Mez

4.6
1655 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
MEZ is a contemporary Mexican restaurant conveniently located in the heart of the Triangle, just minutes from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham and Cary on Page Road off I-40 (Exit 282). MEZ is one of the newest ventures from the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, the owners of Page Road Grill, 411 West, Squid’s, and Spanky’s, all award-winning local restaurants. We feature traditional Mexican recipes with a modern, healthy twist, and use locally grown organic products whenever possible. MEZ also offers a beautiful private room that can accommodate up to 100 people for business lunches or dinners, rehearsal dinners, corporate training or any other occasion. Our private dining/meeting room offers a full array of audio-video equipment for your use. MEZ is North Carolina's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designed restaurant.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Mon-Fri 4:00pm - 9:30pm Dinner: Sat-Sun 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(919) 941-1630
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Stumb
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Catering
Mez offers catering services to fit your every need. Lunch, dinner or appetizers can be delivered to your office, conference or other meeting site. Please contact us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Slater Road
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Parking details
Mez, as a LEED designed restaurant, offers three designated parking spaces for our guests who driving a hybrid vehicle.
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Public transit
Mez is located just steps away from the Triangle Transit Authority's bus stop on the corner of Slater Road and Page Road. We are also within walking distance of the Triangle Transit Authority's new Transfer Station slated to come online in the fall of 2008.
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Special events & promotions
Mez currently offers several ongoing specials that should not be missed. Every afternoon between lunch and dinner from 4:00 until 6:00 PM our bar customers can order any individual tacos for $3.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Mez can make your next private function memorable. Plan to have a special birthday party, baby or bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or corporate event in our beautiful private room and terrace.

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What 1655 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at a favorite spot of ours especially for our family group. Kids enjoyed their tacos and we loved our varied entrees. Ribeye steak was cooked perfectly as was requested. Always a go-to place for us. Thanks to Labria our waitress who put up with our indecision... great choices.

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AP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I booked a table on line for 2. My business lunch companion and I arrived separately and both asked for the reservation under my name but were sat at different ends of the restaurant at separate tables. Since we did not know each other by sight we wasted half our meeting time before everything got figured out. Overall service was ok but front of house seemed overwhelmed by the lunchtime rush.

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BD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great, as usual! Best guac EVER!

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c
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and margaritas!

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IA
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience. Brought friends from out of town and they loved it. Our server, “Bacon” was attentive and wonderful. Will definitely be back with family and friends.

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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dined on the patio. It was lovely! Service by Erica excellent. My scallops special was very good— just a little too much olive oil. My friend thoroughly enjoyed beef tacos made with requested flour tortillas.

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DA
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a rather loud place due to the high ceiling and echo. The seating upstairs in the separate room might be better. The food was tasty, the service was good and the price reasonable. I would go again during a less busy time and maybe try to get a table in the area upstairs with less noise.

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Made a reservation for a special date night. They tried to seat us at a high top bar table in the bar instead of the main dining room. It was right near the entrance and people were walking through. I asked for a different table. I made the reservation days in advance and did not expect to be seated somewhere so uncomfortable. The hostesss was very rude and said she couldn’t find us another table. I asked to speak to the manager. The manager was very condescending. We left. Won’t be back there or any of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group properties. Eating out is supposed to be a nice experience and when you make a reservation you expect to get a nice table disappointing. Ruined our evening.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner service was excellent!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mez. This time I had the baked enchiladas suiza - delicious, with just enough of a spicy kick. I also tried a cup of the corn soup - rich and creamy with sweet corn and cheese (manchego maybe?) The enchiladas also came with Mexican street corn, which I took home for the next day, along with one of my enchiladas (it was a lot of food). I love Mexican street corn but this was especially good. I may start stopping by just to pick up street corn for lunch.

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MI
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was cooked to order and delicious. Was a great experience.

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l
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best guacamole in town! Highly recommended. Good lunch.

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K
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining at Mez. I will return. The food was fantastic!

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t
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding. While they no longer have my favorite lunchtime dish of catfish on a grit cake with fresh avocado, they did have a similar, new catfish dish with black beans and fresh corn that was quite good. I definitely recommend the restaurant to others.

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BM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dessert was fabulous!!! We had an orange flan that was wonderful!! We go there every year in Raleigh when we come for a pharmacy convention.

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a
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food- upscale take on Mexican. Good cocktails & desserts.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mez gave excellent service, and adjusted to our need for a taste of ice cream to clear the heat from a salsa that was too hot for one of the three of us. They responded swiftly and courteously. All main dishes were excellent. We had our preferred table, and conversation was relatively easy - an expected level of Saturday night background noise.

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JS
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and nice setting! Date night with wife, nice time.

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MP
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a candidate for lunch. Ordered the catfish bowl and fresh guac. Both were excellent. Service was attentive. Great place for get togethers or meetings. Great menu with fresh ingredients.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Computers went down. Took forever to get our check. Server was distracted or busy. Never got water or soda refilled.

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H
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mez is always great. The margaritas were cold and fresh and the amberjack taco and chili rellanos were delicious. We’ll be back again soon. Our waiter did not rush us through our meal . We enjoyed the whole experience.

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a good meal here. Reasonably priced. Fast service. Met expectations.

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GG
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We just cam from our first visit to MEZ, and it was very good. We started with the guacamole, a bit smooth for my taste, I prefer mashed and chunky with fresh cilantro, but it was good. The corn chips were good quality, and tasted made in house. We had the Summer Thyme Cocktail, which was tequila, aged in old whiskey barrels, with blueberries, fresh thyme, and a syrup. It was well made, and well balanced, and it actually came very quick! Which is nice for a craft cocktail. Meals were the the Enchiladas Suizas, and it was the best Suizas I had ever had. It was served with a grilled corn on the cob, and that was amazing too. We also had the NC Pork Chop with NC kale. It was fantastic. Not a very big portion, but the ramp pesto was really, really good. They served the dish with roasted potatoes, and they tasted kind of old, and not on the same par as the other food.
The atmosphere is new and clean and feels like a chain restaurant, but nice. It is bright and comfortable. Our server was Erica, and she is worth mentioning. She offered the perfect answer to "it's our first time, what do you recommend?" They should video her response, because it is how every server SHOULD do it. She mentioned three items customers always go crazy for, and she mentioned the one item she just loves! She also mentioned the seasonal and fresh ingredients. She was comfortable, and knowledgable and I find that a rare quality.

Overall, the service was spectacular, ask for Erica, and the entrees were memorable too. We will be back!

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s
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dinner we celebrated my wife’s birthday. We were pleased
Want to go back and try more of the offerings!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I always enjoy my meals at Mez. Great food and drinks.

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

Had a reservation- easy to get seated, high quality food, nice atmosphere.

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FE
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and our waiter was wonderful! Lovely atmosphere.

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B
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent!

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m
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food, good service, loud noise due to repairs on upstairs patio.

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LT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Let me say that the restaurant was very full for a Wednesday night. So, there are many people who like the style of food served. For us it was way too smoky- maybe due to the Chipotle. We did not like the salsa, the frozen margarita (really- I didn't like the margarita because it tasted smoky), the baked enchilada (very dry), the Chili Rellenos (Very little cheese). We did like the queso- it was really good cheese and was great. Caroline, the manager on duty and Eric our server, were both really accommodating. It wasn't their fault we didn't like the food.

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G
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The server was great.

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

Great service and food.

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Y
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, incredibly fast order prep/delivery.

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LN
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed in our meal. We were a group of four and two of our entrees were unsatisfactory and had to be sent back. Mine was the Ancho Beef Brisket and it was, no exaggeration, half fat. It was replaced with a much leaner piece, which was edible, but not particularly good. Another member of our party’s dish was not prepared as requested and had to be replaced also. Even the two meals that we didn’t have to send back were not very good.

To compensate for the two meals that had to be sent back, management offered a free dessert — for one of us. When we remarked that we had to send back two dishes, they offered another free dessert.

We have enjoyed Mez in the past and hope that our experience was unusual. That said, we won’t be going back anytime soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Waitress was extremely rudev

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DT
New England
39 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mez is always a nice dependable option in the area. The food and service are always great and we've never been disappointed going there. Great value at happy hour too.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with a nice and relaxing environment. Will absolutely recommend to others.

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T
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Mez! This is my 3rd time there and it never disappoints. The staff is professional and helpful every time I am there, the food is fabulous and the environment is trendy and cool. Have not been there for happy hour, but I am sure the bar would be lots of fun. I had the kale grain bowl with shrimp added and my guest had the brisket tacos, YUM!

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is generally quite good. The Black and Blue tacos were a miss. The chewy flank steak should have been cut up (hard to eat chewy meat in a taco) and too much blue cheese was used. I sent it back and got the steak tacos, which were very good.

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