A New Mexican Inspired Food Experience

Cooking with a conscience is what we do. From our pickles and salsas to smoked cheeses, we make it all here. We source out the best products both locally and abroad. Buying seasonal produce from Ontario is not only good for the economy, it tastes better too! If it’s not 100% agava tequila, we won’t serve it. No way Jose!

Locally Fresh

Mezcal Tacos & Tequila is a Mexican-inspired eatery located at 150 James Street South, in beautiful Hamilton, Ontario. What’s unique about Mezcal’s food is that we aren’t your typical “authentic” Mexican. We use ingredients that are not only from Mexico and Latin America but what is grown locally as well.

Our restaurant is small, but the atmosphere is huge. As you walk into Mezcal you are greeted with an inviting, contemporary and authentic cantina-inspired dining environment. Custom wood fixtures, exposed brick walls, and an impressive bar filled from floor to ceiling with the best 100% agave tequilas. This is the real stuff, and we make some killer cocktails that will quickly become your new favs.

“Hot on the heels of his victorious turn on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada, Hamilton chef Manny Ferreira has erupted onto James Street South with Mezcal TNT (the TNT stands for Tacos and Tequila) — a phenomenal Mexican eatery that leapt from “now open” to “hottest damn spot in town” seemingly overnight and with good reason: tremendous attention has been paid to every aspect of your visit starting with the stylishly authentic cantina-inspired dining environment — complete with the Mezcal rendition of the Mexican “sugar skull” — to the masterfully balanced and delicious tacos like the “pollo tinga” (succulent pulled chicken in chipotle sauce) or, my favourite, “chorizo pastor” with pineapple and chorizo sausage as gorgeous and captivating as Salma Hayek.”

– Hamilton Magazine, Dave Hanley

Big Experience. Small Space.

While our experience is big, our space is small which
means our capacity is limited.

We strive to be able to accommodate as many guests as possible to
enjoy the unique Mezcal experience. If you arrive at the restaurant
and we are at capacity, we’ll add you to a wait list. If we have a wait list,
then we kindly ask that parties stay no longer than an hour and a half,
so that we can open up tables for those patiently waiting to dine with us.

Thank you for your co-operation!

Opening Hours

Mon – Thurs


Friday & Saturday




Sunday Social Nights

We wanted to create a night especially for you, our Mezcal super fans (and anyone who loves local, delicious food!). Join us Sunday nights from 9pm-2am for our Sunday Socials that take place downstairs at Uno Mas and get to know each other while celebrating great food.

Experience a special unique menu of creative food and crazy deals on drinks in a relaxed laid back environment with music and networking. It’s open to everyone from hospitality industry workers to Mezcal super fans!

DTF (Down to “Fiesta”) Hours

4-6pm everyday is DTF Hours at Mezcal! Taco combos go down to 3 for $13. Margaritas go down to $6! Plus we have other drink specials just for you. Come and join us!

Mezcal Tequila Tasting Nights

Our Tequila Revoluton is BACK! We are seeking #JusticeForTequila!  Not just a shot to be quickly chased back with salt & lime or disguised in a margarita. Tequila is bold, beautiful, and sexy.

Join us for a unique Tequila tasting experience and realize the true potential of Tequila. Dinner, cocktails, and tastings are all included in the price of a ticket. Our events happen year-round, view our Eventbrite page by clicking the button below to view our upcoming events.

Meet Our Chef

Chef Manny Ferreira is a Hamilton native and recent winner of Food Network’s hit TV show “Chopped Canada“. After cooking up delicious dishes for well-known local restaurants including the Ancaster Old Mill and Earth to Table Bread Bar, Chef Manny fell in love with Mexican cuisine and saw a void in the Hamilton food scene for a great Mexican eatery. He decided to start his own restaurant to showcase his unique and creative cuisine that didn’t cut corners on quality.

Chef Manny is always experimenting with delicious new combinations of flavours using locally sourced produce so keep your eye on our specials chalkboard to try his tasty creations!


“I chose cooking because it allowed me to be creative, show my personality, and create something that others enjoyed which in turn satisfied my ‘entertainer’ side. There’s never a dull moment in the kitchen”

– Chef Manny

Manny's YMCA Story


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