Mesa Restaurant

4.5
252 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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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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 6, 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 6, 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 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

My Birthday

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 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 29, 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 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last Saturday,

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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I
Orange County
103 reviews
Dined on November 25, 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 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 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 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Management is outstanding

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 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 18, 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 13, 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 5, 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 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place to take a date.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 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 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 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 12, 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
32 reviews
Dined on August 11, 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 5, 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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JU
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I went for a special occasion and when I made reservations I specified that it was for a birthday. The table next to us must have been as well because they received a birthday treat, however, we did not receive anything. The food was decent, overly priced for the quality to be completely honest, small portions and very little options. The service was good; kind and friendly. I was just disappointed that it wasn't as fun or nice an evening as I'd hoped. We ended up leaving right away to find some place else and did not even finish our food.

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KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent but we were told by both the hostess and waitress that the menu was tapas style, but it isn't. The two of us ordered Brussel sprouts, grilled pear salad, fried chicken sandwich, and a pizza thinking this would be a suitable amount of food since each portion would be small. Well a 8 slice pizza, a full chicken breast on a bun, a large salad with 2 full grilled pears, and a large bowl of brussel sprouts are brought out much to our surprise. Cocktails were excellent and the quality of the food will bring me back for a second try, but I'll order a lot less. Its not tapas portions, so they shouldn't call it tapas.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

This place is over rated. The food was mediocre and not worth what they charged for it.

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EK
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

If you have previously been to this restaurant, be aware that they changed their entire menu and it's now small plates. Except for they forgot to tell the wait staff that it's small plates. The waitress failed to explain that to us when we got the menus, nor did she tell us when we ordered. We thought we ordered 2 appetizers and 3 dinners, but our food just started coming out randomly and I had to ask for a manager to explain what was going on. The cost vs value of the food was ridiculous. Do not order the tuna taco. It's watered down quarter sized pieces of tuna on 3 pieces of cucumber. The beet salad was bland and also watery, and the hanger steak wasn't very seasoned. The mussels were good. The only thing that was delicious was the comped dessert that we received for my girlfriend's birthday. If you're going to look at beautiful people and drink it's a perfect spot. Just don't go there to eat.

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CM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mesa has a great atmosphere and exceptional food and drinks. You'll definitely want to try out their happy hour! I think it's from 5-7pm and they've got a list of $7 cocktails and $7 food items. The bee sting pizza is on there and it's incredible!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We used to frequent Mesa all the time. The food was good, environment was great. But this will be the last. The food was horrible.

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JS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were there at 6pm and the staff was not busy. When you walk in it looked like they offer complimentary champagne... they skipped us. The service was attentive but the waiter did not follow up on water service when asked or questions about the food. The filet we ordered for dinner was very tough. I asked perhaps if they used a hanger steak instead. Again no one came back with an answer. We skipped dessert.

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SA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly outstanding food! Fun atmosphere --asuming you don't mind jet-loud noise levels.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for occasion with wife or date. Gets loud and more into a singles bar later in the evening, especially on weekends.

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r
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really cool place! Great vibe, good happy hour.
Fun place to go with friends.
Cocktails are awesome!
Would definitely recommend and will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fell in love with the ambience as soon as I stepped foot inside the restaurant. Our server was extremely courteous and thoughtful throughout the evening. The food was served promptly. I still cannot get over the decor and lively setting. It was an amazing place to end the day of my birthday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my sister’s bachelorette and she had a blast! Everyone was so nice, bought her shots and treated her like a queen :) Definitely recommend for a special occasion :)

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BG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesa Restaurant never disappoints. The cocktails are absolutely fantastic. They infuse their liquor in house which really adds to the taste of each drink. Service is fast and very friendly. The overall environment is unique, romantic, and fun. Perfect for a date night or if you're just looking for a nice dinner with drinks. Later in the night it shifts from a restaurant to more of a bar scene with live music, so you get a little bit of everything. 10/10 would recommend. Be aware that it is on the pricier side, but it's worth it.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an incredible 1st anniversary here! Incredible VIBE and food. This place comes highly recommended! We love it here! We will be back!

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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. They always go the extra mile. We are glad to have Mesa as a local restaurant.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best time at Mesa! Love the vibes ❤️ The burger is so amazing, so cheesy 🤘🏽

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