Molcajete Cocina Mexicana

Downtown Oakland

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American Kobe beef carne asada, shrimp ceviche, and weekly specials from Jalisco and the Yucatan

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Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Mexican chefs are known to infuse their sauces with chilies, just as American chefs are known to infuse their sauces with ranch. Munch an authentic meal with this Groupon.

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  • $15 for $30 worth of Mexican cuisine
  • $28 for $60 worth of Mexican cuisine for four or more diners

The menu opens with antojitos ($3.50–$6.50), such as corn empanadas and ceviche, then moves into entrees served with rice and beans. Enmoladas ($8.75) smother three chicken enchiladas in mole sauce and a sprinkling of cotija cheese, and carne asada ($10.50) showcases grilled Kobe beef flank.


Molcajete's chef, Manuel Torres, focuses on a concise, refined menu of Mexican street fare at Molcajete, which is Spanish for mortar. A symbol of the artisanal and handmade, the mortar appears prominently in a mural in the restaurant's dining room and is a symbol for Torres's approach to meals. Familiar carne asada surprises with grilled American Kobe beef flank steak, and remarkably thick, handmade corn tortillas make a meal out of chanclas piled high with black beans, steak, lettuce, and cheese. Weekly specials veer into lesser-known regional specialties, such as the Yucatan's cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish, or Jalisco's torta ahogada served on the area's french bread offshoot, birote. Whether served inside or out on the patio, dishes arrive elegantly plated among perfectly formed mesas of tender rice, cups of black beans, or dollops of guacamole accented with dark purple cabbage.

Customer Reviews

Karen J. · November 4, 2012
I didn't expect too much here, but the food was excellent. Service was delightful. I work 2 blocks away and am thrilled to have found a great new lunch spot.
Noemie H. · October 31, 2012
Nice atmosphere, clean tasty food, great service
May M. · October 26, 2012
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    Downtown Oakland

    1734 Webster Street

    Oakland, CA 94612


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