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Reserve at Meze
551 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown / Gaslamp
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Greek, Global, International, Mediterranean
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Family Style Catering offered for any party size.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating with family and friends or working over lunch, Meze can accommodate your private party.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator (888) 651-1490
Belly Dancer Saturday evenings.
A word from Meze
We are a family-owned bar and restaurant in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp Quarter. The word “mezé” translates as “taste” – meaning both “flavor” and “a taste of something.” At Mezé Greek Fusion you’ll find both. Our menu features finely crafted regional cuisine with a California twist. It can be
enjoyed as entrees in our chic high-ceilinged dining room, or in small portions as “mezé” that go exceptionally well outside on our patio with a drink, or as a bite at the bar before heading to a Padres game or a night out in the Gaslamp. On the weekends, we serve a delicious brunch with Bottomless Mimosas. Late night we recommend that you try our cocktail list and have a staff member pack a hookah for you. Come by and discover how a place can be both elegant and familiar, which is to say, Mediterranean.
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All the dishes we had (salad, gyro
plate, pita bread) were excellent, this was a great place to stumble into. There is a paid parking lot next door but it's easily walk-able from Horton Plaza. I'll be returning soon."
Dined on 7/19/2014
Meze has very solid "Greek fusion"
food. The baba ghanoush is wonderfully smooth and smokey, and every dish was really good. The salmon was beautifully prepared and the "yogurt salsa" it came with very nice, as were the grilled asparagus spears. Moroccan Mule cocktail was delicious. Server was exceptionally friendly and efficient. Atmosphere was hip without being too loud, and they even have a kids' menu. But must a Middle Eastern restaurant have a bellydancer to show how "exotic" it is? Not everyone wants their meal to be interrputed every few minutes to either stare at or ignore a gyrating woman at their table - we'd rather savor the food and conversation! Otherwise, this was a really lovely place, and we'll happily return."
Dined on 7/11/2014
I thought I ordered the steak and
chicken combo for dinner, and I noticed it was just steak on the plate. I ate it all up, then I noticed from the bill $28 bucks for my plate and it was lamb. I was amazed at how they cooked the lamb it was very good tasted like steak, but wow for that price it was kinda steep for the lamb, but it was the best lamb I ever tasted."
Dined on 7/5/2014
Very busy crowd after Padres
ballgame... but server was attentive even if kitchen was backed up. Food was worth the wait."
Dined on 7/4/2014
We are staying in the San Diego
area for a month, and in three weeks, we have been there 5 times so far, and still more dining experiences to follow before we leave. My husband loved the Octopus salad, and we have also loved the Greek quesadilla, chicken kabob, and just about everything is wonderful. Service is great too! Portions are huge! Love this place....."
Dined on 7/4/2014
This is the most friendly and
accommodating neighborhood restaurant possible. It is always a pleasure to have their terrific dishes and receive a nice welcome from everyone there. Joan and Peter"
Dined on 6/20/2014
I was pleasantly surprised to find
this wonderful gem about a two block walk from my hotel in the GasLamp district. Wonderful space, with outdoor seating with heaters. My waitress was knowledgeable on the menu and made excellent recommendations which lived up to my expectations. Plan to go back before I leave."
Dined on 6/15/2014
Wow! That was the best gyros I've
had in decades and the best falafel ever! And I've never had perfectly crisp shoestring fries covered in crumbled feta and fresh chopped parsley. Just excellent food. My companions loved the Greek salad, too. The service started out very attentive, but as the place filled up things got spotty. It took quite a while to get the check and even longer to get the check back. The decor can only be described as "hole-in-the-wall" but the food more than makes up for it."
Dined on 6/8/2014
Perfect place to eat before a
b'ball game! Love that we can make a reservation and get in and out and not miss first pitch!"
Dined on 6/7/2014
We were looking for a place to
getting some good, healthy food before going to the Padres game at Petco Park. Meze was close to the park, so we gave it a try. What a great find! Nice location, terrific Greek fusion food, friendly, helpful service. Even better for us, we arrived at 5:30, and got Happy Hour 50% off prices on tapas and drinks. Highly recommend the Gyro quesadilla, Spanakopita, and Fiery Feta Mac 'n Cheese. But make sure to save room for the Baklava, It's as good as any we've ever eaten. Loved it!"
Dined on 6/2/2014
Had a graduation brunch/lunch for
7 people. The food was amazing! we ordered numerous appetizers and other dishes and ate family style. Everything was so delicious! The girls on duty were all nice and attentive to our group. I will definitely be returning to Meze."
Dined on 5/25/2014
Love this place! OOOOOPA is a
must! Delicious food! "
Dined on 5/23/2014
Great fusian Greek food. Good
night spot after a baseball game. "
Dined on 5/23/2014
Between the vibrant bar scene,
beautiful crowd, and great food, MEZE' hits a home run everytime! Add an amazing waitstaff, on the ball and ever present owners delivers!"
Dined on 5/17/2014
The staff was wonderful, helpful
and accommodating. We had the Meze Platter for lunch and ate every morsel. I asked to substitute out the hummus for the baba ghanoush. It was so good. We were visiting from San Francisco and I'm only sorry there isn't a Meze nearby."
Dined on 5/13/2014
From the excellent service to the
lighted winged, fire- eat ing belly dancer ( not kidding!); to the delicious Greek fusion; cuisine,this place was amazing."
Dined on 5/10/2014
We were visiting from Washington
and were under the impression that you could not smoke in or NEAR a restaurant. When we arrived it was so great to be able to eat outdoors that when offered a table on the patio we grabbed it. We weren't alone. Four guys with two hookas and Sherman cigarettes smoked through our entire meal. In Washington, you can smoke within 30 yards of a restaurant so we were shocked you could in California. Had a great octopus salad to start, some Greek nachos as my entree. My bride had the special which was a very nice sea bass. We left without dessert as the smoke only got worse."
Dined on 4/26/2014
We got there at the end of happy
hour and were able to take advantage of the happy hour 1/2 price specials,which were wonderful and filling. Our companions ate from the full price menu and we were almost sorry to miss the great foods there. We will return for those, probably many times. Service was so-so. We needed to be out to go to the theater for a 7 pm performance and almost missed it due to the waitress suddenly disappearing causing difficulty getting our check. She didn't make herself available for questions or requests, thus our rating for service."
Dined on 4/24/2014
I wouldn't say this is the best
food I've had or the most interesting decor, but both were in the solid good category. We had a large group and the waitress was amazing. For that reason I would go back. If you are in the area, this is a solid choice."
Dined on 4/23/2014
Me and my husband came across Meze
on Open Table and decided to give it a try and we loved it. Great ambiance, fits right in to a night in the Gaslamp District. Service was excellent. The restaurant is modern but the staff made you feel like you were dining in thier home in Greece. Our server Lizzie called us "my friends" and didn't leave us wanting for anything. The food was very delicious! We only had a couple of appetizers and shared an entree. I think I need to try more entrees to give it a higher review but what we did try was very good. Great place for some drinks and dinner with friends or as a romantic date. We will definitely be back to try more food or even just grab a drink in thier posh bar/lounge area. "
Dined on 4/18/2014
The food is made fresh and many
choices. The service was the best! Andrea was superior as well as all the staff. They are all switched on and delightful! We invited a couple that lives locally andvtheybhad never been there before. They loved it and will be coming back."
Dined on 4/7/2014
Loved Meze and all it had to
offer! I think we met all the staff, each equally welcoming, excited to be there and very attractive... Although, Drea shined the brightest! With wine and beer in hand... and help from Patrick on what to have ...the food started arriving. Definitely order the Saganaki... Delicious and Beautiful. As the belly dancer finished our entrees arrived...The Lamb Tenderloin was outstanding! Top the meal off with an order of Loukoumades:-). Looking forward to our next visit!"
Dined on 4/4/2014
I ordered the kabob combo and
hummus with pita bread, every bite was fantastic and the cute hostesses were good eye candy too. Great restaurant with nice artwork and lighting. Def a nice place to be DT."
Dined on 3/28/2014
The food and service was
impressive, the ambience amenable, the outdoor natural venue pleasing. Try the posole, and you'll begin to appreciate the chef's mastery of seasonings, then move on to the oxtail ragout! Mouthwatering. Suggest you finish with a sea salt Carmel gelato."
Dined on 3/22/2014
We have struggled to find a
restaurant with good food and excellent service for pre-show dining. Then we found Meze! They have a great menu with lots of small plates (hence the name), a good wine list, creative cocktails and most of all a friendly and helpful staff. It's a lively spot, and good for larger parties. We will be back!"
Dined on 3/15/2014
Belly dancer show was to
early. Gas-lamp fun night start after 9 pm & show get over by 9 pm"
Dined on 3/8/2014
Everything was great except our
service (especially the hookah). The server took at least 15 minutes between requests to come back, often forgetting what we had asked for. We requested the bill ahead of time because we knew it would take some time, and still had to get up and give the credit card to someone because the server didn't come back for it. It's a wonder why we paid at all."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Reserved a table for 9 for a
convention gathering of friends for a once a year dinner. Used ratings on Open Table, Trip Advisor and Urban Spoon to find a place with good food, vegetarian friendly, not overly loud, within walking distance of the convention center hotels, and separate checks. Meze was perfect. We loved the appetizer platter to share. We got 2 for our group. Most got the special of the day dinner, which was a mixed kebab with rice and veggies. All delish. Highly recommend this place. Would go back."
Dined on 3/3/2014
If I could give Meze 6 stars
instead of 5, I would do so. I organized my team dinner here during the recent allergy meeting in San Diego, and everyone raved about not only the delicious food, but also the presentation, and even better, the wonderful service from Dre (short for Andrea I think) and Patrick (the owner of the establishment). Both were extremely attentive and made a 5 star experience 6+ stars! Highly recommend, and I will be back at least twice at my pulmonary meeting in May! Thanks again guys!"
Dined on 3/3/2014
Energetic, vibrant crowd, wide
variety of delicious brunch choices and bottomless mimosas make Mezé a sure bet for your weekend brunch! Patrick, the owner, makes it an extra special experience. He not only took care of us but made certain that everyone else was well taken cafe of also!"
Dined on 3/2/2014
Convenient for Gaslamp area
conference goers. Food generic, except for baba ghanoush, which was nicely smoky. Cocktails look interesting on menu but taste like overly strong bottom shelf guzzlers at your typical tourist trap bar. Bright spot was service - waitstaff attentive and friendly."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Anything & everything was above
our group expectation . Entertainment was very classy for the evening. Service & food was excellent. Great choice for Veg & non Veg food. Ambiance was very appiling"
Dined on 2/22/2014
I came here for my birthday
celebration on Saturday night and it was definitely the highlight of the night. I was 30 min late due to traffic and the restaurant was still so accommodating and had the table ready when my party of 8 arrived. The food was amazing and the portions were very generous. I had the gyro wrap with fries and could barely finish half of it. There was also a belly dancer who performed and she went table to table and interacted with everybody. She had me do a birthday solo dance and then a group dance. She was awesome!! At the end of dinner, the staff surprised me with birthday dessert and sang happy birthday. It was very thoughtful and a great way to celebrate my birthday. Thank you Meze for a wonderful time!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
I picked this place because it is
close to my work downtown and I love greek food, it was very good! We had a lovley date and all the food was delicious. The prices are also very reasonable too!"
Dined on 2/14/2014
The food was delicious. We had the
hummus starter that also came wirh a spicy cheese dip. So good. Then we split two entrees, the chicken and the filet mignon. Both were cooked perfectly and had great flavor. Finished off with two desserts, the baklava and the Greek doughnuts. Both were served with vanilla ice cream and both were delicious. Service was all around good and the staff is very friendly. We had a very nice, cute Russian girl as our server which took care of us nicely. The owner also came out to see if we were pleased with everything. The ambience was also nice. We sat outside on the patio which has heat lamps to keep you comfortable. All in all, this is a must try restaurant."
Dined on 2/14/2014
My husband and I visited Meze for
the first time for the Valentine's Day special. This was $60 per person. It started with an appetizer of hummus, spicy feta, and pita bread. We each chose an entree and a dessert. The food was good, but even at the end I found it to be on the pricey side."
Dined on 2/14/2014
The drinks were amazing as was the
food. I highly recommend the saganaki! OPA!"
Dined on 2/12/2014
A very nice time. The staff are
very helpful and friendly. The food is good and fairly creative - although there is not too much that can be done with Greek food. The theme is Greek Fusion so do not expect to see all of your favorites. I very much missed a warm octopus dish and taramasalata. The biggest miss though was the absence of Greek Wine. There was one white and one red - no rose at all. This might of been fine if the rest of the list was truly distinguished but it was not - a mostly hodgepodge list of standard California wines. Meze really needs to upgrade the list."
Dined on 2/12/2014
We had dinner at Meze on a
Saturday night before the show. It was wonderful. We were on a romantic date and it was perfect... Their special flaming appetizer was a nice touch and delicous. We had a plate of the grilled shrimp and lamb tenderloins. They were full of flavor and cooked perfectly. The wait staff was very, very friendly and helpful. They smiled and were always pleasant, helped us pick the perferct dishes, checked on us often and even gave us directions when we left. We also loved the atmosphere. The windows went to the top of the very high ceiling and gave a nice view of the street. The colors and artwork were very tasteful and gave a warm feeling."
Dined on 2/1/2014
Our waitress was lovely and
accommodating...Hummus is GREAT as were the dolmas... other stuff was okay"
Dined on 1/30/2014
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