We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
2020 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
+1 510-926-6300
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #38 of 606 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Write a Review

61 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    23
    25
    9
    4
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
NH
Senior Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Indianapolis, IN
Senior Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

While visiting Berkeley we had dinner at Comal--based upon the recommendation of local friends. While the food was flavorful and creative and the ambiance interesting and comfortable, the service was very erratic. Our food arrived so quickly we had no time to enjoy our drinks and relax with friends--only to then suffer through slow service the remainder of the evening.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tel Aviv, Israel
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It was a great evening with great food at a great place. That's a 400 batting average and puts it in the World Series. Just a great time out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canada
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

4 of us met for dinner last Thursday night. No reservations accepted so be prepared. There are 3 bar areas though. And you can order nibbles. 2 of us met earlier, and found a share table to sit at, which was especially great given I had been shopping all day and had bags. It is an outdoor place, very casual,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Auburn
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I recommend getting one of the large plates to share. The steak, while a little small, is really tasty. There is a surprising amount of space, so it has plenty of room for large groups.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

A great introduction to Mexican food with hand made tacos, the best guacamole I have ever tasted anywhere, and moist, roast chicken. Excellent cocktails. Reasonable prices and terrific service with. A smile.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Berkeley, California
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a new hot spot in downtown Berkeley-partly 20-somethings and partly th rest of the Berkeley "scene". There are 2 bars-one in the front and 1 on the back patio. Cocktails are excellent-with a south of the border spin on many! And this is not your refied beans and rice when it come to the food. Great fresh ceviche,fish... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Comal also viewed

 

Been to Comal? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Comal

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Comal staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?