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Mesu, Charleston, SC

Mesu

4.3
4.3
406 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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Booked 19 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 406 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • South Carolina

    Late Night Find

  • South Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Charleston

    Hot Spot

  • Charleston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SW

    SueW

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Nice meal- just not what we expected atmosphere wise.

  2. WM

    WillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The lobster Rangoon rolls let me actually view what heaven is like in real time

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food Wonderful service Delightful Vibe Great music

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  5. MG

    MikaylaG

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. BM

    BlakeM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service, amazing food.

  10. 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!

  11. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a wonderful place to enjoy a birthday dinner. The atmosphere was great and the service was wonderful!!

  12. BO

    BreannaO

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tacos were delicious. Atmosphere was so fun! Definitely a great place to start your night. Highly recommend the food!

  13. L

    Lava

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Starting with the highlights, water upon arrival with bottle to fill glasses. Water tasted good. Which let’s be real, that’s easily one of the most important aspects. We ordered Lobster Rangoon roll, which melts into your mouth. beautiful work. I would of liked a aspect that gave it a bit of heat aside from the wasabi. The fried pork tacos were a bit much for us. It was meat and cheese fried which was drenched in oil so wasn’t a fan. The crispy chicken taco was okay the chicken was dry and difficult to eat due to being over cooked. The flavors are good!!! But the execution needs to be redefined. The beef tacos, I forgot the official name, were good and had a great flavor. To be honest, overall it was okay. if I could have a redo, I would order 2 lobster rolls and one beef taco. The wife and I would have been content with sharing the taco and having the roll for ourselves. Happy hour deal did give it a nice kicker. Good potential, but can’t give a solid full review due to not liking raw fish. I would love to fine tune things to creat a better experience.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mexican and sushi? Goes together pretty awesome the way this place does it! Really cool spot with very good food! Definitely check it out!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Probably the worst vibe at a resturaunt ever. Way too loud (coming from somebody

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Sushi was not good. Insult to sushi.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The server, JP, was wonderful!!! The pork nachos were absolutely delicious. Will definitely be going back!

  18. LB

    LeahB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Natalie, was very attentive and friendly. The ambiance was perfect for a pitcher of margaritas and a girls night out! Will definitely be back !

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Say what you will about the Southern Charm restaurant bubble, but honestly this place is legit. The sushi is really good! I like the creativity of the rolls. The crispy chicken taco is bomb (I don’t eat beef or pork so can’t attest). The pina colada is perfect if you’re craving that blended refreshment. The servers are super nice and just there to provide a nice time. Could be viewed as overpriced but like whatever — for consistency and deliciousness, it’s worth it. Also love the decoration and ambiance.

  20. NN

    NateN

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Service was super slow. Place was half full. Waitresses were more interested in hanging out with the servers from the other two restaurants next door. Tacos were boring, lacking anything of flavor. Ordered all six to try. One was worth ordering again. I have no problem paying 6-7$ per taco if they are worth it. But definitely not in this case. Our simple app came after our tacos came. Just all around subpar. Maybe we should have tried the sushi. But the worst part of the experience was we had cocktails and one of our glasses was cracked. 360 all the way around. Our server took it back to bar where bartender instead of dumping it and making a new one poured ours into a new glass and added ice. Needless to say we didn’t drink it. That’s just unacceptable. This was our last night in Charleston on a food tour of the city and unfortunately it lived up to the other 5 days we had there. Extremely underwhelming and madly overpriced. I will pay for quality. And a great experience. This place was like so many others we experienced. Which sucks all around because I would love to go back. Spend our money and support the local economy. Do better Charleston. Do much better Mesu

  21. FS

    FoodScientist

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Interesting combination of Mexican and Japanese food. The chips and salsa appetizer was OK. The two dip options were disappointing. Both were very thin in texture and could not hold the chip. The Nacho's I saw delivered to other tables looked much better. The taco's were good. Some interesting combinations of flavors. The Sushi rolls were also good, I wouldn't say amazing but not bad. The wasabi had no heat at all. That's a rookie mistake. It needs to be HOT! Finally, what bothered me the most was the Skinny Margarita's. I'm almost positive there was no tequila in them and at $14 per drink it should have been very noticeable. When I watched the bartender make the second one I noticed he picked up a bottle of tequila, went to pour some in, and then decided not to. Instead he used the bar nozzle and added what looked like water. In any case, $28 for those two drinks was highway robbery. That alone will keep us from returning. Plus they have an annoying GONG which scared the heck out of us when someone rang it. WTF?

  22. T

    Tiller

    New York Area

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Came here with a last minute reservation and got counter seats. Service and drink and food delivery was quick. Food was good. Fun place for modern American Mexican food. Moderate prices as well.

  23. B

    Brian

    St. Louis

    47 reviews

    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    There were a number of large groups and they seemed to be having a lot of fun. The big gong rang several times and it was a lively crowd. If I were looking for a fun place to bring a group this would work. As far as food, while the idea of a Mexican/ Sushi fusion place sounded fun, it became clear that trying to do two things really well ended up making a mediocre experience. We started with sushi and it was ok, but didn’t deliver for our expectations at the price point.

  24. BL

    BettyLouD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing bachelorette party service. So fun! Amazing food and we came from California! Talk about great tacos and sushi!!!

  25. d

    dylan

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My parents had just arrived in Charleston to celebrate graduation. It was their first time at Mesu & they loved it! It’s a restaurant I go to often and has always provided me with great experiences!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    The more you drink, the better it would be...not what we wanted, but we followed Open Table ...#mistake

  27. MH

    MH53

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, and the service was great! We tried a little bit of everything, and it was all amazing!

  28. LM

    LizM

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was decent however a good bit overpriced. For two appetizers, two rolls of sushi and two tacos, we should not be coming out with $150 plus tab, even with a few cocktails included.

  29. s

    suem

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! 7 of us went to Mesu after a long day of travel. It was a great place to kick off the start of our girls trip to Charleston! The food and drinks were excellent! Highly recommend!

  30. MB

    MaddieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had natalie as a server and she and Mesu was amazing!! Absolutely loved everything about my experience.

  31. M

    Martine

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, but our drinks were hit or miss. The margaritas were great but the sherry cobler and one other drink were undrinkable.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    It was ok. Service was not great.

  33. LW

    LoriW

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We had expected deeper flavors. The margaritas were weak

  34. CK

    CindyK

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    This was the first restaurant we ate at during 4 nights in Charleston. Not the fanciest place, definitely casual but fun! Food and drinks did not disappoint. I ordered a house margarita and had my choice of many, many tequilas they could make it with, from the very lowest end to the highest. The corn skewers appetizer were amazing, 5 days later and we are all still talking about them! The crispy chicken tacos were also excellent. My husband ordered a sushi roll and it was huge, and my daughter ordered both a taco and some sushi and despite how odd this sounds, somehow it works!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The staff took our dietary needs seriously and were very accommodating. It was a fun ambiance!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great pre-prom stop! Both the sushi and tacos were amazing!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and great service! Definitely recommend for a quick dinner or a date night :)

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibe, awesome food and drinks- our server was amazing!

  39. KA

    KatieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the Sushi mix with Mexican. So delicious and perfect part of town for a little more energetic vibe.

  40. c

    ccls

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    They squeezed 8 of us at a 6 person table so two of us had to sit at corners of a table even though we had reserved our table a while in advance. Woman’s room had one toilet which was clogged. I told them and nothing was done about it. Brought us our check without first checking to see if we wanted anything else (which we did).

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 4.3 stars by 406 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 19 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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