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Comal
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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2020 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94704
2020 Shattuck AveUSCABerkeley94704
(510) 926-6300comalberkeley.com
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American RestaurantToday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 11:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 11:00 pmSunday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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Comal, a dynamic restaurant featuring rustic wood-fired Mexican cuisine, a large secluded outdoor patio and extensive bar selection, is located in the heart of Berkeley's burgeoning Arts District.
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Modern design & Mexican cuisine meet at this eatery known for its cocktails & vibrant outdoor area.- Google
People talk about chef matt, fire pit, sound system, bon vivants and mole coloradito
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Jennifer Wong
reviewed a month ago
You want to go to the coolest restaurant in Berkeley? This is it. Comal has incredibly good Mexican food, with items like duck enchiladas. Even the basic items like the guacamole is so delicious. If for some reason you're not impressed by the food, then the restaurant space itself should. It has a variety of seating arrangements. You can sit at the counter overlooking the kitchen, at a table, at a booth, or outside. There are two bars, one in the front and one in the back. The back bar is beautiful. It's shaded, but there is also an open area with open seating picnic tables, wooden stumps, and some fire pits. You can just walk straight to the back and have a drink if you're not there for the food. They have an impressive mezcal menu and you can order it in a taster flight too. The cocktails are superb. Get the Comal swizzle. You'll be glad you did.
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Shikha Kaiwar
reviewed 4 months ago
Exceptionally well-executed food at this Mexican restaurant. Berkeley is long overdue for a new, well-built, delicious establishment that is conveniently located (right next to downtown Berkeley BART) and attracts more than the usual college crowd - although I highly recommend that if you are a student, this would make a great date place. Food is not expensive at all for the quality and portions. Guacamole comes with 3 salsas at different heat levels so you can mix and match - of course I liked the spicy one best. For dinner, there are options for everyone - quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, and tamales. The rock cod tacos were fantastic, loaded with fish and veggies with extra pickled carrots and jalapeños to add spice if you wish. Two tacos and I was stuffed! But obviously there's dessert. Their flan is one of the best I've ever had and I'd go back just for that if nothing else - can someone say FLANomenal?! Even on a Tuesday night, the place was full, but not super busy. I'd recommend rezzies just in case. Service was slow during my dinner, so be prepared. But food is fantastic.
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Kevin McCloskey
reviewed 2 months ago
The speaker and microphone system controls the ambient noise level so it is appropriately bustling but not overwhelming at all times. Food was good too :D
Keifer Shell
reviewed 2 months ago
Went there for the first time Thursday, Feb. 13 with two people visiting from Japan. One person loves Mexican food and this place was recommended to us. The food & atmosphere were good. The problem was the manager. Our two guests wanted to have their pictures taken and asked a person if they would do so and the person looked at them and said "NO". Later that same person brought two people to our neighboring table and so we found out they worked there. At this point I asked for the manager to complain only to find out that it was the manager who said "NO". He did not apologize. He told me he was busy training a new staff member. I guess he trained them well. The customer does not come first at Comal.
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Rob Schott
reviewed 9 months ago
I've only eaten here once (other than chips, quac, etc.) and it was really quite good, even by Berkeley standards. Nonetheless, everyone I know who comes here regularly comes for drinks on the back patio. They have a wonderful urban garden out back with a separate bar (very, very good cocktails), a gas fire pit, lots of heat lamps, picnic tables, and also dinner seating. It's the best patio downtown, says me, spoiled a bit by an early close time.
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Paul Volk
reviewed 8 months ago
This place really deserves 3 stars for the food and drinks, the decour, ambiance, and outdoor patio really deserved their own star. It's that kind of place that looks upscale but in a comfortable and not stuffy way. The outdoor bar is perfect on a nice day, the drinks are a bit pricey but good. The chips, oh dear, the chips...my second favorite tortilla chips in the whole bay are here (beat only by Tlaquepaque in San Jose). The salmon ceviche was lousy and just tasted like diced sashimi on lettuce. It wasn't ceviche at all. I think this place deserves another shot, so I'll be back soon to explore more of the menu.
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