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Chaak KITCHEN, Tustin, CA

Chaak KITCHEN

4.8
4.8
1495 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Inspired by Executive Chef Gabbi Patrick’s Yucatecan roots, CHAAK features Mayan staples of pibil, recados, seafood, smoke, and exotic spices combined with her signature modern flare. Located in Southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula differs from other regional Mexican cuisine with Spanish, Caribbean, and Mediterranean influences, dense tropical climate, and deep roots of the native Mayan culture. Experience the spirit of the Yucatan at CHAAK.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (657) 699-3019

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Gabbi Patrick

  • Private party facilities

    For parties of 8 or more, please call us!

  • Neighborhood

    Tustin

  • Cross street

    E 2nd Street and El Camino Real

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,495 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Orange County

    Best Food

  • North Orange County

    Best Ambiance

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  1. PH

    PatH

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent creative food, and our server was very efficient and personable.
  2. AN

    ANNA1492

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening to go to Chaak. Although it was a Tuesday night, it was lively and the mood was nice. I had the prawns and the really good pumpkin seed appetizer, I finished everything! This is a hidden gem in Tustin's little downtown area.
  3. c

    christineb

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top notch Food was inventive and fresh . Only small suggestion is maybe Chaal can install some fans on ceilings? It would add to ambience and cool the restaurant a bit Our dining experience was pure pleasure though
  4. MM

    MichelleM

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch at Chaak Kitchen and it was absolutely amazing. The food was outstanding, the drinks were custom and delicious, the service was superb and the ambiance and decor was very cool. Everything tasted authentic and was very fresh. This is by far, one of our new favorite restaurants and we can't wait to go back.
  5. GK

    GerardK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    most the food was good. Some of the food was great. Cocktails were great. Atmopshere was great. Looking forward to going again and exploring the menu more. Cool open-air bar and inside/outside seating. You are indoors, but it feels like you are outdoors on a patio. Good interior design and style.
  6. AM

    AllisonM

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place in town, can never go wrong here order the whole menu!
  7. D

    Dee29

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner. Food was delicious and service was attentive. But reservations are a must to avoid long waits. Street parking around restaurant is scarce during dinner hours, nearest public parking is at least a three blocks away. Otherwise enjoyable experience.
  8. AK

    AugustK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, tasty drinks ! I Enthusiastically recommend
  9. DA

    DAVIDS

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent everything, unique and great service. Corkage fee a bit high, but can't wait to go back
  10. D

    Dianna

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was AMAZING on every level possible. Highly recommend. Make sure you get the octopus chorizo appetizer. To-die-for!!!!
  11. J

    Jimmy

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time my girlfriend had been here and she loved it. I already was a fan of this place. The service was great and the staff made us feel special. Food was on point and the fact that I have a Keto lifestyle, there were plenty of selections on the menu to satisfy my dietary needs plus allow my non-Keto girlfriend to enjoy the food. The wine selection is quality and eclectic. The Valle de Guadelupe wines on this menu are ones I would drink at home. Always a special night out when I come here.
  12. r

    robr

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice evening. Flavorful food. Good service. Great drinks. Just a tad noisy. Will definately go back
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic & our server was very attentive. . We will definitely go back!
  14. MO

    MissO

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I had originally made a 5:30pm reservation but I moved it to 6:30pm, we arrived at 6pm and was told we would need to wait. We sat down and waited. We had asked to be seated outside and thought the entire time we sat there, there were 2 tables open outside. I was confused why we hadn;t been seated. At 6:30pm the hostess didn;t seem like she was going to seat us and a spot at the bar opened up and we took it. Other than that the food was good and the service afterwards was good as well. Clams in green sauce are my favorite.
  15. OQ

    OmarQBN

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and good prices on everything. Only issue was a very loud table right next to us. I think they may have been celebrating something. Other than that, great restaurant. Second time there and I will be back many more times for sure. Owner sat us and treated us very well. So did our waitress.
  16. JC

    JohnC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and it seemed as if people were working as a team to help serve all the tables very convenient. Love this place I will definitely be back
  17. RB

    RahulB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been here plenty of times and always had a fantastic meal. We had the octopus seviche and the bone marrow esquites and the pork shoulder. Great service and great food
  18. O

    Olivia

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought a friend here for her birthday (been here once before pre-covid) and it was even more outstanding than I remember. Amily (spelling) was amazing at explaining the menu and the history behind Chaak and the choices for cooking styles and cuisine. It was truly an enriching experience!
  19. TF

    TFresch

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ryan was great. We always trust his recommendations!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing — the food, the service. So excited that we discovered this gem in Old Town Tustin.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Drinks took 15+ minutes and we had to constantly remind them of our drinks were inputted or on the way. They also forgot one of our friends ice water which we asked. We ordered 6 entrees and only 4 came out. When the check came out they charged us for the 6 entrees. Must have been some miscommunication with the servers and kitchen. Usually the service is good here but today was pretty bad.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This charming historic location in Tustin sweeps your soul off its feet; Nature of the restaurant is bay skylights open front elegant upscale unique and charming food; Tustin city lights wrapped around the trees adorn historic Street further adding ambience; I thought the appetizer with the octopus and avocado was unbeatable; then the main course with a perfectly cooked nicely adorned fresh green peppers and freshly cut tomatoes and sauce to be added in separate; topped by an appetizer; !!! the pièce de résistance was desert a mousse like chocolate adorned with gelato! Skinny martinis and crisp freshwater ~ …yeah …wow! Double WOW! GO !!!
  23. NN

    NoahN

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was amazing. Was a very busy night and they were backed up but our server was 10/10
  24. V

    Vincent

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and ambience is 10/10 as usual. Service was a bit on the slower end - seemed understaffed.
  25. ME

    MelissaE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    Horrible service from hostess to waitress Isa. Food was fantastic & buser’s were great. Second time having had horrible service. The food and ambiance are great but not worth the horrible service.
  26. SC

    ShannonCimino

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chaak Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in OC. The authenticity and deliciousness of the cuisine, coupled with the ambiance and atmosphere, make it a superb dining experience. The coctels (cocktails) are amazing! I highly recommend the Smokey Mezcal Paloma or the Tamarindo con Chile cocktail. The food is so. damn. good. I always order the seafood ceviche and the Tacos de Conchinita Pibil (smoked pork shoulder tacos). Pro Tip: Ask for a few extra homemade tortillas on the side. You won't be disappointed.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining at CHAAK. My husband & I frequently go to the sister restaurant Gabbi’s. CHAAK did not disappoint at all. We were very happy w/ the staff , excellent food & atmosphere.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very unique dining experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and great service!
  30. MO

    MOth

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The food is very strange unless you like Yucatan food.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Wonderful little spot. Relatively affordable with some explosive flavors. I highly recommend it.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Never had an empty drink. :)
  33. RE

    RachelE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is always amazing! We take customers and friends and family there. It’s definitely a must if you’ve never been there!!! We love Chaak!
  34. I

    Italiana

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying, WoW the atmosphere is amazing! The bar is HUGE and the decor ope air bistro yet private from other business. The Branzino is a must try & pulled pork was phenomenal. We will be back!!!! A must try for sure :)
  35. D

    Dorian

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. I will return for sure! The style is one of a kind.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  37. PP

    PrinceofPinot

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great outdoor seating with screen that shields traffic. Anything on the menu is outstanding (except chicken salad). Great wine and cocktail list. Be sure and rsvp as very popular now.
  38. MR

    MelahatR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food that you won’t find anyone else in Orange County. Great ambience and spectacular service.
  39. I

    Irene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love 💕 love the brunch options, too. The owner came by & checked in w us. The food is always delish so flavorful & beautiful. Ambiance, music, service outstanding. We had the huarache appetizer, ceviche, sopa de lima, & steak w soft yummy many baby potatoes
  40. m

    michaelb

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food.Always a fun evening.

FAQs

Chaak KITCHEN is rated 4.8 stars by 1495 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 5 times today
Google Map for Chaak KITCHEN

215 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E 2nd Street and El Camino Real

  • Neighborhood

    Tustin

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Gabbi Patrick

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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