Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
Colibri - Mexican Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
We arrived early and were seated immediately. We ordered drinks and Guacamole and said we would order on a little bit. After a few attempts to flag down the waiter, we finally ordered 2 appetizers. We never received them. At 7:30pm (with a 8pm show to go to), we told the waiter that we had to leave. When he gave us the bill, he said "we gave you a small discount for the inconvenience. We did not charge you for the food you didn't get". Really - did he think we should pay for food we didn't get? I've eaten here many times before and never had such bad service. Very disappointing.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.