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Consuelo Mexican Bistro

3.7
3.7
761 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Consuelo Mexican Bistro features a traditional and diverse Mexican cuisine. The complex flavors from the kitchen are complimented with creative drinks, selected Tequilas, beer and wine from the bar. The decor matches that found in Mexico City's cantinas in the early 1900's. Bienvenido a Consuelo Mexican Bistro y buen provecho!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: weekdays: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday, Tuesday 5:00- 9:00 PM; Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 - 10:00 PM; Friday, Saturday 5:00 - 11:00 PM Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Happy Hour Weekdays from 3 to 5 PM.

  • Phone number

    (408) 260-7082

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rocio Gomez

  • Private party facilities

    Consuelo can serve to any size group from an intimate party of 2 to a larger group of 80. We have a few different styles of parties that we offer from a sit down dinner to a cocktail style reception with passed appetizers. Buyouts are available; please contact our Management team for details.

  • Private party contact

    Miguel Cornejo: (409) 260-7082

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    Olsen Drive

  • Parking details

    Many public lots within Santana Row.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch

What 761 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CA

    ChrisA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on December 19, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    The food was flavorful, and authentic, Service was stellar
  2. BO

    BeautifullyOrchestrated

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was good based on my group's reviews to me. The chili relleno and bunuelo were not what any of us expected, we should have asked more about them before ordering.
  3. A

    Anonym

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Vegetarian choice is very limited. But good ambience .
  4. M

    Mirna

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    When I arrived I asked for a high chair and the waiter said no because it was on her way and the others waiters,
  5. c

    creekdwlr

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A bit too quick on service...but overall good food and fun envelope
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and good food. Food came out really fast.
  7. H

    Hungry

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Awesome food, drinks. Loved it! My fav place for mexican food.
  8. WL

    WineLovers

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Margaritas were awesome. Enjoyed the sopas and enchiladas and chili verde very much Looking forward to our next time
  9. FE

    FoodE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Flavorful, well presented food in a lively full restaurant. Wonderful trio of salsas was refreshingly tasty with a range if heat. Artistically presented sopes were full of flavor and a very positive beginning for our meal. The green pozole was ethereal, warm, satisfying, and perfect for the chilly evening. Would recommend and return!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    I am disappointed to be saying that our meal here was not good. We love Santana Row & had good expectations because this restaurant is located there. Unfortunately, there was a reason there was no wait on a Saturday night. The food on the whole lacks flavor of any kind. We ordered the fajitas & although served on a cast iron skillet, the meats were cold, very thin pieces of chicken and steak and the chorizo didn’t even taste like anything & had clearly been reheated. The tortillas were terrible & there were no other accompaniments...just a plate of salsa. The Chile Relleno looked more attractive but tasted like nothing in particular. Made for a very disappointing night out.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    As far as experience goes, we had a blast celebrating my sisters birthday! The server was friendly and attentive. I order the bacon wrapped shrimp and have to say was dissatisfied! Someone else ordered shrimp tacos and was unhappy as well. Everyone else seemed to have enjoyed their dish so that was good. Prices were reasonable for food, except the drinks! $24 a shot was ridiculous!
  12. NL

    NLBdining

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This is the third time that I have been here and honestly I won't be back. The food is tasty but the service is very slow. It took quite awhile to be greeted by our waitress and once we ordered it took a very long time to get first our appetizer then our food. Our table was sticky and it was very loud in the restaurant.
  13. P

    sanjosePat

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    First time there for dinner. I loved their version of Chile Relleno as it was not deep fried and was stuffed with veggies and cheese. My husband had the Posole, which is one of his favorite soups, and said he would come back just for that dish, as it was so good. They had a great tequila and mezcal list as well as creative margarita offerings. Loved the fact that it was right across the street from the movie theater...only had to park once!
  14. S

    Summer

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Consuelo
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Location and moderate prices make Consuelo Mexican Bistro worth visiting. The menu has not changed much, if any, over the years and they don't have specials. Service is quick though and food is attractive and we'll prepared, but not that special. If you want creative Mexican go to Zona Rosa, but if you want typical margaritas and Mexican food while shopping and being seen at Santana Row then by all means don't think twice, just go and have fun.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was good. I had the Tortita de Papa. It was delicious. My son had the cheese enchiladas and they charged him $22 for it 😱 while my dish was $17 So check prices before you order.
  17. TS

    TreavorS

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Enchiladas Souza’s were amazing. Service was very slow and several mistakes were made, but corrected right away. Filet was perfect. Mashed potatoes were cold. Hot sauce is amazing.
  18. GS

    GiselleS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Guacamole was completely overpriced. I understand avocados are expensive but not to the point that you have to charge $25 for guacamole in which half an avocado was used. The food was ok. My husband got the barbacoa and he didn’t like it all, it was not authentic. The tortillas never came out and the server only came around twice throughout the entire time
  19. MP

    MarcelaP

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better than we expected
  20. WL

    WineLovers

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, drinks and food Can’t wait to come back and enjoy a few more margaritas
  21. MF

    MtFolk

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not your typical "American-style" Mexican food — truly authentic dishes like the ones found in Mexico. Been going there since they first opened, and will continue to return!
  22. a

    am1e5ue

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had great food, nice booth, polite waiter. I wasn’t offered coffee with dessert which is why I docked the server a star. If a server is taking the time and effort to bring a comped dessert, offer all of three of us coffee and make 15.00morer on the tab? Win/Win
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere Food was blah...not a lot of flavor Guacamole was no bueno
  24. J

    Jays

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The place is good. Loved the fresh guacamole they prepared on our table in front of us, that was delicious. The food was good, and definitely good for a group
  25. v

    villageluv

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Unfortunately they don’t have enough servers. Their food and drinks are pricey, but great. However the servers are all over the place. We had one lady serving all the outside tables plus some inside. This was on a Saturday night. We had to beg for our check and then go inside to actually pay it.
  26. A

    Agonzalez2290

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The food was satisfying, but wish it would have been beter like the first time we eat there. I do have to say the quality has gone down.
  27. p

    prijeshp

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Not good food. Few dishes we ordered came cold (not even warm) and they were supposed to be hot.
  28. a

    aaront

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our waitress was amazing ! The guac was the best we have ever had and the fajitas could feed a small family! Delicious.
  29. S

    Slcj

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    Noise level is over the top loud. Not possible to have any kind of conversation without yelling.
  30. F

    Foodie4life

    San Joaquin

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have been here a few times when we are are at Santana Row. The food and service are always good, as well as the drinks. It is a good place for a quick bite to eat before venturing on. The tableside-made guacamole is a real treat!
  31. DB

    DaveB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good choice for Mexican fare and drinks. Helpful hostess and server. I'll be back again! :^)
  32. SD

    SuzanneD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I took my parents here to celebrate a birthday and we had the guacamole (delicious) and split the fajitas 3-way with enough to take home for another meal. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our margarita’s too, however, they are on the small side and quite expensive. I will come back, however, it was too loud and we had trouble hearing each other.
  33. MB

    MrsBlu

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    We went with a reservation, 2 adults and 2 kids. They sat us at a middle table that had bench seating (not great with a 2 year old) and then brought us a highchair. We made it work until they slip the tables next to us and pushed a table agains the back of the highchair and they were making room for other tables. It’s was very rude and my son kept turning around trying to grab things off the other table. The food was aweful Mexican food, not just Americanized, it just didn’t taste good (FYI... I am Mexican). We had gone about a year ago but we will not be going back again any time soon.
  34. JM

    JimM

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were outstanding. We loved and will go back again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place, good Mexican food
  36. EF

    EugeneF

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    "That's how it is" was not only the response to a questionable dish but the overall attitude of all staff. Many standing around while I needed service but every time the catch my eye they turn away. Overpriced, lazy staff, and bad attitudes all make for awful experience. I will not go back or recommend. I wish I read the other reviews before going. The food you ask? It was ok. Just ok. Not worth the money.
  37. T

    Terry

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Has been one of our favorite restaurants over the years. Disappointed in the quality of the food this time. Carnitas were overcooked and tough, rice dry, fajitas a bit overcooked. Restaurant was only half full so no one waiting for table and our server promptly gave us our bill and had written the 'suggested' 20% tip amount on it and circle it for our party of 4. Even if we had considered 20% which I normally due in this expensive valley I thought it was presumptuous and rude.
  38. LD

    LDewey

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks are great and the service is excellent! I always get the guacamole. It’s made at the table and delicious! The food is great quality and very tasty.
  39. AG

    AnnG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service and the food was excellent. I love the decor as well! My favorite is always the table-side guacamole. My carnitas were a tad dry, which was surprising since I've had it before, and it's been superb. Despite that, the combined flavors made it still tasty. My only complaint was that it was very loud. All told, I would highly recommend Consuelo.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2018

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was great the waitress seemed annoyed with everyone. Ceviche, qucamole

FAQs

Consuelo Mexican Bistro is rated 3.7 stars by 761 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Olsen Drive

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: weekdays: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday, Tuesday 5:00- 9:00 PM; Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 - 10:00 PM; Friday, Saturday 5:00 - 11:00 PM Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Happy Hour Weekdays from 3 to 5 PM.

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Many public lots within Santana Row.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rocio Gomez

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch

  • Phone number

    (408) 260-7082

  • Private party facilities

    Consuelo can serve to any size group from an intimate party of 2 to a larger group of 80. We have a few different styles of parties that we offer from a sit down dinner to a cocktail style reception with passed appetizers. Buyouts are available; please contact our Management team for details.

  • Private party contact

    Miguel Cornejo: (409) 260-7082

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