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Mousa Tapas Bar, Joliet, IL

Mousa Tapas Bar

4.7
4.7
54 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Eclectic tapas, charcuterie and mains from the Mediterranean + wine & cocktails served in a cozy, comfortable setting

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (815) 409-7338

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Kelly

  • Neighborhood

    Joliet

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 54 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Tapas / Small Plates

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Good for groups

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Lively

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  1. GR

    GusR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu Lamb chops with vegetables and side plates of Feta cheese Grilled Octopus with vegetables was fantastic Great Drink menu with awesome wine list
  2. M

    Merilu

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! Will definitely go back.
  3. PN

    PatrickN

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Not impressed. Some good dishes some not so good ones. For the price, I won’t be back. Nice ambience and great service.
  4. J

    Jenn

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal! Delicious and filling. Yum!
  5. AP

    AndreaP

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to try Mousa’s for awhile but kept trying on Sundays when they are closed. Finally made it in this past Saturday. What a great restaurant! Service was great and the food was outstanding. I read some reviews online where people complained about small portion sizes. Absolutely not the case although we did not order anything listed as market price. Based on the reviews on small portions my wife and I ordered the cheese selection from Spain and hummus for a starter course. We also ordered the sausage and peppers along with a potato dish. The waitress put the order for those when we were almost done with our first course. When she put down our first course we immediately knew we would have a doggie bag to take home. The cheese plate was excellent with three cheeses, some meat, the best little mini onion ring looking crackers and a spicy/sweet jam. Oh yeah, and a couple melon slices. The hummus was delicious, light and came in a serving about the size of a baseball with pita wedges. The sausage and peppers were cooked perfectly with 3 links and plenty of pepper/onion. The potatoes were amazing! Large dices/chunks with cheese and a super tasty sauce drizzle. Dessert was four mini cannolis and baklava for us. I loved the baklava because it was not covered in sticky honey while my wife would have preferred more honey. The mini cannolis had a wonderful orange flavor. My wife does not like cannoli but once I had her taste the filling she ate these ones! We like Dancing Marlin in Frankfort but would pick Mousa’s over it every time. A little pricier but bigger portions on the tapas. Highly recommended!
  6. DH

    DaveH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Great restaurant for a special date night.
  7. KS

    KarenS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful and our service great - thank you Carlos!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect first visit! Food was amazing and we loved the atmosphere. Our server Scarlet was very sweet and very helpful, service was on point. We’ll be back soon for sure!
  9. h

    hotdot

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here, food and service was exception!
  10. f

    fox1979

    Chicago

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and loved everything about it. Loved the variety of tapas on the menu. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend before a show at the Rialto, but we are planning on going back otherwise.
  11. M

    Mcpanice407

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fast and personal service. I would recommend this place to everyone. 10 / 10!!!!
  12. BC

    BillC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place, great food, no beer though. Will be back
  13. N

    Nunu

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice tapas restaurant in the heart of downtown Joliet. Nicely decorated, quaint, and quiet. Outstanding food. Nice sized shareable plates. Everything was delicious. Full bar is a plus. Will return to try more dishes. Owner extremely friendly and helpful. Server, Scarlett, was very knowledgeable about ingredients in the various dishes. Celebrated a birthday that evening and a very tasty , complimentary dessert was provided. The 3,600 year old date candy is a must for dessert!
  14. MH

    MaryH

    Naples

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere were all A+!!! Great addition to Joliet for a nice dining option. Servers were very informative and the food and drinks were absolutely delicious! Will definitely be back because we were not able to try everything!
  15. AM

    AndreaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and food. Our server made our anniversary dinner so special.
  16. LD

    LauraD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing evening with good friends. The service was fantastic. Scarlet, our server, was knowledgeable, offered fantastic suggestions and was very attentive. The food was so good, Cannot wait to go back!
  17. B

    Barley

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent. And our server was fantastic. We will go back again.
  18. AM

    AndreaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Outstanding food and the service was impeccable.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service fantastic food it was all great! . It was a great experience and the chef helped serve us, and he was so full of information and very interesting and we felt that we had a great dining experience hands down.. I recommend this restaurant to everyone!
  20. W

    Wyatt

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was great. Drinks need work. Could not get a nonalcoholic beer so I drank water. My wife had a martini she enjoyed but had to pay for blue cheese olives. Baileys and coffee cost $14, the shot of Baileys was $11 which is crazy.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Overall we had a nice time - pretty pricey cocktails and felt a bit watered down. Service was great and food was good!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to Mousa and had a great experience the food was high quality great tasting and serving portions for the price were fair. Our server was informative, pleasant, responsive and attentive even though it was busy never missed a chance to check on us. We definitely plan on making Mousa a regular night out place and bring friends and family. The ambiance and decor were modern and contemporary just a really cool vibe. I highly recommend Mousa as a downtown Joliet cornerstone food destination.
  23. CG

    ColleenG

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a great dinner this evening. Food was delicious and high quality. Our server Scarlett was excellent and vey attentive. Robert made sure everything ran smoothly. We will definitely be back . I’m
  24. SJ

    SJLDW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My hubby and I had a great day night! Service was great, and the food was beyond AMAZING! The portion sizes for the tapas were perfect, and we had a satisfying dinner from ordering four items. We will definitely return!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scarlet, our server, very professional and knowledgeable. She gave great recommendations . Food was top notch. Seasoned perfectly and cooked perfect. Presentation 5 stars. Best grilled peach sangria ever. I usually find at a small issue but none here!
  26. AG

    AdamG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was our second visit. Our waitress Scarlet was very attentive and knowledgeable. A bit pricey, but overall a great experience.
  27. KQ

    KellyQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal with top service. We ordered various tapas and there wasn't one that we didn't like. Definitely will be back!
  28. JA

    JoAnnP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food! Delicious! Great service!
  29. g

    gsmo

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food quality. Very, very tasty!!! But rather pricey.
  30. e

    eliotr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, the food superb, the chef warmly greeted us and was very attentive. One of the best restaurant I have been in Chicagoland. I love the European vibe!
  31. AP

    AnthonyP

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!!!!
  32. L

    Linda

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth every $ from drink to dessert! Talent, thoight and creativity brought to every dish and drink!
  33. RJ

    ReneeJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Mousa Tapas Bar is outstanding and its right here in Joliet. This restaurant could compete in any major city for its excellent quisine, service and atmosphere. Everyone in our party of 7 cannot wait to return!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had ordered the dates to share, taste wise they good but very small. The menu is a little vague. The entrees are actually for multiple people that is not stated on the menu. I think putting Market price on many item La on the menu is a cop out. Over all decent meal, they just need to pay attention to the small details.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. The dishes are priced very fairly, especially for the portions you are given. Bobby (the manager) made sure we were well taken care of and satisfied. We will be coming back, what a gem!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. All selections were great. Definitely would order and dine here again. Only suggestion would be spacing out the orders so most apps do not come at once. Or suggestion to us not to order all plates at once to assist in plating. Owners was on-site taking care of all people great to see and experience that. Highly recommend.
  37. EK

    EdwardK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible place , a hidden gem. We will be back often . Can’t say enough great things about this place .Chef Bobby is amazing.
  38. JK

    JoannaK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent and we never felt rushed.
  39. CN

    CherylN

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The foods are unique. Great to be able to sample a variety of Tapas.
  40. VJ

    VickiJ

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleased with our first experience here. Great addition to Joliet!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mousa Tapas Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 54 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 2 times today
Google Map for Mousa Tapas Bar

158 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Joliet

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Kelly

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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