Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


One of Orange County's hippest spots to hang, drink and nosh on inventive modern American fare.


Cuisine

Open
Dinner Wed.-Sat.
Open late
Features
  • Valet parking & parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

* Click here for rating key



Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA


Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.


Mesa Restaurant Review

: Mesa is one of OC's sleekest nightspots for dinner, late-night dining and a hot bar scene. The organic décor, dark interior and black banquettes give the space a cool metropolitan vibe. Executive chef Niki Starr Weyler, whose pedigree includes the kitchen of Broadway by Amar Santana, ensures that the contemporary cuisine isn’t an afterthought. Start with a hand-shaken cocktail and the cast-iron skillet PEI mussels with the right touch of butter and sea salt. Next, try the balanced roasted beet salad, which is accompanied by house-smoked goat cheese and candied pistachios, and topped with a sherry shallot vinaigrette. Beef and seafood mains are highlighted by the wine-braised short rib served with house-made gnocchi and mushrooms. At meal's end, go for the warm bread pudding with vanilla maple bacon. Want to pair your food and wine? General manager Peter Jaisel can recommend reasonable by-the-glass selections for each dish.





Retsina, Tetramythos
WINE OF THE WEEK | GAYOT.com

GAYOT's Wine of the Week is a certified organic white wine, produced in Peloponnese in Greece. Read the review of a Retsina.





WINE OF THE WEEK | GAYOT.com

GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Week, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.

DINING IN PROVENCE

The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Proper Hotel Santa Monica RooftopThe view is not the only reason to dine at Calabra in Santa Monica, CA.

Read the review and see photos.