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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar, Oakland, CA

Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.5
4.5
1532 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Calavera’s diverse menu celebrates the unique and layered gastronomy of Mexico. Using traditional ingredients and techniques, Chef Omar Huerta presents both new and familiar Mexican flavors with an inspired, modern perspective. Calavera offers a full bar with an extensive tequila and mezcal collection, innovative cocktails, and a bottle wine list. Come enjoy the spirit of Mexico in an artistic, comfortable environment in Oakland's uptown!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 338-3273
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Omar Huerta
  • Catering
    We have the perfect patio for your events!!
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating with a team lunch or hosting a larger event, we can cater to your needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (510) 338-3273
  • Neighborhood
    Oakland
  • Cross street
    23rd Street
  • Parking details
    The HIVE paid parking lot
  • Public transit
    We are a 4-block walk from the 19th Street BART stop in Oakland.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,532 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,532 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Went there to have our last date at Calavera since they are closing down, waitress seem to be in a rush, not friendly, never went and checked in for drinks refill and didn’t even offered dessert. We were waiting to get the table cleaned up after we finished our main dish and ask for desert.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Atún first plate and the Pibil braised pork with vegetables was very tasty as well. Their mezcal cocktails were perfectly balanced. Great service too.

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  3. novicefoodie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Calavera never disappoints! I was grateful to introduce some friends to this amazing place. Sarah and her team do an amazing job making everyone feel welcome and continuing to bring the delicious food and fantastic drinks. Ask Gabby about getting a jug of the Mezcalera, not to be overlooked!! 10 out of 10!

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  4. LailaF

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love this place😍 great food and customer service.

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  5. ThomasG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tamales were unbelievably good. Agua Fresca had some nice accents. Delicious all around.

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  6. DianaA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chilaquiles were delicious! The staff was super friendly and accommodating. We had the brunch menu and overall a really good amount of options. The drinks were also delicious. I had the mimosa especial and I would definitely have it again. Highly recommend it.

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  7. AudreyW

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved their choice of tapas which were original and delicious. Margaritas as usual were well done. Service was excellent

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  8. SamanthaH

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent restaurant. One of the best mezcal margaritas I’ve ever had. Perfect for a meal and drinks before a show.

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  9. foodie6

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, fun atmosphere, great cocktails, excellent service and really good food. The shrimp tacos were a hit!

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  10. Kaamil

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were not at all happy with the food. It was a big disappointment. As my husband shared, “the food lacked passion and soul.” We ordered the whole snapper. It was bland. The roasted cauliflower was just okay. And the pork tacos didn’t have any seasoning.

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  11. HollyD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Last night may have been an anomaly -- but it was overly crowded, busy and super noisy! The service staff worked hard, but there was a lot going on. I could not hold a conversation with table mates!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone must try the flautas de papa and ceviche de hongo! Amazing drinks too

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  13. NigelS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was amazing. Knowledgeable and detailed of menu.

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  14. JoJo

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten here many times. The quality of the food is usually very good as is the service. Last night the fish I ordered was extremely over salted and inedible. My husband enjoyed his enchiladas and they have the best guac and chips. The chocolate desert had a rich look to it but not much chocolate flavor. The usual great service was very slow and it was hard to get our server's attention. The noise level inside is the loudest of any restaurant I know precluding any conversation. Fortunately there is a heated patio.

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  15. tlAl

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I love the food and drinks. Great service. It’s noisy! My only complaint.

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  16. luv2dine

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go here all the time. The staff is super nice - so welcoming and the food is great, the service is great, and the drinks are great. We go with our dog and sit in the outdoor patio and they always are kind and welcoming to our dear dog, too. Love it!

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  17. BethRose

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh flavourful Mexican food, regional specialities like crickets and extraordinary Mezcsl cocktails. The chocolate pudding dessert is my favourite!

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  18. BrettM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and great bartender (Ifram, I believe). Lovely way to spend Halloween evening and with a beautiful ofrenda to look at.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This place was alright. Being from LA where upscale Mexican places set the standard, this one was average.

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  20. Peggy

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attractive place. Our food was outstanding! Fresh! Superb quality! Gorgeous presentation Delicious!

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  21. AmeliaV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love Calavera - I am from the Netherlands and lived in the Bay Area when they opened. Ever since moving back to Europe I missed the food, the cocktails and the overall ambience. This time around I reserved a table to celebrate being reunited with my chosen family post-Covid and it was absolutely amazing. The staff was super friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant, the food fresh, creative, mouth watering and beautiful. I could not have wished for a better evening and a better experience. In a city and area that have changed a lot since the start of the pandemic, coming to Calavera felt like coming home. A big shout out to the whole team - and please consider opening up a restaurant in Amsterdam!
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on October 23, 2023
    THANK YOU for choosing Calavera for such a special occasion! It's guests like you all that make doing what we do worth it! We are so happy to hear and know that the three of you had such a lovely time and had the opportunity to celebrate over a delicious meal :) Please keep us posted next time you're in town!

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  22. anabanana

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been to Calavera about 4 times now and our experience has been consistently fantastic. The only downside is that it can get really noisy and hard to talk, which is a bummer, but there are so many compensating factors. The food is fantastic. Fantastic! This time we took my mom, who is from Mexico City, to celebrate her 85th birthday and she loved it! We started with a bottle of a dry sparkling wine from Querétaro (Mexico) and then we shared a bunch of the appetizers along with the Cochinita Pibil entrée. Every single dish was delicious. The tortillas are out of this world - even my mom commented on them. And the staff is very professional and friendly. We finished up with two of the desserts and called it a night. We’ll definitely be back!
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on October 23, 2023
    Hello! We loved having you and your family in last week to celebrate your mother's birthday; you all were just the sweetest sitting at the corner table! Thank you for letting us know about the noise level. With such high ceilings, it can get a bit noisy when the dining room is full. In the event you feel like the music is too loud next time you dine with us, please let your server or the manager on duty know and we'd be happy to turn it down. Again, thank you a million for the love and support! It is more than appreciated :)

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was FABULOUS and the margaritas were divine. Would recommend to anyone and go back.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on October 23, 2023
    Thank you, thank you for the kind review! We love knowing that what we're doing is working :) See you next time!

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  24. Deko

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great margaritas! Great service! Great company as well!
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on October 19, 2023
    Thank you for your kind review and words, Deko! We're so glad to hear that you had such a fantastic experience. Looking forward to having you all again soon! <3

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  25. GailG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there on a very busy night, most of the diners planning to attend a Lila Downs concert down the street at the Paramount. The waitstaff seemed a little harried and the drinks were slow to arrive. They finally arrived after the entree was served. But overall, it was a good meal and a nice environment.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on October 19, 2023
    Thank you for your honest feedback about your dining experience, Gail. Yes, we were extremely busy the night Lila Downs was in town and unfortunately a little understaffed. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and felt comfortable enough to write a candid review; it's guests like you who help us grow as a team. We hope to see you on a regular night when we can WOW you with speedy drinks and top notch noshes!

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  26. BlancaP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for a great dinner experience at Calavera Mexican Kitchen in Oakland. Food and service was great. Definitely will return soon.

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  27. BiancaW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tacos and cochinita pibil to swoon for. Will be back!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific waiter, relaxed atmosphere, great food.

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  29. MariamJ

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was not very good and the service was poor. The ambiance was good. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on October 10, 2023
    Hi MariamJ, Thank you for your honest feedback. We appreciate this, as it's truly the only way to grow. If you would like to provide more details about the specifics of your experience, I will share them with our team.

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  30. tflynn

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    literally some of the best cocktails i have had in a long time!!
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 28, 2023
    Thank you so much for your glowing review about our cocktails! We truly appreciate the support and love :)

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  31. dawnsils

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelletnt food, service and cocktails. laid back and fun.

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  32. Suzanne

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Great vibe and decor. Highly recommend!

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  33. JonB

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I grabbed a reservation for a table for one. Had impeccable service and food came out very quickly. Got the fish tacos and the roasted cauliflower. Both were phenomenal. I would definitely come back here in a heartbeat.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 21, 2023
    It was so lovely to have you in the other night, Jon! Thank you for the kind words and support; we truly appreciate it. See you next time :)

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  34. JoshR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a good time here! Drinks were amazing, food was delicious, service was knowledgeable and relaxed. I would go back just for the houseware tortilla chips which were not the usual chip. It’s now on my list of favorite restaurants in Oakland!
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 21, 2023
    Our housemade tortilla chips are to die for; thank you for saying so! Let us know next time you're in and we'll send you home with some :) Thank you for your review and support; it's greatly appreciated!

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  35. Kirshca

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and incredible cocktails! Nice ambience.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 21, 2023
    Thank you for the love and support, Kirshca! We're so glad you enjoyed our food and cocktails :)

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  36. MoisesC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the guacamole, flautas, fish & shrimp tacos. The food was delicious and good quality food.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 21, 2023
    We're so happy that you and your wife enjoyed your time with us! Looking forward to your next visit :)

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  37. Lucia

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was bland. I’ve never had such dried huevos in my life.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 12, 2023
    Hi Lucia, Thank you for your candid review, as we're always looking for constructive feedback. This way we can continue to grow and improve our recipes. Your thoughts will be shared with our BOH staff and we hope that you will give us another shot. In the event you feel this on your next visit, please let your server or the manager on duty know so we can address it immediately.

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  38. JackieC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat outside, we always bring blankets! Friendly waiters, the food is always good and there are plenty of interesting choices for vegetarians. We've eaten here several times and it's been great every time.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 12, 2023
    Thank you for your review, Jackie! We truly appreciate your love and support! We also love that you BYOB (bring your own blankets) :) If you're chilly, please let your server know and they will happily turn on the heater for you.

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  39. Blaise

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Three of us shared 4 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 1 dessert. All of them were delicious, well-plated, and generous in serving size. The mole was outstanding; something very rare outside of Mexico. Service was perfect - attentive but not intrusive. Recommend reserving monitored parking via Spot Hero or such.
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 12, 2023
    Thank you, Blaise for the kind review! You are correct, parking around Uptown can be tricky; using Spot Hero or even the paid/guarded parking lot behind The Hive are both great options. We hope to see you all again soon!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Great ambience at a fair price Will keep going back
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarResponded on September 12, 2023
    Thank you so much for your love and support!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar using the Order Online button. Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 338-3273.

Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1532 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

2337 Broadway, Oakland Hive, Oakland, CA 94612

Additional information

  • Cross street
    23rd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Oakland
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The HIVE paid parking lot
  • Public transit
    We are a 4-block walk from the 19th Street BART stop in Oakland.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Omar Huerta
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (510) 338-3273
  • Catering
    We have the perfect patio for your events!!
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating with a team lunch or hosting a larger event, we can cater to your needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (510) 338-3273
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