Restaurants / Closings

Beyonce and Jay-Z Blessed Mexican Seafood Restaurant to Shutter in Dallas

It's Last Call for Mesa Dallas

BY // 08.13.19

One of Oak Cliff’s top restaurants is closing its doors after an eight year run. Prepare to say goodbye to the authentic Mexican coastal cuisine of Mesa Dallas. This weekend (Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17) will be your last chance to order lobster enchiladas or chicken mole at Mesa.

Husband and wife chefs Raul and Olga Reyes announced the shuttering of their Jefferson Boulevard establishment in a Facebook post. The post notes that on Friday and Saturday, Mesa Dallas will offer specials to say goodbye to its customers.

Most importantly remembered for a celebrity visit from Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2013, Mesa is also known for its award-winning Veracruz cuisine. Opened in 2011, the menu consists of chef-driven dishes such as chicken and seafood enchiladas, carne asada and cochinita pibil. But it’s the mole sauce that’s the stand-out recipe. It is featured in Mesa Dallas’ signature dish, the enmoladas.

Both Raul and Olga come from Alvarado, Veracruz, a town right next to the Gulf of Mexico. There, seafood is a way of life so they wanted to incorporate it in their food. They built a fine-dining spot in Bishop Arts with two dining spaces and a patio for groups of all sizes.

Earlier this year, Raul also opened Ceviche Bar in the same area. It’s an oyster bar located inside of a former service station with ceviche, fried fish and oysters. Possessing a much more casual vibe than Mesa, Ceviche Bar has outdoor seating and an octopus mural inside.

Previously, the 118 W. Jefferson Boulevard space that houses Mesa Dallas was also a Reyes concept called La Palapa Veracruzana, so who’s to know what will come next. Perhaps another twist on a Mexican seafood spot.

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