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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.4
1008 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 1008 people are saying
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vipKrystalS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJenAndSteve
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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PenelopeT
San Francisco
5 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
6 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
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious but a little pricey for elevated Mexican

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vipmoofus
San Francisco
9 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.

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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 👌🏽

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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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vipShelleyT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Drinks are killer, food is fresh, interesting and so incredibly flavorful. Great value and can't wait until they return to full table side service. For now, we felt very safe, attended too and VERY quick service.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

While I completely understand restrictions and what we all must do I was surprised how much self serve everything was. I’m even more perplexed why at the end of the transactions it defaults to a 20% tip. If the customer is basically doing everything except getting their own food who is servicing customers really?

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vipGinaW
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious as always. Given COVID restrictions, service was as good as it gets. Happy to see that Calavera has survived thus far. Whole fish - striped bass - was amazing.

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MLove
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

They have the most strict covid restrictions. It has basically turned into a take out/fast food place. You can't even tweak your drink because the people who sit you say "we will not talk to you only use the QR code"

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RobV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Food is good but rather expensive for the quantity. The way one must place an order and then pay by cell phone is ridiculous. Ordering would be fine but having to input your credit card info through your phone is taking the COVID disinfecting too far.

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Itsme
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good menu selection, as always and all four of us were happy with our dishes. Mine initially came out cold, but they brought me an entirely new, piping hot plate that more than made up for it. Happily, they are being very safe for outdoor dining. The online ordering, however (the only why you can order during covid), was a bit of a hassle and it took too long to place a simple order. Maybe it was just my connection. I'll try it again.

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vipBeckyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was pretty cold where we were sitting - the heat lamps were not strong (it was 7pm when we sat down). We asked for a few things (sliced limes and more water) that didn't arrive and it was hard to find someone to bring it over. Our apps and mains did arrive quickly, which was nice. The shrimp ceviche I ordered was not as good as previous ceviches I've had there.

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GregoryL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The margaritas were great, the mole chicken not so much. The chicken seemed poached and without flavor and barely cooked so it was not tender. Simply covered in mole sauce. The mole sauce had a great flavor but seemed like a topping on some bland chicken certainly not worth a $26 entree. The enchilada Souza’s were good as well as the guacamole and flan.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Valentines Day experience. Service and food were both very good.

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Piedmontfoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Calavera during COVID but decided to go for an early Valentine's Day dinner with my spouse. The outdoor patio was warm and inviting on a cool and windy night. They had an phone-based ordering system that allowed for minimal contact with the server and vice-versa. The food and cocktails were delicious and portions were generous, and they arrived very quickly after submitting our order. I highly recommend Calavera. I will be back!

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Candy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good here. Their outdoor eating area is comfortable. The staff does a good job of making you feel safe to eat there.

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Bruno
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Would have been nice to know that there was a 90min max time allowed. We ordered additional food and drinks and had to request a refund because we were over our time limit for another round of food and drinks. Sucks to get a refund after you ordered and paid.

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StevenW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was a good place to meet during Covid and be comfortable.

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stutzco
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best all-around dining out experience of the year- the great venue ,great food and the Mezcal at the bar make it work

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RichardA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved the food. Just be warned that with distance ordering, all food comes at once. No pacing for apps and entrees. Order separately. The servers should advise of this.

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albavee
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place! Food came out quickly and you can place your entire order online while sitting down (for Covid safety). The mezcal margs were AMAZING.

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 1008 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.