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Lakefront Dining At Tortilla Flats In Mission Viejo

written by John Chow on November 21, 2011

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Tortilla Flats is a fine dining Mexican restaurant located on Lake Mission Viejo, in Mission Viejo, California. Known for their long-standing heritage and beautiful lakeside dining, Tortilla Flats has been a favorite destination in Orange County for diners who appreciate fine Mexican food.

The tables on the multi-level patio overlooks Lake Mission Viejo and offers dreamy views of the multimillion-dollar homes across the water. On Tuesdays, chicken and carne asada crispy shelled tacos are sold for only $1. A DJ spins ’70s music and newer hits after 7pm. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience the DJ or $1 taco since it was Monday noon.

What we did experience was authentic Mexican food surrounded by murals depicting different landscapes in Mexico. And there was that awesome view. We dined at the patio in near perfect conditions. The sun was out and the complimentary tortilla chips were awesome with the house salsa that offered just the right amount of kick.

We ordered shrimp fajitas and soft-shell fish tacos. The fajitas came on a sizzling hot plate and your choice of corn or flour tortillas. The fish taco was very good but didn’t match the fish taco I had at the South Shore Grill in Hawaii. The lunch bill came to only $30, including tax and tip. A very reasonable price since I’m sure the rent is not cheap at this place.

Next time I’m in Mission Viejo, I’ll make sure it’s a Tuesday and after 7PM. Eating $1 tacos while listening to 70′s music in a waterview setting is about as close to the Dot Com Lifestyle as you can get! :P

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{ 9 comments }

Pam Britton November 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Hi John,

Awesome views, beautiful murals, delicious $1.00 tacos-and that looks like cotija cheese–my fave! One couldn’t ask anything more from the dot Com lifestyle. Thanks for sharing

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

@Pam Britton Ya, I plan to go back and try those $1 tacos. I’m pretty sure I can down three of them. Maybe four! :)

SallyChow November 22, 2011 at 1:40 am

I love eating at this place! Daddy rules!

We Make Money November 22, 2011 at 2:44 am

Hi class. I think this article make me hungry.

Property Marbella November 22, 2011 at 3:07 am

Looks really good, but when do you work. You are always out and eat good. :)

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

@Property Marbella That was working! LOL How else could I produce this post if I wasn’t eating there? :)

fas November 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

really awesome view, looks mindblowing.

John Chow November 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

@fas The view really is awesome. I’m thinking of buying one of those house across the lake.

Randall St Germain November 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

Thanks John. It must be a cool place and the food looks very good. I’ll put it on my places to visit when I’m there. I’ll aim for a Tuesday.