Denver >Food & Dining > Mezcal
3230 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020639.740023 -104.948759
Monday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Congress Park
Please avoid, especially for a special event. – I had a bunch of friends meet me at Mezcal for my birthday. HUGE mistake!! We had the rudest server I have ever encountered in my life. She scoffed at our drink requests. Along with rolling her eyes at us several times throughout the meal. The margaritas were ok. The food seemed similar to a frozen Mexican dinner. Please save yourself the bad experience and go to King Soopers and buy a frozen dinner. Chances are you'll be treated better by the cashiers in the store than any employee at Mezcal.
Best queso dip, salsa & strawberry mojitos! EDITED 7/29/08 - Please read! – A buddy of mine just took us out to this place and it was perfect for a relaxing Sunday evening. The drink list (the tequila selection) was impressive. I however had to get a strawberry mojito (being a big mojito fan and never having a strawberry one before) it was delicious! The chips, salsa & queso cheese dip (served with warm corn tortillas) were fabulous! I almost got full on chips & tortillas! The entrees were good, not spectacular, but good. The chili relleno had a very thick layer of batter on it, a little too much and the enchilada had this tomato sauce on it and it reminded me of an Italian canoli. Regardless, it was good. I definitely enjoyed my meal. The atmosphere was chill. The three off us were able to enjoy our conversation without being overpowered by loud music or the conversations of others. It ended up being a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend it.
****EDIT**** 2/13/08: OK, so I went back again last weekend and it was GREAT! We snacked on the fabulous salsas & queso dip while drinking beer and mango mojitos.... everything was awesome! Then, low & behold there were $1 tacos after 10pm! The chicken was a little dry, but they were tasty! The previous reviews are off, you gotta check this place out!
****EDIT**** 7/29/08: My friends and I continue to frequent this establishment and besides occasionally being out of the flavored mojitos (so disappointing!) We are always satisfied. I just wanted to add an additional piece to my review since it appears somebody seems to have a personal vengeance against this place. I want everyone to know there is nothing wrong and Mezcal is GREAT! I just don't feel a need to make multiple profiles to say it ;)
BIG LET DOWN – This was my forth and last time at Mezcal. I read the previous bad reviews but had to see for myself. I was used to a lively atmostphere with unique regional Mexcian fare. The word must be out, the normaly packed house was empty on a Friday night. Started off with a surly waitress who scoffed at my wifes request for a light Mexican beer. We too were served the frozen guacamole. Not sure what was more cool, the waitress or my tamale. Overall a terrible experience. Do not waste you time or $.
Bad, bad, bad – I met some friends for happy hour drinks. We ordered a few of the appetizers, one of which was chips and guacamole. What we got was a small plate of Tostitos and a bowl of frozen, clumpy avocado. Guacamole is a basic dish any Mexican place should have a handle on, but Mezcal does not have a clue. What is wrong with the kitchen staff that makes it ok to 1) send out food that is frozen, 2) use pre-packaged frozen "guacamole" and 3) think guacamole is nothing more than an avocado cut into a few big pieces and dropped in a bowl. At the table, we joked that it was a surprise they managed to figure out that the pit should be removed. Hoping it was just an oversight, we mentioned the situation to our server. She just laughed, shrugged and affirmed that the plain, frozen avocado chunks we got were really what Mezcal wanted us to have when we ordered guacamole. Her attitude let us know that she knew it was gross, but that the kitchen was just dumb. She laughed along with us in disgust and didn't even try to sell it. The other items we ordered were edible, but totally generic- like the big box of taquitos from the freezer section at the grocery store. Mezcal should spend less time trying to look edgy for the yuppies and research some quality TV dinners they can substitute for their cr@p food.
Horrible bartenders – I have been to Mezcal maybe 10 times, never good service but my boyfriends knows people that work there and meets people there. The quality of the meat has never been that good, I had a set of three tacos one night that the meat was so hard it couldn't be chewed and thus i couldn't eat. The waiters have always been dependable for service, coming by often enough to keep our drinks full and the food off our tables when we were done but the bartenders are horrible, worse than horrible. I was the only girl with a group of five guys, the male bartender came by and asked everyone but me what I wanted to drink and left so fast no one could order for me either. Than no one saw him or another bartender for five plus minutes. Than I stood up on the foot rests to see over all the bottles to try and see if anyone was over on the other side and the bartender looked me right in the eye, smiled, and never came over. The female bartender came over with all the drinks and someone else ended up having to tap her on the arm to get her attention to order me a drink. Than the male bartender came over to talk to the guys and starts going off about how some "l*sbo chick just went off on him" and how "he hates all women and their bitches". The female bartender was not wearing a bra (which is fine IF the shirt is a halter top or something that not having a bra on would work with) and kept playing with her nipple and joking around with the male bartender, I wasn't there to sit around and wait 15+ minutes for a bad drink and to watch crappy po rn. The margs are bad, they taste like dirty crappy tequila and cost more than they should for that tequila. At one point the bartenders and one waiter that were working all went in the back together and no one came out for 20 minutes, no service for 20 minutes and someone could've just gone behind the bar and done or taken what ever they wanted. horrible! It took another 15 minutes to get our checks once we asked, for the second time.
Mezcal - Terrible food & Service! – My daughter and son-in-law and I had the worst food and service at Mezcal. When we arrived for lunch at around 12:30pm the place was empty; this should have told us something. I ordered the Fish Tacos which were priced at about $12. These 3 tiny, tiny tacos came with less than a mouthful of fish scattered between the three tacos; it was a joke! When I pointed this out to the waiter his response was "What do you want me to do about it?" The rest of the food was very, very marginal in taste and presentation, and the prices were not cheap. There was a complete lack of interest fom the bartender, waiter and the chef. Taco Bell would have been a better choice. We will never go there again and I imagine they will go out of bussiness soon.
WORST SERVICE EVER!!! – I have never encountered a more grouchy, cantakerous group of people in my life! The staff was so rude! They acted annoyed to be serving my friends and I. Both bartenders I encountered were terrible. He ignored me until I practically yelled at him to get anything! And she was a royal witch. Having worked in the service industry there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of treatment!! And to top it all off when the staff felt it was time to leave (well before closing time) they turned up the house music so loud that we couldn't carry on conversation and were forced to leave.
Nice decorations though.
GREAT drinks!! – The food is icky. Oily, chili rellenos with a SWEET sauce? Smallish pieces of fish in the fish tacos with mounds of lettuce, so it looks like more? Some weird little doughy appetizer? On the flip side, if you drink enough these details won't matter because the service, atmosphere and drinks are awesome!
Authentic Northern Mexico – I had heard good and bad about this East Colfax Mexican eatery. My initial reaction was 'why does Denver need another Mexican Resturant?' I have lived and traveled in Mexico for over 25 years and have eaten in all of the major districts of the country and I also enjoy and often eat the more typical 'Tex-Mex' or Southwestern US style of Mexican food. I took a friend who has also lived in Mexico and really knows Mexican food and drink. We ordered a Tamal and a Relleno as appitizers to 'test' the kitchen. It passed with high marks, high enough that my friend, who is a real Relleno snob order more Tamals and Rellenos for his main course. He says the Rellenos are the best in Denver and I know he's eaten a lot of them because it's about all he ever orders. I had fish tacos. While many people think these are a coastal food for Mexico, you get them everywhere and these were excellent; breaded Talapia with raw onions and an avacado based salsa.
I know why some people have complained about this place; it is very typical Northern Mexico. It is what you would get in a better family resturant in Northern Mexico and is therefore strange to folks use to the more typical US style of Mexcian food. Don't be put off, this is the real deal.
Incredible value – This place is great - dinner for four for $40! And good ingredients, nothing skimped on. The food is not spicy enough, but there are several hot sauces on the table to choose from. I had the salmon enchiladas and they were excellent - topped with a vinegary cabbage mixture, on homemade tortillas. Our service wasn't great, but at these prices, the wait staff isn't making much probably. We had empty cocktalks too often for my liking, but the quality and value of the food will keep me coming back.
Despite what other reviewers said, I was there from 8-10 on a Saturday night and had no problem getting a table. None at all.
Keep your expectations in check and you'll enjoy Mezcal. Not the right place for a quiet dinner or a special occasion, but great for a cheap evening out.
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