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

4.6
4.6
1339 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

8:00 PM


Booked 7 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 1,339 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food at Calavera was outstanding! Delicious, creative and flavorful drinks, appetizers and main courses. Unfortunately, the restaurant now uses a QR code and app for the menu as well as ordering. The app was glitchy and the server, though very very nice, was not available to answer questions. Totally understand that there is a labor shortage, but I would’ve preferred to order from a counter and actually engage with a human being, rather than pay tableservice prices to squint at the app all evening.
  2. RE

    RichardE

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time in this outstanding neighborhood upscale Mexican restaurant. Their menu features a lot of seafood, along with the traditional chicken and pork, in some unusual preparations. With another couple we shared a bunch of appetizers and sampled a variety of main dishes and had the outstanding churro balls for desert. All of the preparations were excellent and very tasty. Margaritas were very good and they have an extensive cocktail list and cans/bottles of beers. The outdoor patio was very pleasant, except that the large table next to us had too much to drink and got extremely boisterous at times -- like they were home and not in a public setting. We hope not to encounter them on a return visit.
  3. S

    Sarah

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Horrible experience. Our car window was smashed and the staff were not helping us get the police until the manager. Visiting from out of state. Didn’t expect the get an attempted robbery, not a safe place. And the app to order food is difficult and bulky. Do not eat here!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ordering and food came out quickly
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful patio. But you could easily/safely sit inside as all the door are open.
  6. FD

    FrequentDiner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    At first we were not sure about the service, however once we made contact with our server, it was great. Our server went above and beyond. The food was great it should have been warmer, when it arrived it was barely warm , however it was still delicious. The cocktails are delicious. We had our small dog with us and the patio seating was perfect.
  7. JH

    JordanH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food! Everything we ate had great flavor and good portions! Even the drinks we had were very tasty!
  8. BA

    BenjaminA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Great drinks and ambiance. Clearly many good selections in the menu, really enjoyed their version of queso fundido , with surprisingly tasty and authentic chorizo. Very disappointed with chicken and shrimp tacos. They were over-stuffed and the tortilla fell apart. Too saucy and runny. The shrimp tacos had very bland seasoning and the notion of a jicama tortilla is not functional and did not positively contribute to the taste of the tacos whatsoever. Would love to try more stuff on the menu but left with disappointment from the tacos, which underutilized the potential of the excellent tortillas that were otherwise fully enjoyed with the queso fundido option. Rice pudding was delicious. The restaurant obviously has a talented chef that just needs to cut down on being overly creative. Mexican food is not about stuffing tacos with excessive or overly-fancy ingredients.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food but the QR code service really takes away from the experience. I don’t want to order from my phone.
  10. AR

    AlejaR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    They had a private event after my reservation and it did not feel the attention very pleasure. They were serving quickly and taking the empty plates fast. They should have let us make a reservation if they don’t have the time and pleasure to give a good service!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Hostess was great! Friendly and seated us where we requested. The waiter was snotty. There were just two of us and he seemed to want us to leave quickly. They made a mistake in my drink order and he pressured me to accept the incorrect drink rather than just correcting it. Food wasn’t very good and was expensive. Only things I enjoyed were the hostess and the nice patio seating.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Overall experience was pleasant. The food was amazing. Everything is done virtually, so there isn’t much interaction with staff.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous mushroom pastor tacos! My second time ordering them and we got some to go for appetizers for a party we are hosting tomorrow. The hostess took good care of our puppy too. You might want to invest in new outdoor tables though. We love your restaurant. Spring
  14. L

    Lola

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, lovely outdoor seating. Unusual and special dishes. The mushroom tacos are especially fabulous! And the house margarita is perfectly made. Just hard enough not too sweet.
  15. JL

    JakeL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We were seated quickly by friendly staff and instructed to scan a QR code for the menu and to order from our phone. Once our order had been submitted I noticed a few things that appeared to have been added by the server. I cancelled the order and we were offered paper menus from which to order. The food arrived so quickly after we ordered that we felt like our minds had been read ahead of time and the staff was just waiting for confirmation. The ahi tostadas were delish, loaded with peppers and very spicy. The chicken mole enchiladas were tasty but barely warm. The drinks were good. We ate outdoors, the weather was great, and we did not feel rushed.
  16. AO

    AmyO

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Calavera; so chill on the patio, food is deeeelicious, margaritas OMG.
  17. ZO

    ZOEC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant so much!! The food is excellent, the drinks are exceptional and the staff is friendly, helpful and generally fabulous. My favorite spot in Oakland!
  18. S

    Scott

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my wife and kids to celebrate my wife's birthday. All of the entrees were delicious and my family was very impressed. My son said it was "next level" compared to the Mexican restaurants we usually frequent (and also consider good). The service was fast. Extra items that I ordered were brought out within a couple of minutes of placing the order on the app. It was a very comfortable, casual and delightful experience.
  19. IY

    IsabelY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Very tasty food with nice cocktails, we went for brunch so the menu was limited, but creative. The server was in a bad mood and it was obvious. The ambience was excellent though.
  20. j

    jessicar

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I came here the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and absolutely loved everything about it. The staff is personable and fun and the food was amazing. 11/10 would recommend the vegan al pastor tacos! Cannot wait to come back soon to try more menu items!
  21. K

    Kelly

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both unique and classic Mexican dishes. Start with their very different Caesar salad. Excellent mole and special dishes on Thursdays. Great for lunch or dinner.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Overall enjoyed the experience but reserved an outdoor table to find out that they were not seating anyone outside because they had a buyout in that area. We likely would have chosen another location due to the nice weather and rise in Covid cases had we known this. Would definitely go back.
  23. D

    Darin

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific cocktails, unique Mexican dishes, and terrific service. What's not to LOVE? We'll be back again and again!
  24. G

    estherG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Went for a birthday dinner and could barely hear each other talk. Waitress was very nice until she got assigned to another table area and then they sent us somebody else. They barely came to the table and ended up having awful service. Everything was ultra spicy, Even after we asked for non-spice. Pretty ambience but very loud. Really wanted to like the place But too many things went wrong
  25. ZZ

    ZenZ

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Unique flavors and ingredients, an inviting atmosphere and great staff made our UC Berkeley Graduation party a hit.
  26. CJ

    CJBL

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    needed a place to eat and have a cocktail after the women's march, it was yummy, and never disappoints. food is delish, cocktails are delish, and the outside was perfect, partially cause it was just a beautiful day in oakland!
  27. SM

    SusannaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    The online ordering is a pain. No one guided us to order in courses so all our food came at once. Servers only appeared to clear dishes. Food was fantastic and the vibe was great. I noticed our table wasn’t the only one having issues with the app though.
  28. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    At Calavera for lunch yesterday with a business partner, the food was good but the service was uncharacteristically off. Made for a little awkwardness with my partner who paid for lunch.
  29. B

    Biged415

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was really delicious. Service was wonderful and the drinks were amazing. Definitely coming back soon.
  30. LH

    LauraH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Slow service but the food was worth the wait. Excellent, inspired and inspiring dishes. If you love authentic and imaginative Mexican cuisine, a must-try.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful, flavorful dishes and exceptional service. Shrimp tacos, lamb, enchiladas, are my favorite. Working my way down the menu - mussels and whole fish look delish.
  32. J

    Juju

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    not sure how i feel about a nice restaurant without an actual server to help your table. it's done all electronically with an occasional random person checking in. didn't feel right. felt like a fancy fast food joint.
  33. n

    namsmom

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lots of dining space, lovely menu, terrific service. Had some wonderful food…very spicy and tasty aguachile guero (shrimp, cucumbers, onion, cliantro), delicious cochonita pibil, lovely fish tacos. Server very attentive and knowledgeable. Well worth finding a parking space,
  34. KM

    KarenM

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the cocktails- Archie is a great bartender! Fun and inventive ambiance, delicious aquachile, mushroom and fish tacos .
  35. AB

    AlbaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing drinks, fun ambiance and yummy food! Definitely recommend!
  36. JB

    JulianB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat outside on a cool Friday evening and had cocktails, appetizers, and entrees. The outside seating area is covered and heated; warm enough not to need the jackets we had brought, quiet enough to have an easy conversation. Although ordering is all by app, the uniformly excellent waitstaff were happy to bring paper menus and to answer questions and offer recommendations. Each time we added to our order it arrived within a couple of minutes and was delicious. We left well-satisfied with the quality and quantity, and will return.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I had not been here in years. The portions are very small and the food is extremely expensive. I consider it to be “upscale Mexican “. The drinks were not strong and we’re $15 each. All told, we spent over $100 and had only small plates plus one drink apiece. I think it’s worth trying once, but it’s not a place I would go back to because it’s just too over-the-top. With that said, they are still using the QR code method for service so if you need something you have to flag someone down for things like water or extra napkins.
  38. DJ

    DylanJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Mexican food, plenty of vegetarian-friendly options, good cocktails, and a lovely patio for outdoor seating.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20 of us reserved and Sat at high tables
  40. LJ

    LisaJ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends, so fun! Great food, cocktails delish!!

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 4.6 stars by 1339 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Other options

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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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