Mesa

4.6
300 reviews
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Mexican
Chef-Owners Raul and Olga Reyes come from Alvarado, Veracruz, a town built on a mile-wide strip of land with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and a brackish lagoon on the other. With the bounty of the sea close at hand, fresh seafood is a way of life in Alvarado. But Veracruz is also home to wild boar and turkey, to vanilla orchids and cacao, to tropical fruits and a rainbow of chiles. For nearly five hundred years, the cuisine of Alvarado has evolved through the influence of indigenous, Spanish, French and African cultures in the port city. It is this food that Raul and Olga brought to Dallas with their former restaurant, La Palapa Veracruzana, which the Dallas Observer named the Best Mexican Restaurant in Dallas and that Pegasus News called "fresh, flavorful, unique - a destination for people who like to eat food and talk about it a lot afterwards." Mesa offers the same authentic coastal cuisine Raul and Olga have been cooking and eating since their childhood!
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Caribbean
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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s
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy provided my party with outstanding service.

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

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BO
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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A
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great enchiladas, but overpriced

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OC
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

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

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MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

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

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JE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KS
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and atmosphere!

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Met a friend for drinks and it blossomed into a two course meal that was astounding. Food and drinks were excellent, I recommend the smokey margarita, it's made with mezcal..delish.

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CB
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent margaritas and the seafood enchiladas were amazing. Cleaned my plate!

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J
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become one of my favorite Dallas restaurants. I ordered the Mole Enchiladas. This is the best Mole I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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KM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, as was service. We had the ceviche which was great. I had the Mole, I ate the whole thing. Wife had the braised pork, remarkable flavors. The ginger Mule cocktail was good and the margaritas are fantastic. I think it's the best restaurant in Bishop Arts district. Photo is of the Mole.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service. Everything tasted super fresh. Tenderloin enchiladas were truly tenderloin enchiladas. Delicious.

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PR
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it, very nice surprise.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were the only table in the restaurant on a week day. The service was great. I’m Mexican so the rating is rated more aggressive than the average joe.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service! Will definitely be back if we are in the area.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great margaritas, even better black bean and seafood enchiladas!

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S
San Antonio
69 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our lunch here. My sister and her husband recommended this place and we all enjoyed it. Good customer service and food!

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Christmas dinner with the whole family. Everything was great. Can’t wait for the next time.

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RT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Dallas Some friends recommended it to us and they were on. Small menu but all perfectly prepared, great service and drinks. Chef came out to check on us. It is a 5 Star

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PP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing! Had the mole enchiladas and seafood enchiladas. As well as ceviche

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. Excellent service. Worthwhile going. I would return again.

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LP
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Had a lot of hype on social media...we found the mole bland, the fish stew had minimal fish and tonnes of garlic vs vegetables. Maybe we ordered poorly but not worth the journey from Dallas

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RP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great food

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Naples
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good, our waiter was super friendly!

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VB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was very good, despite the server having to contend with a very large party that arrived after we did. The appetizers, ceviche and guacamole were top-notch, as were the accompanying corn chips. My entree, Guizo de Chef, was underwhelming. Flavor was okay, but the amount of seafood seemed skimpy for the price. The tres leches cake was average, but the flan was outstanding. The bar/cocktail menu needs to be expanded to offer more choices for non-tequilas drinkers.

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a
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place. We were in town for a work conference, found it on Open Table and decided to give it a shot even though the traffic was calling the ride for 30 minutes. 100% worth it, they greeted us at the door, impeccable service, great cocktails (and beer) and the MOLE YOU HAVE TO GET THE MOLE. And the salsa, and the chips, and the guacamole, and everything. So beautifully plated and ridiculously good. Save room for dessert (or just power it down cause it's worth it) because the coconut cake is made locally and will make you believe that good things are possible.

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ES
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Authentic Mexican food! My husband and I both loved our entrees, best mole I’ve ever had. Wonderful ambience/design and the service was perfect.

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