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La Mesa

3036 South Expressway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
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Ranked #19 of 124 restaurants in Council Bluffs
Cuisines: Mexican
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81% Recommend
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Dallas, Texas
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293 reviews 293 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Finding ourselves on the Council Bluffs side of the Missouri River we decided to try one of the "local" eateries. Asking at our hotel for "good local options" we were provided with a couple of choices - including La Mesa. OK we went. Arriving we immediately noticed the parking lot was quite full - always a good sign. The restaurant... More

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Wonderful Mexican restaurant - we were celebrating with friends on a Sunday evening - Margaritas were strong and good - not sure what everyone had but the enchiladas 93) I had were very good - another fellow and enchiladas (2) and a young lady had the largest taco I have ever seen - very attentive service- food was quick, hot... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Coming home from Winter Park we had a reservation at the Fairfield Inn. After 10 hours on the road and a train blocking the road to the hotel, we opted to go straight to LaMesa. The margarita menu is vast, the taco menu is also deep and varied. Good service, beautiful decor. I wish I lived closer. All three people... More

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Ripon, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We were driving straight through from Beaver Creek, Colorado, to Chicago when we ran into icy roads in Omaha and decided to spend the night. We got rooms at the Fairfield Inn in Council Bluffs and asked for a restaurant recommendation. The desk clerk sent us to La Mesa, which was nearby, and we loved it. There were five adults... More

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109 reviews 109 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My husband and I came in here on 2-28-14 to enjoy some fajitas. Service was awesome and the atmosphere was great. The fajitas for two could have fed four people. They were pretty tasty. The tortillas beans, rice, chips, salsa and guacamole were all really good. The price was around $22.00 for the fajitas for two.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

La Mesa is one of my favorite restaurants in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area. We ate at the Council Bluffs location tonight and it was pretty good. I did notice the salsa was different from the Omaha locations. It seemed less chunky and less spicy. I think La Mesa has some of the best Queso Dip! It's the white cheese and... More

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Very nice decor, high ceilings and brightly painted seating. Good place for small kids, extra noise will not be noticed. Service was fast and attentive. Food was average and met expectations. Restaurant is right next to Hotel 6, and is a fine place to eat if you are passing through.

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Underwood, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Every time we go out to eat at La Mesa in Council Bluffs, the entire family has a fun time and great food. The servings are very generous and tasty. We almost always go through at least two baskets of chips and a few containers of salsa before our food comes -- not that the service is slow; we just... More

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DeLand, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Be careful if you use a credit card. What they turned in to my credit card company was almost $2.00 more than what I signed for (and what shows on my copy of the receipt). The food was "fair" & the service was bad. I will not be returning.

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The last several times I have not been impressed. Hispanic friends are totally unimpressed with this Nebraska Mexican food. Goofy charges for little extras....

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