Meso Maya-West Plano

4.6
411 reviews
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Mexican
Meso Maya's kitchen is led by Nico Sanchez, the executive chef.

Chef Nico’s love for the culinary arts started at age nine, when he worked for a bakery, making deliveries and assisting in the kitchen in Mexico. Nico honed his skills at several restaurants throughout the country, in states such as Vera Cruz, where he learned about seafood, dried chilies, and making sauces from scratch, and Oaxaca, where he perfected tamale-making techniques. In 1996 he left Mexico for Dallas so he could pursue his goal of becoming a renowned chef. By traveling from state to state throughout Mexico, Chef Nico learned many of the culinary skills that patrons in the area enjoy every day. Chef Nico earned his reputation within the Dallas restaurant scene by working at Cuba Libre, The Porch, Hibiscus, and Meso Maya. His food is celebrated for its complexity, unique presentation, and fresh flavors (thanks, in part, to his love of gardening—he grows peppers, tomatoes, squash, and onions).
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PW
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our time at Meso Maya this past Saturday night. The manager stopped by our table a few times to make sure all was well. The food was delicious and the ambience very nice. We had been the previous Saturday night and returned for the delicious food - although the first time was really busy and the noise level quite high - but all good energy! We will return!

CR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas, food and service. Always enjoy our time here.

a
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Herradura Salmon was excellent, the Brussels sprouts were mediocre.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Mehhh our Waiter was off his game. We asked for limes sever times for him to bring lemons instead. Drinks took so long that the Manager had come by to take our order for them. The food was excellent the noice was loud and the Lady behind us was so drunk and talking super loud. Over all experience I’d try it again before I’d completely write off.

H
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and meal was great! First time here based on my daughter's recommendation and would come back again! Said, our waiter, made great recommendations!

a
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good and food was generally good as always. Mole poblano flavor was great, though it was not hot when served - nearly room temp. We were a table of 8 so perhaps it sat in the kitchen for a while before served.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hi - Thanks for your honest review. We appreciate your feedback and are working to address it with our staff appropriately in an effort to improve our guest experience.

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VN
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service (all staff & management) and their recommendations led to great food! We weren’t sure what to expect when we walked in since it was our first visit, and walked out knowing we would definitely return!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi Veronica - Thanks so much for the enthusiastic five stars! We're thrilled to hear that your first visit with us was a good one and that you plan on coming back to see us again soon - we look forward to it. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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SR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff is very well trained. We had 2 guests who required a gluten free meal due to Celiac Disease, we were easily guided us through the menu. We all enjoyed our dinner. The manager even came to our table to say hello and to see if everything was going perfect.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi SuRo - Sincere thanks for the five stars! It was an absolute pleasure to accommodate you and your guests and we're thrilled to hear that you and the group enjoyed your experience. We'd love to see y'all again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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T
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome! Manager attentive. Food was delicious! My friends were impressed with their cocktails.

KP
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meso Maya has become one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. It is authentic. Not texmex. everything is so favorable from the hot sauce to the enchiladas.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 23, 2019

Hi Karen - Thanks so much for the five stars! We are so happy to hear that you consider us a favorite and are a fan of our food - it's always an absolute pleasure to serve you. Come back and see us again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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AO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time here and the service has been consistently great. The staff was friendly. We ordered the brisket enchiladas which were delicious along with the charred brussel sprouts. The salsa and chips which start the meal experience are amazing.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hi Ann - We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed multiple visits with us - it's always a pleasure to have you join us and we sincerely appreciate your kind words about our food. Hope to see you again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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BM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The smallest piece of carne asada I have ever seen.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

It was 15 min before any server even looked in our direction. Servers that apparently weren't ours went out of their way not to look at us. When our server finally showed up there was no apologies for the wait. Ordered our food and our carne asada came out overcooked :(
Love this chain but definitely will not be back to this location.

c
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Meso Maya. The food is wonderful and authentic, not Tex-Mex (which I also like a lot). Highlights include their Pollo Mole with fried plantains (OMG), Carne Asada and Salmon Herradura (tamarind glazed over a bed of crazy grilled brussels sprouts). They have a great selection of tequilas, too.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hi chibadave - Thanks for the five stars! We're thrilled to hear that you're a fan of ours and we sincerely appreciate your kind words. It's always an absolute pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again soon. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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DD
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We are repeat visitors to Meso Maya and this latest episode did not disappoint. Deciding to try something other than the more standard fare, I went for their grilled pork chop plate. The pork chop was perfectly cooked, and served with a highly complimentary pairing of sides, presented beautifully. One of the things I always appreciate at Meso Maya; no matter how busy they are (and they were very busy on this night), your entree always arrives steaming hot right from the kitchen. For me, tepid food is a major knock.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hi DDMiller - Thanks for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your return visit with us - it was an absolute pleasure to serve you again and we're flattered by your kind words. Hope you'll stop in again soon and don't forget to share the love on Facebook as well.

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DM
Dallas
92 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server along with manager visit made the evening fun!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hi DMatthes - Thanks so much for the five stars! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us - it was an absolute pleasure to serve you. Hope to see you again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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VP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Food was overpriced, got the steak mexican lasagna. $14 for 5 steak bites and a tiny serving of lasagna. Not recommended.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Vincent - Thanks for stopping in to give us a try and for your honest feedback. We appreciate your time.

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L
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately this wasn’t one of our better experiences at Meso Maya. We arrived on time only to be advised that the wait staff was shorthand and that it would be another 15 minutes or so to be seated. We were told we could wait at the bar which we did. Then we were forgotten. We ended having to let them know that we were still waiting. Only then were seated immediately. The dinner after went well. We will chalk it to be a bad night.

DK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shout out to Fannie, our server. She took great care of us. It was our first time at Meso Mayo! The food was great, the dessert was good too. The service was impeccable. She made great recommendations. Thank you. We will be back soon.

PH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - my only complaint is that I requested extra Serrano sauce for my leftover rice ($2), I then poured it over my (and my husband) rice - when waiter packed our leftovers, he did not include our rice. Quite honestly, $2 for a little extra sauce is ridiculous but I would go back again. Waiters should be instructed to pack ALL leftovers unless told otherwise.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hi Pat - Thanks for the five stars! Happy to hear that you're a fan of ours and we'll be sure to pass along your praise to Arturo as well. We have noted your feedback about leftovers and are working to address it with our staff appropriately. Hope to serve you and your husband again soon.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was, as always, excellent. Our server was very good as well. Our table, however, was horrible. Despite our reservation we had to wait to be seated. There is no place to wait and wherever we stood, we were in the way. Finally we’re seated in a booth next the to the glassed-in kitchen. Booth is too low/table is too high. But a seat, separated by glass, next to the grill was downright uncomfortable. So hot my wife asked me to trade seats with her halfway they the meal. As I sat there I was sweating. We will return, but I will never sit there again

PK
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and service very much for girls night out.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on July 1, 2019

Hi PKpk - We are so happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your visit with us - thanks for the five stars and for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you join us as a guest and we hope to see you again soon. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook too!

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TF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our anniversary, and we had been wanting to try the food at Meso Maya for some time because we are fans of Central Mexican cuisine, particularly the food of the Yucatan Peninsula. The restaurant was much less crowded than we were expecting, which was nice. We had a great opportunity to chat and discuss the food. We got to sit by the kitchen and watch the goings on on the line which was somewhat fun, but you really cant see that much. We statred with the ceviche and the queso. Both were good. I had the Carne Asada and she tried the Puerco Pibil. The Carne Asada was cooked perfectly and was seasoned to perfection. I would eat this again anytime. it came with some tostada-like loaded chips and a tamal which tasted like smooth ground sweet corn, very delicious. I liked the salsa so much it was thick and fire roasted with a great smoky flavor, I am a fan. Her Pibil was good, tasted much like a barbecued pork shoulder, but not as good as the Pibil we make at home. While it was served on a piece of banana leaf it didn't taste like it was cooked in banana leaves, nor was the achiote flavor very prominent and there was very little if at all citrus. Just an observation not a complaint. Delicious drinks! The whole meal was moderately priced for such good quality and friendly attentive service. Definitely will dine here again!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 26, 2019

Hi - Sincere thanks for the five stars and for your incredibly kind words! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your anniversary visit with us (happy belated anniversary!). It was an absolute pleasure to have you join us as our guests and we look forward to serving y'all again in the future. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook too!

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TP
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and so was the service. Our waitress was very nice, polite, and very helpful.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi Tim - So happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your visit with us - we sincerely appreciate the five stars and your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to have you join us as a guest and we'd love to see you again soon. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I had the Sopa Lima and the Carnitas Tacos. I would go back to just have their house salsa.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi - Thanks so much for the five stars and for your incredibly kind words! We are thrilled to hear that you fully enjoyed your visit with us and that you would come back to see us again - we hope you do. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook as well.

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LatinaMoms Friday night out at Meso Maya did not disappoint! Everything was awesome. I personally had the cucumber margarita, carne asada, and shared the incredibly delicious Pastel de Chocolate dessert with my friends. Wow. So yummy! Highly recommend!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi - Thanks for the five stars! We are so happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your visit with us - we sincerely appreciate your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to serve you and your friends and we'd love to have y'all join us again soon. Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well.

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SF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat lunch spot ever! Service is excellent , food served in a timely manner, and good parking!

I highly recommend this location!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 24, 2019

Hi SFordham - Thanks for the five stars! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and we're flattered to have earned your recommendations. Hope to see you again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook as well.

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SF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch! MJ made us feel right at home and got us in and out in the timeframe needed!

We will be back again soon!!

f
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really terrific menu. Very fresh. Very good margaritas. Terrific salsa and chips. Love it.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi - Thanks so much for the enthusiastic five stars! We are thrilled to hear that you fully enjoyed your visit with us - it was an absolute pleasure to serve you. Hope to see you again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook as well.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from the avocado margarita to the chicken mole. Service was top notch. Easily one of our favorite Mexican restaurants now.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi - We are so happy to hear that you fully enjoyed your visit with us and that you consider us a favorite - it's always an absolute pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again soon. Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well.

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AB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Meso Maya many times but had never had brunch there before. It was great. Everyone in our party was pleased with their food. $3 mimosas too. Gotta love that.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 19, 2019

Hi Amy - Thanks so much for the five stars! We are so happy to hear that you have consistently enjoyed your visits with us and got to try our brunch recently too. It was a pleasure to have you join us as a guest and we'd love to see you again soon. Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well!

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SF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food is excellent as always!!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 15, 2019

Hi SFordham - So happy to hear that you have consistently enjoyed our food and our service - it's always a pleasure to have you join us as a guest. Come back and see us again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook as well.

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LP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very friendly staff. Seated right away. Very good margaritas & salsa. Restaurant was extremely loud. Food was over priced and over rated. I left most of mine on the plate, untouched. Disappointed, won’t go back.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi Lynne - Thanks for stopping in to give us a try - it was a pleasure to have you join us.

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JP
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed everything we ordered! Great margaritas and I loved the salmon!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Jen - We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and our food - it was an absolute pleasure to serve you. Come back and see us again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook as well.

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JB
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were terrific. The avacado margarita was delicious as was the top shelf margarita. It was a great date night restaurant. Had lots of fun.

CE
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, great guacamole, friendly staff, a bit pricey though for Mexican food. We spent over $60 for 2 entres , guacamole, no alcohol. I’d return but not regularly due to costing 40% more than Lita’s in Plano.

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on May 29, 2019

Hi CEA1 - Thanks for the five stars! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us - it was a pleasure to serve you. Hope to see you again soon.

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KN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants for authentic Mexican cuisine. The choices are fresh and creative. We love the mole sauce, and the chips and salsa. The service is always friendly and fast.

M
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time here and our waitress was on point! She had great recommendations and really balanced her time so we never felt rushed or forgotten. The food was great, with the sweet corn ice cream being a surprise standout! Would highly recommend and will be back!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Scott - Big thanks for the five stars! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and are flattered to have earned your recommendations. We look forward to seeing you again soon and don't forget to check us out on Facebook too.

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Meso Maya! Great food , drinks and staff, vibe .. cannot ask for more!!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Laura - We are so happy to hear that you're a fan of ours - thanks for your enthusiastic review! It's always a pleasure to have you join us as a guest and we'd love to see you again soon. Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great... i am not sure if this can be considered good service or bad.. too me it’s little but annoying .. the waiter kept coming back asking are you done and tried to take the plate away... we still want to eat, just a pause since we were chatting.. there was no line so there was no reason that we need to finish our meals fast... but other than that, the foods are good, great salsa!!!

Meso Maya-West Plano
Responded on May 18, 2019

Hi - Thanks for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and appreciate your feedback on how we can stand to better our guest experience a bit more as well. Hope to see you again in the future.

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