Mesa Restaurant

4.6
292 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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Loved the food, service, craft cocktails and ambiance.

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1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Was disappointed in the limited menu offered on July 4th. If I was aware of this I would not have made the reservation. After 38 mile from my home, I was really disappointed.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for its excellent ambiance and lovely music. Great place to celebrate and date nights.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but more of a party place. Get noisy as the night progresses

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SA
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Mesa is a fun restaurant with a vibrant feel, and the food is pretty good. Unfortunately the sound level is extraordinary and the parking awful. As such it’s hard to think of when is a good time to go there given that it’s hard to have a friendly conversation. Fun for trendy’s, but for everybody else, beware.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I found insect on my food

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RH
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Mesa several time but not for happy hour. The restaurant/bar had Avery different vibe to it. Very lounge and relaxed. W love dit. Obvisouly the happy hour prices are great. It does not matter what pizza you take all of them are very good. We love the tuna tartar and the Brussel sprouts! Cocktails have a great mix - congrats on the bartender! We will be back.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best Food , ambiance and service!!!!!!!

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome venue delicious food!!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lauren was great!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My birthday dinner

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner, ambiance is intimate and trendy with good mixed drinks and food.

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Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I'm going back, soon.

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JB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice contemporary vibe in the restaurant and our booth was spacious and comfortable. Encey (sp?) our server was warm and welcoming, making sure our dining experience was pleasant. We shared a charred New York steak. The food was thoughtfully prepared and thorougly delicious. We will definitely return!

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LW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, drinks and service. The ambiance was cool/weird, but the music - trance - was definitely not up our alley. If the music was more to our personal tastes the experience would have been totally perfect!

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JD
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Such a beautiful spot to dine! The roof opens above a magnificent tree in the center of the restaurant. Staff is friendly and the food was amazing. It was a bit loud but there are great deals during Happy Hour!

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DT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there during the dinner hour so the club atmosphere hadn't yet started. For dinner, the place was great. Food was excellent and the service was professional, friendly and on point. Will definitely return.

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BB
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waited far too long to try Mesa, and have heard great things about it for a decade, but they were always booked when we called, usually at the last minute. Since this turns into a very popular DJ-based club at night, dinners are relatively early, starting at 6 or 7 at the latest, and we were able to get in on a Saturday. Expecting much less, we were stunned and impressed by the innovative, contemporary décor, the amazing hospitality of the hostess, servers and Chef, and couldn't have been more pleased by the quality and creativeness of the delicious cuisine. We'll be back, as well as our friends. This is a local treasure.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lauren was phenomenal! she brought us an appetizer that was not on the menu and it was excellent. The chef actually came out to speak to us and he couldn’t be more pleasant. He asked what it was we liked and what else we would like to see on the menu.
I realize now that this is a more lounge and cocktail experience type of place but we arrived at 5 PM and had an outstanding experience!

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AW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in on a Thursday night to meet a friend for drinks and appetizers for a belated birthday.
From the moment I walked in it was nothing but stellar service! The hostess was super friendly and nice. We had two servers who waited on us that were super cool and chill. The manager Tawnie came by to check on us who was so nice and friendly. The food and drinks were INCREDIBLE AND they even brought out a dessert at the end of our meal on the house that was delicious!!
I would highly recommend this restaurant for the cool atmosphere, (feel like you are at a cool artsy chic part of the desert), the drinks, the food, and they have a killer DJ on the weekends!

Will definitely be coming back and will be telling everyone I know what an AMAZING experience that I had!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and and atmosphere, definitely recommend!

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RK
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the money - super. Very cool vibe, bar scene fun. Live band - weird. Scallop dish very good. Really enjoyed it.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire family was in town to celebrate my parents 80th Birthday

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Los Angeles
103 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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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The whole place was great for group parties. Loud and the vibe created high energy for celebrating.

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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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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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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
5 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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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
46 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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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
3 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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