MESA LOCA

4.2
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Mesa Loca is a unique concept designed to blend the modern restaurant and ambiance of a chic lounge into one. We will deliver the ultimate matchless, superior service to Hyde Park, offering a high energy dynamic, dining experience with a vibe driven approach to dining out. Mesa Loca will strive to redefine the dining and entertainment spectrum of Hyde Park and treat each guest as a VIP!

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so unexpectedly impressed with this delicious menu! I can’t wait to go back.

AH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our first time and really liked it. We plan to go back again.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The place is nice, but the food is overpriced and not very good. Also the portions are tiny! We won’t come again.

DR
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly wonderful--everything about Mesa Loca! We expected just a bar with Mexican food, which is nothing like it really is. Loved my cocktail that arrived with a flaming rosemary sprig. Queso was the best I've ever had (and I used to live in Mexico).

CD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Food is overpriced and average quality. Service was good. My margarita was $13 and was all ice, literally got 3 sips out of it. Restaraunt looks nice but is extremely loud. If I go back here, it will only be for beers and guac on the patio.

AB
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great and atmosphere!! My husband and I went there for date night! The food is delicious! This place is a must try!

PH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great vibe and ambience but noisy.
Tapas servings, not cheap, but food's good.
Too much ice in the margaritas. Short glasses, 90% ice. Seems like a common complaint on other sites' reviews.
Service was erratic.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The restaurant was extremely loud. Not enjoyable.

A
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place but the music is too loud to enjoy the meal.

DZ
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service staff was helpful, attentive and knew the menu well. Noisey atmosphere, aliitle hard tomtalk over the noice but room was full of energetic happy people. The quality of the food was good , not excellent and very salty, but presented well. Guacamole was excellent. The margarita was too sweet and watery and could barely taste the tequila and not worth the price. It is a pleasant restaurant but for good food and value there are other more traditional Mexican restaurants the match or exceed the taste and value

W
Cincinnati
68 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Positives: service and carnitas tacos were very good. Negatives: dirty table and plates. Chips and rojo salsa were bland and the tiny bowl of salsa (for $5) quickly ran out. Didn’t care for the lobster tacos. Won’t be going back.

MK
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Review is based on the very high noise level. It is really meant for going out with a group of boisterous friends to carouse. Do not recommend for couples or a family. Food is above average and our service was very good. The drinks were tasty but the volume you received for you money was disappointing.

D
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

This was our second visit to Mesa Loca. Once again the food was fantastic. We shared the queso dip, skirt steak, brisket tacos, and pork shank. The wine list is also exceptional. What is really unfortunate is the noise level. No acoustics whatsoever. Everyone is nearly yelling to be heard by each other — very uncomfortable.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Waaay too loud! Couldn’t hold a conversation at the table!

JB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server had a great attitude and was very bubbly. She took care of our party of 6 adults and a toddler with expert care. We ordered A LOT but really loved everything so finished most. The things I would definitely order again: queso fundido, corn, guacamole and carnitas tacos. Really outstanding!

SS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, as usual! Love to dine at the bar, enjoying the ambiance, flavors, and vibe.

MG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. I love having this place at the square!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The place is ok mainly
Not sure it will survive long at that location with the value they provide

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pretty decent but the waitress seemed like she knew she needed to get us in and out.

C
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went with a large group of friends. Drinks took forever and appetizers made it to the table before drinks. Portions were small and everything on the menu was overpriced.....having a $99 margarita on the menu is just silly. Server took it upon themselves to split appetizers among others in our party between everyone at the table...even those who did not partake. Food was brought out by several different people who didn’t know what they were bringing out or who it went to. Would not go back.

OT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Was our 3rd time eating here. Food was just okay this time. Other 2 times were better. The back part of the restaurant was really loud, between the music and large groups/tables of people, it wasn’t exactly relaxing. Any table of 2 didn’t have a chance of hearing each other. And the tables are so small, I actually had part of my food get knocked onto the floor by someone walking by.

TO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very distracted service. Dishes you would consider sides or appetizers were very good but the main dishes were only ok. The chicken in my tacos was straight up bland even with the other ingredients in there. Large tequila list but beer offering feels like an afterthought which is a problem in a craft beer town. I really wanted to like it because it is local and new, but I can't say our first experience was positive.

KS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great food, service and price. Too noisy to talk, though. I could hear the music, but not my friends. At the same time, the music didn't seem all that loud. I don't know how to make sense of it. Maybe it's because we were sitting in the middle of the restaurant.

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. The meal felt expensive for Mexican. The restaurant was loud but interesting.

MW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot but noise level makes it challenging to actually talk with dinner guests.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Everything was delicious and the service was great! A little on the pricey side but still good.

LV
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place. Gluten Free Fried Chicken - need I say more?

D
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - brightly colored, boldly flavorful dishes for sharing. The charred corn is amazing!!
A must-do experience

JJ
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good. One of our items did not make it out for very long time , but they took it off menu. Nice place. I was not at all happy that I made reservation two days in advance and we were seated right next to hostess stand just inside door on a cold evening. Very loud noise level as well , but that’s to be expected.

AL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We loved our first meal at Mesa Loca. It has a very lively, loud-ish, fun front room where the bar and some dinner tables are located. We were seated in the quieter back room, where we could see out to a lovely patio, I'm excited there will be plenty of outdoor seating there come summer, they're gonna need it. Rich, vibrant hand-painted murals are on most every wall, and lots of innovative use of color in the interior decor. The food is wonderful, the Elote corn (a rich, combination of charred corn, chili, cotija cheese and lime) is unlike anything I've ever had, absolutely delicious; I could've eaten 3 of them. The margaritas have a swipe of salt and spice on the outside of the glass which adds a nice little kick to each sip, the tacos were excellent, as was the Skirt Steak with chimichurri. This isn't Don Pablo's people.

C
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding. Food was good. Specialty drinks were not great and were overpriced.

CB
Cincinnati
59 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We met friends for dinner. Nice place, great waiter, portions were quite small and didn’t include a side. Chips and salsa are not free. Food was very different but tasty. The corn & the rice were outstanding. Probably will not return due to the thumping music and loud noises. We couldn’t catch up with our friends. Left & went to the ice cream shop do we could actually have a conversation.

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tacos are expensive for what you get. My beef tacos were charred and did not taste good

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The bartenders were wonderful and the drinks even better. Service was very quick and food was great!

s
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time here, and it won’t be our last. Spectacular service- great and eclectic food choices.
I highly recommend for a “not your run of the mill” Mexican food experience.

K
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Mesa Loca was an incredible experience! We sat at the bar and the bartender Kayde walked us through the entire menu and helped suggest all of our dinner choices! We started with the chips & salsa, I got the vegetarian tacos, my boyfriend got the skirt steak, as well as two side dishes to share (the elote & manchego rice - highly recommend both!). I was very impressed with the vegetarian choices they had, the service, and the unique food choices available! I will definitely be back in the near future

PH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us foodies enjoyed some of the best Mexican Food & Margaritas we have had for a while. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious but service was slow

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Great experience, great service and great cocktails. Not many places like this around!