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

4.5
4.5
1406 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 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 1,406 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Mexican

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  1. j

    jmf1

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The main dining room was extremely noisy despite the fact there only were a few customers (no noise insulation at all). The food was OK but i expected better. Service was good. I do not think i shall go there again.
  2. RM

    RandallM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly authentic Mexican dining experience with regional specialties, fine tequilas and mezcals, and, very important, warm and friendly service. We've gotten to know the servers and bartenders and they are part of the fun.
  3. BR

    BikeRick

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Oaxacan cuisine & beautiful cocktails. A gem!
  4. l

    lovestoeat

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great service and vibe. Okay food - could really use salsas for their dishes like flautas and squash. Tacos are great and huge portions of meat on them!
  5. JJ

    JoJo

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had exceptional service and the food was great. Not your typical mexican cuisine. We've been here before and will return. Price point is up there so will save it for special occaisions.
  6. SW

    StevenW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was excellent. Looking forward to a return visit soon.
  7. b

    bens

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Very average Food. Drinks were fine. Good Service. Poor Value
  8. S

    Sabida

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent flavors, fresh ingredients, hip vibe...we loved it!
  9. J

    Josh

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing. The service was very good. I do wish there was a "hello" from the server with a bit of guidance on how to use the phone app.
  10. e

    elmalatina

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my friend, who I first met when we were in the first grade in 1964, to lunch here. She lives in Minnesota now and just doesn’t get good Mexican food. We both really enjoyed our dinner, and I adore the posole that I had.
  11. S

    Simone

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    This was my second visit to Calavera this time to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. The restaurant was pretty busy for Monday night however, drinks food and ambience was as expected. However, the service lacked as dirty dishes and glasses stayed on the table for too long before someone clean them up and not without asking I guess they must be suffering from a shortage of workers, perhaps(?)
  12. J

    Judy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, a great outdoors with good heaters. We sat in a corner, 5 old ladies, and the noise wasn't bad.
  13. CF

    ChandraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone at our table of nine enjoyed what we ordered and no two things were repeated!
  14. JC

    JedChefTina

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Calavera last night to celebrate Chef Tina's Birthday. We loved the fresh guacamole, and the queso flameado with chorizo. Best dishes we ever tried, especially wit the handmade corn tortillas. I had the braised lamb which was fantastic. Tina and Sean enjoyed the fish tacos and Maureen her prawn tacos. The margaritas, straight up, a little more tart than sweet with half salt, were perfect. We had just finished dinner and ordered churros when the whole street went dark. Some weird power failure, not Calavera's fault. The staff had candles already going for ambience. They took care of us and we left very pleased with the experience, again. We will be back. Jed
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific! Super educated wait staff on the Mezcal, which was fun. Fantastic ambience, beautifully designed. And the food was flawless. Would definitely return again for a birthday party or special event; we were just there for a casual Sunday brunch but it looks like it would have a great vibe at night.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Second server and manager were so rude and condescending. The dessert tasted sour and not cooked thoroughly so we asked them about it and they just said that’s how it is and it’s good instead of trying to fix it or talk to us about it. They did remove from check but kept repeating thanks for being so nice in a sarcastic manner. We ordered so much food and drinks so it was disrespectful to treat us like bad customers or customers who didn’t order anything else. Also the second server kept asking me what we all did for a living and if anyone worked in the service industry like trying to prove a point which is rude and not customer service friendly at all. Will not be going back there too bad
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    $19 for 3 street tacos…is way too much
  18. K

    Kdragon

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our group of four enjoyed an evening on the patio. Our server was very attentive without being intrusive. The wait staff seemed to work well as a team - someone was checking to make sure our water glasses were topped off several times. We ordered a variety of menu items. For appetizers, we had guacamole and flautas de papa. The guacamole was good, but a little too spicy. The potato in the flautas needed to be seasoned rather than relying on the cheese and crema for flavoring. Really liked the crunchy tortilla wrapped around the potato, giving a nice crunch. Chicken, fish and shrimp tacos were all a hit, as was the chicken mole enchiladas. We all went home well-satisfied and happy we ate at Calavera.
  19. m

    modbob

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The wait staff here are young, fast-moving, and incredibly helpful.
  20. C

    Cindy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service great, but the restaurant is way too loud. They should work on noise canceling strategies!
  21. K

    Kristi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    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.
  22. WC

    WCNative

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fun place, great tacos, good margaritas, very loud inside.
  23. 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
  24. 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!!!!
  25. M

    Mehungry

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and food were great !
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Ladies night ! The Caesar we everything
  27. 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!
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.!
  35. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 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.
  36. 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.
  37. JC

    JillC

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 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.
  38. DC

    DanC

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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!

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 1406 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 22 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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