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“atmosphere, service and great food & drinks”

Mezcal Bistro & Bar
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Ranked #31 of 2,169 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between 1st Street and Market Street
Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“atmosphere, service and great food & drinks”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

decided to try Mezcal for the 1st time while in San Jose on business. i was there early, around 5 on a Saturday night. there was a small line by the time that i left.
the staff were all friendly and proactive but not bothersome. the indoor seating is an interesting space, but i'm glad that i took the patio option, which is covered and private but spacious.
the mezcal based drinks were so good that i never tasted a margarita.
the sampler plate has 4 different Oaxaca items which were all very good and it is very large. the chips and mole are also good, as were the salsas.
i would definitely retrun.

  • Visited September 2013
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California
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59 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Oaxacan food”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you have ever been to Oaxaca and you enjoyed the moles or the frijoladas, you must try Mezcal. They have a lovely outdoor seating, the dishes are quite original and the ambiance and service is extraordinary.

  • Visited September 2013
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Chino Hills, California
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84 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Pretty Good”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

The place specializes in Oaxacan cuisine. There are lots of choices with homemade moles to accompany them. If you are looking for something other than your typical burrito and quesadilla Mexican restaurant, this is a great choice. The price point is perfect for the frugal traveler as well. The atmosphere is casual and hip; a perfect place to meet with friends and just relax with some good food.

Visited July 2013
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Eagle River, Alaska
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78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Yearning for mexican food”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We are Alaskans in San Jose for a few days. We stopped in this place for a drink last night and decided to try it for dinner because the menu looked interesting. Service and food were great, I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
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San Jose, California
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111 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Best Margarita in Town”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Mezcal is our neighborhood Mexican favorite. The margaritas are to die for and the service is spot on wonderful. You cant go wrong with anything off the menu- just ask questions for suggestions!

  • Visited May 2013
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