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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
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    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
Excellent food and great service!

I was treated to dinner at Comal for my birthday and what a great gift! We got a table for three after only a short wait (be early, they're wildly popular) and our waiter was incredibly attentive and had some great recommendations for us. The drinks are superb and the food was excellent. Flavourful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Oslo, Norway
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  • Bar scene
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Oslo, Norway
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was treated to dinner at Comal for my birthday and what a great gift! We got a table for three after only a short wait (be early, they're wildly popular) and our waiter was incredibly attentive and had some great recommendations for us. The drinks are superb and the food was excellent. Flavourful and elegantly presented. I would love... More 

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Lafayette
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154 reviews 154 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

5 for the ambiance and decor 4 for the food 3 for the aloof, if competent service The food was good - the adobo sauce on the albondigas was deep and interesting, very Oaxacan. The vaunted guacamole and chips delicious but there were about 20 chips with the 3 salsa for $9. Yes, $9. The enchiladas were good, but nothing... More 

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Berkeley, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I was there a couple of weeks ago on a busy friday night. I called at a quarter to nine to make sure I could walk in (party of five, two teens and my 80 y o father) without enduring too long a wait (I live a couple of blocks away). The woman on the phone assured me we were... More 

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San Francisco, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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151 reviews 151 reviews
120 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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