Located in the Southside Heights neighborhood of downtown Mesa, República Empanada's sleek midcentury building makes for a stylish spot to consume a food with a history thousands of years old. Here, the restaurant's mix of Colombian, Costa Rican, and other Latin American guests, along with the Anglo set, are welcomed into a room bathed in natural light, cut with a long community table running down its center, and highlighted with décor items like a huge, brightly colored mural of an Arizona landscape and a chalkboard wall with sayings such as "going with the flow is soothing but risky" and "viva Mesa."

Along with the friendly servers, a member or two of the Meraz family is usually on the floor, chatting with guests, cluing them in on restaurant's impending liquor license, and excitedly letting them know about some of the new dishes they have planned.

Jackie Mercandetti

Location Info


Republica Empanada

204 E. 1st Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85210

Category: Restaurant > Central American

Region: Mesa


República Empanada
204 East First Avenue, Mesa
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Boricua empanada: $2.95
Cheeseburger empanada: $2.95
Nutella and banana empanada: $3.25
Arroz con pollo: $9.95

Chances are you'll be back to check in on their progress.

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Steve Hoffman
Steve Hoffman

Right down the street from me. Can't wait to try it


YUM!!! Looove this place. I guess the writer isn't that into veggies or she would have mentioned the Greek empanada, filled with spinach, kalamata olives and feta.