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About Consuelo Mexican Bistro

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!

377 Santana Row #1125
San Jose, CA 95128
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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.

Cross Street:
Olsen Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 260-7082

Website:
http://www.consuelomexicanbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Many public lots within Santana Row.

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch

Consuelo Mexican Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

68% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Fun (4)
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Tapas (4)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food, attentive service, and wonderful outside dining!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food, nice ambiance but slow service.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was alright. The salsas that were served with the chips while you waited to order were great. Definitely not worth the price though.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Disappointing food quality. Has deteriorated over time. Too expensive for an average experience

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was wonderful

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Awful customer service tonight. Server was inattentive, like did not check back on how food was, or offered another round of drinks or even water refills in a timely manner, and when another person in our party arrived, had to flag server down for him to get service. Our late party member literally sat at our table for 15 minutes and watched every other glass/dish get taken away bc some of us were done dining, and he still had not even anything to drink. When it was time to pay, server kept telling our party she can't split checks - into two, not even like per person - instead of trying to figure it out. She also said we should have explicitly mentioned for our checks to be split at the beginning of dinner. We live in Santana Row, and we may not come back to Consuelo's because of this. Server also tried to say she can't apply our resident discount twice for the split checks. Never had an issue like this at any other given restaurant in the Row. Come to think of it, never had awful service like this anywhere in the Row, especially as residents. Such a wasted night and sorry that we chose Consuelo's for our gathering tonight.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Consuelo's is great! It's a small place, not a ton of personal space but it doesn't change the experience. Awesome drinks and food. THE BEST HOMEMADE TORTILLAS. Veggie tacos are the perfect vegan option. Definitely one of my favorite local restaurants!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Churros dessert was best part of meal. Everything else was dreadful! Be careful if you dine here. It used to be a high quality Mexican restaurant. No longer! What happened to it?

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Lizette is the best server. We had the fajitas and the carnitas and they were both delicious!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Awesome guacamole!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was not fresh. I had a burnt Chile relleno and the carnitas were dry. The guacamole didn't have much taste.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Although I requested a table outside, we opted to dine inside since the outside temperature was over 100 degrees. But in retrospect we should have opted for that table outside since the air conditioning inside was sub-par if any. Very disappointing place for such a cool venue. Food is really not that great and I will not go back nor will I recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was a fantastic meal, but it ended in a huge dud. Once the bill was paid we were pretty much ignored for the last 30 minutes. Would have been nice to at least get water refresh after, but the big thud was we were literally the last table occupying inside ten minutes before they were closing for business, and one of the employees collected the empty water glasses on the table, and told us "we all done here," gave a chop signal across his neck and walked off with the glasses. Basically telling us it was time to go, nicely done, you killed the evening. More than likely will never return. Good food, but the service was less than desired.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Nice food, friendly ambiance and good service. Good regular spot for residents in the area. The fresh homemade guacamole prepared right in front of you is amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Lots of great dishes to try, there is a kids menu but you might have to ask for it (we did and never got one) table next to us did. Chips came with 3 sauces which weren't explained (sweet, mild and hot).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is a great place for a social dinner out. Outdoor patio is situated next to an outdoor tequila bar that has live latin music most evenings. Consuelo is like being at the party, but just being on the edge of the party instead of in the middle of it. Excellent people watching!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was good but we sat outside right on the sidewalk with no heat. Ambience was not the best.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Was expecting more from a place that always seems to be busy all the time. Food was ok, the service was not good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food was good. Ordered the fajitas for two, it was delicious and offered great value especially for someone like me who cannot finish an individual order. Offers crispy tortilla chips while waiting with 3 various salsa dips-- delish! There were a couple of live bands playing outdoors in the plaza...added to a vibrant early evening!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great Mexican food! Good tequila and mezcal selection. Fajitas are good enough for two people and very delicious. Also, lamb barbacoa is great! I would recommend to try anything as all food is good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Service was ok, there was a trainee, my cranberry club soda tasted like beer with old flat water, it was disgusting and I asked them to replace it and it still tasted horrible. The guacamole was ok, the chips were stale, the need in the quesadilla tasted old, the only decent thing was the chicken Suiza enchilada, but definitely not worth the money! Ridiculously overpriced for what you got but then again it is Santana Row.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived and only two or three tables were occupied when we left. The drinks were fine, but the food (salmon tacos, shrimp tacos and salad) was pretty bland and disappointing. I have not been to Consuelo in a few years, but I remember the food being better in the past.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We got together with friends and Consuelo's was the perfect place for the five of us to have dinner. I would recommend the Chile Verde. We loved the complimentary three hot, medium, and mild salsa and tortilla chips!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Very nice waitress. Unfortunately there were long gaps between her visits to our table. Not sure if she was overwhelmed or something else... Just be prepared for a slow pace at this place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

a little slow on de foods

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food and service was excellent as always. Only thing, for a really hot day, the AC was not running cool as it should.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food is good but we have tried several times to give this place another chance and the service is slow! We waited quite some time for our check and had to go hunt the waitress down. Server was pleasant but all servers need to be more attentive.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Outdoor seating is great for people watching and the service is always outstanding. The cocktails and food are very good for the money.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent food, excellent sangria and excellent music borrowed from the tequila bar next door!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Shrimp tacos were horrible. Tiny bay shrimp w/ no flavors
Restroom needs help
It took forever to get an order in and my friend has the magarita and she said it was not that good. Will not go back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Food is always great. It was a cool afternoon but we sat outdoors next to a heat lamp. Unfortunately they didn't light the heat lamp until we were almost done eating and had asked at least 3 times. Service in general was very slow.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

There were no tables available for our 8-person reservation when we arrived. All tables able to accommodate 8 were full of people so far into dinner service it was clear that the restaurant had seated these tables with no regard to our reservation. So when I arrived, I was told by the manager that we had to wait "because you did not reply to the text message we sent you." The text message asked me to come to the host stand, which is what we did. So we waited for our table for 40 minutes all the while being told I should have replied to the text message. Isn't that great service? We would have gone to another restaurant, but Consuelo requires a credit card for parties of 7+ with a no-show charge of $25/person. Given the lengths to which the manager worked to blame the customer, we decided to wait for the table. We were convinced she was dishonest enough to claim that we didn't show and that she couldn't re-sell our table - even though people were seated at it.

If you can get past the attitude at the host stand, the drinks range from good to very good, the salsas are inauthentic but still delicious, guacamole nicely made table side, waitress cheery and fast. For the quality of the food and poor attitude from the front of house, you're better off spending your money elsewhere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

New menu is great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We ordered a pitcher of sangria and it was enjoyable and a great value. Of the trio of salsas that accompany the tortilla chips that were brought to the table, we only liked one - the Serrano based. All were well-pureed and creamy in texture: one was too fruity and sweet, and the other tasted like canned enchilada sauce tempered with ketchup. I ordered the Chile rellano, which was a fire-roasted poblano and filled with cheese and diced vegetables, served with rice and pureed black beans. It was a much lighter version than the usual fried offering. It was really tasty. My accomplice ordered the chicken enchiladas with mole. The chicken and tortillas were delicious, however, the mole, while flavourful, did not have the rich depth of cocoa nor complex spiciness one expects from this type of sauce. It was a bit too sweet. We concluded our meal with rich coffee and the sharing of a flan. The flan itself was delicious and wonderful with the coffee. However, the caramel on the flan appeared to be added as a topping as opposed to the sauce that it is generally baked in and it tasted like salted caramel, which overpowered the delicate flavour of the perfectly cooked custard. Consuelo's has a small but eclectic menu with several vegetarian and gf choices.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food & service were only fair at Consuelo Mexican Bistro, and prices are very high. The restaurant has a nice setting at the end of Santana Row, and we enjoyed dining outside watching Saturday afternoon activity, but we left less than fully satisfied after paying a pricey check for Mexican food.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Carnitas were pretty good. Enchilada I shared with a friend was really good. It's a beautiful restaurant in a very haute area of San Jose, So the ambience rocked.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Excellent place for a Friday night date. Get a patio table, and listen to the live music across the way at the tequila bar. It's like being in the edge of a party instead of in the middle of it. Great camarones y reboso (shrimps wrapped in bacon) and carnitas. Excellent sangria (get a pitcher for best value).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was horrible!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Love the fresh guacamole they make by your table. Nice table on the sidewalk to enjoy the sunshine and people watch. Good service, happy experience!

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Cozy, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2017

We were a table of 4 people.
Two were quite satisfied. 2 were not due to fact that their portions were served cold and had to be sent back.

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