Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Calavera’s diverse menu celebrates the unique and layered gastronomy of Mexico. Using traditional ingredients and techniques, Chef Luis 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 120+ bottle wine list. Come enjoy the spirit of Mexico in an artistic, comfortable environment in Oakland's uptown!

Specials

Happy Hour 7 days a week

Margarita, Beer and wine special every day of the week

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 9, 2020

Ends: January 10, 2119

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 954 People Are Saying
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4.3
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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very attentive and patient with an indecisive group. Food was tasty, not too many options for vegetarians but everything was wonderfully presented and delicious.

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place for New Mexican. Great food, very attentive service, we were literally screaming at our friends across the table, it was so loud. Food was on high end of $$, in terms of pricing I thought it was expensive relative to what you get. Definitely quality food, but I found myself wanting more of something relative to the price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was dry. Waitress never checked in with us after our food was served. We never saw her again. We ended up having to put cash on the table and left.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Regular menu items were not present, it was a special menu which didnt live up to the expectation. Over priced and not good

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice Valentine’s Day. The spicy Margarita was well worth it.

OT
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Decent food. Really good service and drink options. Kinda pricy considering what you get. We had a good time, though would probably opt for another Mexican restaurant that has similar pricing but better value.

CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Decorations inside the restaurant were great, ambiance was nice. Waitress sat, got order, and fed table next to us even though we had been there 40 minutes already. Still got charged for drinks we returned and did not like. Called manager over and had him take them off. Most likely would not come back.

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and drinks are even better. Try the Mezcalera, it's like liquid sunshine.

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

So I have been here a few times and it never really seems to fulfill my expectations! Its primarily around the food being pretty average for up market Mexican (not rich or tasty), and the ambiance is loud with a few of the doors always open so it never feels cosy! We had a birthday here for a 46 year old 10 people and of course we over ordered, but we did expect our waiter to mentioned that we probably ordered twice as much as we needed. I bit of guidance would have been nice. The one thing that always hits is the Mexican Donuts for dessert.

Likely won't eat here again.

Cluny

V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Trending and average food. Good service and nice location

SH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I have really enjoyed this place since day one. Chris outdid himself and the menu is fresh. Had an event close by and got a reservation last minute for in the porch. It was freezing that evening and after a bit of a wait we got a table under the heater due to the attention of one of the hosts. He took massively good care of us. Kudos!!!!
Hen of the Woods mushrooms deep fried with a mole that was sublime, mescal margarita so good as Posole warmed me up, sis of roasted cauliflower with hazelnuts was generous and I took home 1/2 my Posole and cauliflower because the mushrooms were so rich and filling. A bit loud for my ears but it was doable with a foodie friend who loves energy.

D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow top notch food and generous portions too! We came to be near the New Parkway and were very impressed with the food. Try all the tacos! Service was great too. Highly recommended.

LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was ok but cocktails were great. Fun, inviting space and good service.

k
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fair pricing. Food and drinks are pretty good for the most part. Nice looking place as well.

H
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is more like the best restaurants in Mexico City than like most Mexican restaurants here. No burritos. But plenty of fresh fish and delicious pork dishes. Outstanding mole. We keep coming back.

AZ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service great although everything came super fast. Like a few minutes after the guacamole was out down, the entrees came. The food was ok. Pork was dry and the chicken in mole was tough although the mole flavor was good. Desserts were the best. Strangely enough the coffee was not good at all - very bitter.

CD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the experience. Our waiter was Saul and he was excellent.

BR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Not to be missed. We sat outside and enjoyed the day!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pre concert dinner.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always great. Best Mexican food in the Bay Area.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Short ribs fantastic. Roasted califlower great. Chicken mole, not so good. Donnachurro dessert fantastic.
Coffee not as good as a week ago. Server unattentive, unlike great server the week before. Shrimp ceviche
needs to be scrapped, start over with a tradional recipe. Noise level makes conversation difficult. Hire Brown Sugar Kithcen's sound consultant. Basic margerita, fantastic. Decour great. We will certainly go back and keep working our way through the Menu.

Joe S

B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but not excellent. Main dishes were served in small plates like tapas. A bit pricey for the quality.

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking to take advantage of Oakland Restaurant week and what a find this was. The food was delicious, the portions were very generous and the drink menu was awesome.

We had a great server and I would absolutely return, even when it's not restaurant week.

I need to give a special shout out to the flautas and incredible churro for dessert. Yum!

O
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went during Restaurant Week so had a limited menu that was a good deal. The cochinita pibil was good but some pieces were a bit dry. Tortillas are rustic and flavorful; I think they’re made of nixtamal corn. Really good salad with beets and somewhat heavy but decadent churros. I was excited to try Mexican wines and they were served way too cold, so that was a little disappointing. It’s very loud. A pretty space, however.

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with innovative flavors. The restaurant week menu hasn't changed much, but the food is great. The meat was flavorful and aromatic. All dishes are plated beautifully( for those who eat with your eyes) and they taste good too. The spicy cocktail was actually spicy! Yum.

Good service, reasonable noise level and in general makes me very excited for my upcoming trip to Mexico!

HF
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious salt air margaritas! They taste fresh, not too sweet and the salty cloud on top is the perfect balance! The ahi ceviche and melted cheese with peppers is a complete meal. My favorite when in downtown Oakland 🥰

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Went for restaurant week. The food was pretty food, ceviche was the best. Flautas were okay. Service was really bad, our waiter was pretty rude. Ambiance was chill and it was a clean space.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Reservation yesterday for 9 people on Saturday 1/11/20 at 8 pm. We chose this place for 2 special reasons - my nephew's birthday, and a mini family reunion.

Half our party got there early @ 7:30 pm. Hostess stand said table not available yet - totally expected, no problem.

The rest us got there right @ 8 pm. Hostess generally pretty cold and unwelcoming. Told us the table ahead was finishing up dessert, no idea of ETA.

At 8:15 I checked in again - some of us had been waiting 45 minutes now. There have been 3 tables very close right next to each other sitting empty for the past 20 minutes. I finally asked if we could quickly push those together. Finally seated.

Another 10 minutes before anyone came by to take even drink orders. Waiter intro was rushed but friendly. Unfortunately the rest of the night continued mostly lukewarm. Only a few moments where we felt like we were getting service.

Check almost $400, our waiter Saulo finally stops at exactly that moment to ask how everything was - but in the same breath he says there was a machine error, so the usual "group gratuity" charge wasn't included. Repeated that again just in case I somehow didn't hear it the first time. Left a really bad taste in our mouths.

Would have been nice to have been made to feel like we were appreciated customers BEFORE it was time to open our wallets.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible and inattentive service. Passive aggressive attitude the whole time.

A
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

At first we sat in the bar waiting for our table and the bartender was terrific, very good! Then we went to the table and to get a first drink was about 20 minutes and the food was horrible sorry not coming back unless if it’s in the bar.. With a different menu!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy as always

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. Have had several wonderful dinners at Calavera and expect to have many more.

SW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calavera is one of my favorites already but yesterday we had dessert for the first time. I'm almost afraid to tell people about the churros and tres leches because I don't want anyone else to know about them. We almost came to fisticuffs at the table over the churros. Definitely plan to order more than one if there is "sharing" anticipated. Absolutely delicious, and, as ever, impeccable service despite Christmas parties going on at other tables...

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The waitress upsold us on black beans and they were $14!!! Crazy expensive! Also the top shelf margaritas were $26 also too high and service was a bit slow
Otherwise we had a great time!
And food overall was very good
Atmosphere was great

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family went early as we have 2 young children. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and mezcal and tequila. Everything was delicious.

GV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Tacos were too thick and overpriced for what they were (a little bit of sweet potato on a soggy tortilla). Too loud. Waiter was kind and fast, so we did appreciate that!

ED
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The meat was greasy and just a big lump on the plate. (Ribs) We asked for chips while we were waiting and they came with the meal. The service was slow, in fact one couple had to leave before they even had a chance to order because their car was in the lot to be closed at 8:00. The food was very disappointing.

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food is always great at Calavera but the service is always terrible. It’s not that the servers are rude, it’s that they are inattentive and SO SLOW. When making the decision to go out to eat we remember the food is so good at Calavera and decide to go, and almost as soon as we sit down we remember why we try and avoid the place after getting seated by the host.

CA
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant Cancelled our reservation four hours before our office holiday party was to begin. Manager didn’t check their computer to see if reservations were made online. They had already booked the entire restaurant for another party. Owner suggested we join the party of 80 with prix fix menu at $45 per person. We declined. Our office party was cancelled this year.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We didn’t get one of our orders
Cocktails are good