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Great MEX

703 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1305
+1 949-675-0808
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“shrimp tacos” (12 reviews)
“al pastor” (2 reviews)
“chile relleno” (5 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
703 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1305
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1 - 10 of 136 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pay no attention to miss Carolina there! This place is great and everybody loves it. There's also Taco Friday they are only a dollar fifty! Enchiladas are killer my wife had ceviche and she loved it. If you're looking for big Americanized restaurant this ain't...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in North Carolina, and when I come to California, I always get excited to get mexican food here. I felt like during my short 3 day trip, this was a wasted opportunity as the mexican food here, while not bad, was nothing that...More

1  Thank jrobba
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a great place to eat! We've been back several times and would love to do it again. We had the soft tacos with pork and they are out of this world. This is the place for excellent mexican food.

Thank Fuzzyhunden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is very small, so hard to get a table, but we got take away from here twice during our week in Newport Beach. Food is really tasty and inexpensive, service was very friendly.

Thank Åshild L
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Even if you never ate at this restaurant you would quickly learn that it has good food. Just checkout the line of locals waiting to get in on Taco Tuesday.

Thank AgentMaryLou
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

The food here was just outstanding at a reasonable price. The shredded beef tacos were just amazing. Very small hole in the wall place you order and then sit down. Not fancy but it is worth going! My kids loved it too.

Thank Wildcat1111
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Went to lunch after boating and had some tacos and enchiladas The chicken tacos were great and the beef tacos were ok. Just big pieces of meat. The guacamole was outstanding and service was great.

Thank Summersnuggles
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Great Mexican food. A little hole in the wall but great food and service. Everyone one that works there is so kind. And the price portions And taste is spot on. It’s our go to mexivofood while in Balboa.

Thank Hilda B
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Great Mex truly lives up to its name. Plus the Fajitas Salad with Shrimp is the best deal on the Peninsula. You may have to wait in line, but well worth the time.

Thank Tracy R
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Great Mex is one of my must stop places in Newport! It’s such a perfect day taking the Ferry across to enjoy the expansive beaches and stopping at Great Mex on the way back across the Harbor! You wouldn’t expect it, but their French fries...More

Thank CharlieeMariee
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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