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La Mesa

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3036 South Expressway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
712-256-2762
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
la Mesa

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Grover74
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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147 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 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 

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Thank Grover74
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 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 

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Thank james S
North Platte, Nebraska, United States
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

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

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Thank Jamie D
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

La Mesa is a local destination and has a couple restaurants. Food is average, Good service. Enjoyable place to go.

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Thank 11814
Kearney, Nebraska
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

We enjoy eating here occasionally. The service is always great and the food doesn't disappoint. My wife always gets the Pasta a la Mesa and says it's great. Festive atmosphere.

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Thank youngm200
Edmonds, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Food was ok, but under seasoned. Pretty bland for Mexican food. Margaritas were very good. Salsa was tomato sauce with a few onions in it, it was awful. Located in a really 'iffy' part of town. Park your car where you can watch it.

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Thank Mark B
Boulder
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant on our way from Colorado to Illinois, and we are so glad that we did! It was reasonably priced, and the food was excellent! The service was outstanding! It was great for both adults and kids!

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Thank DMick4
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Went to LA Mesa for dinner and I was surprised to see how packed it was! The top shelf margarita is the bomb!! Ordered the enchiladas with beans and rice! Delicious! Definitely will go again👍

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Thank Robyn S
IL
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It wasnt bad, along the lines of a Pepe's or other chain Mexican restaurant. One step above taco bell. I wouldnt go out of my way to dine here though.

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Thank hearsechic
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Since this is a locally owned chain, it is not a franchise to me. The entire family/friends work various locations in Council Bluffs, Omaha and surrounding areas.I love to see a family firm be so invested in their establishments and their family. It is obvious that they all use the same exact 'formula' as well. They use same vendors, same... More 

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Thank Bobbie M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3036 South Expressway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Council Bluffs
  • Phone Number: 712-256-2762

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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