Mesu

4.5
132 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 until 6pm daily, walk-in availability from 6pm and later!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 132 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGreatExperience
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was the highlight. The seating was less than ideal. We were constantly bumped by both servers and other patrons. We could also continually hear the servers griping about each other and other restaurant guests. Our food delivery and the bill was completely mismanaged.

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EvanD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Seriously THE worst sushi I’ve ever had in my life!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good experience. Salsa trio was great. Tacos great. Sushi was alright as they fill most of the roll with rice rather than anything else. Cool place though, very busy.

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

You obviously know what you’re getting into when going to this type of restaurant, expecting to pay $12-20 more for specialty rolls, etc. my husband and I ordered one specialty roll and two regular tuna and avocado rolls. I was blown away when I realized they charged us $17 for a the regular roll (typically $6-10 depending on quality). It was delicious but certainly not worth over $50 for three rolls.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! Everything was fantastic! Very loud but cool vibe!

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vipfrequentdiner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Our food was absolutely terrible. My daughter had chicken tacos and the chicken was cold, dry and hard. They came out literally 1 minute after she ordered them, so definitely not fresh. I had the Tuna crudo and while the tuna was fresh, the flavors of the truffle oil, pickled onion and whatever the “smear” was (tasted almost like vanilla) did not mesh together at all. I’m all for blending flavors, but this was a huge miss. We also had chips and salsa and the chips were chewy and oily. I would not go back again nor recommend.

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vipAmandaG
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant isn’t taking Covid protocols seriously at all - tables not spaced apart, cramming in as many people as possible and more than half the staff wearing masks incorrectly. Plus the food wasn’t even very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome music, stellar service, and phenomenal food!

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TimN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took my daughter and her roommates and it was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration. Our waitress was attentive at first but took long time to get first and second drink and the check

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Dana
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant dining. Delish

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LindseyJ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere with great music, drinks, and food!

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JDix
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party adored MESU. There were 8 of us in town to celebrate our friend getting married. It far exceeded our expectations. Fun decor and vibe made better by the incredible service and delicious food + drinks. I've had sushi all over the map, but the MESU roll is my new favorite!!! Our server, Chey, was so helpful and had excellent suggestions. His energy was contagious and made dinner so much more fun. We would have invited him to join the party if we could have. We loved how fresh the habanero marg was and the mango one Chey recommended next was amazing as well! Our bride loved the complimentary churros and enjoyed ringing the gong. I cannot wait to return to MESU next time I am in Charleston and will recommend it to anyone going!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love!!!!! So much fun.

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viptoodogsus
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super warm welcome, great service, amazing menu, and delicious food! However, it was a bit more crowded than we feel comfortable with, given the pandemic. We’ve both been vaccinated, but our guests have not, so we nearly left, but we hung in there. Great music and fun atmosphere. We’ll definitely return once more people are vaccinated.

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vipAudreyD
Western NC
50 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It was birthday weekend and I wanted to eat my way through Charleston....duh! We had been to the Ordinary, Maison, the Obsinate Daughter and finally Mesu. Sadly it just didn't live up. Even though I had a reservation and I could see our empty table. No one greeted us for several minutes. Finally the bartender asked if we had been helped. We said no and he said someone would be right there. No one came. We were just about to leave (there are hundreds of others places to eat within walking distance) when another person came up and said the hostess is coming. We all took out our phones to find something else when the hostess came and took us to the empty table right in front of us. No explanation and NO apology. The food was good but we were so bummed out by the lack of care that we ate and left to go have dessert some where else. So in conclusion, if service and feeling welcomed isn't your thing, then maybe this place is perfect. And then again maybe my standards are just too high. I won't go back.

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MarkS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The food here is excellent. The noise level is uncomfortable and it was very difficult to hear the waiter or others in our party. Everyone is shouting because of it. The service seemed rushed and it was obvious that there is a strategy to get you out as soon as possible. I would not return because of these issue unless changes were made.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

They messed up the check multiple times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The food was awful ... everything else is inc

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laurenc
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Margarita was awful , you would think going to a Mexican restaurant it would be good ! Asked for no triple sec and was told it’s already pre mixed , gross come on you don’t make them from scratch !!
Waitress never brought us plates for sushi ,

Overall not impressed at all ! We were so excited to go , was very disappointed....

You can do better Mesu !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent but the music was incredibly loud and made it very hard to have a conversation over dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good but crowded and loud. Also only one restroom for the whole place

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the food and energy. The drinks were great too. Overall exceptional experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Cheyenne was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations

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Dinnerfortwo
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We walked in door and the smell of the deep fryer was overwhelming. We were one of two parties in the entire restaurant yet they tried to sit us in a doorway to a connecting building. The music was extremely loud. The staff was ok but distracted (again only two tables in the entire place). The cocktails were good but the sushi appetizer was bland. We ended up walking out and going to another place for dinner. Great for late night... not for date night.

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vipJenniferI
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved every dish we had here from the wings, to the crudo and sushi. The service was great and our waiter Chayenne knew a ton about the food and we could tell he's a foodie like us! Also the music was amazing, just a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lots of fun here! Food and cocktails were great! Morgan was our server and did a fantastic job! Everything was wonderful! Would definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mesu is unlike any other restaurant in Charleston. Menu is a mix of Japanese and Mexican cuisine sure to appease everyone in your party. Fun decor. Fun music mix of early 2000s. Generally crowded, so I wouldn’t recommend if you are concerned with social distancing a full 6 feet from another group and cannot book an outside table. Staff always wear masks and surfaces are sanitized, so we had no concern eating inside. Staff is always wonderful! Thank you for another great date night!

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KayW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and drinks! Staff was great from the first change to our reservation to the server outside!
Only complaint is: too crowded with no way to social distance. Glad we got an outside table.

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vipMarieP
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday , fun time, great place

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Nina
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the vibe and atmosphere, it’s great food but per the quantity you get.. it was slightly overpriced but still amazing.
I would absolutely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Music was great!

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vipClaireU
Pinehurst
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been following Mesu on Instagram for months and was so disappointed when we went to Charleston in June for my birthday and they had to close due to covid. So we were thrilled to be able to go last weekend! We tried each of the sushi rolls, and the street corn! We loved the lively vibe with great music playing and awesome cocktails! I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool place to go before going out for the night. Food was good. Ambiance was fun, vibrant and trendy. Server was outstanding - very funny and nice. Very knowledgeable about the menu as well.

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BobTom
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Looking forward to returning. Great service too!

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is definitely one of favorite places to go I love the food and the staff is top notch thanks for making my birthday extra special!!

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Restaurant itself was super cool! Great people, great energy! Food was 7/10 but I would go just for experience alone!

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sydsauce
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food! Great service and a cool atmosphere. The restaurant week deal was incredible as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were extremely disappointed by our experience tonight at Mesu. We were rushed to order our food and then had to ask another server to order a 2nd drink. Our server rarely checked on us and we had to ask 3 times for our bill. He was definitely preoccupied by other tables. We were rushed through the dining experience and then waited over 30 minutes for our bill. We will not go back.

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vipPhillyGuy
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Interesting concept and the fusion of Asian and Mexican was decent. The service was poor. He almost got our entire order wrong. He was slow. They seem disorganized. Many good choices in Charleston we won’t be back.

FAQs

Mesu is rated 4.5 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.