Meso Maya - Downtown Dallas
Meso Maya - Downtown Dallas

Meso Maya - Downtown Dallas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mesomaya.com/
  • Phone: 2144846555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday- Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Nico Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Caroline St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet Parking offer for Dinner.
A word from Meso Maya - Downtown Dallas
¡Bienvenidos a nuestra casa!
Meso Maya provides a culinary adventure into the fresh, earthy and bold flavors
That are the heart and soul of Mayan and Mexican cuisine.
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Meso Maya - Downtown Dallas reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (98)good for groups (82)fit for foodies (72)great for lunch (67)neighborhood gem (61)hot spot (59)special occasion (39)great for brunch (31)vibrant bar scene (31)romantic (22)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (15)scenic view (6)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Interesting menu with authentic Mexican food. We really enjoyed our evening at Meso Maya.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but bad service
    anniversary
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time going to this restaurant, we made reservations and everything was going well until we meet with our waiter who we told her it was our anniversary and since we were dressed up my husband asked how he look, she insulted him and when we asked why she said that she insulted him again stating she was just speaking her mind and telling the truth about the way he looked. She seemed maybe upset or unhappy of the working there or maybe was having a bad day but she was definetly unprofessional. Food was great so 1 person will not change my mind of going back, just hope we have better service next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is consistantly good
    andi
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have never had a bad meal at Meso Maya. The Short Rib Relleno was excellent. Also try the avocado margarita. Sounds disgusting, but tastes delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovehandmadefood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Unique Mexican food. Enjoyed with friends for lunch. Using Open Table made it wait-free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodforthought
    foodforthought
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's a great 2nd location. The building is really cool and gives the restaurant a good ambience. I highly recommend you go elsewhere if you're one of those that doesn't like cilantro. They put it in everything and won't make an exception if you ask for a dish to be prepared without the contested herb. The waiter was nice and wanted to accommodate but the kitchen wouldn't cooperate. All my people who like cilantro enjoyed their meal! And, PS the salsa is awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found Meso Maya via OpenTable
    DavesFoodPhoneVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was a GEM. All the meals in Dallas Ft Worth were great but Sunday lunch (it was a huge Brunch crowd) was Great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar drinks
    322larson
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The drinks and tequila choices where very good. Food was okay, I've had better there. Always surprised to have to ask for chips and salsa to be refilled...it's Dallas not Mexico City. TexMex or not we expect chips and salsa. If we wanted to ask, we would have gone to la duni.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday party
    hillhome
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We took our kids here for their birthday, very attentive staff and food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anotherthinmint
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I love Meso Maya. We live downtown and this has become one of my regular go to spots. Although I love Tex-Mex, it's nice to change things up sometimes with the modern Mexican dishes offered here. Highly recommend the guacamole, avocado margarita, and Serrano enchiladas. The food is consistently good, service is attentive, and the atmosphere is great. It has one of our favorite patios in Dallas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic food
    bblet
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Tex-Mex is great. It if you are looking for delicious, flavorful real Mexican food, Meso Maya is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back!
    DvilleFoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We decided to go during Restaurant Week, and boy, are we glad we did! We didn't even order from the Restaurant Week menu, as we had heard so many good things about Meso Maya. First, the chips, salsa, and queso are amazing! If you have any plans of eating your entrée, then try to refrain from eating too much of the chips, salsa, and queso. It's hard, but try. The cocktails are fantastic. I had heard about the avocado margarita, but decided to try their top shelf instead. It's delicious, smooth, and potent. We ordered a sweet corn cake as an appetizer, and we wish we had ordered more. Our entrees were generous, full of flavor, and fresh. My spouse had the chicken mole, and I had the carne asada. Both were cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The brisket enchiladas were amazing. Can't wait to try more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Improving with time
    DallasEater
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was a fan when Meso Maya initially opened but they had some issues with seating and serving in a timely manner. These have not been an issue at all my last 2 visits. Wonderful food and perfect service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad management!
    kikip
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were running 15 minutes late and called the hostess. We showed up and the hostesses were rude and told us we were "no shows". I explained I just called them and then they checked the computer and said, "Oh, I did see where you called". Then the waitress spills our drinks and we are soaked. She did apologize and brought out another round. It took 3 times to get the drink order right. Food took forever getting there and we complained to the manager. He was very nice, but not offer to do anything to make our experience better. He should have bought a round of drinks or offered to pay our dry cleaning bill. Also, the restaurant was so noisy we couldn't carry on a conversation. Won't be going back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    Lunch
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Manager was most gracious and the food was great. Manager honored the Restaurant Week reservation graciously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    bankersrule
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This place has great food. Brisket enchiladas are the best around. Tender, full of flavor and melt in your mouth. Queso is one of the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Amazing selection. Everything is fresh and prepared without preservatives. Fish and chicken was amazing, and the sangria is truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Charming Mex/Mayan Venue
    ZenBard
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I came here for dinner before a concert at Gexa Energy Plaza. It was a Sunday night, but the atmosphere was still upbeat and festive (without being overbearing). The food was delicious! I had the carne esada and my wife had pollo enchilada (their mole is phenomenal) and we were both satisfied with our choices. Their wine list is small but appropriate for the cuisine. And the service was fine. Our waiter was prompt and attentive without being a pest. My only issue was how no one could help when I called to confirm directions! The staff should be able to direct people to the restaurant. Other than that, we enjoyed our visit and will definitely return to take advantage of their patio when it cools down outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great veg options
    sara
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had the budin azteca vegetales and the beet salad. Both were great. The budin azteca was a new dish for me. The layers of tortilla and cheese comprised a much more delicate dish than I expected--nice surprise. The atmosphere was vibrant, but the lighting and table setup on the second floor made the place feel intimate. We had a great time and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    DallasFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited Meso Maya for the first time for a belated birthday celebration. We had a great time. The food was excellent; I had the vegetable enchiladas (sans cheese) and he had the shrimp tacos. We were both incredibly pleased. We split the avocado margarita, which was delicious, and shared the dessert sampler, which was exquisite. The service was prompt and friendly. It was a bit noisy and crowded, so not as romantic a setting as we were hoping for, but we knew that was going to be the case and it didn't really bother us. It was fun to see the big groups of families having a great time. It's a place for everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Night
    Bobt
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The good was very good. Appetizers were all great. Main courses had lots of flavor. Desserts surprising tasty. Service was exceptional. Just a fabulous night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loud
    Loud
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was really loud. Food always good. Service can be spotty. Sometimes it is great. Sometimes it is slow. Restaurant week menu had one choice... Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meso (Oh) Maya!
    TPane
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for our first time during Restaurant Week. We ordered from the regular menu. Oh Maya! Everything was delicious! The mole chicken enchilada and sweet corn tamale were amazing. My wife loved the Avocado margarita. The top shelf was darn good too. Our waitperson, Eli, was very friendly and helpful. Being located adjacent to the iconic El Fenix in downtown Dallas seemed rather unusual. Nevertheless, the place was rocking with young and old(er) alike. We now know why. The food and service were "outstanding". We frequent Uptown so we will definitely make a point to go back. We want to try the patio and their taqueria, La Ventana, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thomas our waiter was great.
    Welivetoeat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was amazing. Loved the salsa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    NanZ122
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went for their 2014 Restaurant Week menu and was not let down. Amazing food, great service, and of course unique and flavorful margaritas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food!
    NYCdiner90
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Awesome food and service, but the restaurant can be loud! Not great for a romantic evening but great to go out with friends. Highly recommended. Try the avocado Margarita - it is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is so delicious every time you get something different it's always wonderful, and love the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and busy
    Lakeray
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    While a fast-paced energetic environment is appealing, this MesoMaya location is best described as noisy and busy. The service was hurried and slow at the same time. The server was quick to the table but slow the get the drinks and food to the table. The noise level was so high it was hard to hear. I love the Meso Maya on Preston. I think I will stick with that location and leave this spot behind.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, as always!
    jewelryVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This restaurant is consistently good. The food is great, the atmosphere is lively. Yummy chips and salsa!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back
    TexasLove
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The queso blanco and salsa were awesome to start. I had carnitas tacos that were maybe the best I've ever eaten, I got a sweet corn chicken tamale (now this was only ok to me, I didn't love the sauce, but everything else was so great, that's ok). My husband got carne asada and he said it was amazing along with a side of elote con crema that was sweet and delish. I also had the Serrano strawberry margarita that was yummy and had some spice. We finished with a blueberry cake baked in a skillet and Mexican vanilla ice cream with blueberry drizzle... I'm so very satisfied with the entire experience. We ate on the patio - perfect weather for a leisurely meal and good conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Title
    Foodie123
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Awesome food and awesome service!! We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the outdoor seating, and the weather was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where have I been
    Reavitup
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love all types of Hispanic food. From family-owned Tex-Mex to Salvadorean, to Mexican Seafood. Why didn't I know of Meso Maya before now. It was delicious all the way thru. Throughout the whole evening we were saying what a find. Go! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eclectic Tex- Mes
    Mickey
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    In a state where you'll find Tex-mex on every corner. It was nice to eat Mexican food with central mexico spices. The avocado margarita was awesome! The Carne Asada was perfectly cooked and was accompanied by delicious beans and a perfectly cooked cornbread muffin. The outdoor patio in downtown Dallas is enclosed on all sides. No road noise and fumes to deal with but no view except straight up. I loved this hidden gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Fantastic. Service Suspect.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is outstanding, from the salsa to ceviche, to the tacos to the pork chop. The food is the reason to go and the food is the reason go back...even with suspect service. Servers and staff struggled mightily with busing the table as well as basic service technique. For example, for our appetizer the waiter placed the appetizer plate on top of the menus when there was plenty of room to put the plates to the side. Also, entree's came out before the table was bused from the appetizers. Further, initially the servers seemed to want to just move over the appetizer plate to place the entree plate rather than actually busing it. With better service this review would have been a 4 or a 5 overall.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy food as always
    Byrongirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Meso Maya is our "go to" restaurant when we want a very yummy meal without spending a fortune. The wait staff, the hostesses who greet you, the managers who make the rounds to ensure everything is running smoothly. Meso Maya is absolutely one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Tex-Mex
    heg123
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Lovely atmosphere especially if you dine outside in the cooler months. The service is incredible, never pushy or in a hurry. Food is great. the guacamole is fantastic. If you like margaritas try the Serrano strawberry margarita!!!!! Yummy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Delicious food and the service for our large group was amazing. We were paced perfectly for a lunch group not rushed but definitely not slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Patio
    DarrenSquires
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Patio was awesome. It is an interior patio so you don't get much of a view, but if the weather is nice, it is a great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Service
    NickVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and atmosphere were good, but the service was terrible. The worst service experience I've had in last 5 years. Our waiter made independent decisions re which dishes that we ordered would served vs not. Only when questioned about why he didn't bring out something that we ordered, would he volunteer why he made unsolicited decisions for us (e.g. Didn't bring the soup one of our guests ordered because "the plate is too big and won't fit with entree plate", brought flan versus the cheesecake ordered because "you should try flan, it's better"--when reinforced that we wanted what was ordered, he replied: "oh, well we're out of the cheesecake anyway, so I don't have it....but you don't like flan?"). Bizarre and ineffective service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energetic is saying it lightly!
    FoodieDiva
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I noted when rating the noise level for this review, that the the rating went from quiet to energetic and that is a saying it mildly! Restaurant has a great party vibe, but not too good when you want to have an intimate conversation, so keep that in mind! Food was fantastic! Wait staff was very engaging and spot on in their recommendations. Would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic