Mexican Restaurants

Agave Viejo
151 W Santa Clara Street, San José, CA 95113
Mon-Wed. 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM. Thu-Sat. 11:30 AM – Midnight. Sun. 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Where Spiedo used to be. This bills itself as a Mexican Cantina and Tequila Lounge

Rating: ** $$

North on Market Street, then left on Santa Clara Street to the corner of San Pedro Street. 0.4 miles.

Cheryl says: “People in California get as serious about tequila as we Brits get about whisky. This place claims to have over 90 different types.”
Linda says: “New to downtown and the menu is still settling down. Many standard items, but a few unusual ones such as cactus salad, mole negro de Oaxaca and molcajete de mariscos.“

Bakery Mexico No. 2
87 East Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95113
5:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Open late for the nighthawks among us.

Rating: ** $

Take South First street north to Santa Clara and turn right. It is a few blocks on the left. 0.4 miles

La Victoria Taqueria
140 East San Carlos St., San José, CA 95112
Mon – Fri. 7:00 AM – Midnight; Sat: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM; Sun: 7:00 AM – 12:00 AM A favorite with local college students.

Rating: * $ A?

Head south down South First Street and then turn left at San Carlos. It’s about 3 blocks down in a walk-up Victorian.

Chris says: “The sauce, available on every table in the joint, is pretty magnificent!”

Pedro’s Restaurant -y- Cantina
3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Mon – Sat: 1 1:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Sun: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

This is a bit further out than most of the places we’ve featured, but Pedro’s is a classic joint where hundreds of folks go everyday. The building is a faux hacienda with a lovely internal courtyard that looks like the kind of place where a gunfight should break out.

Rating: * * * $$ ($$$ for the Sunday Champagne Brunch)

4.8 miles by car.

Chris says: “The Sunday Champagne brunch buffet is fantastic, and there are Mariachis roaming around while you eat. To me, that makes the trip worth it!”

Taqueria El Abuelo
1005 Lincoln Ave., San José, CA 95125
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Daily

Rating: ** $

2.1 miles by car

Taqueria San José
235 East Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95109
8:30 AM -10:00 PM Daily

Rating: *** $$

Take South First Street North and turn right at Santa Clara. It is a few blocks up on your left.

By Randall Neff on 10.24.09 10:02 pm

Iguanas Taqueria, 330 S 3rd St, Mon-Wed. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Thu-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. old house, old decor, great burritos. feeds college students. ** $.
Out back of hotel on first, right, left on San Carlos, two blocks, right onto 3rd, third or fourth house on left.

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