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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (6)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Spicy (4)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Romantic (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 12, 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 26, 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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·Dined on October 21, 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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·Dined on October 20, 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 14, 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 7, 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 18, 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 17, 2017

Mother in laws meeting for the first time

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 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 13, 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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·Dined on July 30, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 21, 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 21, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Enjoyed the authentic Mexican food and classy ambiance, will definitely come back❣️

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Drinks were great!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Enjoyed the whole experience! The location was great and so was the food. I could tell this was a local spot! A lot of families and big groups were here! I would definitely go back. Very convenient and quick! Just what we were looking for!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good food. Good ambiance. Table side guacamole was very yummy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food wasn't that good. The drinks were terrible. Service was slow. Never going back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This is our favorite SJ restaurant and was my son's first choice for prom. They were so wonderful to the kids...going above and beyond. We love this restaurant and the staff.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great authentic Oaxacan style Mexican dishes. Great guacamole made right at your table with fresh ingredients. Excellent staff with great suggestions for combinations of dishes. Fast service and very attentive staff

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We had the grilled salmon and grilled seabass, and they were good. Service was prompt and friendly. The wine prices are reasonable.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Healthy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Good solid food in a very festive and aesthetically pleasing environment. Offers some nice outdoor seating options. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and responsive. When we have a hankering for Mexican food, this is a Go2 spot.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Fun, Tapas, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was decent but not great. My expectations were a bit higher due to the price. The mezcal mixed drinks were very good. The food was good, but nothing I ate really stood out. There are other local Oaxacan restaurants in the SJ area that are more mom and pop style with tastier if not similar food for half the price. But that's the problem with up-scale Mexican restaurants; everything has to be exceptional because you can find something very similar for cheaper elsewhere. Overall, if price isn't a deal-breaker its a good date place or an introductory to Oaxacan Mexican cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

From the moment we sat down it was as if the wait staff was trying to rush us out, not a moment to enjoy the surroundings, food & environment. It's wasn't so busy, the waiter was just on level 10 rushing around, trying to get us to order asap, then forgetting chips & salsa. As we where eating one of the waiters reached across the table & grabbed a plate of food we where still eating from & we had to ask for it back. This was my second time there & I wouldn't recommend it or go back, as portions where also small and I don't feel as I got bang for my buck. The decor is great, which is why we went for my daughter's birthday.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

The margaritas were some of the best I've ever had!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

We recently went to Mezcal's for an early dinner. The service was great and all of the dishes on the menu looked so tempting it was hard to choose. This is not your typical Mexica food restaurant . The cook is from Oxteca and the food is uniquely different. I had the chicken with black mole sauce. I wanted to lick the plate! I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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