La Mesa Modern Mexican

4.5
191 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 191 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and phenomenal margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mesa was fabulous. The food was delicious worth every penny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was fantastic!!! Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & drinks, service, and atmosphere was excellent.
Highly recommend La Mesa!

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LOOz0107
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is fantastic! Great drinks and generous poors. It was pretty noisy but we made due. The booth was small and we were a bit cramped . Overall though a nice meal and evening.

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vipKatie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mo provides a great experience! Kim had the restaurant decorated beautifully! Amazing food! Thanks for a wonderful time and food!

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viplcweave
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Hard to talk no noise absorption

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

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vipMick
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Loved the food here before the pandemic but not so much now. Soggy, falling apart taco shells. The ingredients were good though. Also, no one on staff was wearing masks. What's with that? Total disregard for their patrons.

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Lynn
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Waiter was awesome. Definitely will go back.

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bobm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic experience, and amazing drinks. We had a good time.

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vipEmfrey
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was great! Everyone attended to us and made sure we had what we needed. The food was very good! I highly recommend the tinga tacos or the fried tomato tacos!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time diner at La Mesa and the food and drinks were extraordinary! I took off a star for service. We had to ask for water refills throughout the service and the server seemed very distracted. Will definitely try it again.

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kim3
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoyed the atmosphere & the food was great too

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vipKatie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mo was awesome.

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vipfoodie
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was slow but our waitress was very nice. The food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good. They waiter was fabulous! We had three birthdays and they didn’t acknowledge anyone even though we said it on open table.
I do believe it’s a hazard in the women’s bathroom especially the middle bathroom stall. There was a light fixture that had water coming out of it. The ceiling looked like a water leak.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience1

None of the staff was wearing Masks as mandated by the state law. The tables were separated and comfortable for distance. I wear a mask 13 hours a day at the hospital to protect others and myself. I also know 10 people who have been vaccinated and still have tested positive for covid. Disappointed the law is not being followed and I will not return.

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Foodie523
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience eating lunch on the patio. We enjoyed the guacamole and tried three different salsas. All were delicious! We love their chicken tacos and margaritas! Service was great! We were very well taken care of.

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accomodated our large group at the end of the night, even with a pushed back reservation time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Listed birthday on open table and told waitress and no celebration offered
Made me pay $3 for a little bowl of refried beans and chips!?
No refill. My food was cold but others enjoyed their food.
We were overcharged for drinks but the waitress took care of it
Good waitress

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ElijahG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food! I menu is a little confusing but overall a wonderful experience. Would most def go again.

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ClaudiaV
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica out Waiter was very nice. Ford was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good, margaritas were weak and expensive. Menu has lots of options to explore. However disappointed that you could only order tacos in groups of 4, no mix/match.

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MaryL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fresh food. Drinks are worth coming back for. Service is great. Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food and drinks! Mango margarita and Baja tacos are delish and guacamole and chips are the best! Love coming here.

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MorganL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

1. There were used plates on our table with a clean plate on top. 2. The table next to us was given our food. When they realized it they were unable to find the server for 5-10 min. When they did, the food was transferred to our table even though we asked for it to be remade due to another table already picking up the tacos and adding lime juice to the other. 3. We also were given the incorrect margaritas and had to wait to find our server.
We understand times are tough with the pandemic but food should never touch the hands of the incorrect people then be given to the correct table.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Friends birthday.

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Sherri
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time diner! Loved the food and sitting outside. Great margarita, mango salsa and Barbocoa tacos!

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VicB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I think food and service was great. Drinks I was expecting really good and my opinion they were too sweet and no taste of any liquor which then I requested a top shelf drink and it was the same— not worth the money. Third try was a sangria which I thought that one was a 4star. Food was awesome but not the drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good!! We had edamame an an appetizer, sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, spicy tuna rolls, and tiger shrimp rolls for our entrees, and mochi and the banana spring rolls for desert. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals.

The inside of the restaurant is also super cool and has great vibes. Kind of loud, but not that bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was a very busy Friday evening. The place was at capacity; bar, inside seating and patio. The two high school aged hostesses were beside themselves as to who and where to seat the next guests. If there was a manager on duty they were invisible. There was absolutely no direction or guidance and guests were walking out and going to neighboring restaurants. I know, the kitchen was understaffed; the hostess told us so. But that is where Nani needs to step up and “manage “ the situation and the flow. NOT a pleasant experience. But the guacamole was fantastic!

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vipKatieS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was packed and the food was great, but unfortunately our waiter told us it was hard for them to find people to work so it took a long time to get drinks since there was only 1 bartender and took a long time to get our food as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable evening with friends celebrating my daughter’s 16th birthday. We sat outside and Matt was our server. He was wonderful, our drinks were always full and he checked on us numerous times. The food was great and served in a timely manner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we loved it. We ate outside by the fountain and the weather was beautiful. Rachel our server was so nice and efficient. The food is excellent! And omg the Prosecco Smash drink was to die for. My hub had the red sangria and loved it. The food is generous and fresh. The fried green tomato tacos were supreme. If you’re a vegetarian just leave the bacon off. My hub had the al pastor pork tacos. Super tasty!! The tortilla chips were epic. Go-you don’t be disappointed.

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NoahL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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vipSarahW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The Elote is terrible. Canned corn. I’ve had a lot of experience with really great street corn - they need to use fresh or frozen because it’s really nasty with the canned corn. Our fish tacos were soggy and not doubled on the tortillas- so they just fell apart. The fish was good and prepared well. I won’t return because the food wasn’t to the standard of Bein Trucha or Burrito Parilla. The service was great! Our waiter was awesome! Unfortunately the food was a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hot server

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LaurenM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met up to discuss an upcoming event with a board member. The food is fantastic, really delicious and fresh. I do think at least a basic roja salsa should come out immediately included with the drinks and meal. It seems out of the ordinary custom to have to ask and order that separately. The chips are so fresh and delicious. Outdoor ambiance was nice but would be great if they could spray for bugs. One person at our table had a big crawl up their shirt and I came home with a giant swollen spider bite. La Mesa overall is a beautiful place in a great location downtown. The server forgot to promote (and bill correctly) for the 1/2 price Margarita Monday special. The drinks and flautas were truly tasty though. The prices felt right.

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JulieK
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Experience was just average. Food just ok, service was good.

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You can order delivery directly from La Mesa Modern Mexican using the Order Online button. La Mesa Modern Mexican also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (630) 549-0162.

La Mesa Modern Mexican is rated 4.5 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.