Oakland >Food & Dining > Dona Tomas
5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA | Directions 9460937.836600 -122.262201
Closed Monday Tue-Thu 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m
Rude wait staff – I have never before been treated so incredibly rude at any restaurant. I was with a group 13 ppl and were asked to hurry up and order, napkins thrown out on the table, eyes rolled at and left quite hungry!
I DO NOT RECOOMEND THIS PLACE for a sit down dining experience. The only time I would ever go back would be for take out.
Nice place to linger – I've eaten here 9 times and enjoyed each visit. No, it isn't a great value and if you're looking for fast service and large portions of spicy, cheesy, greasy goodness this place probably will disappoint. If you like to linger over fresh, simple food in a place with charming atmosphere you will enjoy DT. Is the food "authentic"? Who cares? It's good. I like the cocktails and have found the service friendly and professional. The pace is slow, fostering a relaxed dining experience. Why are gringos always in a rush? DT has two atmospheres: a loud, energetic inside, and a quieter, romantic outside. Both are great in their own way. If noise bothers you, you'll want to sit outside. Bring a sweater in case the patio heaters don't quite reach you. The outdoor fountain and the food remind me of the nuevo-Mexican restaurant, El Naranjo, in Oaxaca.
worth it for oaklanders – The first time I ate here, they left the seeds in my chile relleno - BIG culinary no in any culture.. But I decided to give them a second chance, and the food has always come through thereafter. Now it's THE local nice restaurant that we frequent for a relaxed yet special occassion. I'm going there for my birthday tonight! Don't pay any attention to the people whining about slow service - there are just some places that urge you to relish and savor your evening, so it's really nice not to be rushed. They aren't trying to cultivate a taqueria environment, the goal here is mexican food that's not gonna stuff you up and make you all gassy, in an atmoshphere where you can take your time, have a few drinks and savor your night. They even have heutlacoche sometimes! (a mexican fungus that grows on corn)
Highly overrrated not True Mexican – I am from Mexico and I love Mexican food. if you believe that Mexican food is burritos and tacos then skip my review.
The restaurant is overrated, and not truly mexican. My furst experience in the restaurant started with reading the menu, the Spanish menu had about 10 spelling mistakes that made me suspicious. Then I asked for a Bohemia beer, they brought me the beer with a lime inside! Anyone that know about mexican beer would know that you dont put a lime in a Bohemia beer, it is close to putting lemon in milk.
The food tasted ok, it tried har, but was not truly mexican, I would say it is a California Mexican cuisine, which is better than Tex-Mex which is what you find everywhere else.
hower the prices are a bit high for what you get...
Dona Tomas: a study in opposites – The food is beyond compare with its complex tastes. The highly touted mixed drinks were strangely lukewarm (as was the beer) and the service people seemed disinterested, or bored. The person bussing my table removed some of the food before we had finished. The high unadorned walls did nothing to dampen the amazingly loud ambience. Maybe the tables need to be moved away from the bar. What a shame! I had heard so many great things about this place. I hope it was just an off night. Oakland needs great restaurants!
Inventive Mexican food fuses with a California sensibility at this bright, bold restaurant. – The Scene
Energy is high at this hip Mexican-Cali restaurant; the weekend jams with a great-looking crowd cavorting at tables and blowing air kisses across the busy dining room. In the cool night air, the patio is an urban oasis with the look and feel of colonial Cuba.
Fresh California ingredients and ideas come together flawlessly in this imaginative interpretation of Mexican cuisine. Inventive dishes include quesadillas con hongos, with soft goat cheese oozing with the dense flavor of morel mushrooms and chopped asparagus. Sopa de lima's chicken broth is infused with a cornucopia of vegetables unified by their form and color. Vegetable tostadas, topped with creamy black beans, sweet corn, zucchini and the lingering heat of chilies, explodes with complementary flavors and textures. Even chili rellenos are unique--they are unadorned, roasted and then stuffed with cheese, a handful of raisins and pine nuts.
You decide... – Last night I had their chile relleno and it was amazing. I was in bliss. I also had their scallops one time and that dish was good. But I've gone in big groups of people where some of their meals were just "okay" (one tip: I always ask the waiters to help me decide between a few possible entree choices). And since this place is pretty expensive compared to some of the other great mexican restaurants out there (JUAN'S PLACE!), that can be a big problem. But the margaritas are great -- I actually like the Especial (the cheapest one). It has a great pear taste hidden somewhere in there. Also the Dona Colada is a cut above your typical Pina Colada -- worth the money.
Good, but a liitle pricey – Overall, this is a good upscale Mexican restaurant. The dishes are inventive and fresh, but the tab can be a little high. Be careful with the chips -- ours were covered in salt (an accident, I guess). Margaritas were exceptionally strong, but that's a good thing!
hasta never! – Servers are way cool, but too busy to wait on tables. Poor response from manager, too busy to attend to unhappy diners. Who would want to?
Food is nice & pretty and always sounds intriguing, but totally overpriced for tasteless & unsastisfactory dishes (shrimp enchiladas).
Too many SF attitude people who cross the bridge for 'a hip new place' will be disappointed.
Head to Pico Paco across the street, at least their whole beans have flavor.
Go for the food, not for the service – Food was good, fresh ingredients make a huge difference. I had the carne asada and it was good. The outdoor patio is cool, reminds me of old town San Diego. Ive definitely had better margaritas. Service is slow, very slow and not friendly.
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