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Mez Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mezdurham.com
  • Phone: (919) 941-1630
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm - 9:30pm Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Stumb
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Mez offers catering services to fit your every need. Lunch, dinner or appetizers can be delivered to your office, conference or other meeting site. Please contact us for more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Mez currently offers several ongoing specials that should not be missed. Every afternoon between lunch and dinner from 4:00 until 6:00 PM our bar customers can order any individual tacos for $2. Every Saturday night all bottles of wine are 50% off.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Slater Road
  • Public Transit: Mez is located just steps away from the Triangle Transit Authority's bus stop on the corner of Slater Road and Page Road. We are also within walking distance of the Triangle Transit Authority's new Transfer Station slated to come online in the fall of 2008.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Mez, as a LEED designed restaurant, offers three designated parking spaces for our guests who driving a hybrid vehicle.
A word from Mez
MEZ is a contemporary Mexican restaurant conveniently located in the heart of the Triangle, just minutes from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham and Cary on Page Road off I-40 (Exit 282). MEZ is the newest venture from the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, the owners of 518 West, 411 West, Squid’s, and Spanky’s, all award-winning local restaurants. We feature traditional Mexican recipes with a modern, healthy twist, and use locally grown organic products whenever possible. MEZ also offers a beautiful private room that can accommodate 20 to 100 people for business lunches or dinners, rehearsal dinners, corporate training or any other occasion. Our private dining/meeting room offers a full array of audio-video equipment for your use. MEZ is North Carolina's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designed restaurant.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Trying to describe the food at Mez is always a challenge to me. It is always excellent, but it is not your typical Mexican Restaurant so I decided that it was probably "fusion" Mexican. The upscale atmosphere with reasonable prices and the unique approach to Mexican cuisine is always good."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a great meal with old friends. The fish tacos were incredible. Service was great. The only downside was that it was a rainy humid night and its was really hot and stuffy inside the restaurant with alot of noise."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Love this restaurant, but if they don't stop seating children at tables in the bar area we're not going back. Kids don't belong at bar tables - stop putting them there. Hate spending money to go be around kids."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It has really gone down hill. Service very slow and waiter messed up orders. It was a rather slow Saturday night 6pm). Party of six adults and all thought their food was average at best. Really disappointed! Would not waste our money their again. Much better Mexican restaurants around in Triangle."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Celebrated our 45th anniversary and they brought champaign as a treat. WOW lllllll Been at Mez many times and will keep coming back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was very fresh & Excellent service, too. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I LOVE the food; however, our server had other ideas. 1. We ordered an appetizer for the table - but the entrees came out immediately such we could not enjoy the guacamole. 2. She immediately brought out the check even before all our entrees were finished. When i asked about desserts, she responded "you didn't order desserts and i thought you had ENOUGH FOOD with the entrees. " I said, "You could have asked if we wanted dessert." She said, "you didn't ask." 3. When we asked to split the check for the two couples; she not NOT split the appetizer,but at that point it was laughable. 4. Thank goodness these are good friends but if I were entertaining, I would have been horrified."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The four of us studied the menu BEFORE we came and still had a hard time deciding on which of the many tempting dishes to have. Each of the ultimate choices not only looked delicious but was delicious. Gourmet, contemporary and unmistakeably Mexican. Our server was attentive and professional. We dined on a Wednesday evening, around 6:30, and it was definitely a "hot spot" for a young, after work crowd with some tables for eight nearby. That being said, the noise level is indeed energetic and the design of the space contributes to that acoustic. At one table across the room the arrival of food finally tempered the high pitched laughter of one of the diners and that was a relief. We had an excellent evening of excellent food."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The restaurant has a very good menu and things change often to offer variety. The NC catfish dishes are great!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food is amazing, service is excellent and great prices. I work in RTP and this is my go to place for a quick and tasty lunch."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "shrimp dish was excellent! there was a carmel cheesecake that was heavenly!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Dinner with friends was most enjoyable. Our server recommended great dishes, and the margaritas were spot on. Service was really good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food in an area that has needed good restaurants for years."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I ordered my fav dish, the shrimp cocktail which was on the menu as being in a tomato based salsa sauce. There was no tomato in in. While tasty, it was not the quality as it had been in the past. The restaurant is a very noisy place to dine. The wait staff was attentive and I got the feeling she was wanted to turn the table very quickly."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The salads are very health in general and adding fish or chicken makes them the real deal. Great place for lunch in RTP!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Too noisy says it all. We won't go back because conversation, relaxing or stimulating, was impossible."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "No complaints. The food was good, our server delightful and the restaurant very attractive. The only downside is the very busy parking lot at lunch time. I arrived before noon and got the last parking place. There appeared to be more parking across the street, but it was a busy street and didn't look easy to cross. What's more patrons speed through the lot desperately seeking places to park."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed a business dinner with colleagues traveling into town from elsewhere. One was a Texan, so it was risky going to a Mexican restaurant, as they have such great SW fare in Texas. But he loved it. Thumbs up for Mez!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "When ever I am in durham I always go back. Not the typical Mexican restaurant. A step up. Good margaritas and even better fish tacos"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great place to eat if you like Mexican food and an adult atmosphere!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The fish tacs were excellent and our server was terrific."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I go to Mez often and love bringing friends there to eat. The food this time was good but a bit inconsistent. Some entrees that we chose specifically to appeal to those who did not want something spicy, ended up being very spicy that night - despite both the server and me attesting to the fact that this was not normally a spicy dish. It also took a ridiculously long time to get our food which was atypical of the restaurant which I usually find has fast service. Still we had a great time overall. The guacamole was awesome and most entrees such as the fish tacos adobado, the steak tacos and the shrimp dish with corn and rice and beans - name escapes me now - were excellent as always. Just need consistency through the end of the night."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "On occasional visits to Raleigh I must find my way to Mez. They serve my Mexican favorites prepared with high quality ingredients and a true chef's touch. This not a typical Mexican restaurant. Food is perfectly seasoned and artfully presented. My favorites include the chicken enchiladas with a delicious dark mole, the brisket, fish tacos and the tamal. The menu lists a variety of options from steak to seafood, something to suit any palate. The drink menu is extensive but I wish they tapped many more of the great local craft beers. The place is beautiful with great atmosphere. The service is friendly and attentive but not too fast, a good thing as you will be happy to linger for a while."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I always select Mez as my restaurant of choice. I can count on the consistent food quality; the friendly smiles; and the overall professionalism of the wait staff."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was by far the worst meal I have ever had Mexican restaurant. Burrito was ice cold, came out within 2 minutes of been ordered. Flavors didn't work at all. Guacamole was gross. I'd expect more from Chapel Hill Restaurant group. This was during the World Cup, so maybe all the cooks were more interested in soccer than cooking edible food for paying customers. Never eat here."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went with 3 other people. My tuna (which was discussed as ahi and just seared) was way overcooked and had to be sent back. Happens. But then my friend pulled out a 6" long hair that had been cooked into her dish. The food was good and the server did well - - but I certainly would have expected the manager to come over and apologize. I'm not one that expects, nor accepts, being 'comped' - - but I do expect an apology in situations like this."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have been to Mez several times for both catered events and regular dining. The food is always good and the service is as well. They also have a nice variety of dishes available."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a nice Father's Day dinner at Mez. With two picky children, it's hard to find restaurants that make everyone happy, but Mez was able to. It's kid-friendly, particularly for kids that aren't toddlers and can sit through an hour long dinner, but not so kid-friendly that it can't also be romantic or a special adult only dinner. We also were there early (at 6) and I imagine there's less kids as the evening goes on. Food is delicious and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been to Mez before and had a great experience. However this time we got a table in a crowded corner far from the beautiful waterfall. We had to go ask for our server be aside she never greeted us for a drink order. She was not friendly or quick. We basically are our tacos and left to find another place for cocktails. The sangria was good but that's all I can say that's positive about this dinner. I doubt we will be back anytime soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a great time at Mez. We originally requested to sit on the patio and even though the restaurant was full, they found us a very comfortable table inside right before a big storm. Thanks for accommodating us. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The catfish in the fish taco's was not good. The spinach enchiladas were tough on the ends & the tortilla chips unremarkable."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Mez and plan to return soon. This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend and we were glad we checked it out. Since we live in Cary and work in N. Raleigh, it's off our 'beaten path' so we were unfamiliar with it. We arrived about 30 minutes ahead of our reservation time expecting to have a cocktail at the bar while we waited but we were seated right away (due to it's location I expect it's much more popular for lunch). The service was great, as was the food. We'll definitely be back again soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "An RTP hotspot and meeting place for professionals. Oh, and the food is great too!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Perfect wait service. Helpful, pleasant, not intrusive. Good presentation of food, tasty, warm fresh chips with salsa and margaritas yummy start. Go early and sit outside if weather is pleasant. Sunday dinner time not crowded, just what we preferred. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Mez provided a really good outdoor dining experience. The food was flavorful and the waitstaff were friendly and prompt."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A great "go-to" with an interesting menu, solid service, manageable price point and lively but comfortable ambiance. Always friendly, warm staff. Transitions well from business lunch to fun night spot."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Mex is always a great place to take a group. The noise level is overwhelming if you are trying to have a discussion. Food is always fantastic and service was very good."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Loved this place. very creative use of local ingredients. Wonderful sauces, not heavy. Great drinks! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. I think their guacamole is a bit overpriced, but the fish tacos are amazing. It can get very loud, which can make it hard to carry on a conversation, especially in a booth."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food and service were great. However, even with a reservation it took 1.5 hrs to "do" lunch. Not because of service but because it was that crowded. Plan ahead if you dine here for lunch. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014