Usually my Mexican food favorite (at least in Austin) is Chuy's. I recently moved from San Antonio, so I know what good Mexican food is. I decided to try someplace new with a group of friends, so we hit up the 620 location of Mesa Rosa as it is close to where we all live. BIG, BIG, BIG mistake! Upon entering Mesa Rosa, it smelled dirty and dank. The hostess sat us at a table that had not been cleaned adequately. The server didnt come around until 30 minutes after we were seated and it was a week night, so it was not crowded at all. The server didnt know anything about the dishes or drinks. I ordered crispy tacos which were disgusting. All of the dishes were way overpriced. My dish was one taco, a small dabble of velveta-like queso and a teeny, tiny guac salad for $7.99, that is ridiculous! Usually I can get a plate of enchiladas at any other Mexican restaurant for about $7.99. At Mesa Rosa they were $9.69. I also ordered a strawberry daiquiri, it was basically one huge block of ice in the middle that hadn't been mixed with some strawberry sludge. So in conclusion Mesa Rosa is dirty, overpriced, has awful food and poor service. I go out to eat twice a week to common places like Chuy's, Mighty Fine, Hoovers, Jason's Deli, Rudy's, Pei Wei, etc... I am not a snobby ""foody"" that complains about every little thing. Actually, I am eager to let restaurants slide when they don't live up to every expectations, but Mesa Rosa took the cake, everything that could be wrong with a restaurant was wrong with Mesa Rosa. I would have totally sent the food back and walked out, but I was with friends and didn't want to look like a jerk. Just give me decent food at a reasonable price and I will be happy. Is that soooo hard???
Cons: gross food, overpriced, awful drinks, dirty restaurant