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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.5
1227 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
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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
What 1227 people are saying
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AshleyF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks great to meal!

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Piedmontfoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I've been a number of times for drinks and dinner, and for some reason on this visit the food was completely off. The rib-eye steak was charred, the meat beyond well-done, almost inedible. The octopus was also tough and difficult to cut and chew. The margarita was overly sweet. I did tell the server to to tell the kitchen that the steak was overdone, but didn't want to make a big deal out of it. He didn't apologize or offer to comp any of the meal, but I didn't ask either. I will continue coming for happy hour but not for a regular meal.

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LVLLL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food is excellent but their 2 person tables are WAY too small if you are ordering to share and when the waiter brought us the third dish we had to scoop out one dish into another that was not empty yet to make room and have our plates halfway off the table. You would think they would sit us at a bigger table. We ordered 3 dishes, this is not outlandish.

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vipLailaF
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful 🌮 for a vegan like me. The cocktails were great 👍🏽

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vipZB21
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The cocktails are fantastic (but the bloody mix is a little bit chunky which is weird but not bad) and the alcohol/spirits offerings is huge! The food is all around fairly good. There wasn't anything mind blowing but it wall good. They do need to work on their poached eggs - the yoke shouldn't be cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely divine atmosphere. Unique and thoughtful. Food was epic.

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chchcher
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor brunch! Excellent location — especially if you have a toddler like us — and outstanding food & service! Thank you! We were able to enjoy brunch without worrying about catching covid — what a blessing!

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JenC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The liquor is quite expensive - $15 for a small-ish margarita and $9 for a can of beer, yikes! The food was tasty, so next time I'll load up on cocktails before I go.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and service are so good!!

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vipValtoid
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Calavera - we are here at least 1x per week for dinner and it is our neighborhood haunt. The front-of-house and wait staff are terrific - always kind and friendly. Love the ambiance of the outdoor patio and they are always accommodating with our fur-baby bringing him water and giving him loads of love.
Cocktails are amazing, food is consistently great. We always bring our friends here when they come to visit us in Northgate Waverly and they love it as well.
Our go-to faves are the Mezcalero cocktail, the Princessa cocktail, and the spicy margarita.
Food faves are the shrimp enchiladas, cochinta pibil and the lamb.
Tacos are also amazing.
Highly recommend.

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vipgingembre
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful outdoor dining on a Sunday afternoon. We were toasty warm on the covered patio! We enjoyed the beautifully prepared and creative cocktails, especially the two different gin and tonics on the menu. Delicious poke-like ahi tuna tostada with jicama and the creamy tortilla soup was unlike any I've had before. Great spot for an early supper.

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BrendaJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. The ordering process was a bit off putting since we were a group of 8 boomers and not quite up to snuff with the modern technology of ordering. Food came at different times since there were 3 different orders from the table. We did not all eat simultaneously but food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book club holiday gathering

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious! The service was wonderful. I’ll definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good fold but restaurant was cold.

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vipDeniseN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful place with great service and great food!

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DavidS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Requested a table with privacy, which is what we got. Service was super friendly and accommodating. Food (brunch) was okay; didn’t make as great an impression on my date as I had planned from past dinner experiences.

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BK99
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, ambiance was fun. We all enjoyed it. I've come a few times before and it is a great go to for unique Mexican food.

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SarahV
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More crowded than I thought it would be but it's been a while since I've been out

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UberMortal
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great find. Food and service were very good and the atmosphere was on point (quiet yet energetic). The only critique, and this is more a comment on the state of things today and not specifically on Calavera, is the ordering process. Everything, from viewing, ordering, and paying, is done through an app. This removed the typical nice conversation with your server where they discuss specials and where you can ask a few questions. Felt like a high-quailty cafeteria or fast-food order experience.

When in town I will happily go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Meeting up with old friends

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Harrison
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Did not have a table for the requested reservation, food was not very good.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was quite expensive, not very good and small portions. Drinks were good but expensive as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Nice menu, tacos, ceviche delicious. Mix up the tacos on one platter? Might be nice. Service not great; forgot part of order, had to ask twice, took fork and never brought another and we couldn’t get their attention. Didn’t clear plates until second ‘order’ came which was a bit awkward.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time on the patio! Food was spectacular and servers were super friendly. Highly recommend this spot!

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Pat2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like the food at Calavera, very good quality. Everyone was very friendly, too and service was fast.

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vipJaneC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the house margaritas, quesadillas, flautas de papas and - just everything. Wonderful, warm greeting on arrival from the ever-charming Ryan and can't say enough about the funny and attentive Gabby. Such a great atmosphere. Been there many times, but how did I not notice the subtle Calaveras painted on the terra-cotta wall until last night?

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MaxR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We are repeat customers, and disappointed to experience food quality has significantly dropped.

Had the following:

- Aguachile Verde: only dish we most enjoyed. Spicy and well portioned
- Pulpo Asado: pulpo was well charred, but was way to chewy.
- carnitas tacos: carnitas was bit dry. Otherwise, tasty.
- roasted whole snapper: looks great, but fish was not fresh & tasted very fishy and dish was overall under-seasoned.
- frijoles refritos: too dry… way too dry….

Online ordering and food drop off made us feel like eating at a canteen.

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

tequila flight was good!!

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Jazzy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my neighborhood go toos. Never disappoints me or the guests I bring. Has also been great for takeout. There are often seasonal menu changes so there is always a variety of choices. Love when the weather allows outdoor patio seating. Service always good. Enjoy!

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eulaliom
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was really good the food sadly was decent at best. However, it was a very nice clean and very nice place to have dinner.

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VanessaA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything was fantastic, from the service to the food. The staff were friendly and took the time to explain how to use the mobile system to place our order. The food was phenomenal; the mole really hit home because it was as if my grandmother or mother made it. My only critique is to perhaps allow the inside of the churrodona to cook a little longer. Other than that, everything was exceptional.

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Drsizzles
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff. Love this place , check it out

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordering is done via app, so if you want the cocktails and firsts to come out before the entrees you have to not order entrees at first.
We had the classic margarita and salt air sandia which were excellent.
We started with guacamole. This was the only average dish.
For entrees we got the cochinita pibil and carnitas tacos, both fantastic, as well as green rice and refried beans that were enjoyable.
Our server was very welcoming and happy to answer questions.
It was a lovely evening and we'll be sure to come back!

JD
JDeats
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you eat meat have the best barbacoa in California. Unctuous to the point of bliss. The cochinita is juicy, tender full of cinnamon. I also appreciate the menu is clear for dietary restrictions. The chips with cricket are fun too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was terrible. Automated ordering - which means nobody is overseeing food delivery. Food arrived intermittently, cold, and over-cooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are always helpful, friendly, and proactive Shout out to Andy!

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Shay
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the large house margarita jar. We had some delicious fried cheese. My tacos were good but not great and I wasn’t a fan of the chips, but overall good drinks and solid food and good ambiance.

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MichaelW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite (the mole!!!) and our drinks were divine. I highly recommend a Paloma with fresh grapefruit juice. Amazing!

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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 4.5 stars by 1227 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.