Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


2020 Shattuck Ave. (Addison St.) Send to Phone
510-926-6300 | Menu
Downtown Berkeley's be-there-or-be-square hotspot puts a savvy spin on regional Mexican dishes both classic and obscure.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Dining room at Comal, Berkeley, CA

Comal Restaurant Review

: The earthy fare enjoyed by campesinos south of the border for centuries gets dressed up and brought to the nonstop party that is Comal: nonstop because the menu changes every single day, party because the large space (its patio alone occupies 2,500 square feet) became downtown Berkeley's hotspot almost the minute it opened. Comal's ever-shifting array of authentic but unmistakably localized regional specialties is a virtual backcountry tour of Mexico, with special emphasis on Oaxaca: chilled English pea-pasilla chili soup; duck-and-mole enchiladas; creamy flan with kumquat caramel. Each day's menu lets you discover dishes as-yet-unfamiliar in the States --- such as the pre-Hispanic Oaxacan masa turnovers known as tetelas and a ground-pumpkin seed/ground-grilled eggplant dip known as sikil pak. The familiar classics (tacos, tamales, quesadillas) sport slyly inspired fillings: pickled cabbage, say, and crimini mushrooms, avocado aïoli and beer-marinated carne asada. (Query as to spice levels; our tamale was unexpectedly incendiary.) A full bar spotlights drinks made with tequilas, the origins of which staff can discuss at length, and includes house-made sangritas (not to be confused with sangría) to complement tequila shots. Service is keenly attentive, with staff instantly available to answer questions, provide extra utensils or make adjustments.

User Ratings & Reviews for Comal
San Francisco Top 10 Restaurant Lists

Discover the top restaurants in the San Francisco/Bay Area for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks. Find the best restaurants in SF here!

Discover the best restaurants in San Francisco for sushi, steak, a romantic night out and more


Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.