Mesa

4.5
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320 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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About

Chef-Owners Raul and Olga Reyes come from Alvarado, Veracruz, a town built on a mile-wide strip of land with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and a brackish lagoon on the other. With the bounty of the sea close at hand, fresh seafood is a way of life in Alvarado. But Veracruz is also home to wild boar and turkey, to vanilla orchids and cacao, to tropical fruits and a rainbow of chiles. For nearly five hundred years, the cuisine of Alvarado has evolved through the influence of indigenous, Spanish, French and African cultures in the port city. It is this food that Raul and Olga brought to Dallas with their former restaurant, La Palapa Veracruzana, which the Dallas Observer named the Best Mexican Restaurant in Dallas and that Pegasus News called "fresh, flavorful, unique - a destination for people who like to eat food and talk about it a lot afterwards." Mesa offers the same authentic coastal cuisine Raul and Olga have been cooking and eating since their childhood!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Seafood, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(214) 941-4246
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Raul and Olga Reyes
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Private party facilities
Open area, for private dining constructed out of repurposed and reclaimed materials. Can accommodate from ten to eighty people please give us at least two weeks in advance to reserve your table.
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Private party contact
Raul Reyes: (214) 941-4246
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Cross street
Zang and Beckley
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Parking details
Front street parking with free meters after four in the evening, also we have additional parking in the East side of the building free of charge, which is safe and secure.
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Public transit
A couple of blocks down, there is a station for D-link which is a free bus system that transports people from downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 320 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place was closed when we arrived for our reserved time.

A
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing. I got the salmon with crab which was well worth the price. The Jamaica Paloma with tequila was good as well. The service however was terrible. The server barely
Came by our table, nobody brought us refills for our chips after asking, and our drinks were wrong or empty several times. The only reason I give this three-four stars is because the food was awesome.

HF
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was hot in the back room. Fans were on but weren’t blowing enough air. The front room seemed to be cooler though.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing! The service could have been better. I asked twice for tortillas and they came at the end of my meal. The restaurant wasn’t even busy. But to be fair, it seems there was only one server working the floor

OP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Service was a bit slow and our waiter "disappeared" a couple of times. But the food was really good. Small place with great ambiance. I highly recommend!

M
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Creative Mexican cuisine and great service. Pricey $18 with tequila upgrade for dainty and regrettably super sweet margarita martini. Lesson learned to ask price pre- and post-tequila upgrade.

JS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed my time at Mesa. The staff was very courteous, knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was served promptly and tasted up to par. The only negative was the dinner was a lil pricey.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would recommend to go as a one time visit for the experience. If you want to go múltiple times, only do so for happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went on a date night for my husband’s birthday. The restaurant was nice and quiet. We were not rushed, we got to have time to just sit and enjoy our food. I think we would visit again.

LB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb, ambiance was charming, and the food was amazing!

JK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Made reservations thru OpenTable. Wanted a table at 5 pm, app said earliest table was at 6:45. Arrived early and we were the only ones in the restaurant. The food was great, but next time I'll call the restaurant directly.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Father’s Day at Mesa! We had a wonderful time and the food was wonderful! We will be back- again and again!

OT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as usual, Mole Catta and Cochinita Pibil were excellent. Wish the mole catta was a regular in the menu. Our waiter Jeremy was fantastic.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought an associate from Sydney Australia here who had never had Mexican food before. He stated that he would fly the 17 hours again just to have the Molè.

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is very good get ther as much as i can

GD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The mole is super! My friend ordered a martini that was wrong twice.

JM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Could be better. Tables in the back room wobble a lot and I feel like I didn't get my moneys worth food portion wise. Also, not huge variety of entrees to choose from.

VE
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and food were great! Our waiter suggested the special cocktail and I’m glad he did.
This was a return visit and I’ll return again.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot wait for our next trip to Dallas just for this restaurant! Seafood enchiladas were the best I have ever had and my husband loved the Mole! Everything we had was perfect. The service was great and we loved the atmosphere.

A
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I recommend the queso, black bean enchilada and seafood enchilada
Their chips were freshly made with spicy salsa and the margaritas were excellent.

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were top notch. However, considering the portions appetizers and entrees, food was overpriced.

LK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best mole I can recall ever having! Everyone was very nice and the food was great.

s
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful drinks and wonderful food. Service was excellent. Will return and return and return.

TL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeremy provided my party with outstanding service.

I have Celiac Disease and this is is one of the few restaurants in Dallas where I can safely enjoy food.

BO
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Mesa is a solid Mexican restaurant that has it's ups and downs. Consistently up are the margaritas...by far the best in the city in years. Their mole is good, although on the sweeter side. Several of their seafood options are tasty, as well.

A
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great enchiladas, but overpriced

OC
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We've been going to Mesa since it opened and have watched the progression from a hidden gem to an energetic place to be. The food, drinks, service, and value have always been great. The molé is fantastic. I wish they still had the molé chicken with green beans, but the enchiladas are a close second. The restaurant has become too noisy for me and the tables a bit too close together up front. I hate leaning in and yelling to talk to my husband over dinner. But a lot of restaurants are like this now, so it's not just Mesa that I fault for this trend. We'll just remember to not go on a weekend next time so that it's a little more my speed.

JH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Wife's seafood enchiladas were fantastic. I had the carne asada and it was one of the worst prepared meals I have had at a fine dining establishment. The carne was cooked as one piece of meat, I asked for a steak knife and was told that it was cooked to be soft. Meat, veggies, rice and beans had no seasoning or whatsoever. Meat had a faint taste of the oil it had been cooked in. Service was below average, very little attention to us as a party and we waited long stretches for cocktails that we ordered. I have been here a couple of times before and loved this place, this time makes me reconsider ever coming back.

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The reservation was made for 7.30 pm. Our table was not available until 25 minutes later!
We were given a table at the back of the restaurant where a private party (around 30/35 people) was taking place.The noise was unbeareable! We could not hear each other, inpossible to have a conversation.We complained and we were given a table at the main room.
The food was good and the service excellent.Avoid the desserts, are not worth the price.
The called flan, was no more than a pudding with a lot of flour, not a flan nor a crème brulee.
The tres leches cake industrial made.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are just on point, I wish I live close to the area but time is so worth it the drive. Ask for Jesus, he took care of us and his service was just amazing.

D
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mesa was great, as usual. It is a hidden gem!

CT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tasted fresh. The service was great. I look forward to going back again.

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Also, I forgot my credit card when I left and the staff at Mesa are graciously holding it for me. Many thanks!

MC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was surprised by a Valentine’s Day menu for the evening which was delicious. Will need to come back again on another trip to Dallas to try the regular menu.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Didn’t really like the portion sizes especially since the cost per meal was a bit high and food was awesome, but that doesn’t take away from the excellent taste of the meal. We had the mole and lamb chops. Both were outstanding and we highly recommend the mole if you get a chance to go there for dinner. We are definitely going back soon.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

It was a very nice place to go to on Valentine’s day. The dim lighting, small tables, and food and music all really compliment each other into creating a romantic dinner for two.

JE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool little place with great service, delicious food and very nice people. Great margaritas and Mezcal Mules. Will definitely be back.

KS
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guac was perfectly seasoned and they have the best chips! We both had the tenderloin enchiladas and they were delicious. The drinks were good and we were even brought a little sample shot, which was very nice. The staff is attentive and my friend said she will definitely bring her husband back again. This was my 5th or 6th time and it's always great!

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and atmosphere!

JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is absolutely fantastic. We had flank steak and a mixed seafood dish and both were cooked and seasoned perfectly. I highly recommend the mole appetizer as well.