Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro

4.6
666 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri, Sun 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(847) 383-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Eusevio Garcia
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Catering
Make your party memorable with us! Private dining is available up to 120 guest. GROUPS LARGER THAN SIX: If your group is larger than six (6), please email us to confirm a reservation. cs@mesaurbana.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake & Milwaukee
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Parking details
Easy Parking in the front, back. Also you may park at the next Plaze north of us where the furniture
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Mesa Urbana can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 666 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was terrific. Great Mexican fusion

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TP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended by a friend and we will pass the word to the world :). Very nice place, super friendly staff, delicious food. Highly recommend.

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LK
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group for a business dinner. The service and food was excellent. Our server was top notch and made it seem as though we were a small 4 top. Everyone in our group commented about how good the food was and each enjoyed the evening. I would high recommend!

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JO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always exceptional here with occasional specials. I'm partial to the tacos and the pasta dishes. Friendly bar scene and excellent specialty drinks. Cuban mojito is a favorite.

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a
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food and service
presentation was outstanding

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b
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent. The salmon is really, really good. Delish.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food—novel preparation and plating—in an unlikely spot. Everything we ate was delicious! We also had a very attentive and knowledgeable server making the overall experience very memorable. We will definitely be back!

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AZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Way too over priced even if the food tasted good.

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AR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and creative flavors in the Mexican cuisine. Great service!

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AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little pricey but delicious. Definitely worth the occasional splurge.

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m
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first time eating at Mesa Urbana, and also not our last. There’s a nice variety of margarita options and other drinks. The guacamole is very good, served with fresh vegetables, which is a nice change of pace and very tasty. Chips and salsa were on the table, but we didn’t eat them - too much better tasing food to be had. The main dishes are just as good as any fine dining establishment in Mexico, and heads above anything else in the Northshore area. Our table had shrimp, risotto, and the house special seared tuna. Presentation was very nice, preparation was original, nicely seasoned, and delicious.

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RN
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great meal at Mesa Urbana. From the fresh cocktails to the perfectly cooked seafood everything was delicious. I highly recommend the grilled octopus!

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R
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first dance at Mesa Urbana. We like the freshness of the food and the service. We had the sesame encrusted tuna which was awesome. Sashimi quality!!

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OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was one of the best I have had in awhile even better than restaurants in the city. Salmon dish & shrimp risotto were both extremely tasty and even my son’s chicken quesadilla was great. Very impressed with the excellent service. Can’t wait to go back again and try more things on the menu.

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R
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food is ok. It's been better on previous visits. Menu a little limited. Service was ok, but a little slow. The main thing this reviewer did not like was the noise level. It was over the top. When you can't hear the server or have a conversation at your table without yelling, there's a problem.

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g
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty, but too salty for my liking. The pricing seems too high. $19 for veggie tacos?

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SR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Being out of the mahi-mahi for tacos was disappointing.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner- Delicious food. Very pleasant wait staff. Wanderfull experibrce. Will definitely be back.

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent and good is sooo good. The Guacamole appetizer comes with sides of celery, cucumbers and beets. Unique and outstanding. You can’t go wrong with any of the entree’s.

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the salmon, and everything! It was my birthday, and they made it really special!

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CL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesa Urbana is an outstanding restaurant with a unique and creative twist to Mexican food. I attended a shower there, though I had been to the restaurant many times, and was served the flautas. They were to die for so I ordered them as my meal at our latest visit. They are crisp, delicious with a topping of avocado. I may never order anything else. I have heard that Moe may open at another location as well. We can only hope.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bite of food was great. The octopus appetizer special with eggplant was very good. Good tomatillo salsa with chips. Entree with shrimp and risotto and the other was shrimp with grilled pineapple. Had chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Food portions were good, you will not leave here hungry. Good service, a little expensive, but worth every dime. Visit here whenever you can.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

An innovated menu. Many interesting choices. Food tasty and excellently prepared. Good service. Very high noise level. Great for foodies, not so good for a romantic first date.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great - will definitely come back, but felt it was overpriced, especially for the drinks.

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JL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good wine and wonderful service. Really enjoyed the dinner. Will be back . Thank you

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been many times. food is consistently good. highly recommend. Quiet time on Monday evening. Good for conversations. Can be noisy on a Saturday nite

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding, especially the mussels and quest fondido. My wife had the rock shrimp risotto and I had the fish tacos. The staff are extremely friendly and you are greeted and welcomed in such a way that makes you feel that want your patronage.

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EA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was Mexican-fusion; different from what I expected but so good! The octopus salad and salmon entree were one of the best I've had in a while but the portion sizes were considerably too small for a meal that costs over $50. The salmon entree didn't come with any side either; so I'd have had to order a side separately for almost $10 additional. I didn't think this restaurant is that upscale for such pricey ala carte menu. I went home and still had to get a snack because of the small portion sizes.

And, the service is kind of questionable. The waiter just set the water pitcher down and left; so I had to pour my own water? Well, I'd understand doing that if I went to a place where the bill wasn't over $50. So, it's unclear what the value proposition was exactly, other than the quite delicious meal!

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C
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesa Urbana is the kind of place that you wish you could find everyday. Been there several times and the food is always top notch. Great blend of flavors from the cocktails to the guacamole to the entrees. They never disappoint us.

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AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overrated. The Food was very very salty and definitely overpriced. Would rather have driven into the city to get better Mexican at same or better prices!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our reservation was for 6:30 on a Friday. Promptly seated as the restaurant was not filled. Ambience was nice and easy to talk. By 7:30 it was filled and very noisy and we were shouting to be heard. Service was excellent and our waiter was attentive. Margaritas wonderful. Would return again but would ask for a table near the window or sit at the bar.

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CS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You can’t miss at this place everything is excellent. I always enjoy the salmon here prepared like nowhere else.

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish tacos on the planet!!! Food is fabulous!

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

Food was delicious. Service was good although, I felt we were being rushed at times. The waitstaff and owners are very friendly and welcoming. We would go back.

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M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a diamond in the middle of the burbs!! I was thoroughly surprised with the food and the general atmosphere which definitely has a Chicago, metro vibe. I had the chicken teriyaki tacos. Fabulous flavors. I would definitely go back.

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shared meal with a friend...food and service was outstanding.

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RD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this Restaurant! The food is spectacular. The drinks are unique and made from fresh fruit juices.The service is awesome. The vibe is totally cool. The only thing that doesn’t fit with all the positive attributes of this restaurant is it’s location. One just would not think that a restaurant in a strip mall could be so special!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The chef is super creative.
I’ve never had a bad meal. It’s a busy tight place but it’s worth it

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C
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good, very eclectic menu, not that much Mexican as we know it, but actually better.
It’s a very popular, crowded spot. Hope they can enlarge it a bit, not much just to accommodate people waiting and walking to tables. It’s very tight in there.

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TW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love Mesa Urbana. I love the food, the service, and the fact that they really care about their customers.

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