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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.4
1032 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 1032 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ayanas
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

delicious, however even with covid the servers are not that attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cinco de Mayo

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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.

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JessicaG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were delicious and thoughtfully curated. I would recommend this lovely Calavera to anyone visiting Oakland.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
195 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Guacamole Verde, Plato de Carnitas, Breakfast Burrito with Shrimp. All dishes were great and our server (Enriqueta) was OUTSTANDING

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Food was cold

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I thought it was good

SM
StacM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I appreciated management adherence to health protocols.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

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.

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Brigette
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vipCatherineL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe and efficient non-contact ordering and payment.

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ayanas
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipKrystalS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and great service. I will definitely be back.

JA
vipJenAndSteve
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The asparagus and tuna appetizers and guac were so good! We enjoyed ourselves and felt safe with their protocols.

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vipPenelopeT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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!

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ShayeR
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

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PerfectlyNormalBeast
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Chris
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious but a little pricey for elevated Mexican

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vipmoofus
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Their vegan dishes are the best I’ve had at any Mexican restaurant

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Carolina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious margs, chips & guac, and carne asada!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very safe protocols and welcoming staff

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

SM
SameenahM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not real Mexican food, not to mention bland. And they need to work on their communication skills.

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yamileM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff pretty polite. Good presentation dishes 👌🏽

CB
vipCharlesB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food over salty, and expense was over the top. Won't go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipDelish
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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jerryh
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Slow and inattentive service. Batch drinks. Food quality has suffered.

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GeorgeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, nice service, but the system for ordering and paying was very poor.Hard to get all the orders on one check. I will be back for good Mexican food

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MeghanG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Scallops were too fishy to eat, then had 2 entrees and both were cold/lukewarm. The rice was good and hot and the flavors were good on both entrees but being cold ruined it. It was like it was old had been sitting out.

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CarolU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Very safety conscious. Def recommend

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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 1032 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.