t should come as no surprise that one of the most celebrated cuisines in Southern California is Mexican. That is why anyone who shares this same celebratory inclination towards this beautiful cuisine is in for quite a treat when they dine at Playa Mesa.
These days it’s become standard practice to snap a photo of your beautiful plate before you before you dig in. The rules change at Playa Mesa — because absolutely everything here is photogenic, from the fantastic food to the delicious drinks coming from the tequila-focused bar, and the stunningly designed space itself. Bring your family and everyone else you know, and be ready to experience a beautiful time.
Celebrating some of the best parts of Baja coastal and mainland Mexico, while using locally grown and raised ingredients, Playa’s kitchen is both immaculately designed and confidently led to create staggeringly delicious food. Chef Rolando Rubalcava knows what he’s doing, and his kitchen does too. From the tortilla’s made in-house (which you can, and should watch for yourself), to the wonderfully diverse menus spread from lunch to dinner and brunch, Playa Mesa is set to become the new anchor of 17th street. Most importantly though, is the welcoming atmosphere the restaurant puts out, inviting diners to bring the whole family to enjoy the various offerings.
When the front of the house says it is a “family friendly” spot, they mean it. From deep, welcoming booths, to beautiful fire pits lining the outside seating area, it’s been intentionally built for everyone to enjoy. From lunch to weekend brunch, every service is curated around the whole family and the shared enjoyment and celebration of the flavors and heritage. Don’t just come and enjoy it, bring your family and friends and share it. There is a lot of passion here, and you can’t do it justice with a simple photo, so put the phone down, and soak in each moment with the people around you, as the entire team behind Playa Mesa has intended.