102 5th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.737086 -73.993169
Mon-Thu 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm;
Fri 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm;
Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm;
Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown, Union Square
Ruined Valentines Day – This was our second time, the first round was amazing! This time was a pre fixed menu for Valentines Day. I don't know what happened from 3yrs ago, but everything I ate was weird, and not good at all. I had huge pieces of cilantro, and thyme stuck in my teeth. I just didn't get it, I had no idea what I was eating, it was gross! 300.00 later, we left hungry and really disappointed. Also the place was really dirty, the walls need to be clean and yuck in the picture frames, the whole place needs a good cleaning. Don't waste your time or money, 300.00, for dinner for two and 1 French martini.
Mediocre at best – Good was very average here. We waited a while to get our dish. Expected a lot more than we what got.
Great food not so good service – My husband and I went to NYC for dinner at Mesa Grill to try another one of Bobby Flays restaurants. We have been to two of his other restaurants in CT many of times, so we had high expectations. We had made reservations which is a must or you will be waiting a while. After being sat we sat there for 10 before a bus person came to fill our water glasses. 15 min later our waitress came over to say how she will be back in a little bit. No introduction took place on her part and she said she would go over the menu and that never happen. She took our drink order walked away then came back a couple of minutes later to ask what I had ordered again. We were asked if there was any food allergies and I am lactose intolerant and instead of going over the menu with me, she told me I would have to speak with a manager. After we placed our order a manager walked by asking how everything was and we mentioned how our experience was. Overall we got an appetizer and dessert on the house and the food was wonderful. As for the atmosphere if you want a quiet place to have dinner this isn't it. Very loud and tables are on top of each other.
very disappointed, will not go back – My family went to eat at Bobby Flays Mesa Grill a few years ago to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was exceptional and we had a great time. We just went back a few weeks ago and I was very disappointed and will never go back. It isn't worth the money and I can make better dishes at home. My son ordered a octopus dish that was overcooked, my lobster was not fresh, and the sides were okay but not exceptional. My sons steak was very good and the oysters were great but I will not go back. Too many great restaurants out there. I think Bobby Flay is too busy with his TV Show to make sure that his restaurant is top notch.
no much comment, everything just so so/OK. we are group of 10 people and we won't go there again.
Their web-site mention 18% Gratuity added to parties of 8 or more.
However they charge us 20% last night. well. few dollars is not big deal to us.
We just don't fell service and food worth 20% for them.
Rude, Overpriced & Un-Accommodating – Until now I have been a BIG fan of Bobby Flay & the Food Network gang. I own all of his cook books, and am an admirer of his skills and a fan of all his shows. Bobby Flay's modern fusion of classical southwestern cooking with modern american cuisine and real star quality have jazzed me. So when the gentlemen I've been dating surprised me with a reservation at Mesa Grill - I was THRILLED!
UNFORTUNATELY my experience with my ideal restaurant was absolutely TERRIBLE on every level possible.
We arrived and received a stink eye from the service staff at the reservation booth soon as we entered. We had dressed up for the evening, and despite our dapper attire, our age and tattoos obviously downgraded us to lower class status in their eyes, and we were treated as such. They did seat us within 5 mins of our reservation time on a busy night, but the maître d' was a total prick. He wouldn't even look us in the eye. He actually shoved the table in while seating us and smashed the leg of the table down on my foot and didn't even apologize.
The waitress was very condescending to us, she mocked my every selection, from my drink order to my specifications of being a non dairy vegetarian. When I asked her what they could make without cheese and animal bi-products, she began to explain each item to me like I was in elementary school. When I selected something on the menu - a Sophie's salad without the cheese and dressing - she gave me a very condescending "Ooooo-K" and then insisted I order more because that clearly wasn't enough, and mentioned I had interrupted her before she could finish explaining the other dishes. I felt very talked down to, and though she served with a smile, it wasn't without a very glaring judgmental attitude.
Our food arrived in good time. It was decently sized portions, but VERY POOR in quality. I ordered the Sophia Salad sans the dressing and cheese, and basically got a plate of lettuce shreds, canned beans and diced tomatoes. Not to mention a few of the "pitted nicoise olives" listed in the ingredients actually had pits in them!!! Which I did in fact hurt my teeth chomping down on. We also ordered sides of sautéed spinach and smoked chile collard greens. These came in two small bowls and were both SOGGY piles of green MUSH. They were disgusting.
Overall I am highly disappointed in the service and the food at Mesa Grill. For a world class chef like Bobby Flay, I would expect his staff to have at least common courtesy and for the food to not be so crappy.
I apologized to my date for spending so much on such a poor dining experience. I've gotten better food and service at Pubs on Bleecker st than I got at Mesa Grill.
Just OK – Went to for a business lunch. Ordered a bottle of red wine (not cheap, but regardless) it was HOT, like it was stored in kitchen next to the stoves.....that surprised me because of the reputation of Bobby F. Then the food was ok...everything spiced....almost to point of over spiced. With some bites, could not tell what you were eating because the spices overpowered the meal. I had their Rib Eye, which I have had better at home. Quality seemed a bit low. My co-worker had the NY strip and it was better. Fries were great and the desserts were good as well. Overall nice place, just expected food and service to be much much better! I would have gone to Blue Smoke around the corner if I knew it was like that. Shame when these chefs forget about their roots and just become marketing machines....their craft does suffer.
Everything 'spiced' – You know when you go to those places that are just too big and popular, and they sort of forget where they came from? I feel like that's what happened to Mesa Grill. Not that I'd ever been here before, but I'm sure when it first opened that it was excellent. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it could have been better.
Bobby Flay is known for being king of sauces and puts his southwestern flare on everything. It's pretty evident in the menu...everything is 'spiced' or 'rubbed with spices' or whatever. As an appetizer, we got the tuna nachos. They were actually really good, and the tuna had a nice kick. I ended up getting the steak as an entree. It had spice, but was a little too charred, even medium-rare. The sauce made it work, but the char was a little too overpowering.
Overall, Mesa Grill is a nice place to try, but not a place you'll go more than once. I love watching Bobby Flay on food network, and I've been to Bar Americain, which was great, but this place almost seemed too popular. It was your typical big NY restaurant, but it should always start with the food.
Good as advertised! – Mesa Grill and Bolo definitely showcases chef Bobby Flay's style. The flavor combinations are surely memorable. The salmon tartare was light and tasty. My mahi mahi was deliscious and just as beautiful. However, I have to compliment the chocolate peanut butter flan. I thought...hmmm, comfort food. Was I surprised! The flan tasted like an elegant reese's peanut butter cup. I would come back just for this dessert. The table's were close enough that we just started conversing with our neighboring tables and had a pleasant evening.
One of the best meals of my life – My girlfriend and I went here and had a wonderful time. Food was amazing, the waitress was a doll and the wine was great.
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