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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.
San Jose, CA 95113
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
Between 1st Street and Market Street
$30 and under
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We had a party of 13 and we were well accommodated. The ambiance was great. The food was great and moderately priced. I ordered a Paloma drink and it was meh. The only concern I had was the limited staffing. This place was quite busy for a Monday evening and only 1 server for the entire restaurant. He worked hard to take care of us but we also felt rushed to order, etc. I would go back again but with a much smaller group.
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