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Mezcal, San Jose, CA

Mezcal

4.3
4.3
738 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (408) 283-9595
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Tavo Gomez (Son ) and Dona Libo ( Mom )
  • Catering
    We are a Full Catering Service Company visit us at www.mezcalrestaurantsj.com
  • Private party facilities
    We have space for Private Events 30 to 100 ppl contact us at www.mezcalrestaurantsj.com
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Cross street
    Between 1st Street and Market Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 738 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Great for brunch

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Hot spot

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Lively

738 Reviews
  1. RachelB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space inside and out, delicious food and drinks, and super nice servers. Great for any occasion.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and guacamole were great! I loved the ambience too. Food was not so great…

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  3. DinerFromCA

    Sacramento

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was wonderful, service was friendly but slow.

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  4. rafaelG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Enmoladas are delicious! The guacamole was a little bland, could have used some tomato’s and onion but overall a great experience

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  5. Miri

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were there for our anniversary. We always order the tricolor salad and have enjoyed it each time. However last night the dressing was very little on the salad. The most important thing was the dressing had no flavor. We don’t know what was on the salad. Very disappointing.

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  6. ramon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat at the bar, great service!

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  7. Bhavesh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I was hoping for a Valentine special but it was just a very regular experience with limited food options.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The enmoladas coloradas with chicken and a side of black beans are off the hook delicious. I had the Paloma, one turned to four… strongly recommend Mezcal.. the food is delicious, the service perfection, ambience on point!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food tasted bland, this is not authentic oaxacan style food. All the ingredients are of the lowest quality and I would not recommend this restaurant. I’m embarrassed that this restaurant is trying to represent the rich cuisine that is oaxacan food.

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  10. TracyW

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Mezcal is A good downtown restaurant Recommend it.

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  11. IsaacB

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always great, as usual. The service was attentive. However, management needs to work on making the dining room warmer, and not so drafty. We had to move a table because of the draft, and the mew table was drafty, and cold as well. Installing an overhead warm draft stopper above the main door, and above the patio door, would solve the issue!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    it used to be better, maybe we had an off night. guacamole was ok, entrees were nothing special.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good ambiance. Good service Food was not as expected. They don't have dishes like burritos and fajitas. Means you kind of have to go towards enchiladas. But the enchiladas aren't normal, the tortilla is below everything and sauce is ontop. One Enchilada dish was inedible for my 14 year old who isn't a picky eater normally, but they graciously gave him another dish. The chips were good and the sauce it came with was ok. The guacamole (mild) had no taste, I mixed in sone salsa to make it taste something. Desserts were blah, probably the churro was better than the lava cake and plantains.

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  14. Bobroyer

    Sacramento

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh and delicious food. Attention to detail and great flavors. We will go back every time we are nearby.

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  15. JudgeDora

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were not watered down, guacamole was fresh and flavorful, chips were warm and crispy. Waiter was very attentive. I had the enchiladas suizas with added chicken and could not finish my meal. Generous portions! We were headed to Christmas in the Park so the location was great too. All in all a memorable dining experience for my friends and I.

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  16. James

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very authentic and delicious. And the staff was super friendly.

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  17. LorenaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiter Luis was very rude. He didn’t explained to us what type of Mexican food we were going to eat. Very different from what you eat in other Mexican restaurants.

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  18. KhadijaW

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful neighborhood gem! I love it that we can walk a few blocks from our home to be there. There was a private party in the front of the restaurant so it took a while for someone to acknowledge we were waiting to be seated. Once seated things took off in the right direction. Luis our waiter was very attentive and helpful.

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  19. DavidH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was pretty tasteless including the guacamole (Costco is far better if you can believe it). The frozen taquitos from Safeway had more taste than the flautas that we ordered. My Argentinian in-laws were not happy that I picked this place.

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  20. BigG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mezcal is our go to place for dinner before the Improve Comedy club, Christmas in the park, Music in the park and visiting the vast museums in down town San Jose. The food is exceptional. The drinks / cocktails are always on point. The staff is very attentive and provides you with excellent service. I've never had a bad experience here and would recommend all t try.

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  21. CatA

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy to have discovered this restaurant. Food and service are always good

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  22. CassieP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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  23. Ljacesapair

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service. Enchiladas with mole left alot to be desired

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  24. Bartender831

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Drinks were not. Service was ok.. Ambiance was meh.

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  25. CaraR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very good experience. Visited before a play at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. Very close by.

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  26. JacquelineS

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was disappointed that there were no hard copy menus, was QR scan only. This wasn't easy for my elderly aunt to navigate.

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  27. Miri

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We usually go to Mezcal after seeing a play. On Saturday we had the guacamole which was not its best. We ask for mild but it didn’t have anything. Or even enough salt. Usually it has diced tomatoes, some fine diced chile and diced onion I ordered the tamal in banana leaf with mole. I asked that it be brought out as my entree. It wasn’t so I waited till my husband’s entree. The tamal was mushy masa had no flavor. I don’t know where the chicken was. My grandmother made so much better tamales in banana leaves. First time we were disappointed after so many years of going there.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter kept forgetting things, throwing things on the table, my friend tried speaking Spanish to him but he completely ignored him. I will not go back.

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  29. MaiN

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a good dinner , we tried out the Moles dish both in Black & Red version with chicken!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muy buena la comida y ambiente 👌👌👌👌la comida a tiempo

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  31. MarleeS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely delicious food. Incredible service, gotta try that chicken tortilla soup it’s out of this world .

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  32. SuzanneL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere! The Perfect Margarita is GREAT!

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  33. VishuL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant near Broadway San Jose. Enjoyed the quality of food. Service was slow due to large number of patrons. Recommend freshly prepared Guacamole bowl.

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  34. delishhhh

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food

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  35. MarthinusV

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved this restaurant! Food was so delicious. Ambiance was perfect - great spot - and the service super efficient and friendly. We will definitely visit again!

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  36. GabeOnTheGo

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute Mexican restaurant. Good guacamole, salad and another appetizer that has handmade corn tortillas with beans and cheese on top, that was good too. The spicy margarita wasn't great but the service was! I would go back.

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  37. Outandabout

    San Francisco

    468 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    468 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice casual atmosphere, but food was a bit bland. It was a Saturday evening, but the bartender was rather inexperienced. He put a lime in my Rye and water. They also cautioned us that the prices on the menu were outdated.

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  38. Art1

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place, good food. Our server was overloaded with too many tables.

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  39. Uresh

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing. The service was mediocre and the food was too. I ordered the Tlayuda, and it was overdone and dry. The tortilla was cooked way too crisply, and the filling inside was like a bean and cheese paste without much flavor. I told the waiter about it, but he didn’t seem to care. My wife’s enchilada was a little better but nothing to write home about

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  40. Lulu

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love it here! Great atmosphere, great food and the wait staff is always friendly and very attentive!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mezcal using the Order Online button. Mezcal also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 283-9595.

Mezcal is rated 4.3 stars by 738 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mezcal

25 W San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 1st Street and Market Street
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tavo Gomez (Son ) and Dona Libo ( Mom )
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (408) 283-9595
  • Catering
    We are a Full Catering Service Company visit us at www.mezcalrestaurantsj.com
  • Private party facilities
    We have space for Private Events 30 to 100 ppl contact us at www.mezcalrestaurantsj.com
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