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

Colibri - Mexican Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.colibrimexicanbistro.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "Mexican bistro is a good description of Colibri. It has a lively bar, is rather crowded and a bit noisy, but the food is quite good. Ceviche was excellent, as were the chips and salsas. Colibri has a wide variety of tequilas, and they even serve a "flight" of tequilas for sipping. (We opted for respectable and reasonably priced margaritas.) One of the best things about the restaurant is its location - directly across from the ACT and Curran theaters, it couldn't be more convenient for theater-goers."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent real Mexican. Hand made tortillas to start..."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were visiting from the east coast looking for restaurants close to our hotel. The service and ambience were very nice. The appetizers were great however the chips were horrible! The entrees were very poor in fact we both left our plates barely touched. I have had much better mexican food on the east coast!! We will be back in the San Fran area but I will skip this place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had the poblano pepper dish (veg) and chicken mole dish. Both were nice. I really liked the frsh warm tortillas and the sauces. Overall, good for a nice romantic dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Busy place. Nice menu. Speedy service just ok food and overpriced"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Delicious Mexican food. The menu selections are not the typical items geared for the American palate, i.e. tacos, burritos and enchiladas. It is more like a Mexican bistro. My dish, Duck Breast with Pipian Sauce. Deliciously prepared and beautiful presentation. Prices are reasonable relative to most restaurants in the downtown San Francisco area. However, all items are a la carte. Typical of downtown restaurants and adding to the cost. Don't expect a huge plate with beans, rice and entree. Arrive around 5:30 during happy hour and beer only $6 for two pints of IPA. Lively scene. Service was prompt, attentive and comfortable. Very convenient location across the street from both the Curran and ACT (Geary) theaters. Menu entrees $18 - 22 avg."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed the prawns with tamarind mole sauce and also the "Panuchos de Cochinita Pibil" (basically shredded pork mini-tacos). Both are definitely Mexican, but not anything you'll find at the usual neighborhood Mexican restaurant. The food came quickly, the prawns were tender and not overcooked. The waiter was available when we needed him, but not hovering. The warm tortillas served instead of bread are very flavorful and tender, and the sauces they come with range from barely spicy at all (but flavorful) the quite spicy."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We were a party of four and were seated promptly. We ordered the house made guacamole which was wonderful, but price with chips was $14 which was a bit pricey. On recommendation of the water I ordered the chile relleno with meat. It was okay and a small sized plate. My husband has the carnitas, which he said were dry and we had to try quite awhile to flag a waiter to bring some more sauce. He has eaten many carnitas and felt these were not as well prepared as he has had other places.the chocolate. Mexican cake with ice cream was memorable and would highly recommend it. All in all too pricey."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Delicious food! The Flora salad was visually stunning and simply delicious..."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This restaurant is the one that has the mexican taste, is real, very good ingredients, their pozole is one of the best I have tryied and the panuchos just delicious"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I was disappointed to find out that they do not make fresh guacamole at your table anymore; I had been to this restaurant twice in the past and had been looking forward to having this again. Our waitress was very unpleasant, which was surprising since I had enjoyed the service at this pklace twice before. Perhaps the manager needs to work on improving these defects."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything is average, except for the price...not worth the extra $$$ for an okay meal. I was looking for a great venue to celebrate my partner's birthday...Colibri has a good location; aim at tourist, not for SF locals."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We've been dining at Colibri for years but wont be going back. The portions have shrunk, the prices have risen, the service is lagging and the food is not as good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Colibri - the Margaritas were excellent and the food great. Took our two kids and the waiter was very nice to them as well. Great food, great service - highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excellent service, excellent food. Special detail to the food recipes, food is full of flavor. Bottomless mimosas are an added bonus too."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Went here for lunch before attending the symphony. Outstanding service, food, the entire experience was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Another delicious pre-dinner show. However, as is often the case at Colibri, they seemed to be understaffed (or their staff is under trained). They take your order, then disappear. Took about 15 minutes to get our initial cheque, then get the final so we could leave. Nearly late for our show. Wish they'd worked on improving their service staff."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "This was and third (and last) try at this restaurant. I have yet to find anything (other than the mild guacamole) that was not too spicy hot to my taste. I queried the server about the spiciness of several dishes and was told that the flautas were NOT spicy. I took one bite and sent it back. I have eaten at many Mexican restaurants and have never had the problem I have had here on each occasion I have dined here. So, don't believe what they tell you. It's SPICEY!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I travel to the city about six to right times per year for overnight business trips and usually look for a good dinner.Colibri was an awesome surprise as my business associate wanted Mexican food. we loved the guacamole and tortillas as well as the soup. The Margarita was top notch and expect to go back on next trip."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I loved the tacos de pescado, but the duck was almost raw in the center of the slices and so tough you could not cut them with the table knife. The dessert we ordered was achingly sweet without the expected bite of cinnamon based on the menu description. But the warm tortillas were great."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The menu is not the typical Mexican. Everyone in the group was satisfied with their food. While it was a bit noisy we were able to have a conversation and enjoy the evening. The wait staff was efficient, polite and attentive."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Food was great. We were there with my stepson who is going to school in Vancouver BC n told us he was craving Mexican cuisine. N this place certainly hit the spot for him! Only thing was service seemed to take a bit of waiting n the lady that was serving our section seemed like she had a long tiring day. Anyhow it was a happy occasion for us so we tried not to let that bother us too much, plus the fabulous food more then made up for it."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Loved the choice of tequila and had an excellent margarita. Poziole was amazing too!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I was disappointed with the food served on Valentine's night. Our ceviche fish was very dry, the main dish was very small, and the restaurant ran out of both desserts offered on the fixed menu. We ended up being served a brownie with ice cream! So mexican! :/"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "By far the best sangria I've had...so good, we came back the next day for a couple of carafes."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I always enjoy dining at Colibri when visiting. We usually have the entrees but opted to try 3 appetizers & a salad to share this time. The chicken, white fish, pork carnitas & mixed vegetable appetizers suggested by our waitress were absolutely delicious and beautifully prepared but too much for us to finish. We loved the unusual jicama & mango salad as well as the complimentary fresh tortillas. Service was also outstanding."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Finally tried this restaurant, good service, good food, the Chicken Mole was outstanding! A bit pricey, so, better for special occasions"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great brunch spot near union square, 10$ all you can drink mimosas with the purchase of an entree. They were fresh squeezed as well and tasted great. Service was excellent and made sure our glasses were always full. Very attentive. From out of town and on our next trip back to SF we will come visit again!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "as a mexican this is our favorite authentic nice restaurant, pretty and comfy and the food 99.999% mexican flavors"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We have been fans of Colibri's for more than a few yrs. We recommend it to any of our friends that stay in SF. We have never been disappointed by the food or Sangria. This past visit our service was really off. Reservations were made thru Open Table for 8pm on a Thu nite, we arrived 5 min early & still waited 15 min. We were seated & sat another 10 to have a server greet us w/water. Once we ordered things ran smoother because of the 2 food runners. We then waited awhile for the check. Trust us we get it when places are busy, but this wasn't the case this nite. The server either had too many tables or it was a really off night for her. Don't worry we love the proximity and the food of this restaurant, hope this was just a random situation."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I've been here a number of times since they opened and the quality has been consistently good. There's more seasonal variation in the menu now than there used to be but the dishes are delicious. Portions may not look huge but they are definitely filling! I always love the sopes surtidos and the filet mignon, and the churros are to die for (this is one of a very few restaurants where I don't order a chocolate dessert). It's right across from ACT and the Curran Theater, so this is a great place to eat before a show. The main drawback is their wooden chairs are not very comfortable, so I try to get a booth whenever possible."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Food was good and the service was great. Fresh guacamole was amazing! I also ordered the chips which came with dipping sauce. The drink I ordered was margartini. It was flavorful and strong. Entree was the stuffed chicken option. It was good, but portion the size was...petite. I'm glad I'd ordered an appetizer or I would have been hungry afterwards! I would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We order a number of small plates so we got a good sampling of flavor. All were great. Skip the tortilla chips and stick to the house made tortillas - terrific. Lots of gluten free dishes."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Colibri has been one of my go-to places in the theater district for some years now. Although the food and drinks are still remarkably good, the service tends to be...spotty. Our guacamole came quickly. Long before our drinks. The table next to us had similar problems with their drinks, and even had at least one of their dishes arrive before drinks. The waiter blamed a back-up at the bar, but we could see the bar, and they weren't exactly working hard. But everything eventually came, and the food was terrific. Guacamole was nice, with good texture and some spice. The ceviche was really good, as were the camarones en mole. The chili relleno was just OK. Got done in time to cross the street to the theater."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Great place for great breakfast before Sunday ACT matinee. Not as efficient ascyears past, but still great cookong."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "What I love about this Mexican restaurant is that it is not your run-of-the-mill taco/enchilada cafe. The creative menu has interesting creations that you won't see at other restaurants. The made-to-order guacamole is delicious. Their fish dishes are also great."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had an early dinner here after a matintee (4:00) so the place was pretty empty, but the food was incredible. It was quiet while we were there, but I don't know how it is with a full restaurant. Through OpenTable I had requested a table for six, and asked to accommodate a wheelchair, so one less chair, and they had the table all ready for us. Great food, but had to order chips, they weren't automatically delivered to the table."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Loved the roast duck paired with a unique mole sauce. Menu choices are creative and flavors are distinctive. Lively, indeed, quite noisy -- but conveniently located to theatres and definitely worth a return!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Right across the street from A.C.T. and the Curran and & just steps from Union Square the restaurant highlights regional dishes from Mexico made with fresh, local ingredients. The warm decor is hacienda-style with a beautiful back-bar and an extensive tequila selection. Highlights include fresh margaritas (on the rocks or chilled, no Squishees here), Guacamole made fresh table-side, freshly made corn tortillas, chips and salsas. My date had perfectly cooked carnitas and I had the sopes sampler, followed by one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth - custard filled churros with dulce de leche ice cream. Not to be missed, we will be coming back to check out the moles and maybethe warm chocolate cake! Reservations highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We were there during a very hectic time in San Francisco. The staff is gracious, not easy to say about many places during what we learned was a conference going on in the area!! The food delicious and servings just right. The cocktails/bar are truly perfect for either a quick business cocktail or group get together."
    Dined on 1/14/2014