Mezcal
Mezcal

Mezcal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mezcalrestaurantsj.com/
  • Phone: 4082839595
  • 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.
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Mezcal reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (22)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (16)great for lunch (14)romantic (12)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Magnificent Mezcal
    william
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Recently, I took my (adult) son to Mezcal for a birthday dinner. I was delighted to find this "neigborhood gem" in downtown San Jose. Mezcal is a charming and authentic Mexican restaurant. It has a lovely decor with both indoor and outdoor (private, covered, patio) dining options. Marcela is a lovely lady and an outstanding bartender and food server. And, our drinks and dinners were magnificent! If you enjoy "real deal" Mexican food, and delicious mole options, then Mezcal in certainly worth a visit. I know I'll be back. Hasta luego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, tequila-centric bar
    sramjiVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food here is terrific in general. The table-side guacamole is not to be missed. The service is sincerely friendly although sometimes inattentive. The only real disappointment is the bar - the tequila and mescal selections are terrific, but there are very limited options for other drinks (whiskies, vodkas, aperitifs, digestifs).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Debsdelights
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a pleasant experience. Excellent food. Not your typical Mexican restaurant... Much, much better! Great margaritas! Try the tamales wrapped in banana leaves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and then drinks were great. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but unremarkable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch surprise
    firstnightdinner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mezcal
    Bonniek5
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was very good. Service was also very good. Would go there again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Mexican food with a great taste and not like anywhere else in San Jose. Enjoy the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Authentic oaxacan
    WeedyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, last time
    notagain
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    Denvernorm
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    good food, good drinks, good service, friendly staff, good for any party, nice outdoor area, good location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I hope this was an off night....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch Spot
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Very fresh and tasty menu items with a fusion flare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Experience
    luvvariety
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Lupe
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adorable and delicious!
    BrookeNryanGoDining
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local restaurant
    Dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food and Awesome Ambience
    MKtino
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible
    henneball
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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  • adelial
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Place I Ever Ate At
    iLoveit
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too happy
    Morgan
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Not clean no TP in bath room waited 10 min for last meal served in our party
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 74 reviews are from the Mezcal reviews archive.
  • Go-to for pleasant dining
    alb81
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    yummy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great choices!
    LisawskiVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Mfulton1
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Loved Mezcal. They were wonderful and extra nice to my 11 month old grandson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    LisawskiVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Mezcal selection, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was solidly ok
    GirlsNightOUtVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The real deal!
    datenight
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente lugar, riquísima
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Excelente lugar, riquísima comida y precios muy cómodos. Muy recomendable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Authentic execution of Mole and Pork tacos were outstanding. Table side guacamole pre.... doesn't get better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Short staffed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before concert
    annajak
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mezcal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    nice interior, convenient, fairly slow service, pretty good food...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    Averill
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.