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Colibri Mexican Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Union Square
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438 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223 (Mason & Taylor)
+1 415-440-2737
11:30 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've always found the restaurant space a bit too crowded and dark (even in the day time), but the food and drinks here are a wonderful change from the usual Tex-Mex fare at most Mexican restaurants. The food is much closer to what you'd actually find in Mexico. The bar, on the other hand, is so well stocked with tequilas... More 

Thank roxieontheroad
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here on the back of a friend's recommendation and we were not disappointed. Arrived at 7pm and the place was full so only sat at the bar, which we actually preferred. Got a great tip from the barman on what to eat (chicken tacos) and also he chipped in with a free shot of tequila! Corn on the cob,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food but no vegan meal on menu. Had to order three sides which turned out expensive and far short of amazing. They wouldn't make me a plate of veggies and wouldn't give any avocado without my ordering chips and guac. Screw authentic... where's the nearest chipotle?

Thank Shai T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved this place for many reasons. It is authentic, it has great guacomole and tortilla chips not to mention the nice margheritas ;0) We unfortunately had time only for a quick lunch so cannot tell you much about the food apart from the quick plates we ate were good. But the staff is very friendly and service is good. Will... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Run by mexican people this place offers authentic Mexican food at reasonable price. Also the margerita's can be recommended, as well as the freshly made guacamole (with spices to your taste). Friendly people serving you. Simple table setting and bar area.A place we recommend.

Thank Tve2012
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our meal at the Colibri. The appetizers are very generous in portion sizes. I will go back there one day for their coffee flan.

Thank SmallLady
Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I ate here with my girlfriend during happy hour. We had the queso con chorizo and carnitas served on some of the best tortillas I have ever had. They also had a beer and tequila shot special for $9 that was fabulous. We got out of there with our bellies full and a nice buzz. I will be going back... More 

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los angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

...make reservations. The place is always packed. This is the best Mexican food I have ever tasted, ever. Try the Duck. Delicious. Also have the best selection of Mezcal. They have a spicy Mezcal Margarita, excellent. Server was fantastic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The complimentary fresh hand-made corn tortillas and three types of artisanal salsas were a pleasant and delicious surprise. Festive happy group of patrons at the bar enlivened the ambience. The main mole poblano was perfect.

Thank Dennis F
North Oxford, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guacamole was to die for, and I don't normally even like guac! The overall meal was delicious and the service was excellent. It's definitely pricey, but you absolutely get what you pay for.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 438 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223
    (Mason & Taylor)
  • Public Transportation: #38 Geary Bus
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-440-2737
Colibri Mexican Bistro lies in the heart of San Francisco's bustling Theatre District, just a block west of Union Square. Spanish for "hummingbird," Colibri combines the simplicity of authentic family recipes with fresh, high-quality ingredients to bring diners unparalleled, delectable Mexican cuisine in a charming, turn of the century cantina setting. This warm and inviting eatery is reminiscent of Mexico City restaurants of the 1900's, decorated with classic Spanish paintings and accentuated by a vast collection of uniquely shaped and rare tequila bottles. Filled with energy, Colibri projects black and white 1940's Latino-film clips at the front of the house, while the open kitchen in back provides glimpses of its colorful cuisine in different stages of completions. Boosting a knowledgeable staff and attentive, sociable management, Colibri is dedicated to providing a memorable dining experience for both tourist and locals alike.

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