This restaurant now offers Takeout

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View Takeout menu

Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.4
1153 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Calavera’s diverse menu celebrates the unique and layered gastronomy of Mexico. Using traditional ingredients and techniques, Chef Omar Huerta 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 bottle wine list. Come enjoy the spirit of Mexico in an artistic, comfortable environment in Oakland's uptown!

Support Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1153 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
BF
BrookeF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, drinks and staff were great! The only issue was the online ordering app through Square as there were many glitches and I had to keep opening a new tab every time we added a new drink or food item. I have four receipts I have to process for a work dinner of four people.

KC
KellieC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my husband

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant concept is interesting; the drinks are terrific, but the food is not remarkable. I’m Mexican, and my food expectations are very high; this restaurant missed the mark.

AL
vipAimeeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

the food was great but the service was pretty bad. It felt like I'd ordered grubhub or uber eats or something, but they were letting me use their dining room.

PS
PeterS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner for seven as part of a job interview process with a potential employee from out of state. Your food may have been the thing that closed the deal.

m
vipmaverick
London
43 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good but not great. Ambiance is very good

LL
LLGF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! We order through the QR card and it cam almost immediately. The noise level inside the restaurant was pretty loud, but still fun and lively. We had a great time!

EA
vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with Clase Azul, then the Ensalada de La Casa which was fresh, spicy and crispy. Also ordered the Queso Quesadilla with Mushrooms and Shrimp which was OUTSTANDING. Will have to try this combination again.

NW
vipNinaW
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During this time - the service was AMAZING and attentive. Food was fabulous!

e
vipellaschris
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The margaritas were real good ! Must order a pitcher !!!!
We had the salad which was nice and spicy , and the fish tacos to share where a must order ! As well as the octopus starter which was chaired perfectly which is a must order and we shared The pork dish which comes with the home made tortillas !

RA
RichardA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I really like this restaurant. Food and ambiance are good. My only complaint is that you order everything thru your phone and have to pay each time your order something. They add a 20% service charge to each order. I think that is steep considering there are no waiters, just food runners.

LJ
LoraineJosh
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating at Calavera. Their upscale Mexican food is always good and their service is good also. We like their outdoor seating which works well for us. Will visit again soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, amazing service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After receiving really bad customer service, we didn’t bother to stay there. So we were in and out in a couple of mins.

We made a reservation for outdoor dining and made sure by calling them ahead of time that they allowed pets. We had just completed 4 hr hike and were starving and wanted a relatively colder place while we ate. We were greeted and walked us to a spot outdoor that was partly in shade so we said we would prefer a spot that was cooler and fully shaded. The hostess was like we don’t give other spots coz we had a big dog. This was when there were absolutely no one in the outdoor dining area and they had about 15 tables outside. So we pointed another table on the other side and asked if we could have it and the hostess said sure and walked us to a completely different table which was even worse than the first one. When we said that was not one we wanted but a different one, again the hostess was like sorry we can’t have you that table. My wife and I had enough of this BS and just walked out. We are so glad we did coz we found another spot next door and they were super nice and accommodating us. Truth be told we ended up having a partly shaded area and that was coz they were only doing outdoor dining and they gave us the best spot that was available ( it was fully crowded with a lots of other pets). I would never visit this mexican place coz they had someone who is clueless about customer service and empathy

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Had reservations- arrived and hostess said before anything- it’s gonna be an hour wait. I said I have reservations, she said oh, well we just had a really big party so I don’t know. Can you wait?
So I waited. She comes back and says they had a large party and everyone is so busy- we can’t have the patio which we had reserved. So, we said we’d take any seat available. Sat us in a decent enough spot, told us to use QR code to order. Get ready to do that and look through the menu, server comes up and asks if we’re expecting service. I said…yes? At this point the experience was so bad and I felt so unwelcome I wasn’t sure what to say. Still, we proceed to order drinks. My fiancé asks about the tequila to which she is told- I don’t know, you have to ask a bartender…isn’t this a tequila bar? Ok….fiancé and I order, before drinks arrive we decide we aren’t going to stay. Who knows how long or how bad the service would get. Got chips and salsa which was actually delicious- I ordered a Diet Coke and server brought me a can of Diet Coke. Weird. Sucks because it smelled amazing and I wanted to eat but we felt unwelcome and like a bother.

JJ
JaneJax
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I like their new Covid ordering / payment system. Tee staff is very attentive and the orders come out quickly

SG
StephanieG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated my son’s 18th birthday. The service was great. Everyone was very attentive and extremely accommodating and personable.

RH
RockHudson
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not worth it unless you're drinking. Seems like it would be a fun place for happy hour, though.

LA
vipLorriA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Calavera delivers fresh, imaginative, Oaxacan-influenced Mexican food in a spacious, airy environment. The outdoor patio is perfect for those not yet ready to eat indoors. Don’t miss the cocktails. My faves are the spicy citrus margarita and the salt air. Yummy!!!

GS
GraceS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great overall and would go back! They even called us to tell us we left a coat. Such great service!

KO
KatieO
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, yummy cocktails and excellent service. What more can you ask for?! It's very clean and they are abiding by covid procedures. We dined outside and it wasn't noisy at all. Had a great time, can't wait to come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside deck was perfect spot for a meeting.

BB
BlaiseB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, extremely fast service!!! The only thing is that the phone ordering system tries to trick you into tipping 20% before you even get your food, and without actual service staff (besides runners).

GR
GeorginaR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I did not like the experience of the restaurant in general. Having to order my food and pay as I go brought the dinning experience from restaurant to cafeteria. I did not feel served by the waiters, as they were just there to answer any menu questions, bring out plates and removes plates. They were essentially bus boys.
At one point, I ordered a drink and didn’t receive confirmation. The drink was canceled by the restaurant and I had to check through my bank to make sure it hadn’t been charged. It was a bad restaurant experience due to this new cafeteria way of ordering food online, and paying as one goes.

Now, what little human interaction we did have was pleasant. The staff was warm and fun to interact with. Sad that it wasn’t a regular serving experience.
Having a server means I get to interact with one restaurant representative throughout the experience and they make sure everything is going as it should. Not with this experience. I had to look out for my self. I did not feel serviced by experience due to how it’s set up.
The food quality was fair to good.
The drinks and bar tender were fantastic. The dessert was good too. It was my birthday dinner and I was hoping for a better experience that what we paid for.
Unfortunately we won’t be returning and the cafeteria experience is the reason I’ll be sharing to discourage others from experiencing.

NW
vipNicoleW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was my first time trying Calavera. My daughter and I went for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. It took a while for us to be greeted when we arrived, although our hostess was very friendly after she seated us. You order and pay for your meal through an app. If you want additional items after your initial order you must pay again through the app. This made the wait time longer, and we had to check to see if our order went through. I didn't mind the wait time because we were enjoying our lunch, but if we were in a hurry I would not eat here.

We had to ask for refills on our drinks, even though our server walked by our table several times.

The food is outstanding. I especially enjoyed the tacos.

There are so many wonderful food choices in the Bay Area. I would not choose Calavera again; however, I am glad we came.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

That was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever encountered. The hostess was oblivious, the food was so bland, we ended up just leaving after we finished our drinks, it was a very disappointing experience. We understand everything is a shitshow “post-Covid” but this was bananas. They’re clearly so understaffed and the new line cooks do not know what’s up.

MG
MelindaG
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Mexican salad and the Grilled Octopus, 2 appetizers. They were both main dish size. Since I rarely have the chance to eat octopus, I focused on that and brought the salad home. The Mole Amarillo that accompanied the octopus was unusual, complex, spicy and completely delicious. After trying it, I ordered a side of corn tortillas and was really happy with that addition. The description of this dish on the menu does not describe how wonderful this dish is. Although it is not a suggested addition for the dish, ask for corn tortillas. My companion ordered the enchiladas de mole con pollo and loved them.
We also had the passion-ginger limeade that was wonderful. Service was attentive without being intrusive - just right.

EA
vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the Guacamole Verde and the Camarones Tacos with lots of water and Clase Azul. Everything was great, including Pablo and sara

WS
vipWendyS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

If you prefer dining with full sun in your eyes, a meal that they bring out the appetizer with the entrees and no servers, this is the place for you!

The food is good but management needs to rethink the process of ordering.

v
vmc427
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One glich is that if you oder everything at once , it all comes out together

RG
RadhikaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is so friendly and love that fur babies are allowed on the patio. Good and drinks are yummy!

k
kenp
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The waitstaff were helpful, we were seated on the patio as we requested, and the food was flavorful and creative. I’ve eaten at Calavera twice before and If anything, it has improved.

SP
SharonP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The Carnitas tacos were disappointing. The meat was overcooked and dry and actually hard on some of the pieces and the tortilla was soggy and wet. Our appetizer came after our main course for lunch. We were also be disappointed this time

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We ordered mole enchiladas, enchiladas suizas, shrimp tacos , tinga tacos all delicious!
Except for the chips , guacamole and salsa. Guacamole was not fresh . Don’t order the chips!! They were stale and hard , I chipped a tooth !

E
Enlisted
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Calavera to host a 9 person business dinner. The staff was incredibly accommodating for our large party. The food and cocktails were outstanding. I love the giant spirits wall and altar inside the restaurant. My client's visiting Oakland from Minneapolis were wowed by the flavors.

K
Kimberly
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is great, a beautiful space with lots to look at. Servers were prompt and friendly, giving feedback about entrees and selections and checking in at appropriate intervals. Food was yummy with a wide range to choose from. My party ordered appetizers as well as entrees and enjoyed everything (guacamole, aguachile verde, tostadas de atun, barbacoa, mole enchiladas and the cochinita pibil). A nice spot to come and unwind with good food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food quality appears to be going down and the service is nonexistent. I really hope that they upgrade their game because this was one of my favorite restaurants. I just don’t understand why the owners would allow this restaurant to go down. Oakland needs good restaurants so badly.

JW
JasonW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The phone-based ordering system kinda detracts from the fine dining experience. There’s no option to customize, and nobody is around to answer questions about the menu. Oddly, coffee was nowhere to be found on the brunch menu. I really enjoyed my food, but I’m not sure that the price was justified.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, the habenero hot sauce was one of the finest I have eaten. We were there for breakfast/brunch so it was disappointing that there wasn’t any coffee or tea on the menu, but we were able to get some from the coffee shack next door. Other than that minor irritation, everything was good, the ambience, the staff and the food was very good indeed.

MK
MikeK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent, would come back again. They where using this order system using a QR code and no wait staff which sounds good on paper. Some kinks In timing tho. Appetizers were slow to come and main dishes were delivered right after that which all preceded the margs. All very awkward.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar using the Order Online button. Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 338-3273.

Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 1153 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.