Colibri - Mexican Bistro

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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
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DA
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always great at this restaurant but service can be spotty. Server did not remember our order correctly and it was hard to get her attention when we needed something.

AZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I do not understand why when you make a reservation only a few hours appears that there are available and when you show up to the restaurant is empty,

K
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fairly authentic Mexican cuisine, but service was a bit slow.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome food!

a
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Convenient spot for quick bite before show at ACT.

t
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great brunch - huge selection of dishes and all delicious

TE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation for 4 people at 5:45pm for a pre-theater dinner. When we arrived, the hostess said I had only made a reservation for 2 people and that she could give us a table but we would have to leave at 6:45pm. When I showed her my reservation confirmation for 4 people, she didn't apologize for the error but said it would be "OK" which I assumed meant we wouldn't have to rush. Midway through our meal at 6:45pm, a very large private party arrived and we were told (not asked) that we would need to move for dessert. We said we wanted to finish our meal at our table. At 7pm another person came over and told us we really needed to move. No one ever acknowledged that the booking mistake was the restaurant's, not ours. No one ever apologized for rushing us. No one offered us a complimentary drink or dessert to try to make up for the shoddy treatment. We were treated liked we were doing something wrong for trying to enjoy the meal that we were paying A LOT of money for. I have dined here before and enjoyed it, but this was really one of the worst customer service experiences I've ever had.

FF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty meals, delicious margaritas, and attentive but not overbearing service.

NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister, who has celiac disease, was very impressed that the waiter immediately was able to tell her which menu items were gluten free, and she was thrilled that the majority of the menu was gluten free. My husband and I were impressed by the quality and authenticity of the food. The service was great, too. Highly recommended!

JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot in the city. Unique menu choices and great atmosphere.

SD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My Husband and I dined at Colibri after an afternoon theatre show. I found the food to be average.
There were no enchilades or tomales which we expected to find at a Mexican restaurant. My tostada was ok. I have had better in other Mexican restaurants. I suppose the attraction is that the restaurant is near
the Geary and Curran theatres.

OT
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were on vacation in San Francisco. Found them in Open Table as well as Find Me Gluten Free. Very helpful regarding food choices and gluten free offerings. Great food and a fun ambience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Came into town from the airport hoping to find some tasty Mexican but felt like we were served yesterday’s rice and some over priced basics.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Zero to avoid

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff and great atmosphere. The menu is superb, and different to your standard Mexican menu. This felt more authentic. Definitely try the guacamole to start - the staff make it in a station close to the bar to your taste. It was all fantastic!

BG
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The atmosphere was congenial although we requested a quiet table and got seated in the middle of the bar room. There were plenty of other tables in the adjacent dining room that would have obviously been a lot more intimate. The service was very good.

As far as value is concerned? Not so good.
The duck breast was a little skimpy and dry. There's a reason why they don't put the prices on the online menu. Seventeen dollars for guacamole is a bit much. I understand it's in the heart of the tourist district, but some of the prices were ridiculous for what came to the table.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve enjoyed this place for both dinner and most recently brunch. The food and service never disappoints! I had the chilaquiles verdes and they were to die for. The fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosas are tasty and not to mention bottomless. Highly recommended!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was delicious! Service was great!

OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Drinks were amazing and service impeccable. The food was average.

MT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Arrived a bit earlier for my reservation and was seated right away. Everything went downhill from there as it took the waiter 15 just to come to the table, tried to order some guacamole but they were out of avocados, and it took over an hour to get my entree. The portions are small, food poorly seasoned, and the service sucks!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was exquisite, particularly the duck in mole verde. Their churros were delicious. Service was a little slow even though it was not that busy when we first got there and at times we had to get the servers attention but overall great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waiter

b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good carnitas, highly recommend!!! Great margo's as well.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, yummy food and close to Union Square.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, sweet staff! Love the fresh, warm tortillas on arrival!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At the first table we were seated noisy and cramped people were bumping into us as we sat. Decided to sit at the bar great bartender awesome food. It was our anniversary but not acknowledged no big deal. Would definitely go back margaritas were excellent

EA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Colibri is a great place to eat in the downtown area, especially if you are going to the Curran. We have been several times and always believed we had a very good meal. It can be noisy, especially if you are seated next to a large group. The layered tortilla/mole chicken dish is excellent.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately we had slow service, a server that ignored us, and once we got our food it did not all came at the same time, there were 6 of us and I had to wait an additional 10 min to get my food, and then when I’d did come it was the wrong order! Not good all around

JH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a Bachelorette party and they acknowledged us about it and were very friendly. Margaritas were good and food was tasty. Id recommend it especially if you stay at Hotel Diva you get 10% off.

S
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is not worth the price, I would say there are better Mexican restaurants you can go to in the area.

FJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the churro! They're amazing! The meal was great, including the guacamole. Lovely spot. Perfect for meeting up with friends.

EH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This used to be my go to restaurant when I visited San Francisco. The time before this visit it seemed a little off. It was really off this time. I didn’t really find anything that distasteful but rather lack luster. Perhaps the place is the same and I’ve just grown tired of it. I don’t plan on returning when visiting the city in the future.

BF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Average food ...not a great place ...portions were small

WB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food here is excellent, the service a tad slow. I made a reservation before I arrived and the staff seemed a bit confused. The restaurant is fairly large with a front and back of house and they tend to put people in the front of the house so it's a bit cramped and a bit loud. It took a little while for someone to take our order, and no one ever asked if I needed another drink so I only bought one.

The staff was friendly and helpful.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drinks. I would definitely eat there again.

BB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - chili rellenos were perfect. And, as they were baked and not breaded, the focus was on the roast-y taste of the pepper as well as the perfectly cooked vegetables within. My friend had the chili relleno with carnitas - she felt the same way. And what was equally great: two people in our party have Celiac disease and must have food be gluten-free. There were many options for them; including the chili rellenos, which is often off-limits with the typical breading. My friend was thrilled to get to choose that! Margaritas and guac were good too, and I don't often indulge in dessert, but so glad I did not miss the churros! My celiac friends enjoyed the flan for their dessert. Muy deliciosa!

RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Went with three friends for dinner and drinks before catching a show. The cocktails were good, as was the food. Our one complaint was that it took a long time for our drinks to show up from the bar, and for food to be delivered. Other tables seemed to have the same problem. Hopefully it was just an off night for them. I'll go back and try again, as the people were friendly and the food was great!!

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very authentic Mexican food. The mole is delicious

RB
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine Mexican food, if all you know of Mexican food is burritos and chimichangas don't go there, if you enjoy fine Mexican food the restaurant is outstanding, margaritas are delicious.