Chef Matt Gandin of Comal - Berkeley, CA

2020 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 926-6300
Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm

The East Bay is an up and coming culinary destination and Comal, a huge new Downtown Berkeley restaurant, is one of its most vibrant additions. The rustic Mexican menu embodies Chef Matt Gandin’s NorCal approach to tacos, quesadillas, and lesser-known Oaxacan specialties, along with a delicious drinks menu from Mixologist Matthew Campbell. Campbell leans heavily on a deep roster of tequilas and small-batch agaves, offering a flight of Sangritas, shots of reserve tequila, mezcal paired with various juice-and-tincture chasers, and light, refreshing drinks like his Mexican riff on the Paloma. The cocktails and spacious 2500-square-foot outdoor patio attract the college crowd, while local families enjoy a variety of mid-priced share plates in the restaurant’s warehouse-style open dining room.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Tlayuda with Smashed Garbanzos, Gypsy Peppers, Zucchini, and Quesillo
  • Reposado Tequila and Rojo Sangrita: Tomato, Orange Juice, Lime, Dried Chili Paste, Habanero and Fresno Chilies, and Braggs Amino Acid
  • Palomaesque: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Cocchi Americano, Grapefruit, Lime, Honey, Salt, and Soda

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