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La Mesa Mexican Restaurant

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3036 South Expressway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
+1 712-256-2762
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have recently eaten there but service was rather poor. Food average but not typical Mexican. More like Mexican American

Thank 11814
Management response:

Thank you for leaving us a review. We appreciate your feedback and hope you decide to visit us again. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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159 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I would have rated it even lower but the quick food and great food made me give it a 3 instead. We waited to be seated for awhile. And then we sat in our booth forever without being seen by staff: no drink orders, no chips....we just sat there. Finally the manager saw us looking confused and got our drink... More 

Thank Michelle D
Management response:

We are sorry to hear you didn't have a 5 star experience, Michelle. We strive to deliver the best service possible. We are so happy you enjoyed your food! Please come back in the future so we can deliver the complete experience you were expecting! More 

Treynor, Iowa
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Food here is good with ample portions. Service is usually always good, provided by friendly employees. Fajitas for 2 could feed an entire family. The downfall: the women's restroom apparently doesn't have any heat and is in disrepair. 1 of 3 stalls had no toilet seat, nonfunctioning toilet paper dispenser...and freezing cold! Needs some attention pronto.

Thank Julie C
Management response:

Thanks for leaving us a review, Julie! We appreciate the feedback about your experience. We hope you visit us again soon! More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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265 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

I had the Acapulco enchilada and my wife had the Mazatlan, both seafood dishes. The chips as appetizer are always good but the salsa is only fair. The restaurant is decorated beautifully in each booth has unique woodcarvings on the chairs. Service is good and it is a frequent stop for me for a reasonably priced dinner.

Thank McFerrid
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Good food, fast and courteous service. I drink a LOT of iced tea and I never had to wait long for a refill. Reasonable prices as well.

Thank Lesa D
Omaha, Nebraska
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50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

We love this local chain of Mexican food. We have only eaten at this location once and our experience was okay, but I would say this one is the weakest link in the chain. The atmosphere (inside and out) just seemed a little off, the restrooms were very messy, the service was only okay, and the food was average. I... More 

Thank Nebraskan00
Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

I know that this is a very popular chain in this area, but I was definitely not impressed. Everything was overdone with black pepper. I do not like black pepper anyway and they just inhialated everything with it.

Thank D L
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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207 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

i had not been here for quite a while - place was busy - we were seated immediately and drink orders taken - we ordered a couple nacho appetizers and then i order a enchilada and burrito combination with rice - nachos were enjoyed by all - My food arrived fairly quickly and on a very hot plate - food... More 

Thank Grover74
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

We stopped at La Mesa for lunch. La Mesa is just a short drive off of I 80. We got seated immediately. Chips and salsa arrived at our table. The salsa was mediocre at best. The best food we ordered were the steak fajitas and chile rellenos. But oh the service was so slow. We were on a road trip... More 

Thank james S
North Platte, Nebraska, United States
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132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

good Mexican food. This is one of our favorites when in the Manawa area. The food and service is good.

Thank Jamie D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3036 South Expressway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Council Bluffs
  • Phone Number: +1 712-256-2762
La Mesa is a Mexican restaurant with locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and a fun atmosphere. Join us for awesome appetizers, exciting entrees, seafood specialties, fabulous fajitas, and mouthwatering margaritas. Catering is also offered with menu combinations that will satisfy any taste and budget. Join us today for some authentic Mexican cuisine that's sure to put a smile on your face!

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