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!

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 10.04.28 AMElote – Oaxacan-style street corn with chipotle aioli and queso fresco

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.

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 10.06.06 AMSavoy Spinach Salad

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

Return of the Elote - Street Corn Back on the Menu

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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As the days get longer and the temperature rises, one question is asked of our servers more than any other, “When will Comal be bringing back the grilled corn on the cob?” Inspired by the street corn, or “elote” that is sold off of carts on street corners throughout Mexico, most notably in Oaxaca, our version uses sweet corn that is first blanched with butter and milk, and then grilled over coals and rolled in chipotle aioli and dusted with cotija cheese and cilantro.

Of course there is sweet corn grown in Mexico that is available year round, but out of respect for seasonality, I like to wait until the corn starts coming from California. The first corn arrives at market from the Imperial and Coachella valleys in the last week of April. By June, all of the corn that we use comes from the Central Valley.

We will be marking both Comal’s 4th Anniversary (on May 4th) and Cinco de Mayo with “The Return of The Elote” and it will continue to be available throughout the summer.