Meso Modern Mediterranean

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Mediterranean
Meso, meaning “middle,” is a modern Mediterranean restaurant and bar that celebrates the art of living well. An oasis located in the heart of Santana Row, Meso offers dinner and happy hour, with lunch and weekend brunch coming soon.

The menu, a collaboration between Chef/Partner Roland Passot and Executive Chef Gregory Short, brings together the iconic flavors of the Mediterranean basin, offering guests a delicious journey through the region’s collective culinary culture. Showcasing the region’s most iconic elements, Meso’s design is centered around natural light and running water. Ample space in the bar, dining room, patio and private dining spaces, make Meso ideal for groups of all sizes. A visit to Meso is more than just a delicious meal, it’s a chance to come together and connect.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come one, come all! We are open until 8:00 pm and if you haven't had some of our Mediterranean inspired flavors, this could be just the time. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Make the last meal of the year your best at Meso! Open regular hours, serving holiday inspired menu additions alongside our regular menu. Cheers to 2020!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 30 People Are Saying
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NY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food excellent. Drinks delicious. Pricey. We were there on a quiet Monday night so it was not loud or crowded. Overall a great experience for this evening.

MA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty wonderful flavors, innovative menu, wonderful place to dine.

i
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Disappointing decor, feels like a cheap canteen.. food was just ok, ambiance was below freezing pint.. decor reminds you of a bathroom rather than a restaurant.. not even close to deliver vibrancy on southern medeterranian ..

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We all enjoyed the meal very much, and our waiter was great! My only criticism was the portions could have been bigger...meatballs were very small. But food was delicious!!!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible service. Took about 45 min to place an order even though the restaurant was relatively empty. Drinks were forgotten at the bar until we reminded our server after we had already received the food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a great place for a date night! The food was great. The pita was one of the best I've had. The dessert was delicious as well

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Meso was a surprising pleasant restaurant to dine at. The ambiance included dimly lit rooms and subtle lighting. Even enjoyed the silent vertical descending water fountain too. As for the food, the portions appeared to be on the small side, but easily made up for that in voluminous flavor and spices; which goes for all the taste plates and entree plates we tried. The cuisine is quite vegetarian friendly too. Lastly the service was highly responsive and friendly. Our server was extremely knowledgable to every drink and dish as well. Would definitely come back here again!

a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meso was absolutely one of the best restaurants in a long time. Everything we had was very good. Really enjoyed it. Sometimes when you don't expect you will like the restaurant you get surprised. This was a great surprise indeed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

It was particularly a cold day and we were seated close to patio doors and it was def cold. They had some heaters but it wasn’t enough. Good was good and delicious but portions were too small for the price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

After the appetizers, we waited almost half an hour to get our entrees which were the whole fish and New York steak. I have to speak up and asked about the order until they were apologetic. The waitress did took off one of our appetizer for the inconvenience. Overall the experience was average.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance with beautiful lamps and a fountain. The staff is very friendly and efficient. Fresh products and very good food: meat and fish, salads and vegetables...wine, beers and cocktails...Kids menu too!

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for our 5-star review! We are elated to know that you enjoyed our ambiance just as much as you enjoyed our menu offerings! We hope you can join us on our heated patio once it opens in December! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Seems like the restaurant is still figuring things out. The staff was friendly but it took forever to get drinks.
The fish and Chicken were very good but the steak was fatty. When we mentioned it to the server, she said she would do something about that but did not follow up. The restaurant has a lot of potential.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Whole Chicken and our Mediterranean Branzino but we are sad to hear that the steak did not meet your expectations. We would love to receive more feedback on about your experience at your earliest convenience in order to better serve you in the future. Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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JF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food. Very different from your standard Mediterranean food. More authentic and the spices were fantastic. Looking forward to trying some of the European wines

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Joe, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are happy to hear that our Mediterranean fare met your expectations and we are excited to hear that you wish to further your flavor experience by delving into some of our fabulous Mediterranean wines. I would love the opportunity to guide your wine experience personally upon your next visit. Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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ES
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal and satiating-sized portions. The manager did a table touch at just the right moment.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello Eileen, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and we would love more feedback in regards to your experience in order to earn your 5th star! We look forward to hosting you in the future. Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely be back.

B

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello Missy, Thank you for our 5-Star review! We hope you can join us on our patio once it opens in December! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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DD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Good food, slow service. It just opened so hopefully they’ll fix the service once they know how many they need to service during the day.

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner. Great server, Luke. One dish was overlooked by the kitchen and it was made and the chef comp'd our dessert. All the breads we had were delicious. Disappointed with that flat bread topping, the egg was over cooked and not gooey as it should have been and the mushrooms were a bit tough. The beet spread was fabulous! We had dirty martinis and wished they were a bit more flavored with olive juice. Instead of sending our drinks back to be remade we asked for a shot of olive juice, which we were charged $2 for! Really? Next time we will send the drink back and make the bartender remake our drinks, which would cost more than $2. Really, you charged $2 for olive juice?
I will come back, but hoping to see things get smoothed out.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the flatbread as much as we would have hoped but we are elated to hear about the victory that was the Spicy Beet and labneh! We will be applying your feedback from the kitchen to the bar to better improve your next experience. We will be sure to give Luke his accolades! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager Meso Restaurant (408) 800-0048

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KA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch and loved the layout and decor. Very big place! Our waiter was very nice and friendly and made fabulous recommendations. Best brussell sprouts EVER!

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello Kelly! Hello Kelly Thank you for our 5-Star review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed Lunch and I highly suggest joining us for Happy Hour which is offered daily from 3-6PM. See you there! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The decor is beautiful, the seating is comfortable, service was attentive and fast, but the food was SO salty to the point of it being the predominant flavor of every dish. I wanted to like this place, but the food is just too hard to enjoy.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your most previous experience with us! We are sad to hear that the food came out too salty for your taste and will be sure to provide this valuable feedback to our kitchen team in order to make adjustments where needed. We would love to attain more details on your visit at your earliest convenience! Warm Regards, Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Terrible service, mixed up orders, multiple forgotten orders. Friendly, though. Waited 30 min for our table despite arriving on time for reservation. Could not order drinks at the bar while waiting, bartenders literally ignore you. We suggested it to our friends for that night out together....pretty embarrassed, won’t do that again.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hello Baba, Thank you so much for taking the time to deliver your feedback! We are deeply embarrassed and apologetic for the sub-par service experience that you received recently. We will be sure to address these concerns and acknowledgement issues with the bar team to avoid situations of a similar nature in the future. We hope to have a chance at redemption and the privilege to host you again! Warm Regards, Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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C
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time at this newly opened restaurant. It’s a nicely kitted out space, a nice ‘modern’ take on Mediterranean style. Our two top table had cocktails, the chicken, the hummus with lamb, the Brussels sprouts and for dessert, the pear and date with ice cream. The entire meal was amazing. We’ve eaten at every one of the ‘name’ Mediterranean restaurants from San Francisco to Palo Alto to Los Gatos to San Jose, and this meal definitely was the best. We look forward to returning often, and we highly recommend Meso.

On the negative side, although our wonderful server Aida did a valiant job (and a super job describing the menu and portion sizes to guide us) on a Saturday night, the restaurant was under staffed. Our table and the table near us waited ‘forever’ just for basics like water, ordering, and the check. The entire staff, even hosts, were trying to help out, but even with that, service was slow. We were seated next to the restaurants front windows, which were covered in temporary white paper, blocking the view of the outside fountain, and making us feel we were in the back alley of a dive restaurant, instead of what could have been some of the best seats in the house. The paper should have been removed prior to opening. One server in training joked with us twice about his wanting to eat the extra chicken we asked to take home with us. It might have been funny first time. It was not funny the second time. Lastly, the lighting in the men’s room is too bright. Tone it down some, this is a class act restaurant, not a fast food joint.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hello Chipster! Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are elated to hear that you had a chance to taste a range of flavors including our Hummus with house made Fried Pita! We will give Aida her well-deserved accolades on such a challenging night as this most recent Saturday. We apologize for the coverings on the windows but we will reveal our brand new patio coming in December! We look forward to hosting you again! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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TT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was a Saturday night, and we had made reservations earlier in the week for a party of 8. Our group was seated at the stunnning long table adjacent to the bar. The brass hanging perforated lamps, and the furniture are very fitting for the restaurant. The menu is tantalizing, and the waitress commented that everything was intended to be shared across the table. Suffice to say, it is a beautiful restaurant. However, the food is a far stretch from where it should be.

1) Smoked eggplant: while good, I would have expected to have more eggplant pureed in the dip. The pita is phenomenal - densely spongy and delightfully warm. However, it is a bit odd that they only give you a single pita bread for the entire bowl of baba ganoush.
2) Hummus and crispy lamb: the crispy lamb bits on top really brings the hummus from a ho-hum average to sligthly better than average. Again, it was accompanied by a lone pita bread.
3) Crispy brussel sprouts: the edges are crisp and slightly burnt, making it a table favorite. However there was no charred scallion with feta, as was indicated on the menu. In the end, it really isn't any different from the brussel sprouts I've made at home.
4) Charred halloumi: I confess I am a huge fan of halloumi, so I did enjoy this dish. It has a well balanced char and tartness from the preserved lemons.
5) Harissa seared octopus: The octopus legs are masterfully cooked, but I would have chosen slightly larger legs to improve the ratio between the slightly crusty exterior and the delicately softened interior. The confit potatoes, kale, and herbed labneh were lackluster and too heavy to be paired with the ocopus.
6) Sauteed prawns: In my opion, it was in poor choice to use such a heavily flavored sauce for the prawns. I could tell from the texture the prawns were well cooked, but all I could really taste is the sauce, and none of the natural sweetness from the prawns.
7) Meso's roasted chicken: The chicken was a disappointment. It was surprisingly a bit dry

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 20, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback on your experience! We are glad that our restaurant was aesthetically pleasing but we also strive to have just as impressive menu offerings. All of your feedback, from the Harissa Seared Octopus to the Meso Roasted Chicken, will be relayed to our kitchen team. We look forward to hosting you in the future and delivering an experience that exceeds your expectations! Warm Regards, Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent drinks in a lovely setting

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for our 5-star review! If you enjoyed our drinks, you are sure to enjoy our Happy Hour from 3-6PM daily with food and drink items ranging from $2 to $9! Hope to see you soon, Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, tasty food, wonderful atmosphere. A+ experience.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello Charath, Thank you for our 5-star review! We are ecstatic to hear that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed yourself. We will be sure to give your compliments to the staff as well! We look forward to providing you yet another excellent experience soon! Warm Regards, Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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J
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was slow during lunch

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello, Thank you for our 5-Star review! We are sorry to hear that you had a somewhat sub-par service experience for lunch. We would love to hear more about your experience to rectify the situation before your next visit! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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CR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food option in Santana Row. Clean, healthy eats with a surprising (if short) list of wines from around the Med. Everything we ordered was tasty, looked good, well presented. Strongly suggest ordering various items and sharing with all at the table.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello Clint, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are excited to hear that you have enjoyed your most previous experience with us. Our menu style is meant for sharing and, therefor, makes an awesome experience for large groups with an appetite for a diverse flavor experience! We look forward to hosting you in the future. Warm Regards, Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800-0048

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AH
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant small plates or entrees and fab cocktails with lovely staff!

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello Annie, Thank you for your 5-star review and we are excited to hear that we exceeded your expectations during your visit! If you enjoy our cocktails, bring some friends and try our shareable cocktails - Vodka+Rose, Rhum-Pineapple, and Gin-Kumquat! We look forward to seeing you soon! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800-0048

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TP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service (superb!), great food, great atmosphere! We are coming back for a second time on the same week!

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hello Tamir, We are extremely grateful for your awesome review! We strive to create lasting relationships with our guests by delivering an experience that exceeds expectations time and time again. We will continue to keep the service, food and atmosphere consistent time and time again.We hope you have a chance to join us for our Happy Hour as well as our Lunch sometime soon! We look forward to hosting you again in the future! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice meal and great service. The music could be turn down a bit.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hello Marilen, Thank you for taking time to post your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service exceeded your expectations. We are sorry to hear that the music was too loud and we will be sure to apply your feedback! Should you have any more feedback about your overall experience, please feel free to reach out to me directly! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place, food, managers who were very attentive and waiters. All good.

Meso Modern Mediterranean
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hello Maha, Thank you so much for our 5-star review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and all of our staff was ready and willing to assist you. We look forward to hosting you in the future and providing you with an equally exceptional experience ! Sienna Forde Assistant General Manager (408) 800- 0048

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