Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro

4.6
698 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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 698 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all of the food! Our waitress was fantastic and we loved our meal. Perfect girls night out

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T
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had the ceviche trio and grilled octopus, OMG! Delish.
My partner had a salad (uninspiring) and a quesadilla, yummy.
The salsa, service exceptional, food fresh, and good.
Place is small, cute, a lil loud, but the food and service is rock solid.
A bit pricey but mine was well worth every delicious bite.

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e
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Mesa Urbana. The food is always wonderful and the servers are friendly and attentive.

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LC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The shrimp in my pasta plate was a little well done.

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EG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always everything about the experience was positive. The. Was beautifully presented and tasted fabulous.
They never forget to thank the diners for their patronage! Such a welcoming place.

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Mesa Urbana. We went there for my birthday. The food is amazing. Our server Nicole was outstanding. The drinks are really good. I had the El Diablo margarita and it was really good. Just the right touch of spice. Everything was super fresh. The ceviche was so good we ordered another round and I should say I’ve never been a big fan of ceviche. Some of the items on the menu are a bit pricey but sooo worth it! We will definitely be coming back. If you like good, fresh food - this is the place for you.

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite restaurant and go to place for special occasions well as just a night out. Love the food and the friendly staff.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

*Warning* *Eat here at your own risk*

This was, by far and away, the worst experience we have ever had at a restaurant. This was a Friday night and the restaurant was at capacity. Water was spilled all over our table, including in our food. There must have been upwards of 10-15 restaurant employees that were either working our section or could see the all the commotion. Not one person working here came over to help us. I had to get up, go behind the bar, get an entire stack of cocktail napkins, and clean up the entire mess myself.

After 5 minutes of still no attention, I had to go and tell the owner about the situation. The owner told me that I was being unreasonable because he did not see anything happen. He told me that I was wrong for then saying anything at all. His partner looked me dead in the eye from the bat and said, “get the f—k out.” I said, “fine”, and the four of us got our stuff together and started to leave.

The owner that I approached had to tell his partner to step back to stop escalating the situation. He asked me if we had paid our bill and I told him that we had not. He said, “ok, thank you very much and goodbye. As we were leaving, he changed his mind and he lost his temper. He then threatened us with police action if we did not pay the bill. We never said that we wouldn’t pay. He then immediately kicked us out and demanded that we pay. He called the police and reported us for refusing to pay our bill, which could not be further from the truth. He took our pictures on our cell phone and started telling lies to the police about our behavior.

The moral of the story is, do not eat here, ever. The definition of a strong business is not how they perform when things are going well. The definition of a good business is how they perform when their backs are against the wall. These guys failed across the board.

All they had to do was apologize and offer us dessert or something like that. You know, like every other restaurant on Earth.

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NJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food Creatively served. Lots of vegetarian options. Loved the meat choices too!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Edgar is the best. Really enjoyed the happy hour and the food, as always, great!

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M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, always a go to for us. Made to order guacamole served with a crudité. Portions are large, be prepared to share! Delicious! Service is friendly and efficient and Mo makes sure everyone feels welcome

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LP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesa is consistent every visit!! We love the food and the staff. The wait staff will help you pick the perfect drink and dish!!!!

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E
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was flavorful and service was super! Can’t wait to return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service!

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KJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continue to love this place! Always good food, great drinks...a little on the noisy side so not great for dinner conversation if more than 4 people, but what a find. Guarantee you won’t go just once.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb and the presentation beautiful
A must!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service!

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N
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food but main dishes getting pricy. Dish with three jumbo shrimp for over $30 is a bit high. It was tasty though.

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CT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

City level food but priced a little too city for the burbs. The service was great. We had a blast with our server Lou. We’ll definitely go back.

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SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been here twice now and the food is excellent. It's a lively atmosphere and seating is a bit tight, but it doesn't take away from the experience.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great but the portions are small for the price. The noise level is high.

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b
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food, super friendly staff!!

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c
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Just average food at downtown Chicago upscale prices. $24+ entrees, $12+ margaritas and $14 guacamole is just not justified by this food and drink experience. The "skinny" margaritas were treacly sweet and both my date and I both had queasy stomachs for several hours afterwards. Will not return.

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JN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place!! It’s normally not super quiet, but this was a Monday night, so we lucked out. The food is consistently good and uber creative. Feels like a city place despite its deceptive strip mall location.

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LI
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I have someone out of town that wants a great restaurant where I don't have to drive all the way to the city this restaurant is my go to.
Another amazing meal -- I am never dissappointed

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent and so was food for the most part. Octopus app is not on the menu and offered as a special. The best octopus I've ever had. Eggplant w/tamarind side was also spectacular. Rack of lamb entree was very good, well cooked but a little bit tough. Salmon entree was also really good. House margarita was okay. Menu is a bit pricey but we'll definitely be going back!

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SK
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food, drinks and service cannot be beat. Love the specials...

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s
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food is generally very good. But I had the lettuce wrap tacos which were very mediocre
The chicken was very salty and dry. The salmon however, is very good.

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IS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & service, I highly recommend this place.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for dinner and everything was fantastic!

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AR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mesa Urbana is our new favorite spot. We love the bar tenders & friendly wait staff . They make delicious homemade drinks. The food is very flavorful. Must try the soups, tacos. ceviche and Urbana Margatitas. Everything is delicious. Outstanding restaurant!

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e
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was terrific. Great Mexican fusion

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks! The best octopus I’ve ever had. Great service! Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
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 on September 17, 2018
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 on September 17, 2018
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
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food and service
presentation was outstanding

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b
Chicago
24 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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