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Mezcal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mezcalrestaurantsj.com/
  • Phone: (408) 283-9595
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-4:00pm

    Dinner: M 4:00pm-8:30pm

    Dinner: T-Th 4:00pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Su 4:00pm-8:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Doña Libo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st Street and Market Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mezcal
Located in Downtown San Jose, Mezcal boasts one of the most distinctive dining rooms in San Jose. The brick exterior, metal work and indigenous Mexican motifs, sets the restaurant apart from its neighbors. Although the design is urban upscale, there is nothing watered down about the menu. Mezcal proudly serves authentic Oaxacan regional cuisine utilizing family recipes passed on from previous generations.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Good but not stunning. The service was a bit slow, especially water refills. The food was good and somewhat different but none of the six of us gave anything a rave (and we are not tough critics). Chips were thick. Guacamole was bland. Everyone was pretty happy because we were enjoying each others' company but the food was nothing to get excited about. The margaritas were good. We will probably visit again but it's not a special occasion place."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The two of us were plesantly surprised at the beautiful and serene ambiance of the restaurant. It's very spacious with an outdoor patio, well lit and a lovely mural. We were so excited until we had our meal delivered with poor service. If the waiter can't smile or serve the meal in a respectful manner then it takes away from the whole experience. The black beans were so salty we couldn't even eat them. We tried to explain it to the waiter with no luck. My friends pork was overcooked and dry. The meal was so disappointing as well as the service. We'll not recommend it or go back there. I'm so sad because we were celebrating my friends birthday."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My birthday 8/3, and I wanted to find a new place to go to for 8. I booked thru open table. A Sunday night, the restaurant was not crowded, but parking is always a problem in downtown SJ. Some in our group had to pay 10.00 to park! I told our server, it was our first time there. He was good about answering our questions. We sat outside, very pretty. It was not too cold. The food was different, but I was up to trying something new. Some of the dishes were odd, like I got the ESTOFADAS and hubby got ENCHILADAS SUIZAS, The corn tortillas were laid in the mole sauce, with cheese and the thin sliced pork was on top. Wasn't sure how to eat it, but it tasted good. The Guac they make front of you is very good. They brought a Flan for my BD."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service was also very good. Would go there again soon."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Mexican food with a great taste and not like anywhere else in San Jose. Enjoy the food and service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very good and very authentic Oaxacan food in a friendly, comfortable, low key atmosphere. Friendly and helpful. Good selection of accompanying Mezcals. Much better than the typical Americanised mexican restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was bland beyond belief, save the guacamole that was made fresh at the table. We were disappointed by the mole, and the chicken was dry and not very edible. The rest of the food was akin to eating styrofoam, flavorless."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "good food, good drinks, good service, friendly staff, good for any party, nice outdoor area, good location"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Mezcal is usually top-notch...the food and the service were sub-par on Saturday night. It appears as if they were short-staffed as our server did not seem as if she'd performed those duties prior. We were there for Dine About Town, and, although the menu selections sounded good, they did not meet expectations. The Diver Scallops were miniscule and overcooked, the tortilla soup had zero flavor, the veggie plate was dry and overdone, and the volcano cake's "volcano" was hardened in the nmiddle of the cake. The service was so bad that we had to go to the bar to order our second round of drinks. The patio chairs are really uncomfortable! I really like Mezcal. If I go back and if I have a similar experience, I won't go back again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "For Dine Downtown restaurants, I was anxious to try Mezcal. The decor is very nicely with a bar and outdoor patio. The chips & 3 salsas were very good. My 1st flag was having to ask for the Dine DT menu and asking 3 servers about the entrees, none had tried or had comments. I ordered the bacon wrapped filet and my wife the sea bass. Both dishes were over cooked, the filet was tough and sea bass over oiled. This was the by far the worst meal I have had in quite a while. For Dine DT customers, this is for you, I'm sure menu items are good from the reviews but from the table next to us I was not convinced. No one asked how our meal was, I shared this with the Owner and appreciate him offering to adjust the bill but I refused."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Very fresh and tasty menu items with a fusion flare."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My daughter treated me to birthday dinner at Mezcal last night. I had seen reviews and wanted to try a different Mexican restaurant rather than our usual "go-to" places. The margaritas were delicious and we enjoyed the three varieties of sauces for the homemade chips plus the "made to order" guacamole. We shared the sea bass plate and the enchiladas with chorizo and really enjoyed the flavors of both entrees. I would go here again. Our waitress was very friendly, efficient and offered knowledgeable responses to our questions about the menu items. The owner even came to our table and told us of a better place to park next time so that they could validate our ticket."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went to Mezcal to try for the first time to celebrate my husband 41st bday. We had a party of 14 people. Loved it! Our waiter, Viri was outstanding! Will be back to try other foods."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We sat out on the patio which was quaint and rustic... So cool. The food was served Oaxaca style Mexican with fantastic flavors and mouth-watering mole sauces. Margaritas were very balanced and good- the maragarita mix tasted homemade and not off the shelf with lots of corn syrup, plus good tequila! Highly recommend for a fun dinner in downtown SJ!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Would have had at least three more alochol drinks had the waitress simply asked. Also good practice to fill beverages (soda) without asking. Left kinda thirsty, but full and the food was great. Will be back and happy to coach the table staff. ohh, and waitress was very very nice."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Went here before a show. The salmon was great, partner didn't like chile relano, not enough cheese, so they comped margarita. Nice touch. Will come back"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Husband and I had a wonderful dining experience. We used our gift card which we won from SanJose.com and made a reservation for two at 6:00 on a Sunday evening. When we got there the hostess knew right away who we were and seated us immediately. Soon after we were seated, the waitress asked us if it was our first time and so we said yes. She went over the three types of moles and said that if we needed refills just to let her know. The food was quite delicious ranging from Appetizer Sampler, Enchilada Entrées, and Oaxacan Chocolate Cake Desert. We were definitely satisfied with the service and food preparations. Ambience really felt like home with a fine dining experience. Will be coming back soon!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My hubby and I love Mexican. This place was supposed to be authentic. Not so sure about that. Surely did not have the feel of it when we entered. Not a really busy place, therefore cannot explain any of the things that happened here. 1) Table was not ready when we were seated, we had reservations. 2) The actual table, it was a plastic fold-able that we use for BBQs. The gray ones you can pick up from Costco or Walmart. 3) The waiter, oh, Mr. Daniel was RUDE as ... No idea what his problem was, BUT we did not deserve rolling of the eye every time he came out and glanced at our table. The look of, oh.. this group again, run back into the kitchen. How dare you automatically charge tip! HORRIBLE!!!! -5 Stars if I could."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As usual great food and wonderful service. We went for Mother's day celebration and all the family had excellent experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love the food and the service was beyond great I'm definitely going back. My parents love this place brought my mom here for mothers day and she was happy "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Not clean no TP in bath room waited 10 min for last meal served in our party"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We've been here with family and on a double-date with friends--this place is fitting for both types of occasions! The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. Food is fresh with delicate flavor and we are always pleasantly full when we leave. Sharing the sample plate as a meal along with their table-side guacamole is perfect for a date night, not to mention a great deal. Will be back again!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Loved the moles. Not too spicy, great flavor. Smaller portions, so order an appetizer if you're really hungry. Beverages are great - loved the margarita!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I think one thing i love most about Mezcal is that you can get vegetarian and vegan dishes. Next, i love the consistency in the quality of food and service. They are wonderful, and as someone who eats here regularly, they honestly make me feel like a valued customer. Whenever I have to entertain a business lunch, this is my top choice! Delicious food, tasty drinks.... way to go!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Loved Mezcal. They were wonderful and extra nice to my 11 month old grandson"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I can't turn enough people on to Mezcal. The food is outstanding. Fresh, made at your table guacamole, tasty moles, something for everyone. I have never had bad service or a bad meal. Always fresh, always delicious."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Everyone in my party loved their choice of food. My choice, I thought, was the best. I would go there again. The prices also were very affordable. My margarita was perfect."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Good Mezcal selection, but there should be a tasting option offered and I found it a little pricey. Hot food could be a little warmer, and drinks and return visits from the waitress could be a little quicker. The waitress never came back to refill our drinks or ask how our food was. Dinner price was very reasonable, but I wouldn't go back to eat, but definitely for the tequila and Mezcal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The decor is really, really cute. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was a bit of a miss for me. Three of us had fish dishes which were overcooked. The premium margarita (I think that is what it was called) was FANTASTIC. The mole they served instead of salsa with chips was interesting, but we all would have preferred salsa. I would go back if someone said "hey we are going here want to come with?" but I probably wouldn't seek it out again on my own at this point."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "There are many places in the bay are for great taco's but this is an authentic restaurant with classic dishes from Mexico. We will be coming again and again."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Excelente lugar, riquísima comida y precios muy cómodos. Muy recomendable"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Authentic execution of Mole and Pork tacos were outstanding. Table side guacamole pre.... doesn't get better."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation and were promptly seated. However, it took over an hour for our meals to be served which meant that we had to rush through our meals in order to make an 8:00 curtain just a few blocks away. The wait staff was always moving but there seemed to be far to few of them to be able to handle the holiday evening dinner crowd. The food itself was OK - the fresh guacamole was very good."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Chips came with 3 signature mole sauces, a real treat. Each of the two of us chose a different dish and mole sauce. Quantities were plentiful. Dinner was served in a reasonable time. Waiter was attentive. We were not rushed. Will return when we are in the area."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "nice interior, convenient, fairly slow service, pretty good food..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My date and I had a wonderful time at Mezcal. The atmosphere was vibrant, the restaurant had great decor, and the food was great. I liked the brick aesthetics and the band playing. It was a great way to break the ice with someone and continue a special evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went with whole family - they did a great job making it special, including a rose for me, and Valentine's cookies for the kids. Food we very solid - drinks were great, and the service was very pleasant and helpful. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Upon entering the bar, it smelled really bad, and the rest of the restaurant smelled like strong cleaning supplies. The kids meal was the best meal on our table. They served chips with a few watery sauces that are served in flat shallow trays, which is impossible to get onto a chip. The server forgot to bring the tortillas that were part of the meals. He brought enough for one person, when each person who ordered the meals asked for theirs, he acted put out and wanted to charge us. The food wasn't terrible, but wasn't good. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was delighted with the food. Their mole negra was among the best I've had and they have a couple of other moles. The food is special, different from the standard Mexican restaurant. Even the beans were particularly good and they were black beans rather than pintos. I enjoyed the mexzcal cocktail too. I'm looking forward to going back so I can try some more dishes."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Found this resaturant on Open Table. Read the reviews and decided to make a reservations. The food, service and ambiance were outstanding. The sea bass was amazing!!!!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014