Colibri - Mexican Bistro
Colibri - Mexican Bistro

Colibri - Mexican Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.colibrimexicanbistro.com/
  • Phone: 4154402737
  • 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
168 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)neighborhood gem (57)good for groups (44)vibrant bar scene (31)great for lunch (30)special occasion (26)hot spot (21)great for brunch (20)late-night find (15)romantic (12)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Upscale Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, as always
    Thunder
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Colibri has superb cuisine, with properly sized portions. For the two of us, we generally feel satisfied with sharing one entree and two appetizers. Also, the bartenders are experts with their many tequila options for great margaritas. We generally prefer to sit at the bar and can usually find a couple seats there with little wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good eats!
    Jacksonian
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Reliably good. This was my second time here. The four of us had a very nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a great night out
    CupcakecrazyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It took ten minutes before anyone came to our table to offer us water or say hello. My side dish came after my meal was over (even after inquiring about it). We had to keep asking for water refills. It was just slow overall. The menu doesn't have a lot of food options. The two positive things were the Sangria (which is delicious) and the Churro Relleno (which is super tasty). Disappointing though. And this was our third time here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable pre-theater choice
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Colibri is just across the street from the Curran and Geary theaters, so it is the place we consistently go for a pre-theater dinner. What keeps us coming back is the excellent Mexican cuisine, which includes regional specialties that range far from the typical "Tex Mex" style. The guacamole and salsas are superb,and the drinks are great. I've sampled most of the menu and have rarely been disappointed. Favorites include the posole soup, chicken mole and chili relleno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Fun dinner, wonderful Mole sauce and the best Guacamole!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant!
    bev2
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was amazing and very different from a typical Mexican restaurant. Perfect portion sizes, fresh and delicious! Service was outstanding! We made it to our play in plenty of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food great tequila list
    carlo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We shared some appetizers and had one main plate. All very good. Staff very friendly, he explained to my wife the recipe for their exceptional guacamole. Very impressive tequila list. I tried the avion margarita, very good although slightly sweet for my taste. Overall a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Drinks & Ambience
    GoodFoodFan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a great, refined interpretation of Southwestern/Latin American cuisine. I had the Chicken with Mole sauce, and my wife had the fish tacos. Both very good. Also the guacamole is fresh, made individually for you to your particular spiciness. It is excellent. Also, the margaritas are some of the best that we have ever had. They also have an extensive list of premium tequila. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome. A fave near Union Square
    jlelandVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Top notch mexican cuisine. Some of the best guacamole and margaritas, plus huge tequila selection and overall great food. When I'm in that neighborhood (including going to ACT or the Theater that are literally across the street), Colibri is now my first choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continues to be great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We brought new SF residents here for brunch on Sunday. Bottomless mimosas and great food, with attentive service. Another great experience at Colibri.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican can still surprise
    hungrycat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Having tried many Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area, I was pleasantly surprised by what Colibri had to offer. Service was attentive and I appreciated the fact that they honored our reservation even though we were running quite late. Margaritas were rather typical and my friend's Sangria was overly sweet. We only split a couple of appetizers - both were ample and delicious! One could almost make a meal alone on the homemade corn tortillas that are delivered with 3 unique salsas. The guacamole was made at the table to our specifications - very fresh with just the right amount of lime and peppers. The Empanadas were filled with savory pork with a good balance of spices. We sat near the bar which was loud and lively.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guacamole And Filet Mignon!
    Solarjudy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This restaurant was a bit crowded in its seating configuration but the food was exquisite. We started with the guacamole served with fresh corn tortillas and it ranked among some of the best guacamole I have eaten. My Fillet Mignon was tender and deliciously seasoned. The margaritas were great as well. Service was quick and the waitstaff was nice and helpful. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great Food
    DiningAway
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Hands down, consistently great food at Colibri! We took our friend for a birthday dinner here, and our waiter delivered a well-crafted birthday dessert after we ordered something sweet. It was a nice touch with a chocolate banner of "Happy Birthday" surrounding the edge of the plate. Let's not forget about the tortillas either. Amazingly fresh and very good with their guacamole! We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican in the tenderloin
    RButler
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Able to accommodate same day reservation for 6 on Thursday evening. Aside from a disconnect between staff regarding going to our table while bring setup - great service, food sand atmosphere. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    jlologin
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We just had civiche and guac. Very light and delicious. Great homemade corn tortillas. Would definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Colibri
    yummy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fav Mex Restaurant in downtown SF!!!!! It is the one restaurant that we make sure we eat at when visiting San Francisco for the past ten years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Great find!
    FoodieforsureVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Found this by accident on open Table - WOW! Excellent food. Their ceviche was so fresh and delicious. Their cheese, chorizo and mushroom appetizer was to die for - served with fresh, handmade corn tortillas. A hidden gem for sure. We will DEFINITELY be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • after work group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I took our team of 8 to Colibri for an after work dinner and drinks meetup. At 5:30, the place was very quiet with lots of open tables, but got noisier later as the place filled up. Conversation with folks at the other end of our long table got difficult - but that meant we conversed in smaller groups. Food was good and arrived pretty quickly. The Mezcal/Tequila cocktails are interesting. We shared all the appetizers on the menu, and everyone enjoyed the food. Fresh tortillas were especially tasty. One item on our order didn't arrive, but I don't know if that was a waiter or kitchen error - not a lot to worry about. Ambience is ok - everyone seemed to enjoy our visit there. I would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Absolutely fantastic food. Very authentic and genuine. Extensive tequila selection for those with discerning taste. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adult Mexican
    BobG
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    You won't find tacos or burritos here, instead you will savor a variety of meat and fish dishes that are tasty. I had the carnitas, large chunks of tender pork with seasonings and vegetables. While the food was good, the narrow confines left you feeling pAcked like sardines without much interaction with the staff. The noise level, with chatter and I discernible jazz left you feeling challenged for a conversation. Bottom line: very good food and drinks, noisy and crowded.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food, Service Not so Much
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Good thing we had lunch reservations, it was very busy. The food was awesome across the board, once it came to the table. It was clear they cannot handle a crowd, as our service was poor. Food was not delivered together for the lunch, some got food, others go excuses. Servers were not around and available to help, and when asking about food not delivered the response was that the kitchen was too busy and good food takes a long time to make! I would go back for the great food, but make sure no one is there first!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no longer good
    Cosmo
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I have been here many times over the years and this place used to be quite good before. Yesterday, I had a lunch meeting here and they were late in getting the restaurant set up, it looked closed from outside and the place was not yet clean. Food (enchiladas) was cold with the cheese not even melted in it. I asked for a small scoop of guac (as I have always done) on the side with my enchiladas, the waitress said they don't have that and guac is a separate order. How is a Mexican restaurant not willing to give you a spoon of guac with enchiladas??? Also, they never came back to offer more iced tea or lemonade. I understand not refreshing cocktails but a little more lemonade/tea would have been nice during lunch. Disappointed!
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  • Food Diversity
    Retired
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent diversity of Mexican food. Not the same Mexican fare. Mouth-watering and adventurous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice meal before the show
    Zingal
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Colibri is a nice place place for fresh upscale Mexican cuisine. The list of taquilas and mescals is large. The food was very good, creative in presentation, and enjoyable in a group. The desserts were also very tasty. I'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good pre-theater dining
    Frequentdiner1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Situated across the street from the Curran Theater, Colibri is a solid latin American restaurant. Tortillas are made on site, and are among the best I have tasted in 40 years of dining out regularly. My wife's fish tacos were well made, though a bit short on the Tilapia. My son had a lamb shank that was the meatiest I had ever seen, and very flavorful. No need for a knife; it fell off the bone - very tender. My Chicken Pablano was tender and juicy. However, the sauce had just a slight tinge of bitterness from the chocolate in the sauce. Some would find it wonderfully authentic. I like it sweeter without the bitter edge. The service was stellar, impressive given how busy they were. More fish on the taco and this is a 4 star place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lsoo1VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great place to go for dinner before the theater. Service was fast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pre theater spot
    LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Good food, very fresh and upscale Mexican dishes. Guacamole is excellent. We had theater tickets at the Curran which is right across the street. Excellent service. Always enjoy eating here and you will too! Desserts are really good and my favorite dish is the duck breast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for dinner
    onthewall
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    With the theatre across the street and a reservation in hand, we ended up totally enjoying our dinner at Colibri. The drinks were well made, the food fantastic and the service sensitive to our showtime without rushing us. We would go back in a flash.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go Elsewhere!
    MamaG
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This restaurant is very convenient to the theaters, as it's right across the street from the Curran, and the service is ok, not great, but nothing to complain about. However, that's about all that it has going for it. The food is just ok and the portions are small. And it is so outrageously expensive for what you get that they should be ashamed of themselves. I understand charging more for the location, but this was unbelievable. 4 of us had a small bowl of soup, a dinner salad and one glass of wine each and the bill, with tip and tax was over $160! I have no problem paying a lot of money if it's worth the value but this definitely was not. I would never go back here.
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  • Awesome before the theater dining!
    7Divas
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food is really something special with some unique dishes. Loved the carnitas, empanadas and tamales. Great friendly service and so convenient to the Curran.You can linger over coffee and hop across the street 10 minutes before the curtain goes up! Will surely go back. One minor gripe is paying $2 extra for chips to go with the guacamole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient, good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went to Colibri prior to a play at the Curran because of its close proximity to the theater. The restaurant was hopping! The food was very good - extremely fresh tasting. The wait staff was very attentive and took good care of us. We ordered the made-on-the-spot guacamole, which was delicious. I definitely recommend Colibri for a very good dining experience whether just to have a very good meal or going to the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great food
    DougP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I've dined at Colibri at least 10 times since they opened, and the food is consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Colibri is Great!
    AHreviewVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I love Colibri's menu. All the appetizers and entrees have authentic Mexican preparations, and are delicious, but it is not a casual place. They have wonderful waiters, and an active bar with many different margaritas, mezcals drinks, and straight shots and flights of numerous tequilas. It is always busy, so reservations are in order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food
    goodstuff
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    my go-to spot for trips to the Curran Theater. excellent selection of tequila and the food is really good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SunLovingSueVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is excellent. Service is good. They have a happy hour at the bar that is well worth it. The chicken tacos and ceviche are delicious. Fish tacos are also tasty. Great pre theater spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican Food
    tebiii
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Chips fresh and very crisp. Guacamole was made to taste using avocados cut and mashed in view of our table. Place was clean, there was a good bar, and all in all, we had a nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.