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About Mezcal

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.

25 W San Fernando St
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Regional Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican

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

Cross Street:
Between 1st Street and Market Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 283-9595

Website:
http://mezcalrestaurantsj.com/

Executive Chef:
Doña Libo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Mezcal Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (13)
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Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Cozy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Romantic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

pretty underwhelmed with the service.
also their guacamole sucks.
overall though, I thought the food was decent. It was fun to try the crickets again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Mother in laws meeting for the first time

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is our family favorite in downtown San Jose. We come for family get together dinners, post game eats, my son and his friends went before prom...always with incredible food and service. We love it!

Tags: Spicy, Live Sports
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Some friends and I went here for an early dinner before a show, and we were very disappointed.

The atmosphere: We were seated directly in front of a set of VERY loud speakers where a DJ was playing obnoxious EDM music. If it was 9pm, I could see it but this was 5:30pm. We asked to be re-seated and requested the music be turned down but were told it was not possible by 3 different staff members. (I'm pretty sure all speakers have volume control).

The food: I am generally easy to please when it comes to Mexican food, but this was probably the worst I've had. I ordered a salad and the tortilla soup. The salad was pretty gross -- the lettuce was wilted and it had way too much dressing. The soup was very bland, pretty much tasted like someone just opened a can and threw a few tortilla chips on top.

The service: It felt like our waiter was intentionally trying to ignore us. After taking forever to bring out our drinks we were left several times with empty chips, salsa and drinks and found it nearly impossible to flag him down.

Overall it felt like no one at the restaurant cared about delivering a good customer experience. I will definitely not be coming back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great tasting drinks. The decor of the restaurant is beautiful. Overall great place to have a date or just night out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 23, 2017

My 28 year old son and I ate here before seeing a play. Service was terrible, food was mediocre. The chicken mole was a tiny chicken breast swimming in sauce, that's it! The chili rellenos were stuffed with a meat concoction, which was flavorful, but garnished with a couple tablespoons of white rice, a couple tablespoons of guacamole, and a radish rose. Nobody ever came by to offer water, or any other drink, and I had to go up to the register, finally, to get a tab, because the surly waiter never even looked our way. The bartender was the only one who ever helped us. Wouldn't go again if they paid me!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food with a lot of mole choices. Excellent margaritas and I recommend the guacamole. Very cute covered patio. Both times I've dined, my food has come out a little cold. Not sure it that is intentional.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Fantastic good. The Mole's were amazing.
Table side guac was delicious...it's a shame that it was prepared behind my back and not really tableside.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food was decent but not particularly distinctive. Service was a bit off; the server didn't notice when he came by to ask how was everything that one diner hadn't been served. We didn't get a drinks list and so didn't even know about the mescal's on offer; kind of funny for a place with this name.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Had reservations for six and changed it to eight at the last minute and they accommodated us. We went just before seeing a musical at the Center for performing arts. They worked really hard to get her food to us on time even though they were very busy.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Dined with my 7 co-workers tonight and we left full and happy. We started with drinks and guacamole table side, which has set my standards so high now for fresh guacamole. Just watching it being made in the molcajete brought a smile to my face that didn't leave for the rest of the evening. For my first time here, I ordered the tlayuda while mostly everyone else ordered a dish with mole. We finished with dessert - hot chocolate, flan, platanos, and chocolate cake. From the empty plates, you could say we all enjoyed our meals. The service was prompt and staff is super friendly - just a good vibe at this place. I look forward to coming back and trying the estofado.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Server was knowledgeable and staff is on point. Great job

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Visited for Sara's 20th Birthday! Don David J had the tacos al pastor - perfect; Doña Mishy stuck with her usual sea bass - the bacon is a great touch; Birthday Girl Sara enjoyed chicken enchiladas - she loved them and could not get enough rice.

Adolfo and his family are the best!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Aniversary

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Great food. Great drinks. Great people.
Will come back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Everything was OK, just not great. It's an OK place to go.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Food was not very good. Our waiter was not friendly and he did not provide good service

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