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2020 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
+1 510-926-6300
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, attentive service

Family went here before seeing a show at Berkley Repertory Theater. The service was great -- we ordered the waiter's favorite things in the menu, shared them, and were not disappointed. I particularly enjoyed the chicken tamale w/ mole. Note that gratuity is automatically included on every check.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Family went here before seeing a show at Berkley Repertory Theater. The service was great -- we ordered the waiter's favorite things in the menu, shared them, and were not disappointed. I particularly enjoyed the chicken tamale w/ mole. Note that gratuity is automatically included on every check.

Thank Angellocks84
Ashland, OR
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34 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food was first rate across the board. Certainly ranks at the top of any Mexican cooking I've tasted, and with some delicate flavors in the mix never before experienced. Good service, and an atmosphere that is lively but not loud to the point of fatigue. Pricey but worth it.

Thank Brewsbee
Tappahannock, Virginia
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311 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just appreciated the diversity of the Comal menu with dishes you don't find elsewhere! Their wood fired grill is especially exciting and adds a lot to their offerings and unusual menu additions. I loved the beef and pork albondigas en abolo - meatballs in a spicy soup sauce, along with the pork al pastor tacos with pineapple chile motora salsa.... More 

Thank northernneckinn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a double date dinner with old friends and everything was wonderful. Fast and gracious service, great food, and cool atmosphere. Note: gratuity is included as service charge, so simple but remember in case you didn't want to double-tip... The waiter was very helpful in explaining. 👍 would definitely return.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Peoples' Republic of Boulder
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190 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a great place to try both a range of cuisines from around Mexico and a huge selection of tequilas (61 types on the menu) and mezcals (51 on the menu), including tequila and mescal flights. I started with an extremely nice cocktail - Abuelo Sucio (dirty grandfather, see photo) and we shared a sikil pak (pumpkin seeds, eggplant,... More 

Thank P1313
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

So right in the heart of Berkeley, where you really never know what kind of experience you're going to have. It could range from "cheap and fast" to "pretentious and pricey". Well, there's Comal in a league of its own. Authentic and traditional food from Mexico, a lot of grill items, great sauces, freshly made tortillas and a fantastic list... More 

Thank sinatrajr74
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115 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Excellent food. Great service. Fortaleza Reposado as part of the tequila flight. Fresh chips. Just excellent.

Thank cooncat123
Forestville, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The only good thing about COMAL is its proximity to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I have eaten there several times ONLY BECAUSE my guest for the first visit asked to go again. There is a very big problem here, and that very big problem is that one is given so very little food. I ordered the avocado-and chips appetizer, a... More 

Thank iamrichard123
Lund, Sweden
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A very nice beautiful place. If you want a table be here when they open in the afternoon.We were lucky and arrived just after the opening so we just had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Service was quick and fiendly. They have a sortiment of mexican beers among them my favourite Negra Modelo. We started with Fresh tortilla... More 

Thank answede
Marysville, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Food, service, patio, drinks, Mexican Coffee, it was all superb! I grew up in SoCal, thinking that was the only place for really good Mexican food; this place changed my mind! A wonderful place to eat, drink, people watch, and the service was great! I rarely get into Berkeley, but this is definitely the place I WILL go back to.

Thank Dennis S

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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