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About Mesa Restaurant

"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

Mesa 725 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
Kitchen Open til 1:00am
( 2 hr Dinner Seating)

Please note that Mesa is a 21 and over establishment.
Thank you!

Cross Street:
Bristol

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 557-6700

Website:
http://www.mesacostamesa.com/

Entertainment:
Eclectic Art and Music Nightly

Catering:
Whether it be for your next office meeting, private event or casual get together, let us provide you with your catering needs.

For catering orders and more info
please contact our Events Manager, Tawny

Parking Details:
Valet offered

Executive Chef:
Niki Weyler

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tawny@mesacostamesa.com

Mesa Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (7)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
People Watching (4)
Cozy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Live Music (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Business Meals (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Absolutely loved Mesa! Great vibe and awesome food and drink selection!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Authentic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was everything I wanted. With the app I noted that it was a birthday, didnt have to mention it once in the restaurant and they brought out a birthday dessert for us. Awesome service!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our party of 4 met prior to going to Segerstrom. Other restaurants were not available and Mesa popped up, none of us had been there before. My daughter is very much the food and trendy restaurants snob gave Mesa a glowing review. The food was delicious the Service was good, Nico, our server was gracious and attentive. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Posh, trendy, setting - good lounge music and even better cocktails and food- will come back soon!

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Took my boyfriend here to hear the music...He loves JP Orchestra and they did not disappoint!! They were amazing! The food was delicious..the chef kindly came to our table to offer suggestions...We sat by the fireplace...Very romantic evening...love the staff here as well!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Mac and cheese cauliflower was cooked so much you needed a spoon... it was almost soup!

I settled for the scallops because they were out of the handmade pasta and daily soup (tried ordering these, but was informed that these items were unavailable).
The scallops were prepared well and the presentation was good, but there was not enough butternut squash purée to balance the salty collard greens and the sweet wine reduction.

I used to frequent here, but it’s been some time since my last visit. I think the food quality has gone downhill. I don’t plan to return.

I did enjoy the live music they had on a Wednesday night!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Made reservations for date night with my wife/my birthday. We ordered drinks, then 20 min after being sat, were asked to move. Reason given, “for another party”. The table wasn’t filled until about 10 min before we were done with dinner. Our original seats were empty for over an hour. Disappointed given the money we spent on dinner, appetizers, and drinks

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a great time and delicious food/drinks u rol a part of the wait staff told us we had to leave since there is a 2 hr reservation maximum . Mgr quickly came over and apologized for the delivery and went out of his way to make sure we had a great rest of the night. Customer service at its finest. Will definately recommend and go back.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Perfect for young (30s) friends’ get together. DJ playing after 9:30pm. However I had to leave my table within a 10 minute notice because after 10pm the “owners” of that space would arrive. Basically, after 10pm it’s a club and you have to be standing up by the bar. So if that’s what you’re looking for, go for it. Mesa is a fun music lounge, not a restaurant. Not family friendly. Good for club type birthdays. Food is okay. Drinks are good!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I love Mesa! They have the best Lychee Martinis! I came here for dinner and they had
Live music and delicious food. For my entry
I had the steak. It was perfectly peppered and it came with purree potatoes and a tasty Spinach, bacon and pine nut salad. I highly recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went for a 6:00 dinner. The food was amazing, especially the cauliflower and cheese side dish! The restaurant took on a new personality by the end of our dinner. It turned into "the place to be" for the 21-35 crowd. So, at 55, I was feeling pretty old. My daughter would love it though!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were told at least 3 times our reservation was a 2-hour window, which started hospitality out very low. Our server did not ask if we wanted another round of drinks, seemed perturbed at our orders, and was generally awkward and unfriendly. Definitely a hip place and easy to feel out of place and unwelcome. If you're looking for a warm, friendly place with attentive service, this is not for you.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Shoe String Fries- 10!
Burger was...Okay
Drinks were quite good- Kind of a spicy version of a Moscow Mule I've never had and really liked!
Noisy. Not really great for quiet conversation.
Ambiance is quite nice and a bit trendy/exotic.
Bar is massive.
We ate here prior to a show at the Observatory.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ambiance was great, but the food was terrible. We spent $80 on food, and left feeling very disappointed.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved it! Service was great!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great find. All staff super professional and friendly from the moment you walked in. They greeted you and made you feel welcomed. The atmosphere was very stylish and hip. Food was excellent. Great vegetarian options or for non vegetarian. Definitely going back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service was kind of inattentive. We were sent the wrong drink and waited for a long time before someone came by. We were charged for both the wrong drink and the replacement drink. We also wanted to order another small plate, and couldn't find our server; she rarely came by.
There was a 20 year high school reunion in the lounge area so it was too crowded and noisy.
The food and drinks were very good, but the food was a tad too salty.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Reserved for 6 people, was sat in a small U-shaped table that at max should have accommodated 4 people max. Food was good, everything else mediocre at best.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Need to start with parking it is a nightmare on the best days.
The happy hour appetizers are a good value and the wine we picked worked well.
The other food is expensive, but you are not paying for the food, you are paying for the atmosphere and trendy decor.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

after having a few appetizers, couple of rounds of drinks/cocktails, then dinner, we were told by the front desk staff that we’d need to leave within 15 minutes after being there for an hour and 45 minutes (time was around 8:30 on a Wednesday). We were told that reservations are booked in two hour increments which MAY have been understandable if there weren’t other tables (several) visibly available and if there were actual guests waiting, which there were not. We hung out for another 15 minutes outside and nobody arrived. Oddest experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant and never experienced that anywhere before, especially at a nicer establishment where we dropped well over $200. Was embarrassing as well since we were entertaining an out of town work consultant.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I really like the atmosphere, the decorations, how it's wide open and good music!!! Also very good service!!!!! It's the best of the night! The guys keep refilling our water and cleaning our table. Our waitress is nice and fast too! The food are good, it goes with the atmosphere and brownie a la mode is so delicious! I would definitely come back! The only thing I don't like is that it only allow up to party of 5 to dine in, wish there could be more then 5. Need to change that in the future 😊

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Hot Spot, Casual, Happy Hour, Cozy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

I had the best experience here for my birthday. It was my first time at Mesa and it exceeded by expectations! I enjoyed the complimentary champagne for my guests and I as I walked in and the complimentary shot for my table. It was delicious. Definitely one for the books! Thanks Mesa!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We went to celebrate my girlfriend 40 th birthday. The food is good, though it's small portions. Drinks are delicious! It's august , the weather is hot outside and inside the restaurant it was hotter due to humidity trap inside the restaurant. If they turn on the a/c or open the rooftop we wouldn't be melting our makeup off .overall it is good

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Thank you Twany for making sure everything's perfect for my big milestone birthday celebration. The backend private booth was perfect for the occasion. Love love the panna cotta dessert and comp bottle of Cava.

Best venue in Socal for any occasion and highly recommend!

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

When we got there they said we had a two hour limit to dine but it took the server 30 minutes to get our drinks and then she got a few of them wrong. When we ordered our wine with dinner we ordered a Cabernet and she brought us a Pinot noir..... dinner was so so because my fish was coooked to death. Anyway, won't come back for sure.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Another excellent experience at Mesa. I had the halibut, my friends had the burger, and salad. We shared the shrimp, than clams, as appetizers. Delicious. The hand crafted cocktails were yum! Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Horrible and expensive food, worst old fashioned I have ever had (but to be fair, they took it back and switched it for a Jameson on the rocks when I complained), awesome atmosphere, super cute and trendy - would recommend for drinks and hanging out, but not for dinner or any meal

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Fantastic place that really builds up as the evening progressed. Very good place for date and:or just meeting young people having a great time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, People Watching, Romantic
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

I can not say enough great things about Mesa! Everything from the food to the decor was incredible and my friends and I were totally blown away by the service. We were celebrating my friend's birthday which had been earlier in the week and the staff made it such a fun celebration! They surprised us with champagne waiting for us at the table when we were first seated, mystery "birthday" shots, and even sparklers on our dessert. It is the perfect place for Orange County's young and hip crowd and we all agreed that it is going to be our new spot. It was definitely worth the 30 minute drive!

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This was our first time at Mesa. Of our table of 6 2 were 90 minutes late so we feasted on the appetizers. The best were the mussels. We must have had 8 people serving our table. They were all terrific especially our main waitress. We were there on a busy Friday night where there is a two hour limit on the tables. Because of our late guests they graciously allowed us to stay the rest of the night. We would have lingered at the bar when the music started but it was hip hop--not my favorite

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

very slow service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The service was good, the food was pretty good. I really enjoyed the Brussel sprouts and mussels. The BLT salad was disappointing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The manager Chris and our waitress Suki were fantastic!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Service was slow and had to track down our waitress to get our bill. Always amazes me when need to ask somebody to pay them. Food was good, atmosphere was nice.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The Old fashioned was incredible! The ambience was really nice and cozy. We were happy it was 21+ and could relax and enjoy our date night. The servers were extremely friendly and attentive. The meat and cheese platter was perfect to start off with and should've been our whole meal but we ordered more!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We were first seated in front of the yucca tree, which seemed odd for a date/reservation. But they accommodated us to move to a booth, after 5 minutes. We just had to vacate by 8:30pm before the next reservation arrived. Our reservation was at 7pm. The food was excellent, and they had my fave wine (Malbec) by the glass.
We cleaned our plates. I ordered special Swordfish, my date the mussels, and we shared cauliflower mac n cheese. Everything was superb for our Friday "date night" dinner at Mesa once we were seated.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Organic, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Amazing food and ambiance, this was our second time there and plan on making it a regular stop.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 15, 2017

It was a late night business meal. The noise and music level was like a night club. Horrible place for a business meal on a Thursday night. But amazing food- more of a hip place for the very young. Had a terrible business meal experience.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Always a great vibe, and typically good food, but very disappointed with the portion sizes for the price. The cheese plate had 3 different tiny pieces of cheese, literally a bite each for 2 people. The entree was tasty, but again a very small amount for the pretty high price. The wine serving was small, but the cocktails are always great. Overall disappointed this time, when you leave a restaurant still a little hungry.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 9, 2017

It's a fun place for going out with friends. Great service and live music. We'll be back soon for sure.

Tags: Live Music, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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