La Mesa Modern Mexican

4.4
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
La Mesa is located in beautiful downtown St. Charles, IL on the scenic Fox river. Here we are striving to bring a vibrant traditional Mexican inspired menu with new age modern flare, unique margaritas, craft cocktails and largest selection of Tequilas you can find in the suburbs. There is something for everyone at our beautiful new location, so we are looking forward to serving you. Buen Apetito!
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican food and cucumber margaritas. My favorite Mexican restaurant in the Fox Valley.

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vipDinerK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent salsas, margaritas and tacos! Also enjoyed the elote and rice!

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vipInge
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best places to eat outside in the Fox Valley. Too bad winter is closing in. I can only hope that the city fathers allow the restaurants to continue this expansion in the years to come

CJ
vipCindyJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Service was great. We will be back.

EM
vipEMIR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is always excellent here and atmosphere and ambiance is fantastic. Only issue we had on this visit was the long wait for food. Not certain why, it was not too busy at 3:00pm on Sunday but it seems our server was also the bartender and had to do two jobs and was not as attentive. To be fair, we did have two kids under 3 in our party of 7 so our window to eat was less than usual. We have had catering from Le Mesa as well and they do a fantastic job.

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kkcc
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks,and service were terrific!

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vipFoodiegirl
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was superb. Our waitress could not have been better. The bean dip, chips and guacamole are excellent. Our meals were inconsistent . The chicken on the Hombre was dry and chorizos grease ran off the tacos. The ground beef tacos were flavorless and went mostly uneaten. The Barbacoa tacos were good and so were the fish tacos. My family would not desire to return to this restaurant and were overall disappointed in my choice.

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vipSueM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mesa is one of our favorite spots....I love many of the Taco choices, seared tuna is probably my fav!
There are many Margarita choices, the Agave slim happens to be my fav!
The vibe is great, very friendly, educated servers, and coincidentally there was a tequila tasting the night I was there, and it was packed, looked like a lot of fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food & drinks were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

My husband and I went on a rare date night. We were excited to enjoy a nice dinner and catch up. We ended up sitting towards the back - which was great and less crowded at that moment.

The restaurant quickly filled up and people were seated at the tables on either side of us. The tables are placed so closely together that one can barely get out of the booth side of setup without bumping the next table.

The drink menu was not in order. (They had a menu change coming up the next week) I heard so many tables being told that the wine or beer they had requested was not available, myself included. We ordered drinks. My husbands beer took about 10 minutes to arrive. (It was so cold it had slushified and He had to place it near the table candle to melt)

I was still waiting for the waitress to check to see if the wine I ordered was available. It wasn’t. (Why wouldn’t the wait staff be made aware of what the bar had available? They should have been fully informed, eliminating the need to run back and forth between their guest and the bar, increasing customer satisfaction and staff efficiency.).

I ordered a different drink which came out after our food had been delivered to the table. That drink, which was described one way on the menu did not arrive as described and was disappointing.

The noise levels between the music they played and being so closely packed in was too much for me. I could barely hear my husband speak :(

The only great thing about this restaurant was the food. We ordered traditional guacamole and it was delicious. Hubs ordered tinga tacos. I ordered the tuna poke and posole. The flavor combos were fantastic.

Other food items in the menu were equally intriguing.

Would I try this restaurant again? Not likely.

Summary:
Amazing food
Comfortable temp
Crowded
Noisy
Lack of attention to details

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ChrissiJ
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food! great service! awesome atmosphere!

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vipRandiT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! Was there for a business lunch and will be going back for dinner and drinks soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was well presented and had good taste, but lacked flavor. Everything was very bland and mild. No kick for authentic Mexican food.

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Escobar
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party decided upon La Mesa Modern Mexican after receiving recommendations from friends. We were able to secure reservations on a Saturday night just a few hours before but the restaurant was busy. The atmosphere was very nice with table seating beside large windows and nice, dark ambiance throughout. The food was fantastic! They have several guacamole options - we went with one serving of the Masa (corn and serrano peppers with the guacamole) and one of the Pina (grilled pineapple and pumpkin seeds) and enjoyed both. The Mango Habanero margarita was very good, but the Blueberry Lavander margarita was a little strong on alcohol and syrup. Otherwise the portion size, temperature, and taste of the entrees was very good. We will definitely be back!

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JulieW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The drinks, appetizers and tacos were good. The sides we got were not good at all. The Elote was very watery and tasted like frozen corn. We also got the Brussels sprouts, and they were inedible. They had SO much sauce and it was SO spicy it was ridiculous. The drinks were pretty good, pretty standard. The chips were pretty good, but you have to order everything to go with them, that's where they get you. They give you a little 3 oz portion of refried beans, which are pretty good, but that's it. You have to order salsa or anything else to go with them. It was pretty loud, but that doesn't bother me very much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it, great food at a good price on tuesday!

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DuaneB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Taco meat was too salty. Mexican stew pork was VERY fatty. Salsa, chips and guacamole were delicious.
Waitress seemed poorly trained as I ordered a “cup” of soup and she said there was only one size, but she would adjust the price. There was a cup size on menu. I did not have a spoon and I finally had to get up and go to the kitchen to get a spoon. No empty dishes were cleared from our table.
Maybe next time will go for drinks and appetizer only!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very loud and difficult to converse due to their lack of sound dampening decor.

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vipBrad
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were there on a Sunday afternoon. Service and food should be the same no matter the day or time. Food was just ok, my traditional margarita was very good.When we asked the server about menu items she had no clue. Weill give it another try.. holefully this was indicative of the restaurant.

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StacyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere was very nice although a bit loud. The food was very tasty and had some unique items on the menu. The drinks were really good and nice variety. The service was outstanding. I would definitely return.

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vipSusanM
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and appetizers. Loved the adult beverages as well.

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Food
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Variety of food that satisfied everyone's palate. Our new family favorite!

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JRod
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second visit to La Mesa. Food and drinks were on point but our server got multiple orders incorrect. Will give it another try but I was disappointed.

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Greenie81
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We were a party of 6 everyone enjoyed the food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Taco Tuesday was excellent , our party of five enjoy our meals ! Service was a little slow but it was busy ....

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vipBrit
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so pleasantly surprised by La Mesa. The food and drinks were spectacular and the service was awesome. The environment was cozy and our bill was reasonable. What more could you want on Taco Tuesday / date night?

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FrancescaR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived around 3:45pm and were greeted by 2 employees at the door. Quickly we had a server approach us for a drink order and dinner order soon after. Went to the bathroom and they looked as if they were Uncleaned from the previous night. The waitress went missing at that point. People started coming in and it seemed the employees were running around trying to accommodate everyone. The bartender was serving tables, others dressed with normal clothing were also helping out. You couldn’t tell who was who. The food came out and was not appetizing at all. The waitress was spending her time at another table. I finally asked for the check and then a man Agee cane over asking if it was somebody’s birthday and if we wanted cake. We couldn’t stay any longer so we took it hone. She didn’t apologize for the poor service. We finally saw the waitress when we were leaving and she apologized for not being able to attend to us as her bigger table needed her attention. Will not be going back.

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vipGordonScot
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Came here for the first time since it became known as La Mesa. Service was spot on, not overwhelming but attentive. They brought out complimentary chips and bean dip. Chips are the thick ones and on the greasy side, bean dip was pretty good.
We ordered the bacon guacamole, sounded different which it was. Nice flavor and who doesn't like bacon! :)
For dinner I ordered the Pescado tacos wrapped in lettuce. They weren't bad but didn't wow me. The Mahi Mahi was a bit on the dry side and the tacos could have benefited from more of the aioli sauce. My wife had the Barbaoca which were very good, juicy liberal amounts of beef brisket. We split our dinners, 2 tacos each. For a side we had the Elote which was good, but again could have benefited from more sauce, Mayonesa.
You won't go hungry as you get 4 tacos per order.
Will we return, no time soon as Del Barrio (in Geneva) and Puebla are better.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised for our 1st time dinning

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vipJenH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I was excited to read other reviews that the menu was similar to or the same as Puebla... although the menu might be the same, the food was definitely not. We ordered a few favorites and were VERY disappointed. The chicken tinga was watery and very bland. The steak in the tacos were so greasy that it was dripping everywhere and it was incredibly salty. Even the bean dip was bland. Nothing was great or worth going back to order.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! Love the new menu, can’t wait to come back! The servers that work here are happy and knowledgeable! I had the jalapeño cucumber margarita and it was perfect, my husband had the smoky Jalisco old fashioned, super! We shared the chicken tings tacos and the ahi tuna tacos, both were amazing!! I have to try the barbacoa next time and some of the unique guacs. You must try the churros OMG, filled with caramel or hazelnut and a bowl of fresh whipped cream TO DIE FOR! I’ll go back just for those mmmmm

La Mesa Modern Mexican
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you so much for the Awesome review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

I’m very upset that I was marked no shoe to this restaurant. I made a reservation for 4 at 5pm on Tuesday and we showed up. The place was empty except for a few people seated at the bar. We had great service by our server and great food but I’m not happy being accused of not showing up by your hostess on open table when we certainly did, and spent money too. Since it seems our being at the restaurant wasn’t acknowledged or appreciated, I certainly won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom was awesome, super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu! Definitely a place to check out, drinks and food were amazing as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and price!

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LeaAnnS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Celebrated a birthday. It was as a shame they were working on a construction project.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Food was excellent and service was great. The waitress was fantastic.
You have to try this place.

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vipDENAF
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was excellent. She made awesome suggestions. It was our first time there, but we will be back!

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vipMichelleD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak tacos and potato/chorizo tacos were really good. Didn’t care for the the chicken with bacon ones as much. Elotes were very good and a nice size portion. Had the raspberry smoke margarita and it was excellent. Not too sweet.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Very poor service!

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