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Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro

4.7
4.7
1188 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Mesa Urbana Bistro is a contemporary Mexican Restaurant & Bar with gourmet dishes that features Seafood, Steak, Global Cuisine, along with handcrafted fresh squeezed juice cocktails.

Our bustling ambiance, handcrafted cocktails, colorful decor are in keeping with Chicago’s finest dining spots.
Nestled on a street in Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park, Mesa Urbana is a true neighborhood restaurant—though we believe neighborhood is more about sentiment than a specific part of town.

We believe value is in the experience, which stems not only from our elevated food & beverage program, but also from our team and the positive, forward-thinking culture we are building together.

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Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Global, International, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 312-7040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Eusevio Garcia

  • Catering

    Make your party memorable with us! Private dining is available up to 120 guest. GROUPS LARGER THAN SIX: If your group is larger than six (6), please email us to confirm a reservation. cs@mesaurbana.com

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Mesa Urbana can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (844) 268-8142

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Lincoln Park West and Armitage

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

SMALL PLATES

  • Guacamole$15.00

    cucumber, jicama, watermelon radish, yellow beet

    • Queso Fundido$17.00

      shrimp, cheese, tomato, poblano, molcajete salsa

      • Shrimp Ceviche$16.00

        passion fruit, habanero, jicama, mango, avocado, cilantro

        • Tacos de Pescado$16.00

          cod, cabbage, mango relish, avocado

          • Brussel Sprouts$12.00

            almonds, dates, fresno chile

            • Cauliflower$12.00

              lemon, garlic, parmesan tahini chipotle

              • Elote En Tequesquite$10.00

                corn, queso fresco, lime, crema, epazote

                • Chips & Salsa$6.00

                  warm rojo and verde salsas with chips

                  LARGE PLATES

                  • Kale$16.00

                    apple, fig, toasted macadamia, blue cheese, honey lime dressing

                    • Salmon Al Carbon$28.00

                      tamarind, mango, papaya, avocado puree

                      • Halibut$36.00

                        risotto crusted halibut, tomato fennel ragout, capers, basil, anchovies

                        • Ahi Tuna$36.00

                          sesame, celery root, mushrooms, baby bok choy, ginger soy

                          • Burger$18.00

                            USDA prime, avocado, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, fries

                            • Caesar Salad$14.00

                              baby gem, lettuce, crostini, cilantro, pecorino

                              • Shrimp Risott$26.00

                                root vegetable, red pepper, coconut yellow curry

                                • Carne Asada$36.00

                                  USDA prime ALLEN BROTHERS skirt steak, nopales, beans

                                  • Beet Salad$16.00

                                    arugula, onion, pecan, feta, poblano dressing

                                    • Tostada$18.00

                                      beans, mushroom, pico de gallo, queso fresco, avocado

                                      • Pechuga de Pollo$28.00

                                        farm raised chicken breast, rainbow carrot, garlic, potato

                                        DESSERTS

                                        • Cinco Leches$11.00

                                          • Ice Cream Scoops$5.00

                                            Dinner Menu

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                                              Last updated: November 16, 2021

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                                              What 1,188 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.7
                                              4.7 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.8Food
                                              • 4.7Service
                                              • 4.6Ambience
                                              • 4.4Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. JC

                                                JaneC

                                                Chicago

                                                18 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                18 reviews

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was phenomenal and the restaurant is big enough for social distancing of tables and groups. Love the menu so many different items!

                                              2. JM

                                                JamesM

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                The ambience is very pleasant and the food is decent. Good service.

                                              3. c

                                                chicagofoodlover48

                                                Chicago

                                                16 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                16 reviews

                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                While I like the location and outdoor dining possibility I didn’t detect anything fusion about this restaurant and also felt the prices were extremely high for the food. Most of the food was decent. The queso fundido was a bit bland and not as cheesy as I had hoped. The ceviche was a highlight and there are lots of drink options. But for 4 of us it cost $240 including tip, which I thought was astronomical for what we got.

                                              4. E

                                                Ekekw

                                                Chicago

                                                10 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Mesa Urbana is always an excellent experience! Love the food, drinks, and positive vibes. My faves are the ceviche, guacamole, Brussels sprouts, and fish tacos. Excellent cocktails and lovely humans!

                                              5. R

                                                Rushed

                                                Chicago

                                                57 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                57 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food is outstanding always and the wait staff and management are as good as it comes.

                                              6. s

                                                ssadsdht

                                                Chicago

                                                71 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                71 reviews

                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We have not been to Mesa Urbana since they moved to Lincoln Park and we’re glad we did. Everything was delicious. Can’t wait to return!

                                              7. CE

                                                ChgoEater

                                                Chicago

                                                62 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                62 reviews

                                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                Excellent food preparation. Top quality entrees. Very limited entree menu. Prepare yourself for sticker shock when Carne Asada goes for $43 and a glass of inexpensive Malbec costs $15. Nice outdoor eating area. Inside well ventilated. Very courteous waitstaff.

                                              8. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Great food, service and outdoor dining. Drinks were overpriced. For a small 6oz glass full of ice, the house margarita is $15. For that price point, I would have expected a margarita glass size (~10oz). Regardless, we had a great experience.

                                              9. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Austin

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Every dish we tried was excellent, and the drinks blended well with the flavors in the food. Will absolutely be back!

                                              10. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                My wife and I were just looking for a place to walk to and enjoy some decent food. We had reserved a table outside but when we entered we were surprised how light and airy the atmosphere was and the owner was happy to seat us since the outdoor tables were crowded. To start off our margaritas were great. They weren’t cheap on the alcohol and our waiter had a nice personality and good sense of humor. We decided to share 3 appetizers and between the beet salad, elotes and shrimp ceviche we couldn’t have been happier. We then ordered 2 glasses of house Pinot noir and it was the best we’ve had in a long time and we eat out 4-5 times a week. Owner(ash) came by our table a few times and we had a few laughs and told him how happy we were. By the way this is my first review ever. We will be back frequently

                                              11. R

                                                Rushed

                                                Chicago

                                                58 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                58 reviews

                                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food is outstanding, as is the service and ambiance.

                                              12. j

                                                jrnevermore

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Super fresh tasting food with no filler. Unique fusion dishes. Prices may seem a little high at first but portions are fair sizes and the quality more than makes up for it. One of the best margaritas I have had in the city as well. Highly recommend.

                                              13. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Mother’s Day

                                              14. M

                                                Matt

                                                Chicago

                                                7 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                First time there and I love it. Great atmosphere but still kid/baby friendly. Would absolutely recommend this hidden gem.

                                              15. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Best restaurant in Chicago!

                                              16. s

                                                smariew

                                                Denver

                                                12 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything was delicious, fresh and absolutely amazing. Service, atmosphere and artwork was all outstanding. Highly recommend! The pina fresa drink that was a seasonal special was refreshing and tasty but not too sweet. The butternut squash enchiladas and elote were phenomenal!!

                                              17. GC

                                                GarnettC

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                The mussels were amazing! So good. The octopus was too oily, soaked in sauce, and small.

                                              18. J

                                                Justin

                                                Chicago

                                                22 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                22 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall2food5service1ambience4

                                                I made this res a few weeks in advance for Cinco de Mayo for a my friend who was visiting out of town/myself. We got there on time and checked in. told us a 15 min wait. Packed up from as expected so We forced our way to the bar which had all reserved signs but asked if we could get a drink. We stood there for about 15 mins before either of the bartenders asked us what we wanted to drink. We decided to let the hosts (all 3) know we were grabbing a drink at the bar and they said it would be just a few more minutes. By the time we got our drinks it had been about 25 mins since we got there. About 35 in we started to see people that came after us get seated. Another round later and again one of went to the host stand to check. They said they were cleaning our table. About an hour and 10 mins after getting there we were still not seated. I weren’t back to the host stand as we were the only ones left at the bar. Someone new came up to me ( i assume some sort of other manager). I said this is my 3rd time checking in to see if our table is ready people that came in after us had been seated and we were the only ones left at the bar. He told the hosts I had been waiting for over an hr, Miraculously we had a table in 2 mins. As we walked to our table someone greeted me and said thanks for coming in. Did not introduce themselves nothing. We sit at our table and greeted with a guac app but no idea of where it came from. We just assumed it was because we waited so long. Took about 10 min before the waiter came over. He was upset we had drinks and food already. We ordered our food which took an hr. Top it off orders were wrong and never got one dish. We asked about it but we’re already done eating so asked for it to go. 2 more rounds of drinks later they bring it out. ( not to go….) ask for it wrapped again…. Server left and got bus boy sent him over and we had to ask him too… 4 hrs later and $450 (mostly on drinks while waiting) great food/drinks, but not matched in w/service.

                                              19. JM

                                                JessicaM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Really excellent service. The new grilled octopus dish was insanely yummy. Clean, chic and well executed food with really exceptional service.

                                              20. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                Went for Cinco de Mayo. Food was great and ambiance “fancy” appearance but casual attire.

                                              21. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                17 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. I highly recommend.

                                              22. KJ

                                                KathrynJ

                                                Edinburgh

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely ambiance, staff attentive and friendly. Food amazing and good portions. Very fun, would definitely return.

                                              23. EM

                                                EMR22

                                                Chicago

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We LOVE this restaurant!! It’s one of our favorite spots in the city. The food is so good and the staff is so warm and friendly.

                                              24. SP

                                                SueP

                                                Chicago

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Birthday with family

                                              25. SK

                                                StacieK

                                                Indiana

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                The food was so delicious - I can't wait to go back

                                              26. w

                                                wellingtonneighbor

                                                Chicago

                                                25 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                25 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Absolutely everything was outstanding. From the blackberry mojito's; guacamole and vegetables; grilled octopus; shrimp mango ceviche; salmon; chicken and the ice cream & flourless chocolate cake. Can't wait to go back!!!

                                              27. AH

                                                AmiH

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was so delicious. So many interesting flavors combined in these original dishes. Not your typical Mexican, but definitely Mexican influenced in the seasonings. The owner came over and talked with us. He was very personable and sent us a complementary appetizer when he heard it was our first time visiting. We will definitely return.

                                              28. AM

                                                AndrewM

                                                Chicago

                                                33 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                33 reviews

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Went for brunch for the first time here and it was incredible from the food to the brunch cocktails to the friendly service and the serene setting. Have been for dinner several times and it always is amazing. It's like a hidden gem in Lincoln Park, and we usually can score a reservation which is always nice.

                                              29. i

                                                imfchicago

                                                Chicago

                                                9 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                What a wonderful find this was. I needed to have an early brunch with friends and looked for nearby places which had reservation for 10am Sunday. Based on the great reviews we went, and boy I agree: It's a great place. We did not know the Brunch menu as it was still not online; we found out is a wonderful combination of Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisines. The service is outstanding, the food is delicious, the cocktails are well balanced. Nothing is run of the mill here, everything is prepared in a very unique way. Prices for brunch entries are somewhat on the higher side but the value is there. Highly recommended.

                                              30. r

                                                robinm

                                                Chicago

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                From the moment we walked in we were greeting and lead to a beautiful Table. The professionalism and attention to detail From the managers to the staff surpassed our expectations. The food was outstanding. We had so many different dishes and one was better than the next. Truly recommend Mesa Urbana Mexican Bistro! 100 out of 100 plus 2 thumbs up!

                                              31. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was delicious with wonderful flavors and good portions. Would most certainly go back.

                                              32. E

                                                Elisabeth

                                                Chicago

                                                18 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                18 reviews

                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This is a hidden gem. We have been here several times and it’s always excellent. The presentation, the service and the atmosphere are all top notch. The menu offers entrees you would not make at home.

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Highly recommended, food was amazing, everyone keeps bragging about the cocktails and Carlos was outstanding

                                              34. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                7 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Such a great place for brunch!! We dined with them on their first day open for brunch service and it was amazing. The staff was so friendly and provided great and timely service! Food was extremely fresh and came with large portions. The guacamole is fantastic. All of our dishes were delicious. They also have fresh squeezed juices! There is a cute patio area as well that will be perfect for summer time brunch.

                                              35. MC

                                                MiguelC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                Incredible host. Very helpful and polite can’t say enough good things about him was always walking around checking in on all the tables 5 star.

                                              36. g

                                                glagiak

                                                Seattle

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Interesting fusion menu. We loved everything. Interesting drinks, perfectly prepared creative dishes and drinks. The menu isn't broad but well-executed. Service was excellent, friendly and helpful. Seemed like a good place for any occasion, groups or a date. Not romantic but fun and large enough for private conversation.

                                              37. NZ

                                                NancyZ

                                                Chicago

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                From the moment we walked in the experience was extraordinary. The owner (Ash) took such good care of us. Getting us the round table for 8 that I had requested. Carlos our waiter could not have been better. The food was over the top in every way. Presentation, quantity and taste! I highly recommend you put this restaurant on your list of places to eat. Make a reservation for sure. They were packed and I believe will continue to be.

                                              38. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious. Beautiful presentation. 5/5

                                              39. NZ

                                                NancyZ

                                                Chicago

                                                9 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                The food was delicious! We will likely return because of the food. However, it is a bit pricey for what it is (really…$17 for guacamole and $31 for fish tacos!!!?). Atmosphere was basic and could be improved.

                                              40. AD

                                                AlanD

                                                Chicago

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We loved the drinks, food, service and ambience! We will be back for dinner soon.

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                                              Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1188 OpenTable diners.

                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                              Booked 12 times today
                                              Google Map for Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro

                                              1936 N. Lincoln Park West Chicago, IL 60614

                                              Dining areas

                                              Additional information

                                              • Cross street

                                                Lincoln Park West and Armitage

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Lincoln Park

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                Mexican, Global, International, Contemporary Mexican

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Elegant

                                              • Dress code

                                                Business Casual

                                              • Parking details

                                                Street Parking

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

                                              • Executive chef

                                                Eusevio Garcia

                                              • Additional

                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                              • Phone number

                                                (773) 312-7040

                                              • Catering

                                                Make your party memorable with us! Private dining is available up to 120 guest. GROUPS LARGER THAN SIX: If your group is larger than six (6), please email us to confirm a reservation. cs@mesaurbana.com

                                              • Private party facilities

                                                Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Mesa Urbana can accommodate all of your special event needs.

                                              • Private party contact

                                                Private Event Coordinator: (844) 268-8142

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