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Mezcal

4.4
4.4
622 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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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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Menu

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What 622 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Healthy

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Special Occasion

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. m

    mrlukens

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The waiter was not able to communicate clearly what they had in the bar or what the contents of menu dishes were, so we had to guess what to order and hope for the best. The best was not what we got. The cadillac margaritas were served in glasses bathed in sticky spills so that they were unpleasant to pick up. The chicken flautas drizzled with crema were bland -- bland not by Mexican cuisine standards, but by chicken-breast standards -- no flavor at all. Enchilada coloradita was good. Tiny portion of slaw. On one occasion when my husband tried to catch the waiter's eye, he said, "He saw me then just looked away -- I guess he's not ready for me yet." Service was so draggy that we had to anticipate what we would want next and ask for it quick (dessert, the check) in order not to wait an unpleasantly long time for service. Will someone please train the waitstaff how to interact with customers? We won't be back.

  2. ET

    EdgarT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    rice is nasty and mole is not tjat good.. expensive for fud quality

  3. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    They unfortunately are short handed as so many places are, so that colored the experience

  4. TR

    TerryR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Good was good. Beautiful setting. Took awhile to get our food and bill.

  5. AH

    AlexandraH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Delicious food, all diners 7yrs and up enjoyed the food and cleaned their plates. Service was good once our large group of 10 got seated. All together, a good experience, great outside seating area and food.

  6. AM

    AndyM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Unique food options and many new items on the menu

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Food was amazing and service was great. The margaritas were also amazing. We would have ordered a pitcher if we had more time before our show.

  8. FD

    FriendsDining

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Calamari was excellent. The coating is more like a rub than breaded and fried. Meals and service were also great.

  9. BB

    BrendaB

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Absolutely wonderful food!! So authentic!! We sat out in the patio, which was kind of loud, since the patio is shared with a bar. But a highly recommend!! I would just prefer to sit inside next time.

  10. RG

    RG2014

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The owner, Adolpho, grows a great restaurant with an exceptional menu and staff!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Very poor service! They tried to make it up but it was a complete disaster when it came to up keep with the table cleaning and food was extremely delayed.. reason given had another large party. They did give us free desert but they won’t change our experience

  12. SB

    SabB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The cocktails and food are all outstanding! Will be eating here again (and again!)

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Meh. Maybe a margarita woulda helped but the food was unremarkable.

  14. SC

    StaceyC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience. Food and service were great. First time for us! Love the location - pre-theater!

  15. AR

    ArunR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2

    Extremely over priced. Tasteless food. The ambiance was very so so. Overall it wasn’t great experience.

  16. KG

    KarenG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    The food was awful.. I had the Chicken Tortilla soup which was thick like salsa with chunks of chicken. I was disappointed. My salad was okay but my client's chicken enchilada was white rice and a leg of chicken on a deconstriucted tortilla. Visually unappealing and the taste was below expectations. I will not go back. The server was unpersonable and robot like- no freindly chatter at all.

  17. SM

    SaurabhM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing cocktails and food. Good positive vibes. It was a little crowded for Valentine's day so the service was a little slow but they make up with good food and ambiance.

  18. AR

    AlmaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter, food and ambiance was excellent! Best service and enjoyable experience! We will return again.

  19. j

    janetj

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding guacamole and chicken mole. Authentic and delicious Oaxacan cuisine with attentive and efficient service.

  20. NA

    NAJMAB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Good ambience and service with highly uninspired food with just a hint of flavor.

  21. N

    Nancy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    A really nice restaurant, with an interesting menu. Nice because it's different than typical Mexican restaurant. Ambiance very pleasing.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great waiter etc.

  23. KP

    KimP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a nice surprise! The restaurant is spacious and beautiful and the outside dining is very nice. We were seated and give a nice pitcher of water. Our server came promptly and helped us pick out drinks! Did not disappoint. And from the delicious chips and salsa on our meals were great.

  24. RB

    RoseB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service, and ambiance! Outdoor patio is very classy and comfortable. Server offered to turn on the heater but it was a nice day so we kept it turned off. They have a few vegan options too

  25. K

    Kirsten

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always one of our favorite spots to dine at. Food and drinks are always delicious and our waiter, Francisco, was very helpful

  26. BM

    BobM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always have a great experience, especially for company parties!!! *****

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always!

  28. MM

    MiguelM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the food is good, the drink is excellent with its touch of mezcal and family atmosphere.

  29. JS

    JenniferS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really great service and delicious food — went for brunch, then came back later for drinks and dessert!

  30. MP

    MPH9

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Excellent service from Francisco, extremely. well-paced, everything on time and well-prepared. Food was delicious!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was very good as was the service. I would come back it order other dishes and drinks.

  32. S

    Sandbar

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great black mole and Sopa de tortillas. We'll be back. Very nice wait staff.

  33. GP

    GreatPlace

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Made a reservation for a date night first time coming here first issue, the host was on the phone which is not that big of an issue, but not even acknowledging the fact that we walked in, not even a look our way just ignoring us kind of started off things on the wrong foot. Our waiter Francisco was very nice and attentive. The menu left a bit to be desired. We stated with the octopus appetizer which was on point. I had the rib eye which was good and my wife had Tlayuda which was large enough for 2 people to share but didn't really have an thing special it was bland and not very tasty. We ended up taking it to go and eating the rib eye. For dessert we wanted the tres leeches cake but was not available. So we when with the platanos which we good but nothing special. This is a place to go get a drink and an appetizer I wouldn't really recomend for a date night.

  34. SJ

    SandiJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We truly enjoyed the ambiance which is very inviting and intriguing. The food was amazing.

  35. LL

    LauraL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing ambiance and fabulous food - what more could you want? We'll be back!

  36. RN

    RebeccaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took a group of 6 to celebrate a birthday. Sat on the patio… a must! Server was awesome and food was delicious. Try the Mi Mama cocktail! Will definitely be back soon.

  37. DC

    DianaC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    my favorite dish is the tlayuda, but the size of the protein for such dish has reduced more than 50% so less food for my money.

  38. SE

    SanElijonow

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great reception, quick attention from server, explained menu and answered questions-got our drinks and appetizer really quick! Great food that’s fresh and authentic-ample servings.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came before the Harry styles concert. The staff was incredibly friendly and the food was great.

  40. SE

    SanElijonow

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Attentive service, took drink order and brought drinks fast. Great food! Actually, some of the best guacamole ever! Excellent margaritas and authentic food. Cool ambiente. Will visit again to try more dishes.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 4.4 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 7 times today
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

  • 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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