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About Colibri - Mexican Bistro

Restaurant Description: Colibri Mexican Bistro features a traditional and diverse Mexican cuisine. The complex flavors from the kitchen are complimented with creative drinks, selected Tequilas, beer and wine from the bar. The decor matches that found in Mexico City's cantinas in the early 1900's. Bienvenido a Colibri Mexican Bistro y buen provecho! We serve our authentic cuisine in a tapas style so that you can enjoy multiple dishes to share with others. See Our Reviews: * "During the course of two visits and many, many dishes, I couldn't find one that I wouldn't order again"* - Patricia Unterman, Special to The Examiner

438 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - 11:30am - 10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:30am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm (In addition to our regular menu we offer weekend brunch 10am to 2pm, Saturday - Sunday)

Cross Street:
Mason & Taylor

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 440-2737

Website:
http://www.colibrimexicanbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Mondays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Happy Hour Mon to Fri from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Catering:
is available for private parties seated up to 75 people and cocktail up 125 people. Additional large party backroom accommodated 40 contact restaurant for more information.

Parking Details:
There are near by public parking lots. One block away at Mason and O'Farrell and two blocks away under Union Square.

Public Transit:
#38 Geary Bus

Executive Chef:
Rocio Gomez

Private Party Facilities:
Colibri Mexican Bistro is available for private parties seated up to 75 people and cocktails up 125 people. Additional large party backroom accommodated 40 people. Please contact restaurant for more information via email info@colibrimexicanbistro.com

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Colibri - Mexican Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (34)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Casual (25)
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Fit for Foodies (22)
Fun (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Spicy (17)
Good for a Date (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Tapas (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
People Watching (7)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 2 days ago

Dinner was amazing. Great options on the menu packed with flavor. A place to check out for sure.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch, especially the bottomless Mimosas and the waiters -- who were very attentive and never obtrusive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is amazing. The grilled corn is a must have on every visit

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I made a reservation at Colibri a day or two before some friends came to town, and hoped to show them a good time with some authentic Mexican food. We arrived on time, and were taken to a table DEEP in the back of the place. They sat us right next to the food preparation area, where the cooks chopped food, banged pots and pans, and otherwise added to this already maddeningly loud area of the restaurant. We soon learned that a small partition next to our table housed the area where the bus boys took the dirty dishes, owing to the persistent CLASH and SMASH of various plates and the ringing sound of silverware dropped into buckets.

It would seem that, in their mad dash to make as much money as possible, Colibri's managers have decided to use each and every square inch of floor space to house tables with paying customers, regardless of how this might affect their dining experience. I couldn't help thinking to myself that we'd been sat at the very worst table in the place, but soon learned that an even WORSE table was nearby. A small table about the size of a monopoly game board was squeezed between us and the booth nearby, with two chairs uncomfortably fitted on either side. Pity the poor souls who get stuck there!

I informed our waiter that we would not be staying if we had to remain at this insane table, and requested that he move us. Apologetically, he explained that they had "many reservations that night." I responded, "Yes, and mine is one of them." He smiled, and said he'd need to check with the Maître d' first. He eventually returned, and sat us in a booth. The noise level continued unabated, but at least we were free from the pain of feeling like part of the help.

Interestingly, as we left the restaurant, I realized that the front of the place was much nicer and quite a bit less noisy. I somehow hadn't noticed this on our way in. I strongly suggest demanding a table in that area if you decide to eat here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I was there for a business lunch during JP Morgan’s conference week. The food was great which helped my meeting go well.

I’ll be back when I’m next in San Francisco - the mole was phenomenal

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Disappointing. This restaurant used to be so much better, now the food is merely pedestrian.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Nice & cosy restaurant and good value for money. Great Tequila collection (over 200 kinds). Good food at reasoanble price.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

A date with my husband while visiting San Francisco. Just took s Chance and were pleasantly surprised. Yelp helped. Give this restaurant a try...you will be glad you did. Very kid friendly.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We loved this restaurant. The service and food was fabulous.

Tags: Great Beer, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The place itself was good but it's a bit small and narrow. However the service was not that great. They brought us three different types of salsa however they never brought us our chips to accompany the salsa. We then asked our server if we could get some chips, however he never brought them, until he made another round to our table and we asked him again and until then he brought over the chips. Which was kind of late since they had already brought our food.

The food was okay, I have had way better Mexican food at a cheaper price. For the price of each plate I say it's not worth it. They're mostly charging you for the location. than the quality of the food.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food, drinks, and service!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ruth was so helpful in accommodating our large group!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great restaurant with a lot of gluten free options. Highly recommend for any one with celiac disease

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Super yummy food and great service. A bonus is that it’s very close to Union Square

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Colibri never disappoints from the fresh made guacamole to the solid appetizers and mains to the delicious margaritas and the service is always spot on.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Disappointed overall. Food was dry. Expensive, and Margaritas were weak.

Will not be coming back, Service was not good. Took my wife here for a birthday with friends, thought it would be a hotspot next to our hotel. Very disappointed and will not recommend to colleagues and friends..

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our new favorite! Especially the margarita selection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

La mejor comida mexicana ! Somos regulares, el mejor servicio en mi idioma.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I have been coming to Consuelos and Colibri for over 10 years. I’ve been in for regular dining, special occasions and just for sangria and snacks. The service has always been great, the restaurant has been clean and the food outstanding. I’m not sure what happened on this last visit but the service was slow and poor, the hostess seemed very confused, the food lacked flavor and the overall experience just kind of sucked. I was shocked. I have alway bragged about how great Colibri is and now I don’t feel comfortable recommending it to anyone. I hope this was just an off day. Unfortunately since I now live in Houston I won’t waste my time to come in again to find out when I’m back in the city.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

My family enjoyed our pre-theatre dinner very much. The only complaint we have is that when we were told all major credit cards were accepted, we were shocked to be told that our Discover card wasn't accepted?!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Hot Spot, Tapas, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We enjoyed thoughtfully prepared food - ceviche to start, delicate fresh tortillas with salsa triad, duck mole, carnitas; unfortunately the churros were too heavy, too sweet; dulce de leche ice cream was heavenly, the best part of this dish. Table service was good; we had indicated a special occasion when we booked the reservation and there was zero acknowledgment or apology by staff when we followed up. Hostess actually lied about not having checked us in.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great weekday lunch. Fresh food and not just a taqueria. The tortillas were amazing.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. First discovered it in 2009 and every time I'm in town I come back. Their guacamole is incredible and everything on the menu is top-notch. Especially love the lamb shank, but their mole chicken isn't too bad either ;) I've recommended Colibri to friends visiting San Francisco over the years and the ones that have gone absolutely loved it. My only regret is that I don't get to San Francisco more often.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was excellent and we would return to try other entrées. They needed more wait staff as it was a very busy theater, midweek crowd. Our drinks didn't come until we reminded staff that our order was never filled. The churros dessert was amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had a reservation for six and a reservation for two. We ended up with seven people. We couldn't get through on the phones. When we arrived, I let them know that we had seven people. It was early, 5:30. The hostess crammed seven adults into a booth. When I asked if it was possible to move to a table she said that there weren't any tables. I then pointed out several empty tables. Her response was, "It's your fault for not calling us." Total customer service fail. The waiter was great and the good was great, but this left a bad taste.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had guacamole, lamb shanks and a Jamaica salad. The g uac was OK, but the shanks were tasteless and the salad inedible. We sat near the kitchen and the noise from the dishwashing was loud enough to be disagreeable. The prices for average to poor Mexican food were daylight robbery - $16 for guac, $27 for a lamb shank.
We will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Busy and the staff were not really interested in anything but getting a quick order and turn around time. Food was tasty but over priced. It was extremely noisy, you could carry on a conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

expect slow service at times right after the theaters across the street empty out. better have a reservation too - because everybody has a table booked right after the show and everybody gets there at the exact same time. We weren't in any hurry so it worked just fine, but if you're catching a show AFTER the meal, you might want to schedule your reservations 2 hours before you want to walk into the theater.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great trio of salsa with the chips. Very flavorful. The carnitas were very good, especially with the freshly made tortilla's. Glad I had a reservation as the wait was very long. Would definitely eat here again.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was interesting, different than typical Mexican fare. Service was friendly, but a bit rushed. Location (near theatre) is great. Noise level is incredibly high. Had to lean across table, look directly at each other, and yell to be understood. Suspect that noise problem affected how I felt about other factors.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great Bloody Marys and guacamole- yummy
Do convenient right across from the SF Curran Definitely will return

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This place has not disappointed. Great place to have friends

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great guacamole and churros! Love the latin music and overall atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food!! Great atmosphere, perfect for family and friends...

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have been coming to Colibri for close to 8 years now, and we continue to be impressed! The food is outstanding, drinks divine, and the service is top notch. One of the nicest things we've noticed is that we see the same faces visit after visit: a restaurant with a low staff turn over must be doing something right! On this visit, we were celebrating our anniversary with dinner at Colibri before seeing a show across the street. We realized during the visit that it's been far too long since we've been for brunch, so we will be remedying that within the next few weeks! Best brunch in town!

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Seasonal, Spicy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Late-night Find, Fun, Quick Bite, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The evening had great potential! But they blew it! 2/3 of the food was excellent (appetizer and all 4 different entrees). First our drinks order was wrong (salt on 2 margaritas that were requested without salt- we reminded the waiter of this and the drinks returned Very SALTY- we think they just poured the drinks into new glasses and the salty rim followed!) We were SUPPOSED to be celebrating a birthday...got a phone call from Colibri that afternoon confirming the reservation and saying “we will give you a good birthday celebration”! Well THAT never happened! Also 3 entrees arrived but we had to ASK about the 4th and then waited 5 minutes before it arrived!!! By then the other 3 entrees were cold. And then there was their version of the dessert “Bananas Foster”. This should be a warm dessert with ice cream. The bananas were cold and the ice cream was warm!!! After all this and the appalling noise level (we had to shout at each other) we payed the overpriced bill and left!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

used to be amazing, now run of the mill.....frankly embarassed to have brought friend here

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food. As others have reviewed, poor service. It all stated out good with warm tortillas and salsa and our appetizer came quick. Then the hour long wait for food. We could not even find our waitress. She disappeared. Finally she showed up and said the food is on its way. After second time and an hour, she realized the food was ready and at the kitchen counter. Food was great! We loved it, just wish it came 45 minutes earlier. Ambiance was good, but everything's looked beat up. They need to clean and touch things up. Paint was scuffed up all over. Even tiles were missing from the bathroom sink. Go for the food, but only if you are not in a hurry.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a perfect lunch before a show at the Curran. The guacamole and pazole was the perfect lunch on a chilly day.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have always loved this place but the portion sizes aren't very generous. We did not leave satisfied, but the food was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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