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

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (33)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
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Casual (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Fun (17)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Spicy (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Tapas (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Very tasty place, I’d highly recommend it for anyone seeking an authentic Mexican meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 2 days ago

Somewhat disappointed. Had dinner here before and have recommended it to friends. Will not do either one again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Really great little restaurant tucked away in San Francisco, the food was excellent in particular the guacamole, the pork tostadas, lamb shank and chicken breast which we tried. Very busy restaurant with a nice vibe and feel to it. The only reason i rated the service down was that the meals came out really fast - we ordered appetizers and were only half way through and the main meals came out. I'd recommend ordering appetizers first then entrees later to avoid this, but overall great food and nice restaurant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The best Mexican food in San Francisco. Delicioso !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Service and drinks were great and the food seemed authentic. But it was VERY warm when we arrived and the guacamole was $16!!! It was large, but too expensive. The waiter could have told us it was not meant for 2 people. But our waiter was friendly and attentive on a busy night. Very loud inside, so don't come for a quite date. Fun with friends atmosphere.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is just like my grandma's! Everything was fresh and delicious. No complaints with the food, but this place is packed so service is a tad slow, but its worth the waiting.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I had the chilie realno it was really good. I was on a business trip would love a smaller portion of guacamole.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Not a good experience here at all.

First the positive. The guacamole with 3 salsas and chips was delicious and well made with very fresh ingredients.

The negative...after waiting over 20 minutes for our cocktail order to arrive, my friends dry martini with a twist came out instead with olives. He mentioned this to the waiter. The water then returned with a martini (with a twist) faster than was humanly possible to make a martini. Realizing this, my friend asked if the bartender had just removed the olives and replaced them with a twist. The waiter admitted that this was in fact the case. My friend returned the drink only to have the waiter return again stating that now the bartender said she didn't just replace the olives with a twist. One taste and he was quite certain that this was not the case. There was very little effort on the part of the restaurant to make this right so we asked for our check having only had the guacamole and we went to have lunch elsewhere.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice mexicain food. Good reception. Excellente service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The guacamole and dipping sauces were excellent and the Mole Poblano was amazing and nicely spicy.

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Colibri was wonderful!! Excellent Service and a welcoming Host/Hostess! Great House Margueritas with Grand Marnier! Guacamole was excellent, fresh and good serving; Chile relleno was excellent as well. We will be back! Fun and wonderful food and service!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Spicy, Casual, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We have loved this restaurant for several years, but this time was not at all what we had experienced in past visits. Perhaps it was Sunday night and our reservation was just an hour before they closed, but it was disappointing overall. The fish in my fish tacos did not taste fresh. My friend had the filet mignon but it was not the size or the quality that it had been in the past. Off night? Maybe, but we decided we would try somewhere new for next time.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

This was my second time at Colibri. We had friends in from Munich and Southern California. Service and quality of food was excellent. Noise level high, but we were 5 people at a small table, (had to continually ask them to remove empty dishes since table space was limited), so we could hear one another fairly well. But this is not the place for a quiet romantic meal! Vibrant atmosphere. Even after 20 years in the Bay Area (from Houston), I still find prices for Mexican food in SF, quite high. Guess being so close to Union Square bumps up prices even more. I would go back for a special occasion, otherwise I prefer Mission District for quality Mexican/Latin food at much better value.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Authentic, Spicy, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This is not your father's mexican - very creative dishes well prepared. No just tacos and burritos - in fact don't think either was on the menu. The Camarones were amazing and the tenderloin steak was uniquely created and served to perfection.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, great value. This is not a type of Mexican place that fills you up on Rick and chips. This was good food and high quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice variety of dishes, and not just typical enchiladas and fajitas. A very nice pre-show meal.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great mexican food: margarita, guacamole, ceviche, fish tacos, tortilla soup

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good service. Got served quickly.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Met some friends here. It was spacious enough for our large group plus one baby. Apps and entrees were good but service was a little slow.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was fantastic, fancy mexican dishes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great place to get a bite before going to the ACT theatre which is directly across the street. We had the fish tacos and the Panuchos de Cochinita Pibil were tasty with lots of flavor. They also served us freshly made tortillas with incredible sauces. I had their Margarita de la casa which was amazing! And we made it in time for the show!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great atmosphere, staff were very helpful and eager to please. Food was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I made a reservation for 6 and got stuck a the worst table next to kitchen and bathroom. I expected a nicer table location having made a reservation so far in advance.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food always delish, but service always slow. We sat at the bar and our bartender was great but took 20 minutes for 2 dishes in a half full restaurant. They need to work on that, but we’ll keep coming back for the quesa fondido!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I unwrapped the napkin on the table to discover to disgustingly dirty cutlery. Behind my fork and spoon we're old lettuce leaves so deeply hacked into the metal that for a minute I doubted whether this was the design of the cutlery. When I called the hostess and showed it to her, she confirmed that was not the design but dirty cutlery and quickly took them away.

It took them an hour to bring a plate of eggs and some ceviche. The ceviche it was marinating in such an overly acidic and astringent mix that it hurt the throat.

Additionally, the service was slow and inattentive. Also, the management did not seem very eager to make it up to us.

We will never return and could not recommend this business to anyone.

Looking around, it is obvious that this is a joint for tourists who may think this is the ultimate Mexican bistro in the city.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We got right in with our reservation. We only had to wait for our server for a few minutes. He took our drink order then came back because I was unsure what I wanted to order. When he took our food order after bringing back our drinks he was zero help. I was Unfamiliar with the menu and some of the items on the menu.... but he did not give me any suggestions. He left, still without bringing us our chips ( homemade tortillas ) and salsa. I tried for 5 minutes to get his attention with no luck. Finally, after sitting there for 20 minutes I flagged down the hostess and she was able to get it for me!
Our waiter was subpar. But the food was yummy and our cocktails... a jalapeño and a ginger margarita were amazing!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Always eat here before going to ACT across the street. Once in awhile the service is slow, but we eat here during super-busy times so understand that's the reason. Food and cocktails always top notch.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent place! Don’t come if you expect quiet, this is a vibrant, fun place with great food and drinks. Been here twice and looking forward to many more!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Late-night Find, Casual, Spicy, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food is still good, but in general its seems to be going down hill.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Margaritas were tasty as well as their carnitas. My boyfriend wasn't a fan of the veggie chile relleno, wished he would've gotten it with the carnitas. Along with fresh chips they give you 3 different salsas ranging from sweet to spicy. Oh and their churros are AMAZING!!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is good, ambiance is great, decor and service are great. Amazing endless tortillas and salsa! However, their portion sizes have become an insult. $16 Guacamole comes in a huge stone bowl that houses a shallow plastic plate and they've been filling it less and less full.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Prior to attending ACT, a friend enjoyed a wonderfully fresh and deliciously prepared authentic Mexican dinner.
Cocktails were relish too!
Service was very attentive and aware of our curtain time.
Would definitely repeat this evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Colibri has the best food and margaritas. A great place to celebrate a special occasion and meet up with friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Slow service but good food and drinks...

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Colibri was an absolute delight! I noted on our reservation that it was our anniversary and we were overwhelmed to have three separate employees tell us happy anniversary! And, they brought us a glass of champagne to celebrate. The server was very attentive and the food was delicious. We had the mole poblano and the pechuga rellena de huitlacoche - fabulous! The guacamole was also amazing. And we had their macho margaritas, very tasty and spicy. I have already recommended Colibri to two of my coworkers and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone living in or traveling to San Francisco!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

nice atmosphere. good food. i have nothing more to say and resent you trying to make me add things to get to 50 words. sorry

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. I had the prawns added to the salad and was grilled perfectly

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Friendly greeting and service, relaxed and casual, ability to get a reservation for same week - prime time Friday night. Creative drinks, good, interesting food. Very busy and noisy. Will return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tapas
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 (Monaco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Not bad... was better a few years ago though... food was average. The guacamole is worth the try.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

You are better off going to Chipotle fresh tasty carnitas, better tasting guacamole. A real disappointment will never recommend!

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