Merseyside Mexican joints have exploded in number over recent years, but a lot of them miss the mark on bringing not just the fiery food but also the welcoming and friendly kind of dining experience that really makes Mexican eating special. It’s social and familial, cosy and comforting, and it’s well represented at Mesquite on Smithdown Road. Located between Wavertree Playground and Sefton Park, Mesquite offers Mesoamerican magic to locals around southeastern Liverpool, dishing up authentic Mexican food at great value and providing plenty of smiles and Latin cheer alongside. Of course you can find all your Mexican favourites here, with no shortage of soft-shell tacos, sizzling fajitas and crispy quesadillas (try the spinach and mushroom version for a vegetarian treat), but the menu stretches northwards to Southern and American options, so you can also be sure of a fabulous burger at Mesquite, not to mention tasty cocktails, ample Coronas and plenty of other liquid options.
Really good food and friendly service. The prawn ceviche toastadas are divine, as are the fajitas. There was a large party already there when we arrived, so understandably that caused some delays in the kitchen. However, the service more than made up for it and we were offered free nibbles and drinks. Will definitely be returning.
Only one person front of house dealing with drinks food orders and bringing food out. This place has the potential to be great but on a Saturday night there was only us and another couple eating. There was confusion when we asked how long the food would be for my son as he is diabetic he ended up getting his meal within 5 minutes and had finished his meal before we had even got our starters.