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Mesu, Charleston, SC

Mesu

4.2
4.2
436 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
We are a lively urban spot designed around street art with Mexican and Sushi cuisine. Tequila infusions complement sake sangrias with a full cocktail list.

Reservations accepted daily, walk-in availability is an option as well!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am Food Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (854) 429-1011

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matt Greene

  • Private party facilities

    Email Jenn at jtoppe@republic-dmg.com for private event information.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    King Street and Spring Street

  • Parking details

    Parking Available at the Hyatt Hotel.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 436 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Late Night Find

  • South Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charleston

    Good for Groups

  • Charleston

    Hot Spot

  • Charleston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasantly surprised for our first visit. We have been going out to eat every Sunday this summer and, sadly, have been greatly disappointed by the majority of places, some that used to be ok. We did not think the odds were high for Mesu’s Mex-sushi combo. Surprise! Food was good (guacamole, chicken taco, taco salad, egg roll), service quick and friendly, and the margaritas were just right. Only issue is the prices, but welcome to post-pandemic inflation. Highly recommended.
  2. AG

    AlannaG

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Expensive for the portion sizes, even for Charleston. Sushi roll was $20 for 6 pieces. Margarita was $20 for 16 oz. Food was good but not worth the expense. Won’t be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall it was really good. Drinks were delicious and strong. Service was great. Street corn was wonderful. Pork and chicken tacos were very tasty. Chips were fresh and seasoned perfectly. Only thing lacking was the salt in the guacamole. Very bland unfortunately. Red salsa and the cheese dip was perfect. Definitely will be back though. Love good Mexican food. Maybe I’ll try the sushi next time.
  4. f

    foodlover

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere. Good tequila selection. Decent food. Loud mid-2000 hip-hop music. Bachelorette crowd (whoooooo!) 🙋‍♀️. Enjoyable.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Too many Bachlorette partues to hear over GONG!
  6. R

    Riley

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great experience at Mesu! The chips and sushi were my favorites but everything was amazing!!
  7. HS

    HeidiS

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We were told we had one hour to dine because they were busy … sorry no one in Charleston did this, will not be visiting again. Food was ok, service not so much
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Would not recommend. Was very very excited to try this place too. We had a large group so I was looking for a restaurant that had an accommodating menu for everyone- and that was a huge mistake. The service ruined our evening. They never put in any of the appetizers (then our waitress blamed us for ordering our entrees at the same time as our apps??), my drink came out incorrectly 3 times, then I (the host of the event) was served about 20 minutes after everyone had received their meals and to make it worse I had ordered a pricier tuna roll (that’s all I ordered by the way) but it was filled with cucumber and the smallest sliver of tuna I’ve ever seen. This was also at 10pm so we were starving. The restaurant was not overwhelmed by any means (i totally understand those types of issues) so that’s what was the most frustrating. There’s no excuse. I felt management was condescending but appreciated her initial approach. It was very obvious maybe that had been treated poorly by bachelorette parties in the past and were annoyed that we even came in. Which is not my problem or my groups problem. When I complained I never asked them for anything but just to do better next time and then towards the end I felt it wasn’t enough and for them to comp a few drinks which they refused to do (after we had already spent nearly a thousand dollars). They should’ve offered to do something for us from the start- we don’t want to be in a position of having to ask for any compensation. Compared to our experience the next evening, we ate at Halls which had exceptional service. They were kind, prompt, knowledgeable and accommodating. They sent out complimentary drinks and desserts for us at the beginning and end of our meal (we never asked for this) since they knew we were celebrating during our trip. They were happy to have us and that attitude made our experience so much better.
  9. KR

    KenyaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and drinks were delicious. Nice vibes all around.
  10. S

    Slinda

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The nachos were very salty and when we told the waitress, she said they had made a mistake with all the seasoning and it was not supposed to be that salty and she took it back. However, they charges us anyways.
  11. M

    Marie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    The waitstaff was great. However, the noise level was very high for an 8pm dinner reservation. The music was club music, which is perfect for a dance club, but not great for dinner music. I put the food at a 3 because I ordered a margarita that said house made, but it tasted like margarita mix and I could not taste the (expensive) tequila at all. Very weakly made drink. My family really enjoyed the taste of the tacos, but my son's shell fell apart before it could be eaten. I ordered two rolls, the tequila roll and the dynamite roll. I do not usually like tempura rolls, but the dynamite roll was pretty good. I was disappointed in the Tequila roll because 1) it was too salty (too much black lava salt) and 2) it had avocado in it, but the menu did not list avocado as an ingredient (see below, I would have asked for no avocado). *Tequila Roll $18.00 Market fish, kanpachi, cucumber, black lava salt, lime, cilantro. The chips were good (appetizer) and the edamame was good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was over flavored. Rolls had more rice than anything. Quality 2/5 for sushi. Nachos were delicious and service was 5/5 when we were there on a Tuesday night so not too busy. Probably a one stop & shop place though I must say. You’re left with wanting to drink lots of water for the rest of the night
  13. SN

    SfromNC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The food was tasty and our server was nice. We would visit again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Rachel was a great server and props to the quality of food and preparation! Beef nachos and rainbow sushi were AMAZING and we are food snobs for sure. It takes a lot to wow us like this meal did.
  15. LA

    LaurenA

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service! Was a bit turned off by the “policy” of only being given an hour & 15 min to dine, we definitely would have stayed longer for drinks if we could have. The very loud house music is also a bit aggressive and doesn’t fit the vibe of the restaurant at all. Otherwise, we had a great time and my fiancé was given a free tequila shot & got to ring the gong for his birthday!
  16. M

    Missy

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! I had the taco salad with braised beef and the flavors were just incredible.
  17. MB

    MattB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The bartender was terrible, we had to flag him down to order our first and only drink. Had to flag him down again to get an appetizer order that we never received. The one time he checked on us we asked for the check. They seemed under staffed but the bartender didn’t seem to be working too hard to take care of the customers. The restaurant had a good atmosphere, unfortunately we didn’t get to experience any of the food.
  18. JL

    JudiL

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Our table was right by the door which was not ideal. The entrees came out a little quickly as we were still finishing appetizers. Otherwise it was very good.
  19. MA

    MeredithA

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Would not recommend. The price is overkill for the food and drink quality. I’d recommend going to any other restaurants in that area. The service is also lacking.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We got seated 30 minutes after our reservation and food was forgotten for two people of my party only to be brought out when we reminded them. They only had one server running all of the tables and the poor girl looked so stressed. They need to get more servers especially if they cater to big groups.
  21. F

    Familyintown

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Sushi was good but tacos were mediocre. Wings were not good at all. Wait staff inattentive. Served two in our party their food and we had to inquire about the other two persons food 15 minutes later. Will likely select another establishment in future.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our Babymoon in Charleston South Carolina and our server Jacob provided First Class service! Mesu is a wonderful place for Mexican Fusion! The Tacos, Elote and Lobster Roll are so delicious! Try the fried ice cream for dessert! Thank you Mesu!
  23. JM

    JamesM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good food! Disappointed they had no desserts though. Great place to go with friends.
  24. n

    natashag

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drink are always amazing!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best taco I think I’ve ever had. Sushi was also delish! 10/10 would recommend
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food5service2ambience2
    Nobody seemed to know what was going on service wise. Brought me the wrong food waited forever for the table to get clean after we were seated as well as took a while to get a couple glasses of water. Table was really wobbly there was food wiped on the menu.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food5service2ambience1
    Went out for family birthday. Music loud, bachelorette party was out of control, and staff encouraged this behavior. Other guests were not appreciated of the party either. Not a place for a family dinner. Could only stay for apps. Food and drinks were delicious.
  28. JW

    JacksonW

    Charlotte

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We always eat here when visiting Charleston. Love the vibe. Love the food. No complaints whatsoever.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We had a reservation and table was ready when we got there. However they had all 6 of us facing the wall.
  30. SW

    SueW

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Nice meal- just not what we expected atmosphere wise.
  31. WM

    WillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster Rangoon rolls let me actually view what heaven is like in real time
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food Wonderful service Delightful Vibe Great music
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service were great!! It was a little loud but we could handle it
  34. MG

    MikaylaG

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience! Food and drinks were wonderful and our server was super nice. Only docking a star bc the food came out SOOOO fast. We were only at the restaurant for 30 minutes total….. kinda felt rushed but overall it was great!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a bad experience at Mesu. Been a handful of times now and it’s always amazing! The nachos are great and the tsunami roll is my fave!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an AWESOME experience! We were in town to celebrate our 40th birthdays. The waitress was fantastic, attentive, and awesome. Too many fun details to mention. The food was delicious too!
  37. n

    natashag

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great
  38. AS

    AlShZa

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Music was a bit loud, but with it being such a small space its a necessary evil to block out other conversations. Food was delicious, fish tasted very fresh. The nachos were absolutely wonderful
  39. BM

    BlakeM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, amazing food.
  40. DK

    DanielleK

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so super good! From the chips, queso, salsa and margaritas! I got the street corn and my daughter and I both got the barbacoa taco. Everyone loved all the food! Service was awesome too! I can't wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mesu is rated 4.2 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Mesu

570 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street

    King Street and Spring Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am Food Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking Available at the Hyatt Hotel.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Greene

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (854) 429-1011

  • Private party facilities

    Email Jenn at jtoppe@republic-dmg.com for private event information.

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