Mesa Urbana Mexican bistro

4.6
627 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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Delivery or takeout
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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–Thu, Sat 11:30 am–11:45 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri, Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 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
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Gift Card
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 627 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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
5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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KD
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

such a diamond in the rough, this beauty of a restaurant amid a cheesy strip mall. felt like being in the city. the food was so unique and delicious and fresh.

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LI
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I love it here!! Wonderful and creative food for any palette. It is small but always busy. If you make reservations they honor the time and you never wait. Staff is wonderful and attentive. We had to wait a bit for our drinks but they are all infused by scratch. Food came out timely and the staff was great. I had the salmon which was wonderful. The others had the lamb and the scallops. All was fantastic

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OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Very very good and creative food. Noise level is very very bad. Have to yell to be heard

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SB
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This was my third visit to Mesa Urbana, and the service is outstanding at every turn. The food and drinks are consistently excellent.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Wonderful as usual. Nicole was our server and Max went the extra mile to serve us!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

This was our 3rd visit to Mesa Urbana. Each time we go we enjoy it more! The food and service was wonderful. We went for my birthday during the week and it was quiet and pleasant. On the weekend, it can get very crowded and noisy.

I highly recommend eating there!

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SK
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner experience. There were 4 of us, tried new dishes which were excellent. The soft shell crab was out of this world. Keep up the excellent service, food.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Tablets&chairs crammed into the space, leaving little room for servers to access diners or for diners to enter or leave. VERY noisy. Meals were not served at the same time for all diners. Had to wait for approx 5 minutes to have everything served.
Drink menu is supposed to be crafted...apparently to justify the price. Cocktails served into pretty glasses full of ice and scant liquid. Menu is limited. Side dishes are overpriced.
Our table could have been turned over for another party 15-20 minutes sooner if the server had been attentive or the kitchen more efficient.

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LC
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Always loved this place. Food and beverages are spectacular.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Had a reservation for 10, but some couldn’t make it at the last minute. The restaurant was very flexible and we had a great time.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The service could not have been better. They were very attentive. It was my birthday with my family who included a one year old. I was expecting more typical Mexican fare, but that is not what they are about. The guacamole was excellent and the vegetables provided with the appetizer was a very nice touch. The beet salad was not to my liking as the garden variety of lettuce is not what I like in a salad. There was a small amount of beets and watermelon in the salad. The carne asada was good was a bit pricey for the item. The lettuce wrap tacos were ok, but I have had much better at other restaurants and significantly less pricey. The fish tacos looked very good. If you are looking for traditional Mexican this is not your place. If you want a fusion influence then this could be a good fit.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Everyone was extremely friendly, prompt and helpful. The food is amazing.

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OP
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food, great service,friendly atmosphere always.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Saturday night meal with friends

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LC
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Love this restaurant for it's great food, interesting cocktails and comfortable size. I always feel welcome, whether dining for business or pleasure. The menu is "right-priced" and the food is delicious.

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S
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Excellent food & service!! Will definitely come back!!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food is amazing. Overpriced though

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l
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Always predictably excellent.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Amazing dinner !! Love this restaurant!! Moe the owner is so nice !

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OH
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Met a group of six friends for some Mexican food. With a name like Mesa Urbana, I expected your typical Mexican food menu. I was surprised by the spin on the food and the presentation. Mesa Urbana had some great Mexican/Caribbean fusion flavors. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I will be going again.

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L
4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We waited probably ten minutes for our cocktails, which I thought was very long on a Tuesday night. The restaurant and bar were not crowded- we thought our waitress had forgotten us. After the drinks arrived, we ordered appetizers and then our waitress was more attentive. We all had hoped for a more spicy menu, but the food was tasty and well prepared. Prices were somewhat high for a strip mall restaurant, but everything was fresh and tasty. Would like to see more Latin and Hispanic items.

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F
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We celebrated 2 birthdays. Food and service were excellent. Salmon was incredible! Loved everything we ordered and our delicious birthday dessert. We will be back!!!

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N
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Our server (Mary Lou?) was fantastic. The food is delicious! 2 scallops is not enough for a dinner portion for $25

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OT
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was our first visit here.

We had several drinks and every one of them were fantastic! The restaurant was pretty full which made the noise level a little too loud to carry on a conversation if you weren’t sitting right next to the person. It was uncomfortably hot and saw many people fanning themselves with menus and napkins and wiping sweat from their brows, us included. We ordered a few appetizers which were great but within a few minutes our entrees and sides arrived as well. We had a table full of food and no room to maneuver. Everything we ordered was delicious so it’s a shame we didn’t get a chance to enjoy it in courses.

The staff were all very friendly and fun. Overall we had a good time and we will definitely be back to give it another go.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fantastic cocktails, terrific chips, wonderful, friendly service by Nicole. Great night out!

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j
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were all disappointed by the price of the food...can get very good mexican fare for much less. And the voice level of music and people was so loud we could not even talk to our friends...we needed to leave quickly. The food and service was good but not for the prices and the drive to a suburban restaurant. I have recommended your place in the past, but I will not longer due to the two main issues.

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KS
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a table near rear of Restaurant and had trouble reading menu...too dark. Restaurant looks like it needs fresh paint and a little revitalization. Empanada too bready...and could have used more filling. Salad had too much dressing. Loved the well-chilled wine... and it was served quickly!

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SZ
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent food and service. The owner checked in with every table, which was impressive. It is pricey though, so you have to be ready for that.

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OP
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

I have dined here at least 6 times. On each and every occasion meal was superb. Service was excellent. Cocktails are innovative and delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our first time at Mesa Urbana, and the food is very good. We will definitely return.

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W
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent Food and Service. Not a traditional Mexican restaurant. All the food selections were delicious and this place will not disappoint the most discriminating eater.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We always love Mesa's food - especially the salmon!! Just wish it wasn't so noisy - hard to have a conversation!!

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N
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Consistent high quality of food.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Once again, fantastic food and service at Mesa Urbana. Our server Louanne was the best we’ve ever had. The food was delicious, the drinks were excellent, just wish it weren’t so loud!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Loved the food!

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CH
3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I’ll start with the good: the salmon was delicious. And the mango and papaya salad served with it was even better. The okay: the shrimp entree was fairly tasty but had only 3 shrimp. The not so good: the ceviche sampler was not only bland but was 90 percent salsa— almost no fish or shrimp in any of the three ceviches. Add to this teeny tiny wine pours and we decided we wouldn’t refuse to go back if friends pushed us, but we wouldn’t choose to return our own.

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1.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The empanadas tasted stale and the restaurant ran out of their tortilla soup special an hour after opening the restaurant for dinner with only a quarter of the restaurant filled! The waiter didn’t care that the special had run out and no one really bothered to come by and ask how we liked our food. I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone, not for the meal and definitely not for the overpriced, average items! Very disappointing.

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LJ
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

First time to eat here. The food was terrific ,our waiter was fun. A great evening!!!!

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