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Comal

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley
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  • Yulia Z.
    Yulia ZiJanuary 29
    Spacious, tasty, and overall popular place - all for a reason. Mushroom quesadilla and Quince Essential cocktail ($12) made my evening. Beautiful modern rustic interior sets the mood just right!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Signature drink: Too many to choose from, but we're especially fond of the spicy Jack Satan and the refreshing Margarita. There are 10 specialty cocktails in all; we've yet to come across a bad one. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Best seat: Either the front bar or rear patio. The former gives you a view of chef Matt Gandin's gleaming open kitchen, and the immense patio has a full-service bar and a fire pit. Yes, fire pit. Read more
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    The sophisticated and finely tuned cocktail program is worth the BART trip alone (wait until you try the sangritas). The Palomaesque ($9) is a recommended way to start. Read more
  • Anna R.
    Anna RegoutzDecember 10, 2015
    The food was just delicious. Couldn't pick a favorite :) Great sea food, tortillas, tacos. And an excellent range of tequila and cocktails
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouFebruary 14, 2016
    Pork Belly tacos were awesome. Definitely try the ceviche as well. Small portions and pricey drinks, still definitely worth the experience.
  • Grace Y.
    Grace YoonJune 14, 2016
    SPF2020 — very fruity, very good. Also can't go wrong with margarita. Great place with amazing atmosphere and outdoor setting. Can it get any better than this?
  • Megan B.
    Megan BriggsAugust 17, 2013
    Don't miss the margaritas, ensalada picada, corn, or chile relleno! They only take 5:30 reservations, or arrive at 5:00 to put your name in to be seated at 5:45.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Killer app: Start with the hen-of-the-woods mushroom quesadilla ($11), a savory and meaty delight that will satisfy vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Read more
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaSeptember 14, 2014
    Fantastic space and ambiance. Get albondigas, pork enchiladas, and corn on the cob with chipotle aioli.
  • Addictive I.
    Addictive ImagesApril 19, 2013
    The Black Daiquiri awesome. Fresh picked Dungeness crab, tortilla soup, tacos, and enchiladas great. Will come back
  • Josh Z.
    Josh ZeiserSeptember 9, 2013
    Great cocktails, nice seating area in the back with heat lamps and a fire pit plus a dedicated bar. Modern design and really good food.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJanuary 27, 2013
    Make it a combo and ask for one fish and one Al Pastor taco. Also, ask the staff for a sipping Mezcal for desert.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HaddenJuly 5, 2015
    Damn, this place is delicious. Great chips and guacamole. Tacos, steak, corn. And if you like smokey cocktails, ask for your margarita with mezcal.
  • Kathryn C.
    Kathryn ChiassonOctober 16, 2014
    They do a great job coordinating group dinners for a special occasion. Flat fee and they bring you more food than you could possibly eat.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Meatballs with adobo sauce; enchiladas with heritage pork and mole coloradito; whole grilled fish; whole spit-roasted chicken. Read more
  • Dev A.
    Dev AnandJune 1, 2012
    This restaurant has a state of the art sound/acoustics system that can spot control noise levels in sections of the restaurant. Pretty amazing! Read more
  • Mandi D.
    Mandi DiehlFebruary 23, 2014
    The vibe & food in this place is to die for. Order the Jack Satan cocktail & eat it with the roasted duck enchiladas. YUM
  • Kat G.
    Kat GainesApril 1, 2013
    Had the two person meal of whole roast chicken with sides. PERFECT. Salsa was great too, and had a delicious Margarita. A+
  • John B.
    John BobeldykAugust 11, 2014
    Treat yourself with pork al pastor tacos & a flight of tequila or mezcal served with colorful sangrita.
  • Anthony M.
    The roast chicken is a huge portion, easily serving 2 with leftovers. Mushroom quesadillas and guacamole were delicious too.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerMay 6, 2016
    Friendly service, fair price, and solid small bites. Equally good for dates or chillin' after a day at the office.
  • gel b.
    gel bApril 22, 2014
    Great outdoor seating area. Delicious cocktails. Order lots of small plates to share for the full experience.
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoApril 8, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Comal is fantastic every single time. Excellent margaritas and guacamole. Bit expensive, but is worth it!
  • Don N.
    Don NimuraJuly 15, 2016
    Start in the bar in the back patio w/a margarita and guac before getting seated for dinner. A great way to start the evening.
  • Richard H.
    Richard HintzJune 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    State of the art sound system still makes it too loud to talk comfortably. Nice try though. (and killer PR)
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 21, 2012
    Don’t miss the irresistible, crisp-skinned Tai snapper. The whole fish is cooked on the wood grill, its flesh imbued with the flavors of smoke and herbs: Read more
  • Paco V.
    Paco ValdezOctober 27, 2013
    Get a table at the Patio; great atmosphere! The ceviche is great choice.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonSeptember 17, 2014
    Fast and cheap upscale mexican, the chips are some of the best around!
  • Josh N.
    Josh NorekJune 6, 2012
    Must eat: the duck enchiladas with mole sauce. Must drink: the legendary "Swivel."
  • Joey C.
    Joey CombsJanuary 20, 2016
    Everything here is good. Especially the tamales. And the margs.
  • Emily F.
    Emily FApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Jack Satan is oh so tasty, as is the Ensalada Picata.
  • Angelica D.
    Get the chips and any one (or two) cocktail. Solid! Pictured: black daiquiri.
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OchoaAugust 9, 2014
    Everything is great, but they are not the best in tacos al pastor
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    For dessert, the flan ($7) is a creamy dream; do it. Read more
  • Michael M.
    Michael MooreFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Joaquin Murrieta for a super smooth and flavorful drink.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AnderMay 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get carnitas tacos. Kinda sweet and different but good. $$$
  • Vyoma
    VyomaJuly 15, 2013
    Try the jack satan cocktail. Spicy and delish!
  • Chelsea G.
    Chelsea GaiJuly 1, 2015
    Good guacamole and margaritas
  • Robbie A.
    Robbie AllanMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss Jack Satan - a margarita with a lick of fire
  • Tsvi
    TsviJanuary 5, 2015
    The steak and guacamole are fantastic
  • Greg M.
    Greg MauldinAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Duck enchilada was ok as Duck was dry. Good thing for the sauce.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MartinSeptember 7, 2016
    Food and drinks of course! Great cocktails!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 17, 2016
    Back patio is great for drinks!
  • Mari
    MariApril 14, 2016
    Check out the outdoor seating next to the fire pit
  • Terrie C.
    Terrie CraigMay 18, 2013
    Happy Hour is awesome !!
  • Dai S.
    Dai ShiOctober 26, 2013
    Sit in the back by the fire pit at night.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KimMay 16, 2013
    everything's okay but price's higher than expected. it's so expensive and I'm run out of my money in just short time.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BullockApril 26, 2014
    great ambience, food left much to be desired
  • John C.
    John CatolineSeptember 3, 2014
    The Palomaques are amazing. They go down so easy.
  • Joe C.
    Joe ClederaJune 19, 2013
    Beautiful patio.... Delicious fish tacos.
  • Jorge J.
    Jorge JustAugust 15, 2014
    if you want food served warm, stay away from the "wood fired" stuff.
  • M C.
    M ChubbSeptember 15, 2013
    The rock cod tacos rocked!
  • Dyana D.
    Dyana Delfin-PolkJune 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Last call is super early! Load up when you can
  • Mel R.
    Mel RMay 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Quesadillas are the best
  • Vansi
    VansiJune 14, 2016
    Enjoy a drink around the fire in the garden.
  • Claire L.
    Claire LeeMay 28, 2015
    Tequila flights. Fortaleza. That is all.
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas HartNovember 28, 2015
    Mole sauce is great here
  • Rohan
    RohanOctober 20, 2014
    Mezcal and Quesadilla
  • Alicia R.
    Alicia ReedAugust 14, 2015
    Drinks, chips, tamales...
  • Skye J.
    Skye JMay 30, 2016
    Such good cocktails!!
  • Mari
    MariApril 14, 2016
    Share a bunch of dishes with friends!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamDecember 28, 2015
    My gawd. The chicken.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BeckAugust 10, 2014
    Mezcal flights!
  • Marlee M.
    Marlee MacOctober 28, 2016
    Jack Satan!!!
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJuly 16, 2012
    Sorry, but that Mexican flatbread dish is horrible!
  • Rocky
    RockyJune 13, 2014
    Overpriced food, shitty service, shitty management. Stay away.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LaFountainOctober 15, 2012
    La Buena.... BOOM!
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