Our Story

Meet Our Mi Casa Family

When our family first opened the doors to Mi Casa Costa Mesa Restaurant in 1972, we started with the simple goal of serving good food and festive times to our friends and neighbors in Costa Mesa, CA. Close to 50 years later, our delicious family recipes continue to distinguish us as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Orange County! Our laid-back atmosphere is widely known as a local “hot spot,” and from the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll understand why. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant’s rustic, red brick accents, weathered chairs, and beautiful dark wood accents provide a comfortable environment to relax and enjoy a meal with your loved ones. Not only are we a great OC family restaurant, we’re also a fun meet-up spot with your friends, where our premier Costa Mesa happy hour and spicy salsa will keep you coming back for more. Need to chill out with a refreshing post-work margarita? Take advantage of our weekly drink specials or browse our vast selection of enticing cocktails, beer, and wine! Our Orange County bar also boasts an extensive list of tequilas that features traditional favorites, as well as rare, unique and hard-to-find brands. We also have a great list of domestic and imported draft beer, and flat-screen televisions that are perfect for watching the game! We have family night covered as well. Our vast menu can satisfy the taste buds of everyone from young to old!

Our Cal-Mex Mexican food includes simple classics like crispy tacos overflowing with lettuce and cheese, enchiladas, fajitas, and burritos with re-fried beans and Spanish rice. We also offer scrumptious healthy options like our Spinach Enchiladas, Fiesta Salad and Grilled Mahi Tacos covered in homemade pico do gallo and served with delicious sautéed vegetables that are sure to impress your taste buds! Our family is proud of our award-winning Orange County Mexican restaurant! So, whether you’re near or far, be sure to stop by and let our family take care of yours.

The Mi Casa Story

Mi Casa Restaurant in Costa Mesa, CA was opened in 1972 by the late Barrie Moore. The restaurant is currently owned by 3rd Generation family member Ryan Moore and looks and feels much the same as when it opened nearly 40 years ago! Mi Casa offers a relaxed casual setting for locals to dine with relatives and friends alike. We have always viewed our customers as part of our family… Mi Casa es Su Casa!

Building The Mi Casa Tradition

1956 – Mi Casa founder, Barrie Moore, opened Taco Tio in San Gabriel Valley. Taco Tio was the first “Taco Drive-In” in the Los Angeles area and over the years grew to 8 locations.

1957 – Taco Tio expanded to Santa Ana and became the first Taco Drive-In Restaurant in Orange County too!

1972 – Barrie Moore opened Mi Casa Restaurant on 17th Street in Costa Mesa with a bright blue iconic door. The restaurant used to be a Sizzler Steakhouse, and you can still remnants of the wagon wheel chandeliers and the cattle iron branding symbols on the dining room tables.

1972 – Since day 1, Jose Perez was the Head Chef at Mi Casa. He retired in 2004, but still visits Mi Casa to enjoy our entrees and sauces that were originally some of his Abuela’s recipes.

1976 – Barrie Moore opened a second Mi Casa Restaurant in Balboa, just steps away from the ocean on Main Street on the Balboa peninsula.

1980 – The original Moore Family eating at Mi Casa Restaurant.

1984 – LA Laker Star, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, bought the Balboa Inn and the Mi Casa Balboa location was closed.

1986 – President George W. Bush Sr. dined at Mi Casa. He enjoyed the #12 (Taco, Enchilada, and Chili Relleno, rice and beans and 2 Tecates). Over the years, many celebrities have dined at Mi Casa, including Tony Hawk, Bruce Willis, Nikki Sixx, Don Drysdale, Barry Goldwater, John Dean, Ted McGinley, Joe Torre, Desi Arnez, John Mitchell, Diane Keaton, Lindsey Davenport, Dennis Rodman, Larry H. Parker, John Wayne, Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Jim Rome, Pat Haden, Kelly McGill’s, Barbara Streisand, and many more.

2003 – Barrie Moore passed away at age 85. His sons, Rick and Dennis Moore, took over the operations of the family business

2004 – Mi Casa’s first commercial was produced and filmed at Triangle Square, starring friends David Beam, Andy Schwartz, James Hocking, several bar customers, and staff.

2008 – “Mi Casa Cares” annual charity event begins to collect items and support troops abroad through the Wounded Warriors Project. Since Mi Casa has proudly assisted with raising funds for Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Toys for Tots, local high schools, and youth sports leagues.

2010 – Dennis Moore passed away at his residence in Newport Beach at the age of 68.

2010 – Rick Moore sells the restaurant to his son Ryan Moore. Rick is enjoying retirement and spending more time on the golf course. You’d think his game would get better!

2011 – Mi Casa “Burro Room Bar” gets a makeover. Draft beer is added, and the bar is widened with additional high-top tables, booth seating, and additional flat screen TVs.

2015 – Rick Moore’s wife Lee, passes away after a 25-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

2016 – Mi Casa welcomes Managing Partner Ryan Allen to oversee the day to day operations of the restaurant.

2017 - Mi Casa celebrates 45 Years of good food and festive times.