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2020 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
+1 510-926-6300
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Really Good Real Oaxacan Mexican Food

When I first walked into Comal my nose told me one thing -- this place is the real thing. The aromas wafting out of the open kitchen right between the bar and the tables was welcoming and fragrant. (Note: I grew up in Mexico and tend to be pretty snobbish about the average cuisine passing for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Terry V
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

When I first walked into Comal my nose told me one thing -- this place is the real thing. The aromas wafting out of the open kitchen right between the bar and the tables was welcoming and fragrant. (Note: I grew up in Mexico and tend to be pretty snobbish about the average cuisine passing for Mexican food in Northern... More 

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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Around the corner from Berkeley Rep lies one of the most popular pre-theater restaurants in Berkeley. Sit at the bar, go into the garden or find a table (Be sure to have made a reservation though on a theater night!) The food is inventive, beautifully seasoned (lamb or duck enchiladas), a beautiful burrito and wonderful salads with the Mexican twist.... More 

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NY, NY
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148 reviews 148 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a great tapas mexican place. The cocktails are outstanding. The dishes that are tapas, are fairly large. The food is "innovative" for a mexican place, and also tastes good.

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Menlo Park
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Comal is an excellent Mexican restaurant, on Berkeley's main drag. The food is authentic and terrific, as is the drink. Enjoy eating at Comal!

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Simsbury, CT
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Ok first things first AMAZING cocktails with bartenders (drink crafters) who care about their customers tastes...loved mine. The restaurant is very very cool inside-decorated very well. Then there is the food. Wonderful. Amazing plates...each one came out better than the next and the person next to you had better watch out! Check out seriouseats.com for a great slideshow of must-have... More 

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Berkeley, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Looking for a night spot in Berkeley that is fun for you and your partner's parents? Comal is the place! Never mind that they don't take reservations after 5:30. There is always a spot inside or outside to have a margarita or try their mescal sampler. Drinks are great and refills are easy out in the back by the fire... More 

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NH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our meal at COMAL, Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, was excellent. We enjoyed a tequila flight, margarita, fish tacos, burrito, quesadilla, dungeness crab-endive salad. This sounds like typical Mexican restaurant fare, but it certainly is so much more. The food is complex, yet clean. The service was friendly, sophisticated and efficient ...... Perhaps too efficient. The line of people waiting for a... More 

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California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Comal is a creative Mexican food restaurant located in the heart of Berkeley's downtown, a half-block from the BART station. The Food is Excellent. There are an array of starters, including a tasty ceviche with shrimp and jicama, and a bowl of home-made tortilla chips with three salsas - spicy, green tomatilla, and regular. Main courses include tacos, enchiladas, tamales... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Sat at the bar and had a few small plates and drinks. Fish taco was delicious. Wish the jicama/cucumbers had been sliced a bit thinner. Drinks were great. Service was good although we seemed to visited by about four different bartenders during our short time there, which led to little confusion. If we visit again, we'll definitely have dinner.

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Indianapolis, IN
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

i went to this restaurant with girlfriends. I think we ordered almost everything on the menu. Everything was good. However, the grilled corn was excellent. We enjoyed the tacos. The margaritas were yummy. The environment is very hip. The Biergarten in the back was a great place to hang out while waiting on the table. Please try. I think you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2020 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-926-6300

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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