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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

2nd Annual Oaxanukkah Dinners at Comal

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016


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:


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




Table 30

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

Oaxanukkah Dinners featured in Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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Click here to read the full article.

Oaxanukkah Dinner T-Shirts!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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One never knows when inspiration will strike. For the past three years I have hosted Mexican inspired Passover dinners at Comal, and decided that this year, I wanted to take the same approach and apply it to traditional Hanukkah dishes. We were still weeks away from announcing these dinners to the public, and as I was informing our service staff of this upcoming event during our nightly lineup meeting, it suddenly popped into my head. “Oaxanukkah!” I’ve always been a sucker for wordplay, and instantly knew that this must be what we called this mashup of traditional Hanukkah fare with Mexican flavors.

This stroke of lightning set off an intense brainstorm. Ever since I first saw them a few years back, I’ve been a huge fan of Bay Area illustrator John Sherlock Hersey’s series of t-shirts that combine Dia de los Muertos imagery with local sports team logos. Although we have been open now for 3 ½ years, we have never made a Comal t-shirt, and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to design one. Of course I can hardly draw a stick figure, so I reached out to my good friend and graphic artist, Justin Leibow. I pitched him the idea of putting together a fun t-shirt design that combines Oaxacan skull drawing and Jewish Hanukkah imagery. He was all in from the start. Between filming a television commercial last weekend, pitching two other projects and travelling with his family to Seattle for Thanksgiving, Justin threw down a killer design within the week, capturing everything that we discussed and then some!

I am very excited for the dinners, and also to offer for sale these limited edition “Oaxanukkah” t-shirts. Tickets are still available for both Monday December 7 and Tuesday December 8. Please join us for an epic feast!