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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar, Oakland, CA
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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.6
4.6
1426 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 338-3273

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Omar Huerta

  • Catering

    We have the perfect patio for your events!!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating with a team lunch or hosting a larger event, we can cater to your needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (510) 338-3273

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    23rd Street

  • Parking details

    The HIVE paid parking lot

  • Public transit

    We are a 4-block walk from the 19th Street BART stop in Oakland.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,426 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Mexican

  • East Bay

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The chicken tortilla soup was very disappointing. It had the consistency of butternut squash soup, who is a non-starter for that kind of soup.
  2. GB

    GladysB

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    My first time at Calavera. Our server was great, informed of specials and pointed out the cocktails were freshly made. The food was really good, we ordered the carnitas tacos, the pescado tacos and the cheese quesadilla. Would definitely go back again.
  3. o

    oaktownmom

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was excellent! We were seated immediately, our server was attentive and helpful, and our food was delicious! We were quite blown away as we had previously underrated this place. (Maybe it was due to the nasty and extremely inaccurate review by the Chronicle.) We weren’t starving unfortunately, so we only had two things but I highly recommend both! The shrimp tacos served on jicama tortillas were outstanding and very inventive! (A good way to reduce the number of tortillas one eats.) Especially loved the crunchy amaranth on top! And the chicken enchiladas with mole were excellent. Great depth of flavor and the pepitas were a nice crunchy touch. Plus the price for each dish was $20, which felt very reasonable to me. The mezcal drink was delicious and the deserts looked amazing! We’ll definitely come back hungrier next time and will be taking friends and family here for sure.
  4. OD

    OncDoc

    Seattle

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tostadas de Atun and Mexican salad were terrific as starters. chicken with mole sauce was very good, barbacoa also good. The carne asada tasted good but was disappointing because of the amount of fat and cost -- not a great value. Fun setting and good service.
  5. BR

    BikeRick

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch on the outdoor patio. Tasty food and excellent service.
  6. J

    Jascenth

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, decor, and atmosphere. Wait staff charming and knowledgeable.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
  8. e

    ellaschris

    San Francisco

    148 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Time had by all. Get a pitcher of margaritas, some chips with Guacamole And you won’t be disappointed, then some fish tacos and you my
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appreciate the great staff and efficient service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent dinner at Calavara. The food is consistently interesting and high quality, with very good service. Large selection of different types of margaritas plus a huge tequila and mescal list. One of the best restaurants in Oakland.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate the flautas, ahi tostadas, tacos… it was delicious. The service was excellent. I can’t wait to go back.
  12. FM

    FeliciaM

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Margaritas to DIE for.
  13. W

    shelleyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amiable server. I was relieved that he provided table service and didn’t make us order off an phone app.
  14. J

    Jean

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely holiday lunch! My friends and I enjoyed the many items to choose from, the delicious food and great ambience.
  15. ZO

    ZOEC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant! The food never disappoints, and the drinks -- especially the ones with mescal -- are so good. Plus, they are always happy to accommodate your needs for less sugar or whatever you need. Plus, our waitress took the time to give us a short lesson on mescal and recommend her favorites. They were all delicious. My absolute favorite Mexican restaurant in the Bay Area. Highly, highly recommended.
  16. PS

    PeterS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sat outside with heatlamps so it was quiet.
  17. LP

    LauraP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good meal and service. Have always loved this place. We were a bit disappointed that the guacamole and chips (excellent, perfectly spicy) was an extremely small portion with a handful of chips. That appetizer, two entree's (one, a salad) one margarita and an iced tea was almost $100. :-0
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Hi Top Table by the window
  19. JL

    JoeL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waiter who ordered for us. Great selection of food options.
  20. AL

    AndreaL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We've had great meals at Calavera but our most recent one was disappointing. Our main dishes were not hot. The Caesar salad bore little resemblance to a Caesar; the flavor of the cornuts-style topping was good but they were stale and weren't crunchy. The service was great so maybe this was a kitchen management problem. We were there at 5 PM, with very few other guests in the restaurant, and for the price all-in-all we were very disappointed in the meal. This is maybe the first time I've ever written a negative review for a restaurant so I don't say this lightly! I hope they can get their game going again soon. I've always been a fan of the restaurant.
  21. j

    jmf1

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The main dining room was extremely noisy despite the fact there only were a few customers (no noise insulation at all). The food was OK but i expected better. Service was good. I do not think i shall go there again.
  22. RM

    RandallM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly authentic Mexican dining experience with regional specialties, fine tequilas and mezcals, and, very important, warm and friendly service. We've gotten to know the servers and bartenders and they are part of the fun.
  23. BR

    BikeRick

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Oaxacan cuisine & beautiful cocktails. A gem!
  24. l

    lovestoeat

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great service and vibe. Okay food - could really use salsas for their dishes like flautas and squash. Tacos are great and huge portions of meat on them!
  25. JJ

    JoJo

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had exceptional service and the food was great. Not your typical mexican cuisine. We've been here before and will return. Price point is up there so will save it for special occaisions.
  26. SW

    StevenW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was excellent. Looking forward to a return visit soon.
  27. b

    bens

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Very average Food. Drinks were fine. Good Service. Poor Value
  28. S

    Sabida

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent flavors, fresh ingredients, hip vibe...we loved it!
  29. P

    Phung

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing. The service was very good. I do wish there was a "hello" from the server with a bit of guidance on how to use the phone app.
  30. e

    elmalatina

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my friend, who I first met when we were in the first grade in 1964, to lunch here. She lives in Minnesota now and just doesn’t get good Mexican food. We both really enjoyed our dinner, and I adore the posole that I had.
  31. S

    Simone

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    This was my second visit to Calavera this time to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. The restaurant was pretty busy for Monday night however, drinks food and ambience was as expected. However, the service lacked as dirty dishes and glasses stayed on the table for too long before someone clean them up and not without asking I guess they must be suffering from a shortage of workers, perhaps(?)
  32. J

    Judy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, a great outdoors with good heaters. We sat in a corner, 5 old ladies, and the noise wasn't bad.
  33. CF

    ChandraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone at our table of nine enjoyed what we ordered and no two things were repeated!
  34. JC

    JedChefTina

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Calavera last night to celebrate Chef Tina's Birthday. We loved the fresh guacamole, and the queso flameado with chorizo. Best dishes we ever tried, especially wit the handmade corn tortillas. I had the braised lamb which was fantastic. Tina and Sean enjoyed the fish tacos and Maureen her prawn tacos. The margaritas, straight up, a little more tart than sweet with half salt, were perfect. We had just finished dinner and ordered churros when the whole street went dark. Some weird power failure, not Calavera's fault. The staff had candles already going for ambience. They took care of us and we left very pleased with the experience, again. We will be back. Jed
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific! Super educated wait staff on the Mezcal, which was fun. Fantastic ambience, beautifully designed. And the food was flawless. Would definitely return again for a birthday party or special event; we were just there for a casual Sunday brunch but it looks like it would have a great vibe at night.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Second server and manager were so rude and condescending. The dessert tasted sour and not cooked thoroughly so we asked them about it and they just said that’s how it is and it’s good instead of trying to fix it or talk to us about it. They did remove from check but kept repeating thanks for being so nice in a sarcastic manner. We ordered so much food and drinks so it was disrespectful to treat us like bad customers or customers who didn’t order anything else. Also the second server kept asking me what we all did for a living and if anyone worked in the service industry like trying to prove a point which is rude and not customer service friendly at all. Will not be going back there too bad
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    $19 for 3 street tacos…is way too much
  38. K

    Kdragon

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our group of four enjoyed an evening on the patio. Our server was very attentive without being intrusive. The wait staff seemed to work well as a team - someone was checking to make sure our water glasses were topped off several times. We ordered a variety of menu items. For appetizers, we had guacamole and flautas de papa. The guacamole was good, but a little too spicy. The potato in the flautas needed to be seasoned rather than relying on the cheese and crema for flavoring. Really liked the crunchy tortilla wrapped around the potato, giving a nice crunch. Chicken, fish and shrimp tacos were all a hit, as was the chicken mole enchiladas. We all went home well-satisfied and happy we ate at Calavera.
  39. m

    modbob

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The wait staff here are young, fast-moving, and incredibly helpful.
  40. C

    Cindy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service great, but the restaurant is way too loud. They should work on noise canceling strategies!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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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 4.6 stars by 1426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

2337 Broadway, Oakland Hive, Oakland, CA 94612

Additional information

  • Cross street

    23rd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The HIVE paid parking lot

  • Public transit

    We are a 4-block walk from the 19th Street BART stop in Oakland.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Omar Huerta

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 338-3273

  • Catering

    We have the perfect patio for your events!!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating with a team lunch or hosting a larger event, we can cater to your needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (510) 338-3273

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