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

October News from Comal

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Holiday Season is Approaching…

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 inside the restaurant’s main dining room – it seats 8-11 people on long benches.  Our cozy private dining room – Abajo – is located in our cellar and seats 12-22 people.  In both cases, we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu served family style.  We can also craft special, custom cocktails for Abajo parties with personalized names to match.

Here are sample menus for Table 30 and Abajo

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

Oaxacan Harvest Dinner with Copala Organics at Comal

Speaking of Abajo, a few tickets are still available for next week’s Oaxacan Harvest Dinner with Copala Organics.  Copala supplies Comal with a variety of hard to find, distinctly Oaxacan chiles, herbs and vegetables, many of which are grown by Francisco de Jesús López of Francisco’s Oaxacan Organic Farm.

On Tuesday, October 8th, Comal will welcome Francisco and Copala founder Adam Sanders for a multi-course dinner prepared by executive chef Matt Gandin, showcasing some of these Oaxacan specialties: papalo, quintonil, costeño chiles, chilhuacle chiles, chiles de agua, verdolagas and huicha squash.  Chef Gandin’s dishes will be paired with wines drawn from Comal’s list, selected by wine director Corin Weihemuller for the occasion.


DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 PM

PRICE: Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity

RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/367891

ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley

WEBSITE & TELEPHONE: http://www.comalberkeley.com – 510.926.6300

Dinner Menu: 

Heirloom tomatoes pickled costeño chiles, requeson, verdolagas

2012 Rosé, Arnot-Roberts “Luchsinger Vineyard” Clear Lake

Local halibut crudo papalo, chile de agua salsa

2011 Napa Valley White, Matthiasson

White bean-quintonil soup

2011 Chardonnay, Le P’tit Paysan, “Jack’s Hill” Monterey County

Turkey and huicha squash tamal chilhuacle mole negro

2012 Cabernet Franc, Broc Cellars, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara

Oaxacan chocolate budin whipped crema

Bumper Harvest! Tomatoes from the rooftop garden…

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


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Tomatoes and chiles are kicking into gear on our roof - thanks again to Beth at Modern Farmhouse for her help

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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Comal’s Roof Garden Underway!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

IMG_4344Exciting news from Comal’s roof!  Our friend Beth LaDove from Modern Farmhouse devised a simple, scalable approach to container planting on the roof over the last couple months and this week she installed a dozen containers.  We have LOTS of additional space up there, so this is hopefully the first of several phases.  To start, we are focusing primarily on the hard to find chilhuacle negro chiles from Oaxaca that go into mole negro.  We also have a few tomato plants and some hoja santa.

Our roof has full southern exposure and the parapet around the perimeter offers some shelter from winds.  It is also a large thermal mass – it absorbs sunlight all day long and then gradually releases the heat throughout the night, creating a perfect little microclimate up there.  And thankfully it’s a white roof, so it doesn’t get too hot.  Fingers crossed that the initial plantings thrive!




Spring is busting out at Comal!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013