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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.4
1089 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 1089 people are saying
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BarFly
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Due to covid they implemented a new service to order at your table via the app. it is clunky, time consuming and there is no actual "service". And they ask you to pre-pay the tip when you order which isn't ideal.

Food was good, not amazing. Came out somewhat cold and then no one came to check on our order during the meal although someone did bring water. Also, they use these synthetic plastic plates that are reusable and even though I am certain they were clean, they don't really look clean. I'd much rather eat out of a ceramic or other porcelain material plate. Sounds picky I know but it was kind of gross to eat on a plate that had stains in it.

Calavera can do better for the prices they charge.

MS
vipMichaelS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food and cocktails. The restaurant relies on the QR menu system and divides the table service duties... so you never have a person really engaging you as a customer... each moves through as swiftly as possible and it’s noticeable.

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VirginiaA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, friendly staff and wonderful food. One of our go to spots

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great pre-fathers day dinner!

AO
AmyO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun, always delicious. Inspirational cocktail menu!

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Nunya
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Was really looking forward to celebrating husband's birthday at Calavera. We did not enjoy ordering drinks and food on my phone. I look forward to returning once the qr scans are gone! Be safe and continue to take good care.

NL
NikkiL
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was tasty. Drinks are a bit expensive. Hard to judge service, they are still doing covid protocols (QR code menus, ordering and paying on your phone, limited contact with staff, etc).

SL
SarahL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

With the online ordering system you rarely see a server. We had no water and one person came by once. They automatically included a 20% tip which was not deserving.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was quite good. The problem was the rude, slow, and nonexistent service. Never been to an expensive restaurant like this one before where the entire experience was ruined by such a horrible greeter and lack of service.

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Lala
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ordered the wrong plate it was $2 difference than what we wanted.. Rather than switching it out they had to issue a refund and we had to repurchase it too much work.. we just kept it..customer service is always very important to keep your customers..

JG
JamieG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Was looking forward to introducing two friends to Calavera, but sorely disappointed in the dinner now. Over-spiced salad, guacamole and the Hongas were bland. I had the vegetarian dinner, which was unmemorable. My friends enjoyed their Tacos de Pollo and Braised Pork though.

The wait staff was very friendly and helpful, but the software to order wasn't functioning on my phone and by the time we even ordered a drink and starters we'd been there for a good 30 minutes.

We let that pass, as the restaurant is just reopening in a bigger capacity and they were flooded with diners.

I'll say yes to recommending, but with caution and in hope of better food as they reopen in full.

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Lea25
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails. Outside seating was pleasant.

SG
SteveG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very good. Location is fun. Service is good. Food is prepared fast with high quality.

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the food came out so quickly!

DM
DezireeM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

It being our first time in Oakland we decided to try this place, as soon as we arrived we were told we had to order our food via app than pay before food and drinks would come to our table. Our plate was missing rice and beans and a server never came to check on us. Out of all the places we tried while visiting this was by far the worst experience.

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ellibonelli
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding! We loved our waiter who was super busy and yet found the time to patiently explain the menu and make recommendations.

PS
PShaaa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Honestly, it was too expensive given how inconsistent the food was (the tastiest part of a meal shouldn't be the $8.00 side of rice).

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Naijaboy70
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience, but a little on the pricey side on the drinks. Using the contactless ordering system doesn’t allow for all the modifications or requests that you want so that’s a little unsettling.

HS
HarrietS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very helpful with us b/c we were not experienced with the new ordering using the QR code. The food was outstanding.
It is very loud inside and windy b/c of COVID ventilation requirements.

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
171 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If you like Spivey hot the food is over the top delicious. It was too hot for me and I ate it anyway because it was so darn good. I would have appreciated a clear option for milder and someone checking on us to see if our meals were ok.

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vippacificagirl
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is excellent as always and options of indoor/outdoor space are quite comfortable.
With the change to ordering from your table, it was difficult to get a servers attention to get needed items such as to go boxes. Table behind us was extremely rowdy with no acknowledgement from restaurant staff.

JJ
JimmyJames
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the ambiance. The wait staff was courteous and attentive. The cocktails, and chips, and guac were awesome, and my entree was good (a little salty, but still good).

YC
vipYCoh
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! We sat on the patio, which is blessedly dog-friendly. The QR code menu and ordering system was easy and smooth, the variety of the menu was great too.

PO
vipPickyOne
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as usual. They do not have servers anymore and everything is via QR Code. Each time you order something you have to stop and login and order and pay at the time of order. Distracting. When we had interaction with staff, it was always very kind and pleasant, and helpful.

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MxMuffin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had a very ok experience. In spite of our reservation and arriving on time, we were told we'd have to wait 15 for the outside table we reserved so we opted to eat indoors, which was ok but on the noisy side.

Not a fan of the online ordering. It detracts from the dining experience to have to spend that much time figuring crap out on your phone. Also, when you actually need/want something aside from what you've ordered (in our case, napkins), there's no one there. Took 2 asks to get it sorted...didn't feel like we were being looked after.

Their cocktails - while slow to arrive - were as great as ever, as was the mushroom ceviche. The other dishes were fine but nothing that makes me feel like we want to go back anytime soon.

AC
vipAndyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff really took care of us. We were running a few minutes late for our reservation and called ahead. Once we arrived they were super accommodating and were seated shortly thereafter. The food and drinks were outstanding. Looking forward to our next meal at Calavera.

DK
DKSF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First girls night out in a very long time! We sat out on the patio and it was awesome. Great food. Great friends. Looking forward to many more.

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VictorH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant was a little overbooked and there was a small hiccup with getting sat in a comfortable space at our reservation time. There was available seating but the assistant to the host was following some strict policy. Anyhow it got resolved and we had a great meal. The table service was great and I would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to scan the menu and order all the items yourself

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vipstevenB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy the the Calavera experience
High quality and interesting menu

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tacos4lunch
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

For some reason, the ordering via online was too much trouble. We tried with 3 phones to order without any success. My boss was about to walk out and change restaurant. Good thing someone came to take our order. The food was good though. Not for lunch especially if your in a rush to eat to get back to work.

JC
vipJaneC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, and shout out to Ryan, who was staffing the reception desk, answering phones, handling take-out, and pitching in to bus tables, all with a big smile (at least, I think so - he was wearing a mask, but his body language said, "I'm smiling").

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Faulty ordering system, servers and personnel running around, more focus on the entering data on computers than greeting guests. It feels everyone think is too cool

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davidz
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Only reason "service" gets 3 stars is because the restaurant format of ordering and paying from an app, takes much of the traditional service connection away from the dining experience. The service we had was solid, friendly, and timely. At no point could I ask for advice or suggestions on menu items. As this was first time dining there, that's part of the new reality of dining that I'm not used to, yet.

JY
JY275
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, super service, tasty food. Especially liked that they waited for everyone to finish their entree before serving the dessert.

BO
BrianO
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and flavorful food! Amazing drinks! Cool ambiance. The melted cheese appetizer and guacamole were both wonderful. Service was excellent.

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AllisonW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty and satisfying - a nice variety offered on menu. Margaritas were thirst-quenching and the restaurant was quite full the night we had dinner. Definitely a repeat visit soon. Thank you !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! Excellent

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Daniel
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overpriced considering the quality of the food was just average. I was annoyed that they charged 20% for a gratuity without any prior notification during the digital ordering process. The wait service was minimal and what service we got was low quality.

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Neil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calavera never disappoints. Great food. Patio is the best in Oakland

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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 1089 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.