Colibri - Mexican Bistro
Colibri - Mexican Bistro

Colibri - Mexican Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.colibrimexicanbistro.com/
  • Phone: (415) 440-2737
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - 11:30am - 10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:30am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm (In addition to our regular menu we offer weekend brunch 10am to 2pm, Saturday - Sunday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Rocio Gomez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: is available for private parties seated up to 75 people and cocktail up 125 people. Additional large party backroom accommodated 40 contact restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Colibri Mexican Bistro is available for private parties seated up to 75 people and cocktails up 125 people. Additional large party backroom accommodated 40 people. Please contact restaurant for more information via email info@colibrimexicanbistro.com
  • Entertainment: Live music on Mondays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Happy Hour Mon to Fri from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason & Taylor
  • Public Transit: #38 Geary Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There are near by public parking lots. One block away at Mason and O'Farrell and two blocks away under Union Square.
A word from Colibri - Mexican Bistro
Restaurant Description: Colibri Mexican Bistro features a traditional and diverse Mexican cuisine. The complex flavors from the kitchen are complimented with creative drinks, selected Tequilas, beer and wine from the bar. The decor matches that found in Mexico City's cantinas in the early 1900's. Bienvenido a Colibri Mexican Bistro y buen provecho! We serve our authentic cuisine in a tapas style so that you can enjoy multiple dishes to share with others. See Our Reviews: * "During the course of two visits and many, many dishes, I couldn't find one that I wouldn't order again"* - Patricia Unterman, Special to The Examiner
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Colibri - Mexican Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (43)vibrant bar scene (30)great for lunch (27)hot spot (23)great for brunch (17)special occasion (17)romantic (14)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Reliable Mexican
    WAK2013VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The only place I can get a Nopales salad!. The Veracruz version of Paella was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food near Curran Theater
    serve2allVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    If you are going to a show at the Curran, this is a very convenient place accross the street. Nice atmosphere, good dishes and OK service. Carnitas were good and chile relleno also. Guacamole was the star of this meal. Waiter bungoled our order so the food came much later than it should have...but he apologized many times and comped us a dessert. I would go back...just make sure your order is not lost in the shuffle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Colibri is our go to spot when attending ACT. Food is consistently good and service is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feeding5VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Hard to find a decent restaurant near the Curran. This was good, but not great. We went for the brunch. I would skip their mexican Benedict. I would go back, because the food was good enough for our pre theater dining, and very convenient being across the street.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Danish
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Simple, excellent. Not much to say, except it lived up to the hype on Yelp. The french toast was delightful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better before
    Jenny74b
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Been here 8 years ago. So much better then. For instance, they don't make the guacamole by the table anymore, which was a really good thing before. Guacamole still the best but the rest of the food quite tasteless and boring. Good drinks though.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday brunch/lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had such a wonderful time and the staff was lovely. AND the food is delicious!!! I have been here before and enjoy the service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hello USA
    Marshies
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    First meal out in States and yes the reputation of big plates is real. Good news was the flavours. I had chicken mole and the balance of spice and richness of chocolate was great. Jet lag begone!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Paul61
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We have been dining here for over 7 years now. On our most recent visit the food was as delicious as it has ever been. Colibri still maintains it's high standards, delivers great food and a memorable night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • little bit more...
    magnolia
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    They could little more polite when someone asks them when the food was coimg. Nothing wrong with checking right? Besides this I have no complaints at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, Fun Brunch Option
    DiamondDave
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Colibri is open for other meals, but we were looking for a nice and somewhat different brunch spot with an interesting menu, and Colibri fit the bill. The Ceviche Veracruzano was fresh and very good and the three salsas served with the chips were all good and varied. However, some of us found the Queso Fundido con Chorizo too greasy. There were many entree choices; some of our favorites were the Chilaquiles verdes o rojos, Mole poblano, and Huevos benedictinos estilo Michoacan. The mimosas also were good and refills came quickly. The music was a little loud and too "thumpy" for brunch, so it was distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. The food was not the typical Mexican fare. It was innovative, fresh, flavorful and well-prepared. Service was excellent. It was a nice find in San Francisco. Definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Mexican
    PlanetRVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went for lunch and had a nice quiet roomy table in the back. Food was very good. Portions are not huge, but everything was tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious contemporary Mexican
    Goldie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    There's nothing cliche about Colibri. The portions aren't huge, but the food is carefully considered and delicious. The filet mignon is a standout, as is the stuffed chicken breast. The tough part is choosing what to order. I still have to make it back there for the sopes and mole chicken, both of which looked amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Meal
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Love coming back to Colibri every year after the Nike Women's Race! The food and drinks are outstanding, it's a warm and colorful atmosphere, and the service is very good. ALWAYS order the guacamole and corn tortillas before your meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Razoável
    Drrta
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Me fez ver que a comida mexicana tradicional continua melhor. O ar inovador dos pratos não me agradou.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Food Right Across ACT
    madeinargentina
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This restaurant offers a great variety of authentic Mexican dishes that are flavorful and hearty. Prices are very reasonable and though the service is a bit spotty, they do the best to ensure that you get to enjoy your meal without having to rush through it to make it to the theatre. It helps that it is right across from ACT. I would eat there every time I go to ACT.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really great guacamole !
    Lrob
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Freshly made in from of you guacamole was amazing. We only found this place on our last nice or we would gave been back !
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmet mexican
    alice
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The staff is super friendly and was very accommodating of a large group that we added to last minute. The food is fantastic, particularly the panuchos and pato en mole verde (duck in green mole). And the true glory are the freshly made tortillas which honestly are impossible to stop eating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    SFdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fun atmosphere in SF's bustling theatre district. Service is top notch. Authentic Mexican cuisine (Oaxacan?), not TexMex, which I found refreshing. The dishes I had were very good. And of course the most extensive list of Tequila's I have ever seen, including the Del Maquey mescals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, excellente!!
    Jiggyfly
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This jernt is spot on with drinks, food, and service -- my favorite theater restaurant!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Theatre Dining
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The fish tacos, lamb shank, and margaritas were amazing. The guacamole was also great. We ordered it spicy and it was just the right amount of spice. They really know how to cook meat here. Braised meats fall off the bone just like they are supposed to. Good portion sizes. Located right across the street from the Geary Theatre at Geary and Mason. Perfect for pre-theatre dining. The cornbread side dish was the only miss for me. I am going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love going to Colibri for dinner! They are always consistent with food, service, and drinks. They also have a wonderful brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Carnitas
    FarashaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Colibri is one of my favorites when I'm in SF. Colibri is the right combination of ambience, food and service for a reasonable price. The tequila flights, and their presentation, are wonderful. I'm a wine fan, and their list offers quality wines for a fair price per glass. I will return, and bring my pals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Fish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved the fish of the day, Hawaiian Butterfish...perfectly prepared and flavorful! Thought it odd that you have to pay extra for chips with your guacamole...turns out the guac comes with homemade tortillas that were great and the chips we paid extra for were not so good...but considering every dish we ordered was really good, we loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service, great food
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Tried this restaurant on a business trip to San Francisco. The people were genuinely welcoming, service attentive but not hovering, food very good and prices quite reasonable for location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meals
    Sliver
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was in town on business and liked it so much I ate there twice in three days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeeeeelish!!!
    LaylaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food here is fabulous! Our sever Camilla was super friendly and everything we ate was perfect with the best flavor! I wish I didn't live in Chicago since I don't know the next time I can go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ' older lady'from england
    lydia
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My daughter booked your restaurant and we ate the most delicious meal I had eaten in SFO. I loved the atmosphere, the service was excellent, the mexican food was delicious. personally i really enjoyed seeing the chefs preparing food. memorable!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic!
    Guyg
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    If you want authentic Mexican cuisine.....Colibri.....this is it!! The guacamole was fresh and bright, the chicken mole is a dish not to pass up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic brunch
    EGP23
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I went for brunch and it was fantastic. The $10 bottomless mimosas were great and our glasses were never empty. We loved everything about it. Definitely try the ceviche when you go. It was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food + value @ Union Square
    SFOSteveVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Friendly service, solid menu choices and good value make this a reliable Union Square go-to for after-shopping or pre-theater. Try the house-made guacamole: chunky, fresh and nice spice blend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just some of the best Mexican..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    ... food in San Francisco... some of the best Mexican food anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much noise
    Ineke
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food and the service were great. But there was so much noise that we couldn't stay longer than half an hour. I think it's a fine restaurant for younger people.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost
    Dar915
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Nice ambiance , great bistro feel. Home made tortillas with a trio of sauces instead of standard chips and salsa, nice touch. Main course, filet and steamed lamb shank, prepared perfectly, good presentation. And then my biggest pet peeve; slow desert service with Mexican coffee's served after desert was finished. Come on. I certainly recommend and will be back but the experience went from outstanding to moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale Mexican
    Citygal
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Colibri offers creative takes on Mexican food; a great place for mole, but don't come expecting tacos/burritos or a bargain. We began with two of the 10 or so Margaritas on offer. Both were very good. The tortillas were excellent, and the guacamole was tasty and a generous portion. Both of our shared entrees were excellent; the lamb shanks and the duck. The lamb fell off the bone, the duck was exactly the right degree of rare, and the corn cake accompanying the duck was delicious. We didn't sample the wine list or dessert. Service was very good and friendly without being intrusive. We were seated promptly and dined leisurely, finishing in time to make it to the theater. The perfect place to dine before A.C.T or a show at the Curran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, poor service.
    sincitydreaming
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Mexican food was my favorite, so I was quick to check this place out. We had reservations and were seated immediately. It is a small restaraunt with a very loud/upbeat atmsophere. Our table was very small, almost difficult to find enough room for food and drinks. The food itself was excellent, some of the best Mexican I have had. The margaritas were just OK. Customer service was very lacking. Our drinks were not refilled as often as they should have been and we were checked on very infrequently. Overall, not a good value for the money paid but i would probably return just for the sake of the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New menu items
    DBA1VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been to Colibri many times before. It's a great place to eat before the theater - A.C.T and The Curran. I've never been disappointed by a meal there. On this visit there were items on the menu that are new to me. The panuchos with marinated pork are a great way to start the meal. I chose the lamb shank for my entree. It was great. Their churros are the best you'll ever have but I resisted them this time for a new dessert, a fruit tart served with a white chocolate cone that was filled with vanilla ice cream. Definitely stay for dessert and try either of those dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    very good place to dine before theater. Attentive staff. Good food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and amazing cocktails
    ParastooVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is really scrumptious here and so are the cocktails. I had the prawns with tamarind sauce and it was sooooo good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet