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Colibrí Mexican Bistro

Colibrí Mexican Bistro

Mexican Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco
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  • Laura P.
    "Come for bottomless brunch- stay for the delicious salsa and dishes."(6 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "... bistro. Try the Macho Margarita, the table-service Guacamole, the Mole..."(5 Tips)
    Rushil G.
    "Awesome mole poblano and sangria"(6 Tips)
    Marvella V.
    "The churros are filled with cajeta (caramel), they are awesome!!!"(13 Tips)
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  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoSeptember 15, 2014
    Brilliant tortilla soup, tamarind-sautéed shrimp served with corn cakes, and a fire-roasted chile relleno that will have you raving almost before you put down your fork. Read more
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoOctober 6, 2014
    Check out this unpretentious restaurant that serves fresh Central Mexican fare with French/Spanish influences. Don't miss the fresh guacamole, prepared tableside. Read more
  • Nana
    NanaAugust 11, 2016
    Awesome food and yes it's Mexican but it's more than tacos and enchiladas. Don't get chips and guacamole. Free salsa and fresh tortillas are delicious. Duck with green mole was amazing.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ColeAugust 9, 2014
    The eggs Benedict was delicious it was on a corn tortilla tasting muffin with chipotle hollandaise, the TiVo was a delicious omelet, it was like a burrito but in eggs not tortilla. Yum!
  • Pippilotta T.
    Pippilotta TrousdaleMarch 29, 2015
    The guacamole is a must: who cares about the price. It's freshly made as are the tortillas and the three hot sauces are a great compliment.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CDecember 7, 2015
    Definitely worth a stop. Try the fresh guac with three salsas and ask for it mild unless you really dig spicey food. Small, fun bar and just 2 blocks from Union Square.
  • Lesley K.
    Lesley KJuly 27, 2013
    The cocktails here are tasty & refreshing, made of delicious fresh ingredients. The food good too. I prefer sitting up front or at the bar and enjoying the fun atmosphere.
  • Darren G.
    Darren GingAugust 13, 2014
    We booked a table online. The food was great and reasonably priced. Service was excellent too! Some investment in the male restrooms would have made the experience just perfect!
  • Erin D.
    Erin DoyleJanuary 23, 2014
    I'm in town for work and this place was recommended to me by a friend. I did take out after a long day and wasn't disappointed. Maybe the best mole I've ever had.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 19, 2011
    Unexpected, surprising and very popular Mexican bistro. Try the Macho Margarita, the table-service Guacamole, the Mole Poblano and Chile Relleno. Make reservations!
  • Deva O.
    Deva O'DonnellFebruary 19, 2013
    All 3 times I've been here the service has been slow. Don't come if in a hurry, but the food is great. I'm a fan of their queso fundido and the ensalada de betabeles
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigNovember 6, 2013
    Soft corn tortillas are delicious. The mole poblano was a little off, not really what I was expecting, but the crab enchiladas (the special) was fantastic!
  • Pratik R.
    Pratik RathodOctober 23, 2011
    Great food, made fresh. If you're adventurous, ask for the chef's special hot salsa. If you're vegetarian, try the chile relleno - I dare you not to be amazed.
  • Pippilotta T.
    Pippilotta TrousdaleMarch 29, 2015
    The Churros desert is one of the best desserts in The City. I was thrilled that they were still hot. And the chilly vanilla ice cream pairs well in this treat.
  • Oscar L.
    Oscar LSeptember 14, 2014
    Food is exceptional. Queso con chorizo, fillet mignon (!!) and the mole chicken were incredible. The service drops the overall value of this place.
  • Rob G.
    Rob GarrettJanuary 29, 2011
    Meet Jesus at the bar. Great personality and great guy. Knows his liquors. Try the Mango Creme Brûlée. Possibly the best Creme Brûlée ever. Prices here are very reasonable.
  • James H.
    James HahnMay 13, 2013
    Carnitas was really good. The tortilla and chips. We're good. Tamales were boo! The fillings were non existance in them. Over all cool spot.
  • Liz E.
    Liz EllJanuary 10, 2015
    Pretty good food, but the prices are really up there for Mexican food. If you're coming for a birthday and bringing a cake, watch out for their ridiculous cake cutting fee. I think it was $4 per slice
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KatsumiFebruary 8, 2011
    Must order the gaucamole! Veggies: I more than enjoyed the chile relleno, stuffed w/ veggies on a pureed blk bean sauce! Outstanding meal and efficient staff! :)
  • Jenna T.
    Jenna TaliaMarch 30, 2010
    If you ever travel to San Francisco, you have to try the best gourmet Mexican food offered by Colibri. It's a great place to go on a date or enjoy fine dining. Specially their Carnitas plate.
  • Mario F.
    Mario FantoniJune 18, 2010
    Try the Cadillac Margarita or the Caipirinha -- unforgettable! Also order as apetizer the napales with mushrooms (a side dish). End your meal with the famous Mexican Coffee (coffee with tequila). Read more
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PierceAugust 2, 2012
    The pork chili relleno is excellent. Amazing handmade tortillas are so yum I wanted to smuggle the extras in my purse.
  • Gillian M.
    Gillian M.February 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Follow them on Twitter/FB... they have great discounts that aren't advertised in the restaurant or anywhere else, including half-priced wine on Wednesdays!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SinkusOctober 13, 2010
    Adrian Hernandez is a true artist mixologist. The food is great and the drinks are unbelievable. Over 400 tequilas The Macho Margarita is an out of this world experience
  • Keri C.
    Keri CorfieldJuly 2, 2012
    Chile relleno stuffed with pork is delish! I loved the mango salsa!
  • Bryson W.
    Bryson WebsterApril 1, 2014
    My favorite part was the tortillas, they are amazing. I would also give the carnitas a solid B+.
  • Dre M.
    Dre MichelottiNovember 12, 2014
    The service is quite slow they have no quesadilla, tacos or burritos but the ceviche is excellent and the portion of guacamole is big.
  • Annette S.
    Annette ShadeApril 1, 2010
    Fabulous! Sit at the bar where Jared will share his tequilla expertise and offer great menu recommendations... pineapple margharita and filet mignon with goat cheese stuffed pepper... Delicious!!
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OchoaAugust 9, 2014
    It might be the best Mexican place on town. Ask for the enchiladas. Trust me, I'm Mexican
  • Gina B.
    Gina Blancarte-MillardJanuary 18, 2014
    The huevos rancheros is yummy and don't forget the guac...scrumptious w/their homemade tortillas
  • Chrystal F.
    Chrystal FairbanksApril 23, 2012
    Gotta try the tortilla soup...really yummy! And the dulce de leche icecream with churros so good!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LevyDecember 4, 2012
    Portions are pretty small, especially considering the cost ($18+ entrees). Guess that's the Union Square effect. Guac & churros both quite tasty.
  • Marcel V.
    Marcel VolkerSeptember 6, 2012
    Get yourself more than one of their excellent specialty Margaritas and taste the difference between them!
  • C H.
    C HFebruary 28, 2015
    Great mole and great guacamole with incredible homemade corn tortillas
  • Bryson W.
    Bryson WebsterMarch 9, 2014
    The tortillas are amazing. The tortilla soup is just alright. The carnitas were really good.
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChuMarch 16, 2012
    The food is decent, but it's worth the trip just for the churros dessert and the cocktails. AMAZING!
  • Laura P.
    Laura PAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for bottomless brunch- stay for the delicious salsa and dishes.
  • Courtney D.
    Courtney DayMay 26, 2014
    $10 bottomless mimosas, generous refills!! Don't leave without sharing the churros!
  • David S.
    David SchererSeptember 25, 2010
    The tortilla soup is excellent. Great way to start your meal, esp if you're from out of town and not used to the cold weather at night
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos ArnaisSeptember 24, 2012
    Mach Margaritas were great ! Enjoy the Guacamole with chips before your dinner.
  • Ines R.
    Ines RivasDecember 13, 2010
    Ask Jared for recommendations and you won't be sorry. Amazing food and ambiance! Tamalitos and Sopes are super good!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BunchAugust 4, 2010
    Absolutely amazing Mexican Food. Perfect margaritas with over 150 or so tequilas to choose from, home-made corn tortillas that are the best I've ever had in a restaurant, killer table-side Guac...real
  • Alfonso D.
    Alfonso Da FonsecaApril 19, 2011
    Order their tortilla soup, the panuchos de cochinita, and a tequila flight. All excellent choices!
  • Dealan E.
    Dealan EcholsJanuary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Jared is the best! I love his michalada and the macho margarita, though it doesn't work, meaning make you more macho!
  • Gabe G.
    Gabe GilliganFebruary 27, 2013
    Never had a bad meal here. Don't be surprised when it gets busy.
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MalangoneMay 27, 2011
    Go just to have the cream filled churros and ice cream. Food was good but this dessert was incredible
  • Dana
    DanaJanuary 15, 2015
    Authentic guacamole, tingas, sopes, margaritas. Absolutely recommended.
  • Erin O.
    Erin OSeptember 17, 2012
    The mild salsa is sweet and amazing, as are the black beans!
  • Claire C.
    Claire CallananSeptember 14, 2013
    Try the months special! always a good option!
  • Jackson
    JacksonJune 2, 2013
    The mango-pineapple salsa is mild and amazing. Try it!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CoppsJune 8, 2011
    Bacon wrapped camarones (shrimp) is great, but the lamb entree is spectacular!
  • Ozgur O.
    Ozgur OkkaliNovember 10, 2011
    The mole is hideous. I don't know what they were thinking with the chocolate sauce and the chicken was not very fresh and tasty either.
  • Sandeep C.
    Sandeep ChandanaAugust 27, 2010
    went there for anniversary dinner (wrong idea... it is too noisy for a nice dinner).... but a nice place if you are with friends... try their fish-prawn ceviche.
  • Jake G.
    Jake GuttormssonJune 5, 2016
    The carnitas were delicious!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LuckingMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Callos con Crust de Tortilla - Great tender scallops!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Colibrí Mexican Bistro, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 23, 2013
    Try a margarita made with Tequila Revolucion Reposado tequila....Phenomenal!!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 11, 2016
    When you visit Colibrí Mexican Bistro, start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BoguszMarch 7, 2014
    Torta De Elote, corn bread, is to die for!
  • Kylie
    KylieAugust 26, 2014
    Tableside guacamole and margaritas - what more could you want out of life?
  • Holly H.
    Holly HannanJanuary 29, 2011
    U have got to try the macho margarita... Yes.. It's different but be adventurous! It's amazing!!
  • Nichole
    NicholeMay 11, 2014
    The corn tortillas are the BEST!
  • Madalyn S.
    Madalyn SklarMay 8, 2011
    Bottomless mimosas rock! Enjoyed the brunch. Will definitely come back!
  • Jaci H.
    Jaci HodgesMarch 12, 2012
    guacamole, tortilla soup, and margaritas are top notch!
  • Sophie H.
    Sophie HebdidgeJune 19, 2016
    Gaucomole was great. I loved the summer flower salad.
  • LeAnn W.
    LeAnn Wilson McGuireNovember 4, 2011
    Will is awesome at the bar! And the food is worth climbing the hills for. . .
  • William B.
    William ButlerOctober 22, 2013
    Exquisite fresh tortillas made on the premises.
  • Thierry D.
    Thierry DagaeffJanuary 18, 2011
    End with pudon de chocolate, a mousse, topped with a some sea salt (does it count as healthy seafood then?)
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 24, 2015
    If you are in Colibrí Mexican Bistro, try a real Mexican taste, order a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco
  • Robin C.
    Robin CoplandJuly 9, 2013
    The amazing wall of tequila!
  • R C.
    R ClJanuary 2, 2014
    The churros rellenos are scrumptious!!
  • Sophie H.
    Sophie HebdidgeJune 19, 2016
    Guacamole and summer flower salad were amazing
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 22, 2012
    Try the tostadas de centolla - Outstanding
  • Marvella V.
    Marvella VillasenorDecember 9, 2013
    The churros are filled with cajeta (caramel), they are awesome!!!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HNovember 2, 2011
    Margs here are gross! Fresh tortillas & guac almost make up for it!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Colibrí Mexican Bistro!
  • R C.
    R ClJanuary 2, 2014
    The churros rellenos is delicious!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CarlsonJanuary 25, 2013
    Best tequila selection in Union Square
  • Rushil G.
    Rushil GoelFebruary 8, 2015
    Awesome mole poblano and sangria
  • Matt L.
    Matt LuckingApril 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chilaquiles Verdes - Very tasty!
  • Heather S.
    Try the Quesadilla And Sangria - Best sangria!
  • Dr. Mabuse
    Dr. MabuseNovember 13, 2012
    Try the sopes, they were great!
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaranziasSeptember 4, 2010
    Chris behind the bar knows his tequila!! Awesome place with an awesome bar tender!
  • Cyn D.
    Cyn DelgadilloOctober 26, 2013
    So delicious, enchiladas divorciadas
  • LifeIcing.com P.
    This place is unbelievable. So glad that I stumbled upon it.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SinkusOctober 13, 2010
    Mezcalita is fantastic! Pisco Sour is also fantastic!
  • Doug S.
    Doug StahlJanuary 20, 2015
    Delicious yummy
  • Norm Y.
    Norm YeeMarch 11, 2013
    Sister restaurant of Consuelo at Santana Row in San Jose, but better
  • Finn M.
    Finn MelchiorDecember 2, 2013
    Very good food and cocktails but a bit pricey.
  • Ellen
    EllenJuly 3, 2012
    Try the churros! So delicious.
  • Dana K.
    Dana KDecember 10, 2011
    Pass on the cornbread. It is in the sauce that makes it soggy and is lacking in taste. Expensive for what you get, they say "tapas" only because the entrees do not come with sides.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MFebruary 7, 2011
    The blackberry margarita is more sweet than sour. Yum!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Colibrí Mexican Bistro, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Graciela S.
    Graciela SandovalJuly 10, 2014
    Love their sopes too!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 22, 2012
    Try the Carnitas - Def a fav
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BaccioFebruary 17, 2013
    Over priced for Mexican food. Good, but you can get just as good from a chain restaurant.
  • frank H.
    frank HigginsApril 3, 2010
    Catch of the day is always awesome as well as the freshly made Guacamole.
  • Eleanett P.
    Eleanett PérezMarch 22, 2015
    Highly recommend for Happy Hour!
  • Bikash C.
    Bikash ChatterjeeOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mole Poblano!
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron McIverJuly 31, 2011
    House margarita is fantastic; $5 during happy hour.
  • Bo S.
    Bo StephensSeptember 2, 2009
    Got to hit this place and have the made-when-you-order guacamole and tortillas. Then wash it all down with a selection from three pages of tequilas.
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BAugust 28, 2012
    Best mole around!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 22, 2012
    Try the tamales - Delicious
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RothSeptember 5, 2014
    Guac ($12) was good, not great. Filet mignon ($22) the same — good, not great.
  • Sara H.
    Sara HixJuly 27, 2015
    Small plates are my favorite.
  • Nicole P.
    Gotta try the smothered cornbread ... Yummm
  • N R.
    N RDecember 30, 2012
    Good guacamole; everything else in food & drinks was underwhelming.
  • Jennie M.
    Jennie MacauleyAugust 23, 2009
    Had another fantastic dinner with friends at Colibri on Friday night. Great food, amazing drinks and tequila selection, and great service.
  • Debra B.
    Debra BorchardtSeptember 12, 2013
    Excellent guacamole
  • Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth De la OFebruary 23, 2014
    Good service, great taste!
  • Heather S.
    Try the Mole Poblano
  • James P.
    James PartonSeptember 4, 2011
    Make sure you book - we had an hour wait for table
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GriffinAugust 5, 2014
    Good lord. Eat the Sopes.
  • Urvi N.
    Urvi NagraniJuly 31, 2013
    Bottomless mimosas at brunch = yay
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasNovember 13, 2010
    Ordering the churros is the best decision you'll ever make
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenJune 8, 2013
    Bottomless mimosas for $10
  • Mary E C.
    Mary E CasserlyApril 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Bottomless Mimosas for $10 at weekend brunch! Soo Good.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle O'RiordanAugust 11, 2014
    You can find better (and cheaper) Mexican food elsewhere
  • Joel O.
    Joel OcarizSeptember 29, 2011
    Follow Colibri on Twitter and Facebook to get great deals and promotions everyday
  • Brooke A.
    Brooke ApplegarthDecember 28, 2014
    Jalepeno margarita 👍
  • Jen L.
    Jen LJuly 3, 2012
    Must. Have. Churros
  • Kailei C.
    Kailei CarrApril 28, 2011
    The corzo margarita is really nice.
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica Y.January 13, 2010
    Ask for margarita "Mexican style". Has no sour. Uses fresh lime juice.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GlassOctober 2, 2010
    Try to save room for dessert, they sounded delish!
  • LifeIcing.com P.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SmithJanuary 6, 2014
    Churros +10000 for dessert.
  • Heather S.
    Try the Guacamole and Chips
  • Kris F.
    Kris FosterJuly 7, 2013
    Bottom less mimosas were never more than half empty before refills
  • Marie D.
    Mole chicken
  • Reby S.
    Reby SkyApril 26, 2013
    $12 guacamole DAFUQ.
  • This G.
    This GuyJanuary 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    First time at Colibri? No. Just my first check in.
  • Richard J.
    Richard JacobsonFebruary 9, 2012
    Try the Halibut
  • Samuele S.
    Samuele SilvaJuly 8, 2011
    Oh oh Macho Margarita!!
  • Nathan I.
    Nathan IeMay 31, 2009
    Definitely start the meal with the freshly made guacamole and corn tortillas!
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EbsteinNovember 13, 2016
    Chicken mole
  • Courtland S.
    Courtland SmithApril 6, 2011
    Try the chili relleno
  • Eduardo C.
    Eduardo ChristophJanuary 20, 2015
    Be patient, very slow service, even in the bar.
  • Jared H.
    Jared HirschFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Jalapeño margaritas. Sweet and spicy. Delicious.
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HuylebroeckOctober 31, 2010
    fresh guacamole and margharita
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica Y.January 13, 2010
    Ask for margarita "Mexican style". No sour Fresh squeezed lime juice.
  • 巴西柔術 FullContactFitnessCenter 巴西柔術
    Lotta sexy ladies....
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GillJanuary 18, 2011
    Blows Tres Agaves out of the water !!!!
  • Johanne R.
    food isn't amazing and service is very, very slow and unfriendly
  • Vaishnavi S.
    Very small portions.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy L.October 28, 2011
    Decent food but overpriced. Very slow service.
  • ThaoLinh
    ThaoLinhMay 11, 2012
    Customer service sucks
  • Andre B.
    Andre B.August 14, 2013
    Veramente eccellente, da provare almeno una volta se si capita da queste parti....
  • Casey S.
    Casey SwordOctober 8, 2010
    Mole Poblano and Chile Rellano... muy delicioso!!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MartinMay 18, 2014
    Anejo, Don Julio
  • fatih n.
    fatih narMay 21, 2015
    Bi Numarasi yok!
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