Oakland’s Calavera is a stylish swoon.
— Mercury News
A well-crafted homage to both contemporary Mexico and its long culinary history.
— SF Gate
Calavera is a well-thought-out project at the vanguard of high-end, regionally inspired Mexican cuisine.
— SF Weekly

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What do we think of when one says Oaxaca? Moles of every color that are simmered for hours and reveal their layers for minutes after tasting them. Corn tortillas that suddenly puff up on the griddle and then silently release their airy soul to heaven. And roasted salsas with enough heat to make you cry, but you laugh it off with a swig of cold beer and take another deliciously torturous bite.

The brainchild of highly acclaimed Oakland restaurateur Chris Pastena, Calavera honors and reimagines Mexico’s rich culinary traditions, from pre-Columbian cooking to the modern day. As a Oaxacan restaurant that celebrates Mexican culinary artistry, it features an extensive tequila and mezcal collection, inventive cocktails, as well as Mexican wines and beers.

Calavera is one of Oakland’s most popular restaurants, earning accolades from both local press and international travel guides. From its famous happy hours and First Friday events, to weekend brunches and nightcaps, Calavera has a taco and cocktail to please everyone.

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