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Best Mexican Restaurants in San Jose

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Mezcal

Unlike a usual Mexican restaurant, Mezcal focuses on Oaxacan cuisine, which is the cuisine of the state of Oaxaca in South Mexico. It is defined by hints of French culinary influence and the use of native seafood, vegetables and spices. This cuisine's specialties are chapulines, a unique dish made from fried grasshoppers, and the Mole sauce, which is served in three varieties at Mezcal, namely Mole Negro, Coloradito and Estofado. In its food, chef Octavio Gomez has infused the nostalgic flavors of his family recipes that date back to many generations. The ambience is charming with brown brick walls, a stairway with a balustrade covered by red and green potted plants, and sparkly lights. The Chapulines are served with tortilla chips, guacamole and garnished with salt, lime and garlic. The serving of mezcal, a Mexican distilled beverage, instead of the usual tequila also sets this restaurant apart from other Mexican eateries in the city.

25 West San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95113
Taqueria Corona

“Taquería” means a “taco shop” in Spanish. Taqueria Corona, situated in Japantown, is popular not only for its tangy tacos but also for its Mexican food in general. It provides a modest and homey ambience but its delicious food takes the cake. Guests can start their meal with soups like Posole (pork soup) and Cosido (beef and vegetable soup). The other soups have meatballs, shrimp, chicken and lamb. Savor appetizers like Tacos Dorados, Chile Colorado and Fajitas De Pollo along with a main course comprising of New York Steak A La Mexicana and Tequila Shrimp. One can also add side dishes for variety, including guacamole, sour cream, tortillas and rice with beans.

601 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95112
Zona Rosa

Established in 2012, Zona Rosa on The Alameda makes for a wonderful date spot. The quaint, charming place dons the traditional Mexican vibrancy, a theme that's well reflected in its offerings as well. Step into this beautiful, Hacienda-style dining area that is sure to transport you to a sunny Mexican village, and let the courteous service spoil you. Menu here blends authentic family recipes with modern cooking techniques and fresh, locally-sourced produce to result into scrumptious preparations like chilaquiles, camarones and callos, to name a few. To complement these gorgeous, colorful meals verily, there is selection of hand-crafted Latin cocktails and cervezas on offer, try the cucumber jalapeno mojito, it's truly inspired! If you're hankering for refreshing Mexican cuisine that doesn't involve a burrito or a taco, Zona Rosa is the place to go!

1411 The Alameda, San Jose, CA, United States, 95126
El Amigo

If the names Camarones Rancheros or Fajitas de Camaron strike a chord with you, then you should visit the El Amigo restaurant. Since 1987, it has been serving patrons an excellent Mexican feast and over the years, it has managed to charm its guests with consistency in quality and good service. The extensive menu features elaborately cooked dishes and comprises fresh salads, soups, torta varieties and your staple Mexican fare like burritos, tacos, enchiladas and so forth. One can also order margaritas, beers and other drinks along with their spicy starters; happy hour is there for five days of a week. Come Wednesday and along with an entree order, your little ones can enjoy a free meal. Its impressive service and food preparations can be extended for private events as El Amigo doubles up as a rental venue along with catering services. For details, check website.

7090 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA, United States, 95119
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