Mezcal

4.4
404 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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DK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive waiters. Guacamole made table-side is fantastic! We had theater tickets and they were very attentive in getting our dinner quickly and getting us on our way. Seating on the patio is very nice and much quieter than inside the restaurant.

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife end me really love Mezcal Restaurant
The food is amazing and the service wow

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the mole, tableside quacamole and Oaxacan coffee.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was wonderfully surprised with the level of service and great food I strongly recommend the Mezcalrita.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Warm welcome, quick service, nice waiters, interesting and authentic. Fabulous guacamole made table side , vodka tonic with generous vodka.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Unusual Mexican faire. Much different than traditional Mexican resturants.

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YB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to drink blended Margarita.

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AN
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I absolutely loved it here - the food was amazing and service was great! Luckily it wasn't too loud because my only complaint was that I had a party of 11 and our seats were very far away, so the table was split into three different conversations for all of dinner instead of one large one. Nonetheless, excellent dinner and I'll definitely be back!

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DD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mezcal is one of my downtown SJ go-to places. I especially like the enmoladas and sea bass, and, of course, the mezcalrita

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HN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday.
When we needed something, we had to keep looking for our server. We would ask the busboy to find him. I don’t think he ever came to our table to ask if we needed anything.
Food was good. Nice decor.

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T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there. Waiter was super helpful, brought us different sauces to taste before ordering. Food was different, but really yummy. Restaurant was adorable. We will return.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and authenticity was spot on with relatively reasonable pricing. The staff really seemed to feel that they cared about the customer.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Expensive for what you got and the tacos weren’t the greatest...

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MF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent overall meal and experience !! Make sure to have a reservation as the restaurant is very busy and fills up quickly!! From date night to Oaxacan styled Mexican food trip with friends!!! Enjoy it!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very pleasant!

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k
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to go have a Mexican meal. The guacamole is outstanding, made tableside. We went for national margarita day and they had $8 margaritas which were delicious!

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DM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem of a unique restaurant. Not your every day Mexican fare, for sure. I'll be back!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Monthly foody-gang gathering to find something new

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great ,service was great but a little over priced for the size of the dishes (food amount). Overall the place is great.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere, love the food and service is always good

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D
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

FOOD WAS NOT YOUR NORMAL RUN OF THE MILL MEXICAN. LOTS OF NEW ITEMS WE HAVEN'T SEEN OR TASTED ON A MENU BEFORE. STAFF WAS VERY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY.

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JN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner. We had some great Mezcal Margaritas. For an appetizer we had their chapulines (fried crickets) they were surprisingly good. Their mole dishes are delicious

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OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good wait staff. Tough sitting next to hostess station looking right over our table. Guacamole was excellent.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Not recommended. Food was well below mediocre. Surely it is possible to make better Mexican food in San Jose?

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TJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was very mediocre seriously lacking flavor.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Easy walk to downtown events from the restaurant. Good food, casual ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not my first time at this restaurant and I will return however when we arrived for our reservation it had been given to someone else who claimed to be me. That seemed odd considering my name is not common but we were given a table quickly outdoors vs indoors.

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty regional cuisine and yummy margaritas, never disappoints.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Customer Service. Different cuisine.
Server was really nice and prompt!

Great evening!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Perfect Margarita was great and highly recommend the tortilla soup!

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic Mexican food... there is no other place in San José like it!!!

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the decor and I definetly recommend the enchiladas suizas.

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GN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is great, but limited menu. Cozy atmosphere, good drinks.

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GF
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the salmon that was outstanding! Perfectly cooked with a nice array of vegetables and pickled onions. I was disappointed in the small size of the rice pudding considering the price but the the plantains made up for it.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always constantly good and open on Sundays and Mondays.

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GH
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going to Mezcal since the restaurant opened. Never had a bad service and food is always good!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and customer service with a great vibe

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Just an awful experience. We came here because it was close proximity for an event we were at. We were seated quickly and served chips. Service was intermittent, at best. After we ordered, we waited approximately 45 minutes for our food. They served us the incorrect food, which we didn't even know about because the food all looked the same for the enchiladas. I also have a peanut allergy, and despite me telling the waiter this before ordering, I had a reaction. Luckily I ate with caution.

Then, we were forced to tip 20% despite getting terrible service. This place was an F-minus.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous presentation, atmosphere, decor and service.

More specifically- the table side guacamole (w/everything) is quite good! They say you know it's great establishment if the chips are superb- well they are. The salsa is nice and spicy too.

The closer is the Mole. To die for... Definitely up for a near future revisit.

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r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mezcal has become a favourite restaurant for us! The menu offers a wonderful selection of Oaxacan dishes and there are vegetarian and/or vegan options available. Delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, and it's a very comfortable place. Love it!

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