Price: $$ ($11-$30)
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.
Mezcal specializes in homemade moles that include, Estofado, a sweet mole made of mild tomatillos and peanuts, Coloradito, a red mole made of tomatoes and chiles de arbol, and the very popular Mole Negro that is deeply complex with a mixture of chiles, chocolate and spices. For the more adventurous, a Oaxacan menu would not be complete without Chapulines (fried grasshoppers), which are sautéed with garlic, lime and salt served as a delicious appetizer. Proprietor Adolfo Gomez is an Ambassador of Tequila and Mezcal, the lesser-known sibling of Tequila. On any given evening, join Adolfo at his bar for a Tequila or Mezcal tasting and learn something new about Mexico’s most deeply and culturally-rooted products.
Plenty of pay lot and free and metered street parking nearby.
Amenities & Services
- Outside/Patio Dining