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About Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

Calavera’s diverse menu celebrates the unique and layered gastronomy of Mexico. Using traditional ingredients and techniques, Chef Gustavo Romero presents both new and familiar Mexican flavors with an inspired, modern perspective. Calavera offers a full bar with an extensive tequila and mezcal collection, innovative cocktails, and a 120+ bottle wine list. Come enjoy the spirit of Mexico in an artistic, comfortable environment in Oakland's uptown!

2337 Broadway
Oakland Hive
Oakland, CA 94612
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
23rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 338-3273

Website:
http://www.calaveraoakland.com/

Parking Details:
The HIVE paid parking lot is available to guests on weekends and weekdays after 6pm.

Public Transit:
We are a 4-block walk from the 19th Street BART stop in Oakland.

Executive Chef:
Gustavo Romero

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We'd love to host your special event!

Please e-mail events@calaveraoakland.com for more information or use the private events link on our website: www.calaveraoakland.com/events

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Calavera can accommodate all your special event needs.

Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Spicy (18)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tapas (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
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Worth the Drive (6)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Calavera was a great choice for the business lunch. They had an open table at the time we needed. It was a little loud and could use acoustic dampening. Delicious food overall and great ambiance. I will have to try the tequila and mezcal another time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went for a late lunch on Sunday. Not too crowded so the noise level was relatively low. Tuna ceviche was delicious. Server was not very attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fun place, terrific food and very cool staff. Enjoyed our visit very much - look forward to returning.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Sweet waiter, great service and delicious food. Egg and chorizo tacos, chilaquiles and tres leches French toast were all outstanding, as was my virgin Bloody Mary. My in-laws wished for more traditional breakfast offerings, but you can’t please everyone!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great place in uptown, small room for improvement but fun place to have a well crafted meal with friends. Loud but you can still have a conversation, service was good and delicious food. Tacos, rice & margaritas!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We did not know when we made the dinner reservation that we would be seated in an outside area. The heavy drop down clear plastic shades that surround the area have large gaps at the corners, which is where we were seated. Midway through dinner a breeze kicked up--to say the least, it was cold and unpleasant. A lot of restaurants have outdoor seating, which they manage to keep heated. I mentioned to the manager on the way out that it was really unpleasant; she was nice and told me they were aware of the problem. She also mentioned that when their dining room is fully booked, Open Table reservations are taken for the outside area or high top tables in the bar area. I don't recall seeing any mention of this when we made the reservation. Even so, I would have assumed an outdoor area would have enough heating to dine comfortably in winter. Also, a heads up on the high top tables would have been good--one of our party has a disability and had they assigned us one of those tables, we would not have been able to be seated. I've used Open Table for years and this is the first time I've gotten what I consider to be second rate seating. If you book here, call to confirm that you have a table in the dining room. Food good, service excellent but the overall experience was unsatisfactory for the reason stated.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Beautiful setting and ambiance. Delicious, slow cooked carnivore-oriented dishes. Cocktails were amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Planned a business dinner for 2 groups of 10 and they were very accommodating. The food was fantastic and they were more than helpful with food allergies. SO pleasantly surprised since we didn't know much prior to going. Will definitely go back when in town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Authentic, Healthy, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was suitable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Menu is relatively small, but excellent. Tacos ( 3 choices: carnitas, chicken, or eggplant, we had one of each) very tasty, Cochinita Pibil was fantastic, with tons of flavorful pork. Guac and thick/crispy chip appetizer was good, though not complex or spicy. Both the house margarita and the Ron Cooper (margarita with a shot of mezcal) were delicious. When the signature espuma cocktail (Princesa de la Maracuya) was not to our taste, our waiter quickly replaced it with a different (and excellent) drink, at no charge. We went home very happy and will be back!
One word of warning: Calavera delivers delicious food from the Oaxacan region. If you're looking for a burrito or enchilada, keep looking!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The ambience and staff are great! However the food was not good at all! No Flavor! I would rather eat out of a taco truck or Taco Bell, then eat another meal here. They need to switch up the food because everything else about this place is great including the bar selection. Some of the most amazing gourmet cocktails.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is my 3rd time to Calavera and I usually always recommend it to people, but with the preface that it's a little pricey.

The service is very good too, however, if you pay attention, the waiters/waitresses usually always recommend the most expensive items on the menu, and try to up-sell you a lot. It's a standard practice with a lot of restaurants, but I noticed it quite a bit here. Be wary.

If money ain't a thing, go for it!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We went for 4 birthdays and notified the restaurant ahead of time. This was never acknowledged. One person became ill after dining there. The food was just ok. Not enough flavor and luke warm. Disappointing. Great cocktails.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The ambiance of Calavera was great. The food was okay. It did not knock my socks off. I was expecting more flavor after reviewing the menu. The margaritas were good. Service was top-notch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I really love this restaurant. The food is excellent - interesting and full of flavor - and the cocktails are outstanding. Everything's good but, for something simple and cozy, I highly recommend the chicken soup. Oh - and the chips are great, thick-cut and yummy!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Spicy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Finally
The restaurant has finally gotten it all right. We had its usual delicious food coupled with excellent service from both the kitchen and our waitress. It’s authentic menu and interesting selections make this a standout

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We made a reservation for 5 and then 4 more joined us and they were super accommodating. Thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Carnitas tacos were amazing. The drinks and desserts awesome. We loved it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wait staff literally would not look at you if you were ready to order or needed anything. They ignored us for 15 minutes. We have been there many times and really like the place. Normally with our group we get two “ jaras” of margaritas. Our waitress didn’t know what a jara was so she just walked off till I flagged someone else down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This place is stupendous. Delicious, creative and unusual mexican food. This will be one of my go-to places. A real find in Oakland.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was friendly, but slow and our server missed a few things on a not so busy night. Quesadilla, duck tacos, and shrimp ceviche were hits. The cochinita pibil was very good too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

First time there, for my birthday with table of 4. Food was interesting and exceptionally good. Very nice service. Also bought 2 of their cool T-shirts

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We ordered grilled fish. The spices on it were amazing!! Our waiter was highly informed and very helpful

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

soup was over salty, the rest of the food was ok, not bad but not outstanding.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Our server accidentally gave us inaccurate information about our beer, and corrected herself as soon as she figured out her mistake. I would absolutely go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Delicious food and drinks. Excellent service. Chicken tacos and shrimp were excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Five of us celebrated a birthday at Calavera, and it was the first visit for four out of the five. Everyone loved the food selections, which we decided to order family style. We had the branzino, duck tacos, carnitas tacos, crispy potatoes and cauliflower. There was plenty of food and nothing left over.

We liked the flavor profiles and the unique Mexican-inspired dishes. Everyone felt that they'd come back again.

The wait staff was terrific and friendly without being overbearing. Good recommendations from our server!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great take on fresh Mexican with quality ingredients. Fun happy hour with really good prices. I especially loved the Mexican wines on the list. Nice touch. Good place to go for a fun, casual meal in downtown Oakland.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was wonderful except for the noise. That was so high that conversation was impossible.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food is a standout here for sure. The service was good and the ambience pretty nice but those homemade tortillas dude...and the beans and the meats. So nice. Very good mescal drinks as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We selected this restaurant because it was close to the Paramount Theater. The outdoor seating was great (it was a warm day). The server was very nice. However, we waited about 15+ minutes before anyone checked in with us. 30+ minutes after that for our drinks to arrive. The server said the bar was backed up, but 30 minutes seems more like the bartender didn't show up for work that night. The guacamole arrived before the drinks. The Margaritas were nice. The chips were nice. The guac meh. The meal was mediocre at best. If there is nothing else available pre-theater or some other occasion, maybe for a margarita chips. The rest, I'd skip.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We came here before a show. The food was amazing. However, it’s disappointing when dessert takes more than 30 minutes to arrive at the table and there is no communication from the server as to why it’s taking longer than the 15 minutes promised.

It’s crazy how poor service /a lack of communication can really color the entire experience.

We were told the kitchen was running behind due to the show demand. I’m not sure a restaurant can last if they can’t keep up with demand. It’s a shame, the food really was special !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Chose to have a small birthday celebration with 6 people on Sunday afternoon. Restaurant was about a third full both inside and out. We chose the patio. No server came over in the first 25 to 30 minutes. We did get water twice, no chips. Finally server made it to the table and I commented that a new record was set for longest wait to get a drink in a Mexican restaurant.
Server said they were understaffed and only 1 bartender. While I am certain it was true, it made for an awful experience. To top things off, we all ordered our food and mine did not arrive. Server said there was a mix up. Hmmm, could be coincidence or just poor service playing through. The 6 of us agreed that it was too bad as food was very good but this group will not be returning. Good luck, you might need it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had not been here since it opened and really enjoyed it. It was a warm Fall evening and the outdoor seating was perfect. We were a large party and wanted a lower noise level for conversation. The staff recommended outside and I am glad I went for that.
I am always looking for authentic Mexican cuisine and can say that Calavera comes close.
The mole tasted great. 2 chicken pieces was a generous portion but there could have been more mole on the plate. The Chile Relleno was different in that the poblano pepper was almost raw. It made it hard to cut and should have been more cooked through. That dish was also very small in my opinion. Everyone else had tacos and seemed to like them.
The chips are a little too thick for my taste. I like thin and crispy tortilla chips.
Our waiter was really great. Very patient. Some people arrived late and he explained the menu multiple times.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

food is great.....beware of noise level! it can be if there are large, noisy tables.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Kind, friendly staff. Relaxed atmosphere. Good set of options on the menu. Three of four of us enjoyed our meal. One of us had the pork chop and it was definitely over cooked but otherwise drinks were great and the guacamole verde is excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was amazing, and the cocktails were so creative and delicious! 10/10 would go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent lunch! The food was unique and just great. Would love to return for dinner sometime

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fabulous food, good service, great ambience and in a wonderful neighborhood

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Got a seat on the patio and had a fabulous brunch. Really enjoyed the mimosas and eggs. Excellent choice all around.

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