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Colibri Mexican Bistro

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Union Square
Mexican, French, Bistro
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438 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223 (Mason & Taylor)
#38 Geary Bus
415-440-2737
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 69
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  • 21
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Mexican with good value

I came here alone seeking a quiet place to read and eat. My reservation was ready when I arrived. The place has a nice decor. I was hoping to get the Carne Asada (which I had heard good things about), but they now only serve that during lunch. The woman at the table next to me recommended... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Scott95401
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Santa Rosa, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I came here alone seeking a quiet place to read and eat. My reservation was ready when I arrived. The place has a nice decor. I was hoping to get the Carne Asada (which I had heard good things about), but they now only serve that during lunch. The woman at the table next to me recommended either the lamb... More 

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Norfolk,MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My family and I went to Colibri off a recommendation from our hotel that it had a good happy hour. We found it to be excellent Mexican food. The Mexican food we were all used to is usually fairly greasy and overfilling, but this Mexican food we found to be quite the opposite and far more authentic. From the corn... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I discovered this hidden treasure whilst on holiday in San Francisco. The menu was extensive and had everything you could want. We thought that the portions were a perfect size and were quite sick of seeing huge meals at other restaurants and food being wasted. The appetizers were brought quickly and we had the trio of Sopes... More 

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Solana Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had guacamole and ceviche appetizers, then the carnitas, the chicken mole and duck in green mole pipian. Food was very good, service was attentive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Great seafood. Great atmosphere. Attentive service. Table side service. We really enjoyed our dinner here. We would return again and again.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The menu has many interesting dishes and the waiting staff know their stuff. It is a very busy place and a reservation is advised. The Mole Poblano was fantastic

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

To be honest, this restaurant did not meet my expectations. I am Hispanic and I love Mexican bistros/restaurants. The food portions were a bit on the small side and the food had a blah taste to it. Happy hour prices were good. Only reason we ate here is because it was right next door to our hotel. I would recommend... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Margaritas and happy hour plates are really good. went for brunch the next day and it was just ok. will go back for happy hour next time in SF.

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Mill Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Friendly, comfort and fast though there is no need to rush. good menu selection well prepared and tasty. Well stocked bar

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went here not hungry...hubby was. My meal was so untypical Mexican ..so full of flavour yet not stodgy. Loved the flavours would definitely recommend this!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 438 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223
    (Mason & Taylor)
  • Public Transportation: #38 Geary Bus
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: 415-440-2737

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican, French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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