TM

    TiffanyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. I loved the ambience. This is how dining out should be.
  28. c

    cb3froma2

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an outstanding meal. A bit spicy for my partner, but I enjoyed it immensely.
  29. SW

    ScottW

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super-delicious food in a very cool downtown Orange location. Not cheap, but worth the price. Excellent margaritas and guacamole to start!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Family outing for my 3 year aniversario it was a perfect day arrived sat down righ away drinks are always worth it ! Will be back soon
  31. MJ

    MatthewJ

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Waiter was missing in action for most of our dinner besides taking our order. Wanted some additional tortillas but tired of waiting. Mole was prepared nicely but portioning skimpy for price. No chips and salsa unless you want to pay $14 for guacamole and chips . Yikes Ambience is nice but dark inside and loud.
  32. KF

    KathyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite restaurant!! Perfect for date night.
  33. JC

    JeffC

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Alas, Gabbi's seems a shadow of its formerly wonderful self. Yes, covid is (probably) to blame. Both the Swiss enchilada and shrimp taco seemed reduced from their former (great) versions. Unless I missed it, their former (great) aquaverde salad is now missing. The wine list is better now than it was a few months ago though. (bravo!). I look forward to a post-covid re-boot of Gabbis with something approximating its former menu. Best wishes, hope for the better.
  34. KS

    KayS

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We love Gabbi's, and Chaak, as well. The food is imaginative and well-executed. The drinks are interesting and beautifully presented. The four stars instead of five, which the food richly deserves, is really about the noise. It's difficult to converse here because the walls are hard and the music is too loud. I think some softer Latin jazz would match the food and decor, and prevent hollering.
  35. J

    James

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Waiter slow and not attentive
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    One of the better Mexican spots in OC (right beside El Mercado). It’s on the more expensive side, but the food mostly lives up to that.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always good and our server was awesome! I never write reviews but this place deserves it!
  38. S

    Smeds

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I’m comparing this to Taco Maria which is also a Michelin star Mexican restaurant and it’s not as good. It’s also not as memorable. I think this is one of those places that got a Michelin star and stopped trying instead of continuing to improve and make amazing food…
  39. KJ

    KarenJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service from the staff and the food is so delicious. Only thing is the chairs at the tables are uncomfortable and that's why I gave 4 stars for overall.
  40. DU

    DaveU

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always great. Next level mexican food so make a reservation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 1610 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

141 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S Glassell St

  • Neighborhood

    Orange

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking lot behind building

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabbi Patrick

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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