Mestiza

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
A cultural mix. A blend of European, Spanish, and Indigenous influence that forged today’s vibrant and modern Mexico. From our culinary offerings to our cocktails, Mestiza celebrates the subtle complexities found at Mexico’s heart.
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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We aren’t from SLO so we had looked up a Mexican restaurant at the last minute and found the perfect restaurant. It was so great! The food was delicious, the guacamole was really good and you get a good size portion too, I also loved how they served pork rinds along with the tortilla chips, our waitress was super sweet and friendly. Would highly recommend!

LW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was our second visit. The food is fair, the service if fair, and the ambiance is fair. It may be our last visit. It’s a shame. I think they try hard.

P
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We ordered the octopus ceviche and it was more like salsa. Most ceviches are not in a tomato sauce and have larger or whole pieces of fish. This was chopped up like celery. The pork tacos were very unappetizing on the plate. I won't say what it looked like. And there was no cabbage or lettuce on top, just brown colored tubes of meat. The salad said it would have mango in it but the mango was more like raw papaya instead of juicy, sweet mango. Prices were way inflated for very underwhelming food.

JR
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Both entrees we had were reasonably priced and ample size. They were both delicious. Service was attentive, friendly. We'd go there again,

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

White-washed Mexican food. No real flavor or standout dish.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant—perfect addition to the restaurant scene downtown.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tried the quesadilla, the guacamole, I had the beef medallions and wife had the fish tacos. Fresh homemade salsa & guacamole, just wish there wasn’t so much added onto the fish tacos, the fish was a little lost, but the food was delicious, I’m just nitpicking.

AS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was good. Your margaritas could be better.

NW
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mestiza was recommended to us by friends; so glad we took their lead. Kind server, creative menu, beautiful interior design teleports you to modern day New Mexico. Looking forward to returning!

GD
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food. Newer restaurant and it feels like they're still not quite settled. I sat on the patio where they weather was beautiful, 75 and a light breeze. There wasn't as much ambiance but I was there for the company. Only two small complaints. I felt the music was a touch loud which made conversation less than ideal. And I wish they had brought water with the chips and salsa. They served my favorite spicy vegetables and I couldn't resist. My mouth was in a little pain until the water arrived. Great place for an upscale date

GP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was top notch

f
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Not your ordinary Mexican food.

o
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Service was extremely slow. We waited quite a while before our drinks were served. Even the appetizer arrived before the drinks. I had the veggie tacos and they were not flavorful, just a really smoky taste which I didn’t care for. My dinner companions did enjoy their meals however.

CJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done! Great addition to the dining options in SLO

f
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent- from quality of food to service and very attractuve decor. Not your typical Mexican restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We were greeted with a happy birthday to my MIL. I had noted that in the reservation, so that was a nice touch. Got seated right away. Took our drink orders and said water would be coming. It never came so we were eating chips and salsa with nothing to drink. Had to ask for more chips, more salsa, more water.
The service level was poor. They didn’t service us except to ask for our order and bring our food. We had to ask for everything. It took an inordinate amount of time to get our food but when it came it was delicious.
Lots of wait staff around, but like I said they weren’t there to give service they were just order takers and food delivery.
As I had mentioned earlier they acknowledged the birthday, but didn’t give a bd dessert which I had expected since I had noted it and it was even mentioned upon our arrival. I would say the staff needs more training in how to service their customers if they want people to return. The good food is not enough in a town full of good restaurants.

CL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat on the patio with heaters, so can’t speak too much to the ambience inside. I did notice it kind of echoed inside, making it difficult to hear. That’s the only thing negative I can say. The staff, the food, the drinks... oh my goodness. If you live in SLO or are just passing through, you must visit Mestiza. We’ll definitely keep coming back.

LM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and loved everything about it! Excellent food, good variety, beautiful decor and ambiance. Will definitely be back and would highly recommend!

A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Waited 20+ Minutes for my drink order to arrive. Once it arrived it was undrinkable. I ordered a margarita and it tasted like pure orange peel. I did not request a remake or different drink because I didn’t want to wait another 20 minutes. Server was fine but had too many guests to serve.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service slow and not consistent

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great food! The only bummer was the table service. We were literally sitting in our own table filth (salsa droppings, chips ... ) and the waiter was clueless. We actually had to ask him twice to wipe off our table. We are not germaphobs by any means, but sitting at your table when you’ve made a bit of a mess is not good, it’s gross. Good wait staff should be checking your table for clean ups constantly. Yes the waiter was nice, but maybe it’s a training opportunity for your staff. Tell them to clean up the tables, messes and dishes while the customer is sitting at the table. Don’t wait until they leave. We also sat looking at our finished dinners for way too long and had to ask for our bill. So your wait staff could use some training overall.

TB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Mestiza on a weeknight for dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. Our area has a plethura of lower end, taqueria type Mexican restaurants but lacks a better than average, sit down Latin influenced fine dining options. Mestiza fills that need very well. Wonderful drinks, beer and wine list. The menu is nicely varied and we shared two appetizers, a wonderful quesadilla and watermelon gazpacho. The gazpacho was the weakest dish of our entire meal but was overwhelmingly great. The service is friendly, thorough and prompt when it needs to be and reserved when it needs to be. We enjoyed a wonderfully paced meal with bold, well spiced, fresh ingredients and food that rivals meals we've had throughout Mexico while travelling. I feel it was a fantastic value and very reasonably priced for the overall experience.

C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The ambiance and the decor was very inviting.

N
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Although the restaurant was not crowded we arrived at 6:15 in the evening there are only two people at the bar we waited for a half an hour to get a drink after it was ordered.

The waiter kept into her repeat our conversation to ask if we wanted to order food so that he could go about his other chores. Twice we had to remind him that we wanted to finish our drinks before we ordered. Service overall on two different occasions has been dreadful.

MG
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Food was good but very limited menu and very small portion size . Restaurant is very noisy and staff is limited . Waiting 20 minutes for water , another 20 chips and salsa and another 15 for a beer. It’s a new place so maybe just getting feet wet but I am reluctant to return

GM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manager/ Hostess was very nice as was our server Amy along with Lupe! The food was full of flavor! Highly recommend!!

MB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fabulous margaritas! and queso fundido appetizer was quite good.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Love the modern Mexican decor, fabulous drinks, al fresco or indoor dining. Great service and wonderful food!

D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My husband and I dined during a stop in SLO for our vacation. Definitely try the chicken enchiladas!! Beautiful interior and the staff were friendly.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Mestiza. The ambiance is very nice. We split the Chile Rellano and the Chicken Enchiladas. They were both super good; great flavor and presentation. The waitress was very nice and attentive. She answered my questions about Tequila after consulting w/ bartender.

R
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beautiful restaurant. Chips & salsa were excellent... service was good. Sadly, the meal could have been better.

SL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our guests found the meal muy picante even though she had specified to the server she wanted mild. We all tasted our food and agreed wholeheartedly. The server replaced the meal with another entrée choice, but we had all finished eating our meals so she ate alone. Mestiza has a fairly pricey menu for Mexican food, even so-called gourmet Mexican food. With the keen competition for similar cuisine in this small town, I think the chef is going to have to accommodate to some special requests. We would certainly return to Mestiza; I am not sure the other guests would

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great laid back place.

Highlights: Squash quesadilla, guacamole and salsas (super yummy) , fish tacos.

We were attended to immediately by the host and our servers was excellent.

Food came out with great spacing. Enjoyed starters to mains. They also served chips, chicharon and salsa.

Overall, awesome dining experience!!

Will come back to this gem

JR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner for Labor Day weekend

JU
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

THIS WAS OUR FIRST TIME AT THE RESTAURANT. THE AMBIANCE WAS WONDERFUL AND SERVICE GOOD. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE DRINKS VERY SMALL. MY HUSBAND HAD A BEER WHICH WAS SERVED IN A SMALL BAR GLASS. I HAD A MARGARITA ALSO SERVED IN A QUITE SMALL GLASS NOT A GOOD VALUE FOR THE FOOD OR COCKTAIL. OUR SERVER WAS VERY PLEASANT BUT WE FELT QUITE RUSHED TO ORDER DINNER. WE ORDERED OUR COCKTAIL AND WE WERE ASKED FOR OUR MEAL CHOICES TWICE WITHIN 15 MINUTES.

K
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress Victoria was very good and we got in right away which was a good thing as it’s a popular place. We left our dinners but just thought they were a little pricey. I ordered dessert and I didn’t care for it and the waitress took it off the bill which was nice. I would go back maybe with some friends.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience

p
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation on Open table and got to the restaurant and it was closed!!! Very disapointed

S
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great - I had the white prawns and they were served over peppers, garlic and vegetables. The accompanying rice was light and tasty. Service was very good too.

J
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our meal — great selection of cocktails, tequilas and mezcal; we loved the queso fundido as a starter; the enchiladas and shrimp selections were excellent; the strawberry shortcake dessert was wonderful. Our service was outstanding and the ambiance was enjoyable. The bar is a nice place to stop before or after dinner, or have dinner served there. This is a great addition to our city.