2020 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA, 94704 (510) 926.6300
Hours
Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly
Hours
Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly

Orbitz.com includes Comal in their “9 radical things to do in downtown Berkeley” roundup

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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Featured Producers Series: Jaime Munoz of Los Nahuales

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Los Nahuales has been available to the U.S. market since the 1990s, and for years it was one of the only mezcals available in this country aside from Del Maguey. With hype for new mezcals on the market, this clean and classic mezcal made from espadin agave is often overlooked.

Jaime and Gustavo Muñoz started before the mezcal rush, in a time where mezcal was viewed by most as the workingman’s drink. They opened a restaurant first, and purchased a Oaxacan artisanal distillery after. To the average eye, the twins’ path to mezcal was backwards. Yet since purchasing the Los Danzantes (Los Nahuales in the United States) distillery in 1996, they’ve paved the road for mezcal to enter the global market in a sustainable manner.

The brothers and business partners have always been interested in the tradition and roots of their heritage, and have founded several restaurants with an intention to unite indigenous flavors and fine dining. Thus it became clear why pairing mezcal with their restaurants (most notably Los Danzantes) became a necessity – it was another way of integrating indigenous and ancient ways into their restaurant. “We’re not interested in being the biggest or the richest,” Jaime states, “We want to be the most influential.”

The Danzantes distillery in Oaxaca’s Santiago Matatlán has evolved by ownership observing the demands of the agave spirit. “We need to be conscious of what our effects are,” insists Hector Vasquez, long time company member and current exporter, “we are not owners of the land.” As a result, the company uses gas for distillation instead of wood, and sources all their agaves. They consider the demand for their product and produce only what is necessary. Their consideration for maintaining the artisanal methods of the past creates a platform for others to follow in the sustainability of agave spirits (a plant that can take up to 40 years to mature).

Since creating the Danzantes/Nahuales brand in 1996, they’ve introduced new brands to the market: Alipús (all from espadin agave and made by 5 different families), and Mezcalero. Join us at Comal for tastes of this classic mezcal!




Comal Hosts Fifth Annual New Year’s Eve Dance Party!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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On December 31st, Comal will once again usher in the New Year by clearing out the tables, turning up the volume on their state-of-the-art Meyer sound system, and transforming the restaurant into a funky dancehall for one special evening. Doors will open at 9pm and longtime Bay Area DJ Jose Ruiz (KPFA, KPOO), who has an ongoing residency at Comal on Thursday nights, will spin his infectious mix of Latin and funk into the wee hours. The first three hundred guests to arrive will be presented with an authentic, unique “lucha libre” wrestling mask, which should make for a festive scene on the dance floor. New this year will be a free on-site photo booth to commemorate the night.

Chef Matt Gandin and his team will keep a steady stream of antojitos (little snacks) flowing throughout the night – expect some familiar items from Comal’s menu along with a few wild cards, with an emphasis on Oaxacan-style street snacks like quesadillas, de eses, and flautas. Highlights include: adobo shrimp-wild nettle quesadillas; jalapeño-requeson flautas; chorizo molotes; mole negro chicken wings; and chipotle deviled eggs.

And once again there will be a special NYE cocktail for the occasion. This, along with Comal’s current list of craft cocktails, draft beers, wines, and extensive selection of tequilas and mezcals, will also be on offer.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1390574. All food offerings are included in ticket purchase. All previous parties have sold out, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Please make special note: BART runs until 3am on NYE and Comal is less than a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Also, Comal’s large beer garden is uncovered, so use of this space is weather dependent. Additional tickets may be released December 30th if weather permits the use of the beer garden for the occasion.

Plan Your Holiday Party at Comal

With the days growing shorter and autumn in the air, it’s time to start planning holiday parties.  Whether for business or family and friends, Comal has two great options for your holiday gathering – Table 30 and Abajo.

Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches.  Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22  people.  In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party.  For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.

Here are sample menus for Table 30 and Abajo

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Table 30

Dates are filling up fast, particularly in December, so we encourage you to contact us soon.  For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at info@comalberkeley.com.

Hope to see you soon at Comal!




2nd Annual Oaxanukkah Dinners at Comal

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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After hosting popular Passover Dinners each spring for the past four years, last December Comal added a new twist on the Jewish/Mexican mash-up theme with a Mexican-inspired pair of Oaxanukkah Dinners, which were a huge hit. The 2nd annual installment of these multi-course family-style dinners will take place in Abajo, Comal’s intimate private dining room, on Monday, December 26th and Tuesday, December 27th. Executive Chef Matt Gandin has created a menu in his signature Mexican style inspired by classic Hanukkah dishes. While a menorah will be lit, this is first and foremost a fun cultural celebration, a mash-up of traditional Hanukkah dishes and Mexican flavors.

The dinners will start promptly at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited to 22 diners per night, and based on past events, tickets are expected to sell fast. Tickets are $75 per person (hospitality included but beverages excluded) and can be purchased through one of the following links:

TICKETS:

December 26 – http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1385342

December 27 – http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1385344

Oaxanukkah Dinner Menu

Tequila-cured Salmon avocado, endive, radish, cilantro oil

Potato-Jalapeño Latkes crema, spiced apple salsa

Braised Beef Brisket ancho chile adobo, carrots, raisins

Rapini w/chile arbol and garlic

Saffron Rice

Midnight Black Beans de Olla

House-made Tortillas

Bunuelos Santa Rosa plum conserva

5th Annual NYE Party!

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting our annual NYE dance party with DJ Jose Ruiz at Comal on December 31st starting at 9am – tickets will go on sale on November 22nd. As usual, we’ll be offering a steady stream of delicious food from our kitchen throughout the evening in addition to DJ Jose’s infectious Latin funk. Not to be missed!

Group Dining at Comal 

With the holidays fast approaching, Comal has two great options for gatherings of family and friends or business holiday parties – Table 30 and Abajo.

Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches.  Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22 people.  In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party.  For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.

Here are sample menus for Table 30 and Abajo

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Abajo

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Table 30

For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at info@comalberkeley.com.




Dia de los Muertos!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Tonight and tomorrow night we will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Comal.

To mark the occasion, our front façade windows feature matching “calavera” paintings on both sides of the front door by our good friend Jose Ruiz, who will also be doing a special DJ set tonight featuring songs that nod to the theme of death in some fashion.

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One of two “calavera” paintings by Jose Ruiz on the front windows of Comal

We’ll also be sending everyone home with a piece of “pan de muerto” (bread of the dead), baked at Berkeley’s own Casa Latina. The pan de muerto is a traditional sweet bread decorated with bones to represent lost loved ones.

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Pan de muerto from Casa Latina

Hope you can make it by tonight or tomorrow night to join in the festivities!

Save the DATES

On Dec 31, Comal will be hosting our fifth annual NYE Dance party and on December 27 and 28 we will be hosting our 2nd annual Oaxanukkah dinners – tickets will go on sale later this month for both events – stay tuned for more details!

Group Dining at Comal

With the holidays fast approaching, Comal has two great options for gatherings of family and friends or business holiday parties – Table 30 and Abajo.

Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches.  Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22 people.  In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party.  For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.

Here are sample menus for Table 30 and Abajo

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Abajo

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Table 30

For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at info@comalberkeley.com.