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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar, Oakland, CA
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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

4.5
4.5
1386 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 your teams lunch or hosting an 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,386 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Mexican

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  1. K

    Kristi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was delicious, and the outdoor patio was lovely. It was a little loud from a large group nearby, but overall a really lovely space.
  2. WC

    WCNative

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fun place, great tacos, good margaritas, very loud inside.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent and do the restaurant decor
  4. CT

    CristinaT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, service and ambiance. Parking can be challenging but plan to arrive 15 min before resie to search otherwise will be back the cocktails were Ahmazing!!!!
  5. M

    Mehungry

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and food were great !
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Ladies night ! The Caesar we everything
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was delicious! Highly recommend the fish tacos, shrimp tacos, guac, elote, and of course, the margaritas! Their salsa is also divine!
  8. GM

    GloM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food and drinks were amazing!
  9. O

    Oaklandish

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for happy hour snacks and drinks and everything was delicious. Cocktails rock.
  10. p

    preetk

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The food was okay however the service was really bad. Our waiter made it feel like we were an inconvenience to her. Any request we made she made comments like “ wait” , like you don’t tell the customer to wait. Anything we needed she would forget, our orders all came out at different times and they forgot one of the orders and put it in last minute.
  11. DS

    DawnS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calavera never fails. Soooo delicious. What more can be said? And the little round churros with the passion fruit foam and dark chocolate sauce with a hint of chile? No words—-you just have to try them.
  12. a

    asterixis

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience3
    Received a notification that I did not show up for reservation. No one likes to hear that they didn’t keep a promise when they in fact were there.
  13. N

    Nonya

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    I was looking forward to the kind of food I had when I was in Oaxaca. This didn't seem like that, and there was little to nothing for vegetarians.
  14. DB

    DianeB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this restaurant and it's ambiance! The food is always excellent too.!
  15. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This is fancy Mexican food. Appetizer portions are small. The tortillas for everything are very thick and grainy, which is not my preference. The restaurant is nice and the service is good.
  16. PM

    PatM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The chicken sorta was excellent. We also had a tasty dish that was a mushroom/veggie "ceviche" that was more of a relish. Tasty but the tootles/tortilla chips were too chunky, coarse and not really that tasty. The mango/cantaloupe aqua fresca was good. Would definitely go back to try other dishes.
  17. JC

    JillC

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have to say that our family are not fans of QR ordering and service. They have staff that circulate through the restaurant frequently, but there’s no real interaction and connection with them. They’re fine explaining how to order and how the food’s going to come out, and they’re constantly seeing if they can pick up dishes , but no connection. I do have to say that the cocktails are delicious. My husband and son had the Mezcalera and I had the Jardin Gin & Tonic. We had the Cochinita pibil - which by itself was excellent. I would give that 5 stars. It comes with 3 small soft tortillas, which weren’t enough, so we asked for more and they gladly brought 3 more. We also ordered the Tlayuda vegetariana - which was ok. Also ordered the pulpo asado - again, ok and our son had the shrimp tacos. My son wanted to order a plain tequila and soda, but you need to order by the ounce via the QR , so a 2 oz tequila and soda with don Julio would have been $18??? Nope . So he went with the mixed drink. I would come back again, but only for cocktails.
  18. DC

    DanC

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is creative and well executed. I will go back for the food. I also really like the feeling of the main room. The one drawback is that they seem to do all ordering on your phone, and there didn't seem to be many staff. The staff were friendly and very busy, but I wish I had asked if they have printed menus.
  19. L

    Leslie

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely spectacular. The Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole were absolutely extraordinary as was the Mescalero! Dining outside on the deck is wonderful, comfortable, and very safe. If you’re looking for the best Mexican food, great ambiance, EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE, whether you’re celebrating, breading bread, or dining solo, this is your spot!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and excellent service, definitely recommend!
  21. L

    Lisaaa

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    V bad experience! For drink, we ordered Don Jolio tequila, they gave us a v cheap tequila. For the food we ordered Shrimp aguachile , taco, muscles, corns, carna asada, they were all horrible , firstly everything was super black, then so spicy that u can’t even it :( nothing was even close to traditional Mexican food. The lamb taco smell like stable, we even couldn’t have a bit of it, the corns were loaded with grease & fat, the shrimps in Aguachile were cut in half, and were those tiny pink shrimps , which again wasn’t even close to aguachile. The only thing we could eat was chips and guacamole. And the prices …super expensive , one taco $30, and carna Asada (horrible taste, loaded with strings of fat) $ 52,,.., we dropped $300, barely could eat anything , so disappointed, won’t go back and won’t recommend it to anyone .
  22. M

    Melisse

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    My reservation was at 730. Our rtable wasn’t ready. We asked the guy who sat us, please bring ice for the water please. He didnt come: We wanted tge option where someone takes our order. Took w awhile for someone to come. Finally, theey came took our order. Once we got out food, she never came back to see if everything was ok. I have been to this restaurant before, but the food was not up to speed. The carne asada was very fatty. Usually the foodis fantastic, but last night not good. I hope someone reads this.
  23. ND

    NelliesDad

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food and drink were delicious!
  24. p

    prak

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drink. We came as a group of 6 and mostly ordered from their seasonal menu - the carne a la tampiqueña was amazing (a flank steak with an enchilada suiza), as were the spicy margarita and the “La Fresca”, a refreshing tequila drink with cucumber and mint. The desserts were also incredible, especially the churros, cake, and bread pudding. One warning, two of our friends parked on the street on Broadway and came back to broken windows on their cars. Neither had left anything visible in the car, so would not recommend driving there and if you do, park in a garage and make sure to not leave anything visible in the car. Sad that this is increasingly commonplace.
  25. A

    Anjani

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was outstanding. We could see that he was serving multiple tables graciously and patiently. We left him a $20 cash tip we hope he received. (He had to leave before we were done with our long leisurely meal.😎)
  26. TB

    TammyB

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calavera never disappoints. The host is always on top of things, the cocktails are delicious and the tacos, apps and salads are so tasty. I enjoy being inside and also love the patio and people watching.
  27. MJ

    MonicaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, as was the service and the margaritas! Can't wait to go back!
  28. 2

    2pasta42

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Charming ambience, stunningly good food! I'm eager to work my way through the menu. The pulpo asado was outstanding! Parking is a bit of a problem; I'd recommend taking mass transit if possible.
  29. A

    Anita

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were not given credit for our last visit and was told they can’t do anything about it. Prefer flour to corn tortillas. Think twice about ordering a coke-it comes in these tiny bottles and cost $4. The tortilla chips that comes with guacamole was a bit thick and hard.
  30. A

    Anjani

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderfull
  31. OP

    OPFoodie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t have picked a better brunch place for our vacation. Drinks were excellent and thoughtful, all components of the food were delicious and went together beautifully. Big recommend
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great (especially the tuna tostadas!), and our waitress was phenomenal. She was kind and fun and made me feel very special on my birthday. We’ll definitely be coming back!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the menu, ambiance , service and great food. Loved the vegetarian options and the experience to order/pay
  34. s

    sreastbay

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very tasty, and service was very good (better than expected based on some recent reviews we'd seen). Food seems a little pricey for portion size, but we very much enjoyed all the dishes we had. House margarita was excellent and a generous size.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was better than we could have imagined. The reception, the attention from Enya, the food, oh, the food! Such depth of flavor - almost too good!
  36. TD

    TeresaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks and patio. Chilaquiles verdes and passion fruit cocktail, Yum!
  37. d

    dkenglish7

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was just extraordinary. The service was perhaps leisurely. It took way too long to get anyone's attention so I could pay the check.
  38. RY

    RayY

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic time, great food. The sweet manager brought us free drinks when our churros were late ... And we didn't even complain. You won a loyal patron! Shrimp tacos were amazing!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great drinks.
  40. WE

    WildElk

    San Francisco

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared so many dishes and had a few cocktails and everything was delicious. The service was excellent. I just love it there!

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 1386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 338-3273

  • Catering

    We have the perfect patio for your events!!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating your teams lunch or hosting an event, we can cater to your needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (510) 338-3273

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