Mesa Restaurant

4.5
268 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
"I can't think of another place in Orange County that has such an edgy look, eclectic crowd, and lusty food. Everybody loves a secret, and Mesa is a good one. Close your eyes and point at the one-page menu of small plates and you almost can't go wrong" Irene Virbila, LA Times

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Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Thu 5:00PM - 7:30PM

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OT
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall it was surprisingly good, and here I thought it was just a meat/meet market. It is, but not until after the dinner hour.

The food was pretty damn decent.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing. I made reservations for a date. There was menu online so I expected the food options to be the same as every other day. I left immediately once I saw the menu because we didn't want pizza.

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SG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was our first time and the place is cozy the food is yunmy & our server was nice, however we did not expect the crowd who were there, maybe its a Sunday, it says online dressy attire, but a lot were under dress and looks like the dj’s knows everybody there and just hanging out in groups, there were some rude guest that was part of the group who went to our table bothering us.. we had higher expectations coming there since the website looks classy. We all came dressy. Anyway we will try to check it out on a Friday or Saturday if the crowd will be different. Also in the bathroom, one guy was smoking on his way out and smells funky.. i hope you guys check your guest who comes in & out or maybe workers can check on your restrooms to know whats goin on. I hope this is helpful to improve the service. Your restaurant is really nice! We luv the look of it overall. Thank you.

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SB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Went to celebrate my friends 50th
From the minute we arrived they were very “rushed” telling us we only had two hours and pushing us along through our service. The atmosphere aesthetically is beautiful and peaceful BUT the servers and hostess are far from peaceful. Luckily the food was delicious. Super noisy place with people yelling to talk. Probably will not be coming back here again but glad we tried it.

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n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great time at Mesa.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for the woman that used my back as a resting place the whole experience was amazing!

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

I have to say that they made this Valentines Day extra special. The service was excellent and food cooked perfect. We will be back again for sure and special thanks to the manager for helping with the mix up in the reservation time. She handled it like an excellent experienced manager should. Thanks again for an amazing night out.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance .. love! My friends and I had a great time.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Cool spot. Great cocktails.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

maybe.... if it's some younger friends who don't mind screaming to be heard, served drinks by almost naked waitresses, for some fairly average food, sure, why not. Excellent interior design though! I'm 56, my girlfriend is 53, we just didn't research a more romantic, classy, quiet place to have a nice evening. This was definitely not it! Sorry!

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B
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

This was such a great place for a fun reunion dinner with an out-of-state friend. I had never been before and was torn between trying Mesa or going to a beach front restaurant I know is good. This was hands down the better choice! From the moment you walk in the ambiance is very unique and fun. I made a reservation on Open Table, so they had a reserved sign on our table next to a fireplace, which was nice. They had great live music playing but it still wasn't too loud. I tried the Molly Ringwald cocktail, which was delicious! We split sweet potato fries as an appetizer, which weren't outstanding, but there were other great choices I'll try next time. I had the chicken sandwich and my friend had the burger; we both enjoyed our meal, but I will try something else next time! I will definitely be back though for the amazing atmosphere.

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L
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Did not live up to the great reviews other than ambiance. Good drinks, but service was slow and food overpriced for what it was.

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m
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an event for 20 people, they brought free drinks and the planner checked in on us multiple times, was courteous and very friendly

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MR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Eating at the bar looks like a nice future option with lots of space. We were there to dine, but this place is more of a 'club' per se. We dined at a table near the bar. I phoned the evening prior to confirm the ceiling would truly be open. It was not, unfortunately. (Last time I dined there, it was raining, so it REALLY couldn't be open.) Our dirty martinis with blue cheese olives were fabulous. My BF LOVED his food (bone marrow). I LIKED mine (sole). The apple slice salad was tasty. The dessert lacked. The snickerdoodle balls were tasty but the banana bread was lacking. No latte at dessert time either.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there before a show at Segerstrom Hall to celebrate a friend’s birthday and had a great time!

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TB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, we had a great time celebrating my friend’s bday.

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DC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The menu and food very average. It’s a nightclub trying to serve food. The interior design is a bit dated. I felt they were trying to be a Vegas restaurant in Costa Mesa on a low budget. The price and overall experience weee both very disappointing.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

My Birthday

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b
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesa is always a good time, have been in smaller groups of 3-4 and really enjoy the atmosphere. It is a great place for date or to hangout with friends over delicious cocktails and food. The happy hour is very impressive and a great deal!

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a night out. I wish they would play more EDM rather than hiphop though.

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D
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

Their vegan dish had meat in it, I have been sick for 2 days since. Left a message to sort this out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last Saturday,

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julia for President. Mesa has a great supper club Vibe.

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I
Orange County
104 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

very nice staff. Good food options fairly priced. We were there for our anniversary and they surprised us with a very delicious dessert on the house.
very lively place. DJ arrived and started playing music around 9pm. Cool place for sure.

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JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good vibes here. The drinks are made right and the pizzas are incredible.

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LB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, the drinks and the ambiance was excellent because the service was great. Music and people are great!

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MN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The previous chef and menu was much better for dinners. The menu has changed significantly and now is more of a high-end bar food than fine dining. Also for those of us gluten-free, the menu has become much more limited, especially with the cross-contamination for everything being fried. I understand from our server that they are planning to revamp the menu soon.

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NI
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Management is outstanding

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very poor reception. Very rude with attitude. Absolutely ridiculous policy of having your table only having 2 hours. I prefer to dine and pay in a place that I won’t be kicked out after 2 hours and being treated rudely.

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k
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Super underwhelming. Music system was messed up so we couldn’t hear the band, waitress had no personality, pizza was burned, just overall kind of a bummer for our bon voyage dinner. Positives were I found a good cocktail after trying a few different ones and the waitress brought us a complimentary dessert for our special occasion.

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DA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was kind and came by the table to see how our dining was; the waitress was pleasant and attentive. Great for friends night out and even date night. The food is more shareable and drinks are delicious. Would highly recommend people going and experiencing the night life.

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

Felt that drinks were watered down, but manager was excellent. Waitresses could watch their body language and be more friendly, but understandable given the hectic environment. Love this place.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place to take a date.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Even with a very limited seating and last minute table reservation, Tawny was able to accommodate the last minute request with time and number of party changes.
I thought the food was good and the service was great, and the rest of my party thought the same. I was told the we have the table for only two hours due to a following reservation that requires our table, but they let us hang around untill the other party had arrived. The staff were nice and professional about letting us know that they need the table and walked us to the bar to enjoy the venue longer.
We had a great time and good experience untill the place was overwheamled with more people. As the night progresses, the place became busier and some crowed had a bit much to drink and falling over places, and i noticed that the staff handled the situation very well and no scene was created - still maintained a welcoming environment to new comers and people that has been there for a while.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great table maintenance .... awesome staff good music good food

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A
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daddy daughter night. Food was excellent as was everything else.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance! People who work there are so awesome and very friendly!
The Hanger Steak was way too salty! The Broccolini was salty and cooked in too much oil.
They really need to bring the old menu back. At least have some Mexican Food selections on the menu besides Tuna Tacos. The place is called Mesa after all!

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JD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary, it was great like always. They brought us a caky with a candle and two champagne, it was super sweet and especial of them. Thank you so much!
The service was great.

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m
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant experience. We happened in on a Friday around 5:30 and were greated by delightful staff who engaged us immediately. It was Social Hour and we tried most of the offerings and they were delicious. Realize it has a bar/nightclub vibe, but it is obviously so much more. A previous review noted that the patrons were "eclectic"...and, at they were - groups of millenials dressed for the night, groups sharing a weekending toast, couples, singles, two birthday bashes, and a family. Being something "different" is not easy (and MESA is not yet competing with the LA/NY/Vegas scene), but it is a neat option for gathering and enjoying oneself...and the food is YUMMY.

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EP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant came highly recommended on Yelp and I'm so glad I found it. The staff was very attentive and friendly and the food was great for the price. I definitely plan on returning.

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