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Mezcal

4.4
324 reviews
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$30 and under
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Regional Mexican
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  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation


Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: M 5:00pm-8:30pm

Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

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

Dinner: Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: Su 4:00pm-8:30pm
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Phone number
(408) 283-9595
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doña Libo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st Street and Market Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room
What 324 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Good food, good beer, good service, nice atmosphere, in the heart of downtown San Jose. The Mexican food is a different style than other mex restaurants specializing in great tasting sauces.

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Food and ambiance were good, but the waiter was pushy, didn't smile, and generally seemed like he didn't want to be there. Made us feel al little uncomfortable.
If we go back, we hope the other staff are warmer. May be just a bad day?...

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Rice was hard. Lettuce was brown on my taquitos. Chips were stale. Nice ambiance and good salsa. Not much more than that. Wanted to like the place for a good go to before the theater but the carts outside may have been a better dtsj option.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Grabbed dinner with a friend. Not your usual Mexican menu, lots of interesting items along with some more standard fare. We both enjoyed our meals.

If you are allergic to nuts, there is a lot of mole with nuts in many dishes, so beware.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The mole is amazing!! Cleaned my plate

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We went after a graduation and had a party of 8, including 2 kids under 12. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious! We had questions about the mole and the server brought out samples, which changed our order and encouraged us to get mole! The guacamole made at the table was so amazing we ordered a second serving!
We will all be back to Mezcal and bringing friends!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great dinner as always!! Our go to place after a play.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The restaurant did not have our OpenTable reservation, but they were very gracious and seated us right away. The chicken flautas and tamales mole were delicious. As was the margarita and Sterling Merlot. Service was excellent. We will return. The menu has lots more goodies to try!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had a good experience and food was delicious! Our server was very attentive. The food tasted healthy, organic NOT can which is great.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This was our 3rd visit to Mezcal it will not be our last. That speaks for itself.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed the sampler plate, fresh guacamole....the best was the three moles!
Owner stopped by to say hello to us, and explain Oaxaca regional foods.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The mole is the best I have had. Prompt service and authentic.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We were pretty badly disappointed with Mezcal. The primary issue was the prices of everything but the main dishes. While our meals came to a pretty reasonable $65 or so for four people, but with drinks, 1 appetizer, 1 salad and an added bit of guacamole the bill mushroomed to $151. Tip $20 more to $171.

Now $171 or about $43 p-p wouldn't have been too bad for a excellent meal and drinks, but we all found the main dishes and the mixed drinks to be pretty lacking in flavor. This is Oaxacan food; we've been to Oaxaca. Food in Oaxaca is vibrant with flavor, generous with accompaniments with the main course, even colorful.

The food at Mezcal was actually pretty bland. Had I been blindfolded, I could not have even told you that my Enchiladas Suizas were Mexican food. The enchiladas did not have flavored chicken inside, instead a couple of pieces of dried, apparently baked chicken were on top of a corn torilla, all floating in a bath of salsa verde.

The salsa verde had no more flavor than a can of Herdez. In addition, the servings were what I call "nouvelle cuisine paltry". I don't ascribe to the "art" of putting a dab of food in the middle of a large plate, decorating the plate around it, and then fawning about how cute it all is.

The drinks - mojitos and margaritas - were pretty poorly made and relatively lacking in flavor.

I would advise against this restaurant -- especially in San Jose where excellent Mexican food abounds.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I went there for my b-day. I had to find a place for a group of ten and it was the one place that could sit all of us. I like the mixed drinks and the ambiance. The only thing that it was a bit distracting was the loud music...

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Had heard a lot good things about this place and decided to try it. I was not disappointed! It felt so genuine, El Ambiente se siente, the food was amazing, the music was perfect, this is definitely a place I will recommend and come back to.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Mezcal was fun!
The food is always consistent and great and the Mexcalrita’s rock!
This is one of my favorite spots downtown.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We have been to Mezcal many times. It is always delicious. Service is attentive. One of our go to’s when downtown SJ

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is always great and the micheladas are a must try! Everyone is friendly and they make you feel comfortable regardless of how crowded and busy they might be.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Two thumbs way up. Fabulous mole. The waiter brought us a taste of all three flavors to help us make our selection. The only downside was we felt incredibly rushed by the waiter. We had to tell him to go away at least four times. Don't force us to order as soon as the appetizers are delivered. Great food, great margaritas.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Lovely place in San Jose, within walking distance of the performing arts center which was convenient for a dinner date before a performance. Casual place but good food, not absolutely amazing but also not expensive. Would come back again.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food quality and taste is not as good as I remember it.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The worst aervice and the food is not authentic. We ordered Shot of mezcal and a beer and waited more than 10 minutes for it while eating dinner and I asked them to cancel and and paid my bill and left the place.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

We had a work team dinner there and it was a lot of fun and everyone had a good time. Lots of good options for meat eaters and vegetarians. It was a bit noisy due to another party, but good overall. Staff was super nice and helpful.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Authentic Mexican food and Mezcalritas. Our food - Avocado Prawns Salad and Sea Bass plate, were tasty and arrived timely. The service was attentive and prompt. Prices were very reasonable.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

It was so good that we went back the next day - definitely try the fish,

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Mezcal is close to our offices and it's often a first choice location for get-togethers and celebrations. On this last occasion, we were taking time to meet for the end of the year and saying goodbye to two valued colleagues who are retiring. We were a part of 11, large but not overly so.

I love that Mexcal uses an online reservation system. It makes things so much easier and it was a breeze to use. We have one more person attend but it wasn't really a problem (more on that later).

Some in our party ordered appetizers, which came out pretty quickly and seemed to be enjoyed by all who had them. The food overall was tasty and there were even options for the vegetarian and vegan members of our party. I ordered the salmon salad which had a wonderful taste and it was good, except that it made me sick. Within the hour of returning to my office, I was regretting my choice. Not sure if it was the salmon or the spinach, either way, I would skip it next time.

The reason I gave this experience an overall two stars was not because the food made me sick. I gave it two stars overall because of our server. Throughout our lunch, he was for lack of a better word, surely. He just made us feel like we were an imposition anytime we asked for anything i.e. forks, questions about the menu, etc. It was also hard to get his attention when we needed him, and his service was slow. I would have just put it down to an off day for him, but some in our party had been to Mezcal the week before and had the same experience with him.

It could be he needs to have some more customer service training that works on his soft skills.

So go for the great ambiance, stay away from the salmon salad, and if your server seems to act like you are beneath him, don't worry it's not you.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Great quality ingredients in their meals. Perhaps they could up their game with their drinks. Better ingredients in those

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

It was just....ok. I thought it would be better food. The service however was quite good.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

The margarita pitchers are dangerously good. We had a group of 8 and went through 4 large pitchers.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

The only thing was the waiter was 👎 not good in serving service to slow and he blame the kitchen but even wen I ask for a napkin he took to long I need to get up and pick up mmy selfh the napkin no good service
Good good.

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1.0Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was bland and the service was very rude. Chips were stale. They did not refill water or clear all the plates

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Sadly it was quite disappointing. The atmosphere is so lively and nice, the service was great, but the food was really rather terrible. I ordered the ceviche and I'm not really sure what was in it, but it seemed like it was canned fish because it was kind of ground up. Not at all like what I'm used to when ordering device. The chips are kind of stale/overly crunchy. My partner's food was a little better but lukewarm. The drinks weren't very good either, I tried both a Margarita and the Sangria. Bummed.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was very tasty, and we love mole - we will be back soon!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The Mole' was amazing. The prices were great for the quality of the food. Enjoyed having the guacamole made tableside and tailored to our taste needs. I look forward to returning again an again.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Business meeting dinner. 8 of us. In and out, no fuss, no nonsense. Great food and good drinks. Attentive service. Walking distance from much of the convention and hotel spaces downtown. Recommended.

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2.0Dined on October 20, 2017

This was the first time I had attended this restaurant, hoping to give my sister a great dinner and drinks experience for her birthday.
When I confirmed reservation over phone (for 10 people) I was told that the table's tab would be combined in to one with over eight people.
In addition to being disappointed with the drink quality (The Perfect Margarita) we were all disappointed with the customer service.
At the close of our tab, I requested to separate the bills (3ways) since only seven of us had shown up but was told by server he could not do that. I told him of the conversation I had in making the reservation and he (reluctantly) said he would accommodate. He then came back with only 2 tabs, I reminded him we needed 3. He not so politely said "so I have to combine them again?" I said yes, please. He quickly walked off looking very displeased.
I do not have servers name but this dinner reservation was Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:15pm.
Based on the service we received, I would not recommend or attend this restaurant again.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

I’ve been here for lunch before - this was the first dinner - great for a small group - we had seven in our party, business colleagues, most from the Mid West. They loved it!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything about my experience was wonderful. From the server being attentive and genuine, yet not overbearing. The food was made to the point it was home cooking, from the table side guacamole to the homemade corn tortillas. My friend and I enjoyed every bit of it! I will definitely be back and will tell everyone I know. What a gem!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Been here a few times now and really enjoy the food, service and location. Always a great dining night out.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Food and service was great. Went when it was quiet, early lunch. Enjoyed the food, and the great customer service. Friendly atmosphere, good location.

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