Vaca

695 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-463-6060

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  • Open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 5-10:30 p.m.
  • Full bar
Vaca is a Spanish restaurant in Costa Mesa. It’s probably wise to not think about cost when you go there. Even if you avoid the designer cocktails conceived by Gabrielle Dion, an evening at Vaca can quickly become very expensive, especially if you actually want a steak. A slab of cow tops out at $55 per pound for the beef rib steak aged 50 days. Most customers are content in just taking pictures of the marbled cuts behind the glass display case, then constructing their actual dinner from the tapas menu. Order the erizos con huevo, sea urchin cooked with soft scrambled eggs deposited into the spiky hollowed shell of the urchin itself. Or the smoked chicken cannelloni, a cross between a chicken enchilada and a cheese blini that’s served over a lake of foie gras sauce. Then be sure to take a picture with the man himself, Amar Santana. He’ll be the chef with biggest grin, the one shaking hands and posing for pictures more than he’s actually cooking.

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