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Colibri - Mexican Bistro
Colibri - Mexican Bistro
  • Address:
    438 Geary St.
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Colibri - Mexican Bistro Details

  • 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 ExaminerContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We brought new SF residents here for brunch on Sunday. Bottomless mimosas and great food, with attentive service. Another great experience at Colibri."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We just had civiche and guac. Very light and delicious. Great homemade corn tortillas. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic food. Very authentic and genuine. Extensive tequila selection for those with discerning taste. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Excellent diversity of Mexican food. Not the same Mexican fare. Mouth-watering and adventurous!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great place to go for dinner before the theater. Service was fast."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've dined at Colibri at least 10 times since they opened, and the food is consistently great."
    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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "my go-to spot for trips to the Curran Theater. excellent selection of tequila and the food is really good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed it. Would go again when in that part of town. Will recommend to friends."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I was not impressed by their service. Have been to Colibri two previous times and recall better dining experience than the night of June 25th. For the price, there are numerous competitive restaurants in San Francisco. At this point, there are no reason or incentive for me to return to dine at Colibri."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our group of 4 had to shout to be heard. Not fun when you're trying to catch up with old friends. Go with someone you don't want to talk to."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Third trip to Colibri, and it gets better every time. I had a chili relleno stuffed with carnitas - unusual and delicioso. My spouse had the special - short ribs enchiladas. Even better than mine. Add to that their famous guac, lots of chips and warm tortillas and a couple of margaritas and you have a meal fit for royalty. Not to mention it's across the street from the Geary and Curran theaters. Just go early. Colibri gets packed! A bit pricey, but it's really for special occasions. Everyday Mexican will still be at my neighborhood taqueria"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This us our 2nd time eating at Colibri. We tried various appetizers and they were all great. The margaritas were excellent."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food is great & 'authentic', bar service was slow."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We came late to our reservations due to traffic on the freeway. You were very kind - worked to fit us in without making us feel like a burden. I have eaten at Colibri many times and will continue to do so ---- because the food is consistently great in quality and the staff is so efficient."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've enjoyed dinner at Colibri multiple times before performances at the American Repertory Theater, directly across the street. The menu has more than enough variety to please any fan of Mexican food with a distinctly 21st Century San Francisco twist. Try the lamb shank - it was delicious! The service is prompt and attentive. It is busy and noisy, especially in the front. Only downside: the tables for two in the front are small, close together and the noise from the bar means that you have to concentrate to sustain a conversation. If you have a larger group, reserve one of their booths near the back. But, overall, the well-prepared food and convenience to A.C.T. mean that we'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great Restaurant, 3 blocks from Union Square. Great Food, fantastic service , very, very nice. Will go back next time we are in the City and will definitely recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "ceviche- terrific. Empanadas... OMG - just perfect. Tamirand Mole Shrimp - just yummy. and the fried dough, drizzled with honey and caramel - heaven (and the home made vanilla bean ice cream was an added bonus). It would be easy to throw these dishes out there and have them be adequate with simply the ingredients, but here the kitchen shows a careful hand as everything was cooked perfectly and each flavor came through. A wonderful dining experience except for the noise level (which seems to be an occupational hazard when dining in any SF establishment where the bar is placed centrally in the dining area."
    Dined on 6/7/2014