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

Comal Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary and Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Fresh from being named to the SF Chronicle’s Top 100 list for the 5th consecutive year, Comal celebrates its 5th anniversary on May 4th! It’s been a whirlwind five years, and we’re so grateful to everyone who has been a part of it.

A big weekend is in store at Comal, as Cinco de Mayo falls a day after the anniversary date. After several challenging months of cancer treatments, we’re thrilled to announce that our dear friend and longtime Comal DJ Jose Ruiz will return to spin on both Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th.  On Cinco de Mayo he will spin an “all-Mexican” playlist that draws on his extensive collection of authentic Mexican stylings like son jarochos, huapangos, rancheras, corridos and danzones. Welcome back Jose!

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To mark the 5th anniversary, Comal’s popular Oaxacan-style street corn (Elote!) will return to the menu on May 4th and remain on the menu throughout the summer and into the fall. Also on the menu to mark the special weekend are mussels with house-made chorizo cooked in Cabotella beer. And Chef Matt recently debuted a delicious new salad of savoy spinach, green beans, Peruano beans, walnuts and sieved egg with a lemon-anchovy vinaigrette.

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Oakland-based artist Jim Schaaf (creator of all of our NYE posters) has crafted a custom, limited-edition poster to commemorate our 5th anniversary. The poster artfully weaves in images of Comal’s fire pit and the redwood stools that surround it as well as patterning from John Bisbee’s large format branded wall art that anchors the front of the restaurant. We’ll have a limited number of posters for sale at Comal starting on May 4th.

Hope to see you at Comal sometime soon!

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Group Dining at Comal

Whether for graduation, business or family and friends, Comal has two great options for your next 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




Table 30

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

Third Anniversary Tonight, Cinco de Mayo Tomorrow Night!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Tonight we celebrate our third anniversary! Hard to believe it’s already been three years…  And right on its heels is Cinco de Mayo tomorrow night.

We have some treats in store to mark these two big occasions.  Tonight and tomorrow night, chef Matt is will be featuring memelas with chapulines imported directly from Oaxaca.  Chapulines are the native grasshopper of Oaxaca.  Traditionally, these grasshoppers are toasted on a comal with lime, garlic, agave worm salt, and sometimes chiles – they are either eaten as a crunchy snack on their own or sprinkled on various other dishes to add crunch and flavor.  We also just brought  back a Comal favorite: grilled corn with chipotle aioli and cotija cheese, which will be on the menu for the coming months…

Bar manager Matthew Campbell has also twisted up a special cocktail for tonight and tomorrow night – La Bandera – made with spiced rum, rhubarb-infused mezcal, lemon, green apple, coriander, and passion fruit tea.

Cinco de Mayo will also feature an “all-Mexican” playlist from DJ Jose Ruiz, who will be making a special Tuesday night appearance in addition to his regular Thursday night slot.

C’mon down!

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Comal included in Eater SF’s Cinco De Mayo roundup

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Ancho Chile-Braised Beef Brisket Taco Makes Its Cinco de Mayo Debut

Monday, May 5th, 2014

As if Cinco de Mayo weren’t enough reason to come to Comal this evening, a new taco will be making its first appearance.  Introducing ancho chile-braised beef brisket with carrot, raisin and habanero slaw,  perfect for washing down with a margarita!


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Dos Años: Feliz Cumpleaños Comal!

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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Tonight we celebrate our second anniversary! To mark the occasion, Chef Matt is bringing back a Comal favorite: grilled corn with chipotle aioli and cotija.  On the menu for the coming months…

Tomorrow night, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special “all-Mexican” playlist from DJ Jose Ruiz, who will be making a special Monday night appearance in addition to his regular Thursday night slot.

C’mon down!