Mezcal

4.4
347 reviews
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$30 and under
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Regional Mexican
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 347 People Are Saying
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PV
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mole is the reason to go here. It's great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente ambiente, buen trato muy recomendable para un celebración, una cena romántica.

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh, authentic, wonderful food.
Awesome atmosphere.

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ST
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service and atmosphere were very good. Just didn’t care for the food flavor. Kind of bland. Everything was mole style, we prefer regular style enchiladas. Chicken was dry.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Grasshoppers were not up to par. The service was very good but the food was not up to full par. I would go back to try something else.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really fun time on Saturday, my server was great, the food was delicious, outstanding service all around. Definitely coming back.

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OT
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant and accommodating staff and excellent food!

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and even better margaritas! Thoroughly enjoyed the table-side guacamole!

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S
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We just rolled into town after a long drive up from San Diego. Excellent margaritas! Unique take on enchiladas; very authentic oxacan. Never has such a thin piece of pork; glad for the steak knives. Was good.

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VC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great fun with family and great atmosphere for my 65th birthday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Oaxacan

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a
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The dinner selections were authentic Mexican faire. The server was attentive and gracious.

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food. Flavorful and some creative combinations.

A note: difficult for people with food allergies/sensitivities. Really only one dish for people with gluten issues, which is unusual for a Mexican restaurant.

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AE
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Table side guacamole was bland and disappointing. Dinners were good but food took a long to arrive. Waiter tried to help but could only do so much. Not likely to return.

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BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Accommodating service (kid friendly), friendly servers. great ambience

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in San Jose. Familiar entrees are assembled and plated differently than any other Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good and open for early dinner on Sundays.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We went here for a graduation and 18% was added automatically for partys over 5. Unforetunately, it seemed our server new he would get tipped and did not offer good, solicitous service. Food was good, price as expected, but it was not busy enough to explain lack of service. Will not return.

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AJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really like Mezcal. Never disappointed in the food or service. Great margaritas and love their chips and salsa.

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Yosemite
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great quirky atmosphere. Fun place to have dinner.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very bad food. Had grasshopper appetizer very small portion and not flavorful . There beef dish was very dry and not flavorful . Very dissapointed . Would not recommend .

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 24th wedding anniversary. Love Mezcal!

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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SP
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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FP
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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a
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mole is amazing!! Cleaned my plate

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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CY
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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RM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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VG
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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A
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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LD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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