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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.4
1082 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!

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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 1082 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahL
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

With the online ordering system you rarely see a server. We had no water and one person came by once. They automatically included a 20% tip which was not deserving.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was quite good. The problem was the rude, slow, and nonexistent service. Never been to an expensive restaurant like this one before where the entire experience was ruined by such a horrible greeter and lack of service.

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JamieG
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Was looking forward to introducing two friends to Calavera, but sorely disappointed in the dinner now. Over-spiced salad, guacamole and the Hongas were bland. I had the vegetarian dinner, which was unmemorable. My friends enjoyed their Tacos de Pollo and Braised Pork though.

The wait staff was very friendly and helpful, but the software to order wasn't functioning on my phone and by the time we even ordered a drink and starters we'd been there for a good 30 minutes.

We let that pass, as the restaurant is just reopening in a bigger capacity and they were flooded with diners.

I'll say yes to recommending, but with caution and in hope of better food as they reopen in full.

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Lala
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ordered the wrong plate it was $2 difference than what we wanted.. Rather than switching it out they had to issue a refund and we had to repurchase it too much work.. we just kept it..customer service is always very important to keep your customers..

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Lea25
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails. Outside seating was pleasant.

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SteveG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very good. Location is fun. Service is good. Food is prepared fast with high quality.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the food came out so quickly!

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DezireeM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

It being our first time in Oakland we decided to try this place, as soon as we arrived we were told we had to order our food via app than pay before food and drinks would come to our table. Our plate was missing rice and beans and a server never came to check on us. Out of all the places we tried while visiting this was by far the worst experience.

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ellibonelli
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding! We loved our waiter who was super busy and yet found the time to patiently explain the menu and make recommendations.

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PShaaa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Honestly, it was too expensive given how inconsistent the food was (the tastiest part of a meal shouldn't be the $8.00 side of rice).

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Naijaboy70
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience, but a little on the pricey side on the drinks. Using the contactless ordering system doesn’t allow for all the modifications or requests that you want so that’s a little unsettling.

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HarrietS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very helpful with us b/c we were not experienced with the new ordering using the QR code. The food was outstanding.
It is very loud inside and windy b/c of COVID ventilation requirements.

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
170 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If you like Spivey hot the food is over the top delicious. It was too hot for me and I ate it anyway because it was so darn good. I would have appreciated a clear option for milder and someone checking on us to see if our meals were ok.

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vippacificagirl
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is excellent as always and options of indoor/outdoor space are quite comfortable.
With the change to ordering from your table, it was difficult to get a servers attention to get needed items such as to go boxes. Table behind us was extremely rowdy with no acknowledgement from restaurant staff.

JJ
JimmyJames
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the ambiance. The wait staff was courteous and attentive. The cocktails, and chips, and guac were awesome, and my entree was good (a little salty, but still good).

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vipYCoh
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! We sat on the patio, which is blessedly dog-friendly. The QR code menu and ordering system was easy and smooth, the variety of the menu was great too.

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vipPickyOne
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as usual. They do not have servers anymore and everything is via QR Code. Each time you order something you have to stop and login and order and pay at the time of order. Distracting. When we had interaction with staff, it was always very kind and pleasant, and helpful.

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MxMuffin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had a very ok experience. In spite of our reservation and arriving on time, we were told we'd have to wait 15 for the outside table we reserved so we opted to eat indoors, which was ok but on the noisy side.

Not a fan of the online ordering. It detracts from the dining experience to have to spend that much time figuring crap out on your phone. Also, when you actually need/want something aside from what you've ordered (in our case, napkins), there's no one there. Took 2 asks to get it sorted...didn't feel like we were being looked after.

Their cocktails - while slow to arrive - were as great as ever, as was the mushroom ceviche. The other dishes were fine but nothing that makes me feel like we want to go back anytime soon.

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vipAndyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff really took care of us. We were running a few minutes late for our reservation and called ahead. Once we arrived they were super accommodating and were seated shortly thereafter. The food and drinks were outstanding. Looking forward to our next meal at Calavera.

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DKSF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First girls night out in a very long time! We sat out on the patio and it was awesome. Great food. Great friends. Looking forward to many more.

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VictorH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant was a little overbooked and there was a small hiccup with getting sat in a comfortable space at our reservation time. There was available seating but the assistant to the host was following some strict policy. Anyhow it got resolved and we had a great meal. The table service was great and I would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to scan the menu and order all the items yourself

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vipstevenB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy the the Calavera experience
High quality and interesting menu

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tacos4lunch
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

For some reason, the ordering via online was too much trouble. We tried with 3 phones to order without any success. My boss was about to walk out and change restaurant. Good thing someone came to take our order. The food was good though. Not for lunch especially if your in a rush to eat to get back to work.

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vipJaneC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, and shout out to Ryan, who was staffing the reception desk, answering phones, handling take-out, and pitching in to bus tables, all with a big smile (at least, I think so - he was wearing a mask, but his body language said, "I'm smiling").

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Faulty ordering system, servers and personnel running around, more focus on the entering data on computers than greeting guests. It feels everyone think is too cool

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davidz
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Only reason "service" gets 3 stars is because the restaurant format of ordering and paying from an app, takes much of the traditional service connection away from the dining experience. The service we had was solid, friendly, and timely. At no point could I ask for advice or suggestions on menu items. As this was first time dining there, that's part of the new reality of dining that I'm not used to, yet.

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JY275
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, super service, tasty food. Especially liked that they waited for everyone to finish their entree before serving the dessert.

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and flavorful food! Amazing drinks! Cool ambiance. The melted cheese appetizer and guacamole were both wonderful. Service was excellent.

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AllisonW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty and satisfying - a nice variety offered on menu. Margaritas were thirst-quenching and the restaurant was quite full the night we had dinner. Definitely a repeat visit soon. Thank you !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! Excellent

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Daniel
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overpriced considering the quality of the food was just average. I was annoyed that they charged 20% for a gratuity without any prior notification during the digital ordering process. The wait service was minimal and what service we got was low quality.

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Neil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calavera never disappoints. Great food. Patio is the best in Oakland

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vipDine2
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

No customer service none what so ever. Order was online. Nobody even came to offer water which we couldn’t order online anyways. Chicken tacos were very very spicy. Some items were really good. Overall food was ok. We will probably never go there again.

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JonathanH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Have always like this restaurant but the app ordering on the table losses that human connection with the waiters. Plus food gets rushed all at once. We had drinks , appetizers and dinner brought all at once in less that 10 minutes after ordering. I hadn’t even taken a sip out of my cocktail.

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CAMRWT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and service were good to excellent. Covid precautions, while probably wise, did detract from the overall experience, however, and we will probably not return until conditions return closer to normal. By "precautions" I mean the need to order by phone even when sitting in the restaurant, even to order something as simple as a second margarita, and the need to enter your credit card number by phone in order to pay.

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Maxie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed a wonderful bday here. We had a little trouble ordering from the phone app but the waitress came over and took our order. It was a pleasant experience. Kudos to Calavera!

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ZZZZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious, cool environment and very responsible in terms of Covid-distancing. Amazingly fast service, cordial servers. My first in-person restaurant meal in a year and it was a great experience!

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Anony52
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pre-Covid patio is perfect for post-lockdown outdoor dining. Presumably they will transition away from online ordering to traditional service shortly. The staff was terrific. The drinks are good and the food is very satisfying; we especially liked the starters.

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susanm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the greatest night~! The service, the vibe, the drinks, the meal--all outstanding! loved everything so much, we can't wait to come back!

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 1082 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.