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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
San Francisco, CA 94102
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)
Mason & Taylor
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
There are near by public parking lots. One block away at Mason and O'Farrell and two blocks away under Union Square.
#38 Geary Bus
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 email@example.com
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
Pretty meh. Maybe better for drinks. Odd food: Started with appetizer of melted cheese overwhelming small bits of mushrooms and sausage; very tiny chili relleno from the main course part of the menu; a romaine salad with grilled shrimp that was more difficult to cut than most steaks; nothing had any real heat, including none of the salsa offerings on the table, one of which was supposed to be"the spiciest" of the three. Disappointing. SF has trouble with Mexican food if you're not in the Mission.
The guacamole is fabulous, as are the margaritas and shots of tequila. Our preference is to sit at the bar, but wait staff do a great job at the tables as well. We try to go every time we’re in SF for plays, good brunch on weekends, never have had a bad meal.
Came here 2 years ago and loved it, food and service were both great, pricey but delicious. This time, we waited a long time to get service and then to get out food. When the food came out part of it was cold and had to be sent back, not as tasty as before, and not at the same level it was the last time.
Overall good food, but I was really disappointed at how bland the guacamole was. We asked for medium spicy and it wasn't spicy or salty. Just bland. Unfortunately, I usually use guacamole as the litmus test of how good a Mexican restaurant is, so I think that tainted my view of the other dishes. I'll go back again to see if that one time was out of the ordinary or the norm.
Great delicious food. Bad service. Very slow poor communication between staff. Felt like nobody was in charge literally.
The forgot our drink orders and those of all the people at other tables.
5 stars to the cooks.
2 for wait staff.
There is a kind of phoney trying to impress diners by waiters instead of working hard and being engaged by them.
Food however delicious
Colibri is always a treat. I might carp softly that they were out of Delirio mescal on this one occasion but with so many other options available that would be petty... try something new! It's a great place for mole (if you like it) and for Sunday brunch in general. Staff is always very helpful with advice and accommodating if you have needs or questions (like what other mescal you might like!) .
We had a great time at Colibri! A group of us got together for Saturday brunch (~20 people). They had the table prepared, and kept us in an area off by ourselves and made sure that we were constantly attended too (and had our glasses filled). Hosts were nice - great experience overall!
Looking for a restaurant close to the Geary theater and this is literally across the street! However this now is on our list for out of town guest who want to eat in the city. Complimentary house flour tortillas served warm with three salsas was an unexpected treat. Margaritas and Sangria...yummy. Guacamole was fabulous, empanadas (3 per order) were a good lite dinner. Husband enjoyed mole dish and the ceviche. Be sure and make reservations, especially on theater night!
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.
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.
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..
Delicious food, great drinks, and attentive but not too attentive service. There were a group of (is that what 21 really looks like now that I'm 40) guys having drinks at the bar, first time out without mommy for one of them, super loud and obnoxious. The waiter apologized profusely and luckily the group moved on after about 10 minutes. Highly recommend the duck with the green mole.
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