Mezcal

4.6
560 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 560 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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MarisolO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our server was nice but their food is horrible except for the tacos. The beef on our enchiladas were like beef jerky. The seats are not comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved dining at this restaurant because the food is very authentic, and the decor and vibe make you feel like you are in Mexico. The mole is outstanding! Great for a large get-together or date night

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Will definitely come back.

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mohammadQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We got the Red Moles, it was good (nothing to write a poem about).
The drinks were really good.
The service was slow, it took 10-15 minutes till someone talked to us after we got seated.
The outdoors seating area is nice.

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StephanieL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their mole is fantastic, bar service is great. Fun lively atmosphere, a downtown gem! So glad to have a place with Oaxacan food in my town.

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LindaT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Really nice place except most of our dishes weren't very good. We had both moles and they were mediocre. The Ttayuda was sent back because the fat tasted off. The asada was like leather. The shrimp and octopus appetizers were very good. The homemade pecan ice cream was more like ice milk and very icy. Beautiful decor. $400 for 4 people: 3 apps, 4 mains, 2 desserts, 3 rounds cocktails, 22% tip (and the 3% they add on automatically.

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YolandaMdo
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, and Lovely service/atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We loved the venue and the food and service were good. Our only issue was the noise level from the sports bar. It was deafening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Daniel was excellent

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Hmo25
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best tlayuda you'll find in Northern California. Real and authentic Oaxacan food!

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vipTheFoodieInMe
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yummy Guac and chips, margaritas, shrimp tacos and service. One of the good mexican food joints in the downtown area.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un ambiente muy agradable y excelente servicio.

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adelial
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Jose, authentic Oaxacan food.
Service and food always good. They are following CDC guidelines that made us enjoy our experience.

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NatashaP
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents here for Mother’s Day during lunch.
Service was excellent ~ they were so friendly & they even gave my mom a rose & chocolate.

Food was delicious too. It was busy, but I say the time it took for the food was reasonable. Indoor ambiance & decor is lovely.

Highly recommend everyone to dine here! Definitely my current fav place to have lunch in downtown San Jose.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely lovely the servers were amazing and the food was really good! I would certainly come back again!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Asked for a Spicy jalapeño Mezcalita and they said that they couldn’t do it because “it’s mezcal” which if they were purist they wouldn’t have their other Mezcal cocktail concoctions. Said only the Margarita could be spicy which is probably because that’s pre made. It really didn’t make sense. I’d probably forgive this is the food was good, but it wasn’t. Calamari was dry, shrimp wasn’t well cooked, and chips were stale. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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RanT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The service was poor. The waiter was very unfriendly and seemed to be bothered by any requests we made for drinks, water or questions about the menu. He definitely should not be in this line of work or representing the restaurant showing such hatred for customers.

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Gabrielle
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Went with a group of nine, our waitress also doubled as bartender so she would just disappear on us. I understand the food industry is recovery and maybe short staffed but at the time I believe there were only two others in the entire place. Unfortunately, we went for a birthday celebration and it ended in a sour note.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Horrible service and poor tasting bland food

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vipJennFaria
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met up with a couple of girlfriends that I haven’t seen for over a year (thanks Covid). I picked Mezcal because of location and reviews. The service was awesome, the wait staff were very attentive and friendly. We ordered the calamari appetizer, it was okay, the flavor was good, just a little rubbery. I ordered the steak tacos- very yummy, my girlfriends had the chicken flautas, and the Enmoladas w/ chicken, they both cleaned their plates. I would definitely recommend, and it looks like a good spot for small groups, Mezcal has a very large enclosed outdoor area.

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vipNikki
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, good service, great experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food - great drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, I strongly recommend the restaurant. The food was tasty and importantly not bean heavy. This gave it a light airy feel. I wish they had a hotter sauce than their hottest one. Great desserts. The wait staff super friendly and served with a smile that made the food taste even better!

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vipJacqueline
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive servers!

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LauraO
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Restaurant atmosphere and decore was great. Food was so so. Good cocktails

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EugenieR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mezcal is a treasure in downtown San Jose. Wonderful food at reasonable prices and a fun place to go for any event!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfection. Quick service. Delicious food especially their mole dishes, nice and attentive servers and friendly ambiance. Its really a 5/5 place

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

It was okay. The food was not worth the price, it had no taste and barely any meat. The guacamole was delicious but other than that I would not recommend.

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ElizabethL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional

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NatashaP
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with a friend to catch up. Great ambiance & food!!!

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SanSa
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Covid Safe. Good Food and great cocktails.

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HappyFoodie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here, such welcoming service from all staff!

I saw that they had a back patio, which our waiter said it’s probably going to be cold due to their heaters not working. So being inside their lovely restaurant was just as great!

Food:
Delicious

Perfect for date night or any occasion

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant dinning experience! Highly recommend the Oaxacan Mule.

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VivianS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was really hoping to like this place and yet I didn't. I wouldn't go back. The guacamole was completely under-seasoned. The mole came with 2 tortillas (4 would have been nice) and a tiny mound of rice with a small piece of chicken. Nothing wowed us. When we asked the waiter for suggestions he was not helpful at all. Steered us towards soup after we asked about other dishes. We were there for dinner, not lunch. We sent the first dish back. It was a joke that there was one skinny piece of meat and two big pieces of chard flour tortillas with I don't know what inside, it wasn't good. We ordered a salad thinking that couldn't go wrong but it was drenched in dressing. In my notes for the reservation, I noted it was a birthday and there was no acknowledgment. At the end of the meal, we were just ready to leave. The menu needs help!! I don't understand the high rating. I'm a huge foodie and this was a huge disappointment!

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Joselin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious I drive an hour and a half just to eat here! Closest thing to the food from the motherland

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Guac and margs were good but overall the food wasn’t great for the high prices.

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JessicaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was good. The pulpo salad was spicy!!

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vipNikki
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is great. My bf left his eyeglasses on our way out and one of the servers ran towards us and hans it to my bf

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FranciscoE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual very nice servers and really delicious food the heaters are amazing and keep you warm during the outdoor dinning kids loved it one of our favorite places to dine

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 4.6 stars by 560 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.