Vaca brings Barcelona, Madrid, Andalucia, Sevilla, and the Basque to the heart of Orange County. The menu ranges from traditional tapas to modern interpretations of superior tasting meats, all done with the respect for genuine Spanish cooking and Chef Santana’s twist on tradition.
Conveniently located near South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Vaca is Top Chef finalist Amar Santana’s tapas spot. The menu is influenced by different regions of Spain, but trust us when we say that his flavor-packed dishes, including the Chicken Cannelloni glazed in foie gras sauce, are unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Steaks are the star of the show, though, including the house specialty: a 50-day Dry-Aged Ribeye. While you’re there, you must try the signature cocktail, the Vaca Tonic, featuring a frozen gimlet, Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, and Basil Blossom. There are separate cocktail menus that feature vermouth and sherry, for those who want to explore Spain’s fortified wines.
How to book: Reservations are recommended. Order online for takeout.