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Calavera is an ultra-modern Mexican restaurant, highlighting traditional regional ingredients and techniques, reimagined in a new context that combines with the rebel spirit of Oakland to create a truly eclectic experience at The Hive, the city's uptown, mixed-use development.

Oakland-based design firm Arcsine used regional materials from Oaxaca to build out an interior of unexpected geometric forms taking a contemporary stance on old-world style. The material palette extends to the bar with a series of custom geometric boxes as shelving, placed in a motif from the Labna Mayan ruins, creating artistic niches to display bottles.

To complement the strength of the weathered wood bar, they commissioned Oaxacan ceramicist Omar Hernandez to do the vibrantly colored tiles and make specialized copitas for mezcal. It's a comfortable setting for sampling one of the best mezcal selections in the Bay Area, unknowingly captivated by the delicate pattern of the leather bar surface.

Calavera features an extensive cocktail program, a full wine list that will challenge everything you thought you knew about pairing Mexican food with wines, and an extensive collection of agave spirits.


Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar


miltomate, serrano, cilantro, queso fresco

grilled corn, chicatanas-chipotle aioli, cotija cheese, epazote

heirloom Oaxacan corn tortilla, Chihuahua cheese

mixed greens, spinach, jicama, chayote, watermelon radish, toasted cumin & citrus vinaigrette

sheered romaine hearts, pico de gallo, green garbanzo, grilled corn, bacon, avocado, poblano-cotija dressing

Ceviche Verde de Camarones*

shrimp, aguachile verde, compressed cucumber, avocado, green onions, cilantro, Nixtamal totopos

smoky chicken soup, vegetables, avocado, rice, chipotle morita

rainbow cauliflower, al pastor glaze, refried black beans, pineapple relish

chipotle braised chicken, guacamole, queso fresco, crema Mexicana

braised pork shank, Spanish white onion, salsa verde de aguacate

sautéed shrimp, pico de gallo, micro cilantro, crispy amaranth, chipotle aioli, jicama tortilla

crispy chicken, black bean spread, chili aioli, tomato, avocado, queso fresco, taqueria escabeche

braised pork shank, salsa de aguacate, Spanish white onion, jalapeño y onion escabeche

Chihuahua cheese stuffed tortillas, salsa verde, crema Mexicana

Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole

chipotle braised chicken, queso fresco, pickled red onions, spiced pepitas, charred avocado, crema

sauteéd shrimp, yucateca salsa, sour cream, miltomates, watermelon radishes, cotiza cheese, micro greens

green beans, cauliflower, arroz, frijoles negros, queso fresco, salsa verde, Nixtamal tortillas

braised pork shank, arroz, frijoles negros, queso fresco, crema, Nixtamal tortillas

frijoles negro, arroz Mexicana, guacamole, crema

pork chop, yellow & blue corn, green garbanzo, purslane, black garlic-pepita relish

wood-fired chicken, arroz, queso fresco, mole poblano, sesame seeds

ribeye steak, chorizo chimichurri, roasted vegetables, Nixtamal tortillas

Pescado Entero Asado con Mojo de Ajo Negro (Serves 2)

wood-fired whole fish of the day, cherry pepper escabeche, California olive oil, black garlic

roasted rainbow cauliflower, epazote - cilantro brown butter, cotija, toasted hazelnut

long grain rice, crema, queso fresco, micro cilantro

heirloom black beans, red onions, crema, queso fresco

refried black beans, Chihuahua cheese, epazote crema, avocado leaf

Add Housemade Chorizo Rojo

Uncle Nearest 1884 whisky, strawberry fresno balsamic shrub, Aquafaba, lemon juice

Jonathan's Gin Tonic

mezcal gin, juniper, hibiscus, cucumber, Fever Tree mediterranean tonic

Xicaru Espadín mezcal, orange, fresno chile, bay laurel, passion fruit & ginger espuma

Fidencio Espadín mezcal, Carpano Bianco vermouth, Kina l'Aero d'Or

St. George Chile vodka, tomato, Maggi, hearth roasted cumin, lemon, poblano salt

our classic mix with mezcal Xicaru, poblano salt, everything is better with mezcal

Amarás Espadín, grapefruit-mint cordial, lemon juice, Fever Tree Sparkling grapefruit


add Seasonal peach Y Chipotle +$2

Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila, lime, agave

Xicaru Espadín mezcal, lemon, agave, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur

Cimarron reposado tequila, agave, lime, citrus oil, quatro chiles

Margarita Estilo Ron Cooper

Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila, lime, agave, guajillo sal de gusano, Del Maguey Chichicapa mezcal (al lado)

Destilador blanco tequila, Oaxacan salt air

tomato, Maggi, hearth toasted cumin, Victoria Lager, Oaxacan sea salt rim

Crown & Hops 8 Tril Pils
Drake's Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout
Boochcraft Watermelon Chili
Almanac Strawberry Sournova

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler & a shot of Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadín

Agua Fresca del Día 12 oz Bottle
Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water

Mandarin, Pineapple, Tamarindo, Mango

Hecho en Mexico- Coke or Sprite
Té Helado, Organic Black Iced Tea
Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco, Emila Romagna, Italy, 2016
Roederer Estates, Brut, Anderson Valley, CA, 2013
Pavo Real, Chenin Blanc, VdG, MX 2012
Monte Xanic, Sauvignon Blanc, VdG, MX 2016
Raeburn, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA 2016
Davis Bynum, Rosé, Russian River Valley, CA, 2019
Brassfield, Pinot Noir, Clearlake Oaks, CA 2013
Casa Magoni, Sangiovese Cabernet "Super Mexican", VdG MX 2015
Santo Tomas, Tempranillo-Cabernet, Santo Tomas, Mx 2016
Casa Madero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Parras, MX 2016
The Biker, Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA 2017
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Calavera, Oakland, CA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Calavera Restaurant Review

: Caged lights hang from an 18-foot ceiling; a waterfall of twinkling bottles of tequila and mezcal cascades behind the bar; and the music of a busy cocktail shaker and the happy hum of excited diners fill the lofty brick-and-woods room. Many hands bring this dream of Michael Iglesias and Jessica Sackler, partnered with Chris Pastena (Lungomare, Chop Bar) to life: from the children who net the grasshoppers that are toasted and served with vibrant guacamole, to the designated tortilla chef cooking with house-ground corn on the wood-fired comal. We taste the ocean in the sweet frothy salt air drinks and the earth in dishes that balance crunch with smoke and fire. We gobbled up ceviche Costeno, halibut ceviche with avocado, salsa and toasted hominy, detoured for cochinita pibil, baby pig tacos made oh-so-tender with Mayan axiote rub, and slowed down for our elegant wood-grilled whole Pacific red snapper circling lambs' quarters, greens and stewed black garlic. We sorted delicate flesh from bones and plucked strewn-about orange cherry tomatoes. Ambrosial goat's milk rice pudding in a saucy puddle, adorned with snappy candied almonds and stone fruit, crowned this captivating Mexican cuisine adventure.



**Prices and specials are subject to change at any time  

Happy Hours

Tuesday thru Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Featured Special

  • Drinks$3 to $9 Drink Specials
  • FoodFood Specials start at $4

 We at Calavera work to provide the very best Mexican region-inspired cuisine, combined with the rebel spirit of Oakland, we create an eclectic experience unmatched in town.  Join us for food and drinks and be glad you are here!

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Tuesday thru Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Drinks$3 to $9 Drink Specials
  • FoodFood Specials start at $4
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2337 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612



Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday 11am - 11pm Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 10pm Closed Monday

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