25 W San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113
OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Mezcal is located at the heart of San Jose's spiritual, financial, and cultural center. Enter the main dining room and feel the warm hospitality of this family owned and operated dining experience.
“What a great find in San Jose!
Really great tasting, authentic regional Mexican. I ate at the bar, and thought the service was fun and friendly.”
-Patrick, Google Local Guide
“I had one of the best mojitos of my life here!”
– Sierra, Google Local Guide
“Great food and awesome service.
Their guacamole is to die for!!!”
-Bobby, Yelp Review
“Amazing Oaxacan food steals the show at this innovative Mexican spot in Downtown San Jose.”
Meet Doña Libo
Doña Libo takes pleasure in introducing people to the delights of Oaxacan food with its wide range of flavors and spices. She has been cooking Oaxacan food all of her life, learning from her mother and grandmother back home in Oaxaca. Doña Libo had a catering business in Oaxaca before coming to San Jose to help the family open the restaurant. The restaurant’s dishes are derived from her recipes and along with her son, Mezcal Chef Octavio Gomez, they ensure each plate meets their high standards before leaving the kitchen. She works diligently with Octavio to successfully pass along the secrets of her magnificent cuisine.
Pictured left to right: Adolfo Gomez, Doña Libo (Mom), Octavio Gomez
More about our location and our Mole (Sauce but in this case of double entendre - Mojo)
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, set 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 Oaxacan culture and all things Mexico. 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.
The Gomez Family
Mezcal Chef Octavio Gomez moved to San Jose from Oaxaca just over 10 years ago. While growing up in Oaxaca he always helped his mother and sisters in the kitchen. Cooking became his passion, but little did he know he’d be recreating his mother’s and grandmother’s traditional Oaxacan dishes in the family’s San Jose restaurant. From Southern Mexico to Northern California, nothing has changed. In Mezcal’s kitchen you will find Octavio working alongside his mother who joined him from Oaxaca to help ensure all the spices, flavors and family recipes remain exactly the way they’ve been for generations. From the beautifully plated food to the unique flavors served in each dish, Octavio takes great pride in learning from the best, his mother, and making his home-style cuisine for customers who are ready for a true Oaxacan experience.