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Mesu, Charleston, SC

Mesu

4.3
4.3
498 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 10 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 498 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and lots of fun! The food was delicious, and they made celebrating my sister’s birthday very memorable.
  2. AG

    AshleyG

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a bachelorette group of 8 and they took great care of our table! Great food, great service, great music, and entertaining!!
  3. KL

    KarenL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a delicious and fun combination of cuisines - not fusion dishes, but nachos and tacos along with an extensive sushi list. This restaurant does both very well. Our table had a sampling of nachos, tacos, and different sushi rolls, and all were really good. The marguaritas were well-done, with a good array of tequilas to choose from, along with the choice to make any of them spicy. The house white wine was also surprisingly good. This is a great choice for a casual evening out.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything about the place is great except that they play music way too loud. You literally can’t hear each other.
  5. B

    Brent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Doesn't know what it wants to be--and neither do I.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Sushi was amazing. Street corn was amazing. Nachos came out cold, but still very tasty. Waitress was super nice but didn’t stop by our table as frequently as I’d like. Overall a great place to eat/drink, I will be back many times in the future!
  7. JB

    JordanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance! We got the corn skewers, so yummy! Also recommend the tacos, they’re all a hit!
  8. L

    Lisa

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Mesu for my son's 21st birthday party. It was great service and great food! The waitress was so knowledgeable about all the different kinds of tequila. We had several sushi rooms, the lobster Rangoon was my favorite. My husband had the carnitas taco and he said it was also delicious. My favorite was the tuna bowl, some kind of truffle seasoning, I would go back just to have that again.
  9. SQ

    SusieQ

    Orlando

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m hooked on the Bravo series Southern Charm so wanted to eat at Leva Bonaparte’s restaurant. I’m vegan so had the veggie taco and chef made a special vegan sushi roll for me. Service was great, too.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    10/10 would suggest they slow down on the eccentric collection of expensive tequila and improve on food & beverages. our cocktails were SO SWEET with very little to no liquor. in addition, the only hot sauce offerings were cholula & tabasco… don’t merge asian and mexican if you can’t deliver on both. staff was very nice.
  11. SR

    StephanieR

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic ambience, great service and food
  12. k

    kellyt

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AC was an amazing waitress. So kind and helpful. One of the nicest and best we have ever had.
  13. J

    Jeweli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I remember reading someone write about how they wished they had an option for both- such as an appetizer that has sushi rolls and tacos. I think that would be a good idea to have a sampler platter to show off both of the foods they offer. Of course you could just get one of each so maybe it’s not the most important thing, but a potential idea.
  14. RJ

    RebekahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think the music could’ve been just a little lower so you don’t have to yell to be heard but that’s my only suggestion to an incredible place! Good was amazing and ambiance perfect and fun!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service and the atmosphere are great! We arrived for our reservation on time and had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated. The floor manager was kind enough to get us our first drink and an appetizer on the house. If you’re in Charleston, give them a try. You’ll be glad you did.
  16. m

    miar

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere was excellent! My margarita was to sweet-
  17. BM

    BobM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Mesu definitely is a bar with food vs a restaurant which we thought it was when we visited. Music is loud and service was very slow. Would not go there again.
  18. KG

    KimG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome concept. Awesome food. Had a great time.
  19. JD

    JDix

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Returned to Mesu after having a wonderful dinner there in 2021. Total let down. My first trip was for a bachelorette party - I thought if Mesu could handle 10 girls and do an excellent job, they could surely impress on a date too. This was a complete waste of a meal for both me and my date. Service was just completely uninterested and seemed bothered by us being there! We were some of the only guests at the time of dining. My margarita had a hair in it, my sushi was lackluster, and my date was underwhelmed by the single taco he received. He ordered tacos (plural) and only received one. When he asked if he could modify the taco the server said the taco was pre-mixed! Definitely something I’d expect at Moes or Qdoba, but not here… we weren’t told about any of the specials even though multiple items of ours were actually special eligible. We learned this from a poster in the bathroom… not from our server. Our server had us out of there in less than 30 minutes. Again, if I wanted a meal of this quality/caliber experience I would’ve gone somewhere fast casual.
  20. SG

    SandraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Natalia our server was friendly & attentive . Food & atmosphere was great.
  21. MJ

    MeredithJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best birthday dinner! My friends had so much fun!
  22. RJ

    RitaJ

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and fantastic food. Margaritas were very good with a great tequila selection
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and we had great service! Our service was great! Can’t wait to come back!
  24. SW

    ShannonW

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing! Very loud tho if you want to chat
  25. SS

    ShilpaS

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a friend’s birthday and it was perfect! Great food and our server was terrific and attentive. Will definitely be back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service!
  27. JF

    JennieF

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I was so excited to eat here, and it was just total trash. The appetizer we got, queso and edamame, came out cold and the vibe was off. We left after that. Would not recommend.
  28. P

    Paul

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great service
  29. m

    mcillustrator

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, artsy atmosphere and delicious food. Get the street corn, you won't be sorry! Friendly staff and classic 80s R&B jamming through the speakers. My only complaint is the prices of the drinks- the highest I have seen anywhere. Go for the exciting fusion of Mexican & Asian food, I know we'll be back!
  30. AF

    AnthonyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing as was the food, drinks, and environment! So glad we picked this as our first night out for our mini honeymoon!
  31. KR

    KathleenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Natalia was amazing!!! Love her and loved the whole experience
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I did not like the added fees added to my bill without the staff telling us.
  33. JD

    JoshuaD

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food was great as well. Only one small mix up with a cocktail but it was really noisy, so I will give the bartender a brake on that one
  34. JG

    JasonG

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Was very much looking forward to our meal at Mesu! While the atmosphere and service was fun as well as attentive, we felt the food did not excite or have the flavor expected. Great spot for drinks though I am sure!
  35. DC

    DanC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Hostess was the only part that needed help in this place
  36. BK

    BreeK

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best sushi I’ve ever had! Great drinks and very friendly service. Can’t wait to come back. Highly recommend the Mesu roll.
  37. MA

    MikeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and a really fun atmosphere. Service was top notch
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Service and ambiance were great. Food and cocktails were expensive for what you got and food was average to below average for both the Japanese and the Mexican selections. If you are interested in visiting I would encourage getting a drink at the bar and maybe try the chips and salsa and if impressed order more, but if your tastes run like ours do, and the chips are too sugary and the salsa less distinctive than a can of Herdez, you can say you’ve been and spend your $$$$’s at a place more food focused with less kitsch.
  39. VI

    VIrgil

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Only half our food was great. Worst fried ice cream ever. Good atmosphere but loud. Typical downtown Charleston food prices but not impressed with the food.
  40. MS

    MonicaS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! My friend and I had Mexican entrees and chips and salsa. Everything was super tasty! And my marguerita was top notch!! Our server was Natalie - she was superb! Great service!

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 498 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 10 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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