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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Ceviche Verde de Camarones*
shrimp, aguachile verde, compressed cucumber, avocado, green onions, cilantro, Nixtamal totopos
braised pork shank, Spanish white onion, salsa verde de aguacate
miltomate, serrano, cilantro, queso fresco
Ordering situation is tiresome. Otherwise lovely experience. Well set up for COVID precautions and the food was delicious
Guest care, easy service, quick food/drink to table. These folks are awesome!
delicious, however even with covid the servers are not that attentive.
I made a reservation for a covered patio table. We were never able to be seated there and ate at a picnic table outside the restaurant. There was a table who would not leave. The manager did offer us dessert.
We had to download the menu and place our order on the phones. I found that process difficult. I’m used to a dining experience. There was none. I did feel bad for the manager who did try to please us
It just felt like “too much work “ to eat out.
Cinco de Mayo
I was disappointed by how quickly they sent all our dishes to the table. We’d ordered an appetizer and salad—both of which they brought at the same time. Minutes later, they brought one entree. After telling them to please not rush the steak also, they said they understood. Five minutes later the ribeye fajitas were at our table as well. We had to rush to eat because food was rapidly getting cold. For the price and quality of food, better pacing is expected.
Service is limited to bringing out your food and drinks. No one comes to check back once food is delivered snd our drinks came so late we were almost done with our meal. Since you order yourself on an app, there really isn’t a lot of interaction with the server, so if you need something like napkins or more water you may end up getting it yourself. All of that being said, the food was outstanding and the cocktails were fabulous.
The food and drinks were delicious and thoughtfully curated. I would recommend this lovely Calavera to anyone visiting Oakland.
We had the Guacamole Verde, Plato de Carnitas, Breakfast Burrito with Shrimp. All dishes were great and our server (Enriqueta) was OUTSTANDING
Food was cold
I thought it was good
I appreciated management adherence to health protocols.
The food was very expensive and not worth paying for. $68 fish did not come with anything else but just the fish, no veggies, tortillas or anything... just a fish.The $40 carne asada came with 2 small tortillas only. Place was nice but service was unorganized and not personable.
Birthday, didn’t feel like a birthday dinner celebration having to order everything on the phone and not getting a candle or anything for birthday but then again COVID.
Cute place, very nice staff, and delicious drinks. The food was decent but not as good as the drinks. I'd probably return for happy hour, but not a meal. It's VERY, VERY loud.
Went back for the first time since lockdown and was gobsmacked by how incredible the food and cocktails are now as opposed to pre-COVID. Not sure what drove the changes, but I will be back more often going forward!
Safe and efficient non-contact ordering and payment.
Food was absolutely incredible. If you want Mexican food that's full of spice and flavor I 100% recommend. the service was off, as most places are with COVID-19. No water refills, no asking us if we would like another drink, no time between appetizers and entrees. but I would definitely recommend otherwise.
Great good and great service. I will definitely be back.
Loved it! The asparagus and tuna appetizers and guac were so good! We enjoyed ourselves and felt safe with their protocols.
Food was amazing and service was quick and easy. They are very covid conscious and follow all the rules for keeping customers safe and happy.
Loved the Covid safety precautions however, I didn’t like that while eating we were required to put our masks on EVERYTIME a server came back to the table. :( I couldn’t enjoy my meal! Not to mention the servers were all wearing masks so didn’t understand why we needed to put ours back on. Didn’t make much sense especially while we were eating!
Small portions of food. I was told I had to order more tortillas for my tacos because they are handmade. The waitstaff wasn’t attentive and the guy that seated us wasn’t very welcoming or friendly. Not a good first impression. Will not be back.
Staff takes COVID precautions seriously. My second time coming back. Guac and margaritas were good. Have had mushroom tacos in the past which were also good.
Delicious but a little pricey for elevated Mexican
Their vegan dishes are the best I’ve had at any Mexican restaurant
We really enjoyed our visit the online reservation process is great! I really enjoyed not waiting for hours to be seated. Food was delicious and drinks were very tasty I love this place will definitely be coming back
Delicious margs, chips & guac, and carne asada!
Very safe protocols and welcoming staff
Artfully crafted Mexican Cuisine, dreadful service**
2 stars for good cocktails, & mushroom tacos. Service here is non-existent. Your entire food experience is ordered through a QR code, from ordering to paying, which is fine, but throughout the entire experience there is no one to come check on how you're doing. Questions? Forget it, don't bother the staff, which appeared to be a manager and did not welcome any questions... Very limited menu, which apparently eggs are served at 3 PM on a weekend and according to the curly hair manager, dinner doesn't start until 5pm. So I hope you're craving eggs at 3 PM on a Saturday ... cute place, good cocktails, some food arrived cold, but has potential... might be back...
Having every dish come out separately and the need to put masks on every time became fatiguing. I would prefer to have dishes come out in groups to minimize that.
Having said that, I’m extremely grateful for for such a fun night out.
Not real Mexican food, not to mention bland. And they need to work on their communication skills.
Staff pretty polite. Good presentation dishes 👌🏽
Food over salty, and expense was over the top. Won't go back
It’s pretty noise for return to indoor dining. Lots of hard surfaces; lots of animated people indoors for the first
time in months. Blasting music. Be prepared.
Also: workers had trouble enforcing that customers maintain: masks as workers approach the tables.
Met up with a coworker for drinks and dinner- great spot for a casual, fun get together - neat to order and pay via phone, drinks and food came out fast and were absolutely delicious! Loved the carnitas tacos and Pollo mole we ordered. The margaritas and guacamole were on point, too! Will definitely be back with more colleagues, friends and family! Would highly recommend! Great for two to 20!
Everything that came out of the kitchen was stellar.
The house Bloody Maria made with Mezcal was among the best I have had.
We enjoyed our visit very much & look forward to returning with friends.
Omar Huerta is a great Chef.
Drinks are the only reason to go here, food was really sub par. Service was pretty bad too, they have a rule that they won’t approach the table if you don’t have masks on which is totally fine! We actually were happy they had this rule.
But how hard is it to say “hey folks we have your food if you can put on your masks now”. They just awkwardly stood there staring at us and we didn’t know what was happening. It’s not hard to communicate, just speak up!
Slow and inattentive service. Batch drinks. Food quality has suffered.
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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 1035 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.