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“Good Food - Perhaps next time will try the Grasshoppers”

Mezcal Bistro & Bar
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Ranked #29 of 2,156 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between 1st Street and Market Street
Fremont, California
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“Good Food - Perhaps next time will try the Grasshoppers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is an excellent Oaxacan food restaurant - one of Mexico’s most celebrated and complex cuisines. The atmosphere is quite nice - nice table area, bar, and day of the dead type atmosphere.

We had found this place due to watching Bizarre Foods on Travel channel..
and although we did not try the grasshoppers which were famous from that show, we enjoyed their menu a lot. Most of their food is very good and not as exotic as grasshoppers.

We enjoyed as our appetizer memilitas - handmade corn tortillas, spread with pork cracklings, black bean puree and cheese. For the main enjoyed their tamales (wrapped in banana leaves) and their mole negro. Too full for dessert (maybe next time). Enjoyed bohemia beer and margaritas.

Service was fine.....
Nice place to go when in San Jose.
Parked in a parking garage about a street length away.

Note: For those traveling, this is very close to the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose.

  • Visited March 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Great Mexican Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Wondered into this great downtown eatery not sure what to expect. This is not your regular enchilada and tacos restaurant. What a surprise! Delicious table side guacamole and very unusual Oxacan menu items include mole! Loved every bite. Plus the service was great. Would definitely recommend this restaurant when you are in the mood for something special! Plus it's got a trendy, great vibe.

Visited February 2014
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
“Great Mexican in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

by far, the nicest Guacamole I had untill today. Not only for the fine tasty ingredients, as service and presentation coverted a simple apetizer into a delightful experience. Bravo!

  • Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Came highly recommended...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Everything was fresh. Memelitas, Molotes, Mezcalritas and Calamar.
The Calamars were the best. Perfectly cooked. Would have them again. The other items were unremarkable....

Visited February 2014
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ducka62
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“Great food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

Mezcal always has great service and great fresh food. We have been there many times and always return as well as bring new guests to try it out. The mole sauces and the cheese are the best as well as the veggie estofada enchiladas. Tri Color salad is very fresh and the chorizo is a favorite of my husbands.

Visited January 2014
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