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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (34)
Casual (23)
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Fun (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Spicy (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (9)
Tapas (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
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Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Colibri is always one of my favorite places to go for happy hour in San Francisco. I came to celebrate my birthday and the food and margaritas were delicious as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicioso ! El Servicio excelentísimo ! La Comida buenísima! Necesitan mudarse a un espacio más grande las mesas están muy pegadas ofreciendo cero privacidad. Somos regulares. Nos encanta la comida.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Friendly ,comfortable spot with tasty fresh authentic Mexican dishes

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tapas, Spicy
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

El pollo estaba delicioso
Y EL guacamole buenísimo
El servicio excelente

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was good as always - lamb shank is great to share as are the salads. Ask to be seated in Armando's section at the front of the restaurant where it's a bit quieter - any you'll get Armando who's great.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Upscale, creative Mexican food. A very good and varied menu. 5 of us, and no one was disappointed. Curran Theater is right across the street. Easy access from BART.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Very very noisy. Slow food delivery, to the point that they comped the glass of wine. Cannot recommend.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Delish food, Fab margaritas, and great atmosphere. Overall would recommend and I plan to go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was wonderful: I enjoyed the carnitas and mushroom side dish. The service was prompt and great.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!) .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

LOVE Colibri. Best Mole Poblana in town. Interesting menu, great drinks, and oh yes, yes -- that Mango Creme Brulee.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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!

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food - the ceviche was excellent - could have had an additional portion as my entrée! Service was excellent too. I'll be back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is the perfect spot for pre-theater dining (ACT's Geary Theater is right across the street).

As always, the food was excellent, and the server was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

So busy but got to sit in the bar. Still had exceptional service and the food and drinks were awesome.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, fun experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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 9, 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 8, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 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 3, 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 December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food, drinks, and service!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ruth was so helpful in accommodating our large group!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 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 26, 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 23, 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 22, 2017

Our new favorite! Especially the margarita selection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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