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

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.




Dia de Los Muertos this weekend!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Jose Ruiz strikes again!

Jose Ruiz strikes again!

Preparations are underway for a big weekend at Comal to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Our multi-talented DJ Jose Ruiz has once again graced our front windows with two matching “calaveras” painted with white tempura paint.  Jose formerly owned Casa Latina, a panaderia and cafe on San Pablo – one of their specialties is Pan de Muertos, a special sweet egg bread adorned with “bones” on the top baked for Dia de los Muertos.  They make countless loaves around this time every year and distribute them to schools, festivals and other gatherings. We will be sending everyone home with a piece of this very tasty Pan de Muerto on both Saturday and Sunday night.  We will also be adding other decorations throughout the restaurant, including marigolds and sugar skulls.  And in addition to his normal Thursday night DJ slot this week, Jose will also be doing a special Saturday night stint that focuses on songs that nod to the theme of death in some shape or form.

"November 2 Stroll” by Catalina Trunk

“November 2 Stroll” by Catalina Trunk

We are honored to be once again featuring four special pieces of “papel picado” by noted folk artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk on the lathe walls in the main dining room, including two new ones.  One of the new pieces, titled November 2 Stroll, shows a calavera riding his bicycle with a basket of marigolds on his head. Below him is the earth, signified by the flowers, birds, and heart. The dogs are Xoloitzcuintles, Mexican hairless dogs that were believed by the Aztecs to accompany their masters’ souls through the underworld – therefore their depiction on earth and below it in this piece. The marigolds are a symbol of death, referred to as the “flower of the dead”.   Marigolds are often sprinkled on Dia de los Muertos altars and also on graves, sometimes fashioned into elaborate arches. In some villages, people leave a trail of marigolds from their front door to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased may easily find their way back home again. The attractive scent of the marigold is said to draw them back to earth for the yearly Dia de los Muertos reunion. Thanks to Sean Trunk for generously sharing these stunning pieces with all of us.  Catalina is a nationally renowned papel picado artist with an upcoming installation at the Smithsonian and several pieces at the Crystal Bridge Museum’s State of the Art show.

Matts’ Cocktail

Matts’ Cocktail

Lastly, our two “Matts” – chef Matt Gandin and lead bartender Matthew Campbell – have also collaborated on a new “limited-run” cocktail for the occasion, aptly named “Matts’ Cocktail” which will debut this Thursday night.  The cocktail features jelly made from feijoa, a tropical fruit often referred to as pineapple guava but actually not a guava at all – and the fruit happens to come from a tree in Matt Gandin’s backyard.  It’s the latest in our line of backyard cocktails, following in the footsteps of the “Plum Loco”, made from Santa Rosa plums picked in our manager Corin’s backyard.  For the full backstory, click here to read chef Matt’s blog post.   We hope to see you out at Comal this week!   JP




Dia de Los Muertos this weekend!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Preparations are underway for a big weekend at Comal to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.  Our good friend and (not so) secret agent Jose Ruiz has graced our front windows with two matching “calaveras” painted with white tempura paint.  Today we will be hanging four special pieces of “papel picado” by noted folk artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk on the lathe walls in the main dining room.  I’ll be writing a more extensive piece about Catalina later this week – we’re honored to be showing her distinctive work at Comal.

Though the focus this week is primarily on Dia de los Muertos, our servers have been scheming some fun costumes for Halloween night – many of them are coming in costumes inspired by various Comal cocktails.  Jack Satan anyone?  Abuelo Sucio?  Should be an interesting night…

IMG_1491By day, Jose runs Casa Latina, a panaderia and cafe on San Pablo – one of their specialties is Pan de Muertos, a special sweet egg bread adorned with “bones” on the top baked for Dia de los Muertos.  They make countless loaves around this time every year and distribute them to schools, festivals and other gatherings. We will be sending everyone home with a piece of this very tasty Pan de Muerto on both Friday and Saturday night.  We will also be adding other decorations throughout the restaurant, including marigolds and sugar skulls.

In addition to his normal Thursday night DJ slot, Jose will also be doing a special Saturday night stint that focuses on songs that nod to the theme of death in some shape or form.

We hope to see you out at Comal this week!

JP