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Mexican, Latin
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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For bold and zesty Mexican food crafted with pristine ingredients, Berkeleyites pack this industrial-chic hot spot, where an excellent cocktail program...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 19 September 2022

This is a fairly upscale restaurant right in the middle of downtown. The food is quite good and the ambience is pleasant. It was a good experience, dinner with friends.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 July 2022

The service was excellent. The food was fastastic and authentic (I've been to Mexico about 20 times). But the most amazing part was that my wife, who knows a good margarita when she drinks one, labeled the Comal margarita as the best she has every...had. Additionally, there was no hangover from the 3 that she consumed! This is some kind kind of margarita magic that Comal performs!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 23 April 2022

The food would have been much more enjoyable had the heat been dialed back just a bit. The unique combinations of fried brussel sprouts and black bean puree were lost in the over powering heat of the seasoning.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 6 March 2022

Comal used to be a favorite spot. We had a bad birthday dinner there a couple nights ago. One meal (5 diners) never arrived after all other dishes had. After waiting 10 minutes we asked our waitperson where the food was and they barely responded....5 minutes later they said "I'm looking into what happened." 2 minutes later they came to the table after we inquired again and said they'd talk with the chef, no apology, no acknowledgement, nothing. No graciousness. The service and drinks have gone downhill and so has the food. Maybe it's a Covid casualty.. but we're unlikely to try again since our previous visit was similar finding the that the food had gone downhill. I hope the restaurant gets it together, it was once a very special place. Even their tried and true fantastic chips and guac - - were greasy and the guac a little old..More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 6 December 2021

This is a very nice downtown restaurant, good ambience. They have a nice outdoor seating area. All of our dishes were very good, Mexican food of a very high quality. And good service.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 17 March 2021

We were staying in a hotel without a restaurant, so we ordered from a delivery service. The food was good enough, a bit more upscale and well-seasoned than your usual taco place. The guacamole was particularly tasty.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2020

I have ordered their barbacoa burrito and their grilled chicken burrito. Both of them were delicious! I loved the chips and salsa. The method to order right now is only online, not in person. Now the things to note: if you expect the salsas to...be spicy- don't. Really wish they had the option for more spiciness, it would go so nicely with the burritos I ordered. Next, they do not let you comment or customize through their online portal to order: which in this case if you are allergic to anything I am not sure how you can communicate this to the chefs. The location is very accessible by walking, but parking in downtown Berkeley overall is rough. I recommend finding a spot on University/Oxford that is where I have seen open spots frequently.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 20 May 2020 via mobile

Quality Mexican food. Ordered a burrito for meal one and a burrito bowl for meal two. Both were great. Chicken was especially tasty.

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 6 May 2020 via mobile

Tried delivery tonight during COVID-19. My card got charged $200. i received delay notices for 4 hours until a message that the food has been delivered. 5 phone calls went unanswered. i would avoid this place unless you can do walk-up. I can't get a...refund issued. I had no food. My Chase Sapphire cars also is closed for processing refunds. Unless you want to waste your evening & your next day, please go elsewhere. there are plenty of good restaurants nearby.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

We were seated at the doorway to the open area and it was a little chilly. Overall it’s a noisy place on a Friday night. The appetizer of jicama and cucumber spears was overly spicy and not interesting. The salad was exquisite with citrus and...lettuces. Our tamale was dry although the mole sauce on top was delicious. The fish taco was good. Our friends shared the grilled fish and it was tasty. We all shared the flan and it was worth the visit. The creamiest flan I’ve had in a long time.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 3 January 2020

We have been eating at Comal every 1-2 months since it opened and we have found it to be consistently good-excellent. But our last meal was a disappointment for two reasons. One of the two dishes we had was not as good as on previous...occasions; the other was the extremely high prices for rather ordinary wines. We paid $44 for a bottle of Casa-Laserra Rose which was OK but it retails for ~$8. That is a ridiculous mark-up. Comal used to serve better quality wines for a bit less money with a more standard 2-3 fold mark up.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 23 November 2019 via mobile

Fun location and good food. The menu offers many interesting choices and the food has a great smoky taste to it. Service is friendly and fast. Although it’s crowded the noise doesn’t overwhelm and you can easily have a conversation with people around your table.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 November 2019

Great Mexican food, with some interesting twists. I had a vegetarian pizza-like dish. Atmosphere was friendly. Service was helpful.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 22 October 2019

This restaurant was supposedly unusual and creative - the food made me so violently ill, with terrible cramps and throwing up, I thought I would have to go to the emergency room of a hospital. After self-medicating, I finally was OK. What an ordeal!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

Please do not visit this shambolic establishment. I don’t wish to rant but the staff are extremely arrogant and borderline discriminatory to certain customers. They ruined what was potentially a lovely evening so we had no appetite when the food arrived. Please stay away and...do not waste your money.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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CaliforniaLuRN
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Response from Sushruth G | Reviewed this property |
Street parking...should be able to get easily..
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Response from ericwI7033UU | Reviewed this property |
We just had a couple of small plates, and drinks. I concur with the previous answers, although I will say that we had dinner at another restaurant in Berkeley that cost even more, and we wish we had eaten at Comal instead!
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Comal is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5