Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro

4.7
763 reviews
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Mesa Urbana Opened its doors in February 5, 2016 featuring authentic Mexican cuisine in an modern/urban environment. Focusing on creative Mexican Dishes with French, Asian, Mediterranean, Italian and Indian Influences, local beers, interesting wines and fresh cocktails.

Chef Eusevio Garcia, a long time Chicagoan, has developed a robust menu that promises to deliver authentic flavors and a modern presentation. T

he cozy restaurant also features local art including several large murals as well as black and white photography.

Our customers say:
A Dining Experience you might find in Logan Square, Wicker Park,
Lincoln Park etc.
Mesa Urbana hopes to make every visit memorable.
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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought 2 friends who had never been and they can't wait to return. We all had extraordinary meals.

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j
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu, great service and quality!

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B
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the grilled octopus special. It was cooked perfect and seasoned beautifully. We also split the lamb chops, cooked recommended to medium rare. The flavors and cook were prefect. My new favorite dish there.

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S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish tacos I’ve ever had!

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loud. Packed. Busy. However, this is because the food is sooo good. You can’t go wrong with the food here.

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MI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious waitress was great food came out quickly only negative was it was kind of loud so hard to hear each other!

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ET
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very helpful, food and drinks excellent!

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal at Mesa Urbana, always great. and Great service.
When it get busy it's a bit loud.
Popular place for a good reason!

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SK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!!

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j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious play on Mexican dishes. Always entree specials/something new. This is my 6th visit, and will keep coming back. Large variety of margaritas, not strong. Excellent service. Good energetic vibe.

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BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun vibe, good service, VERY loud

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e
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Branzino is my go to fish when I’m dining out. Mesa Urbana’s version may be the best one I’ve had. The combination of fish, mushrooms, and salty olives was delightful. Please make this a regular on your menu.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated in middle of restaurant noise level was somewhat disruptive, but was Sat. night. I would ask for different seating next visit. Food & Service was excellent. We shall return.

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DH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't be fooled by the, strip mall, store front, restaurant.
This is a great restaurant. Good interior design. It's a warm space.
the room is divided front and back.
to the front is a bar area, and high top tables, and bit more casual.
There is a simple demarking line, for the back of the restaurant,
where the decor is a bit warmer and subdued.
the food is great, the service is great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service were good but it was way too expensive for the ambiance they had going on.

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BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience for our group of 10. We'll definitely be back!!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there with another couple and it was amazing!! Service was attentive , food was lovely taste and presentation and the owner graciously sent over complimentary desserts that were delicious!
We will definitely be back ! What a nice treat!!

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It is listed as $ but should be $$. It's outrageously expensive, $15 for guacamole! Food was great but $25 for 4 vegetarian tacos is too much.

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MK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food, high quality, and quite tasty. Drinks were also very good and prices matched the quality of the food and drinks. Our server was hurried on a busy night and did not explain menu to us. We would go back again for sure.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I used to love Mesa Urbana. Went for Valentine’s Day dinner with my family. I get it’s a tough night. The server was slammed. 35 minutes to take an order. Almost one hour to get our food. And it was dry and over cooked. Then we were offered free desserts and got charged for one. Again the server tried.

Most disappointing was the managment. The manager’s view when I asked for help the first time was the chicken takes a long time to cook. Not, we’re sorry. The second time I tried to ask for help, I was interrupted and told I was rude.

Usually good food. Tonight was really really disappointing. The kitchen and leadership was not up to the task. Management made it worse, which was, perhaps, worst of all. Of course our neighboring tables felt bad for us (after they sent back their food for being undercooked). In these types of situations all the manager needed to do was say, we’re sorry, we’ll take care of you.

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T
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the restaurants since day one. I highly recommend the salmon it’s one of the top selling dishes. The red sangria is one of my favorites as well. The owners name is Moe and he is extremely friendly. We really enjoy coming to his restaurant

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NJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and exceptionally friendly service

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MM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Every meal I’ve had has been tremendous! A city like menu a 5 star chef a true food experience. Just too bad it’s in a strip mall with bad parking!

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MA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious drinks and food! Everything was so fresh and tasty! Waitress LuAnne was funny and attentive and had great food and drink recommendations!
Only complaint was it is loud!

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b
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mesa Urbana is a Mexican restaurant with gourmet food, not your every day Mexican restaurant, and the food is excellent.

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PG
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Every entree that I have had has been very tasty

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C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing! We were looking for a spot to celebrate a family birthday. The birthday girl requested Mexican and we were drawn to Mesa Urbana because their menu offers something other than the usual assortment of tacos, burritos, enchiladas.... We are so happy we decided to make the longer drive to try it out.
There was not a moment of our evening that was not perfect. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was creative and delicious. We tried the guacamole, ceviche trio, chicken tacos and fish tacos. Portions were generous but not overwhelming. Kitchen was incredibly accommodating of preferences. Space is warm and inviting despite it being in a strip mall and the noise level was just right for group conversation without feeling like other tables could hear our every word (or us, theirs). We will absolutely return. Soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and drink. Can’t wait to go back again!

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e
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Overpriced by at least $5.00 per item. Many more Mexican restaurants with all types of menus that have better food and MUCH better prices. Had seafood pasta there were 2 shrimp unstable calamari and fair mussels. Lots of pasta.
Second time been there and my first impressions were correct. Will not be going back. Too many other better choices!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale Mexican food... it was really a great pleasure dining here the first time. We ordered something that wasn’t on the menu and the chef obliged which was really nice. We also ordered plenty that was on the menu and everything was outstanding. Great presentation too. This restaurant is a gem that sits in a very unassuming strip mall. It’s easy to pass by. I feel lucky that we found it. We will be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place! Amazing food and margaritas

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RM
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed with the delicious food, craft cocktails, dessert or the excellent service!

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation early evening on a Wednesday (not busy). The hostess guessed my name, and when I told her the correct one, she just laughed and said 'whatever'. Within a few minutes after being seated, our waiter wanted to take our entree order, which we placed. Afterward, we questioned that he didn't ask us if we wanted to order drinks or an appetizer. As he passed by, we asked to order drinks and he said he would take care of that (which he did). In record time, our entrees were presented. It was so rushed, that I felt I was at a place such as Dennys. The food was tasty, but rather pricey for the amount served. The waiter was very quick in offering the check, and not asking if we wanted another drink or if we had an interest in dessert. We were out of there in record time. It was not an experience that I was expecting based on others reviews. Hopefully, management will make an effort training their employees to promote a better paced dining experience than the one we had.

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F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to Mesa for a b-day celebration. The food, service and ambiance were good. It’s a friendly place, but parking can sometimes be an issue.

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but overpriced

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fresh and delicious. Service is great! Owner is charming. Very welcoming.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salmon and guacamole in the area.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Parking is difficult.

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A
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. It has a “city” atmosphere. Loved my cocktails !

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