Oakland >Food & Dining > Tamarindo Antojeria
468 8th St, Oakland, CA | Directions 9460737.800683 -122.274300
M 11a-3p & 5p-9p Tu-Th 11a-3p & 5p-9:30p F 11a-3p & 5p-Mid Sa 10a-3p & 5p-Mid
Neighborhoods: Downtown Oakland, Chinatown
Everything is pretty good – All the food we ordered was good, but they lost a star for price. I would go again, but I wouldn't go every time I was in the mood for Mexican.
This is a great place if you are looking for some good Mexican food. We stopped in here over the holidays last month.
I recommend the Picaditas de Cantina – very good and I have had this at other Mexican restaurants but this was the best I ever tasted. I even let the chef know and he seemed very pleased! My husband had the Mole de Tamarindo and loved it.
They are very friendly and I love the décor.
I highly recommend this place for your next outing!
Eye opening – If this is what real Mexican food is supposed to taste like, what the heck have I been eating before at Mexican chains?
Good mexican food – Nice atmosphere. Good service. A bit of an oasis in central Oakland, which is mostly not very nice. Food was really tasty and the beer was good too
Interesting, Fresh Mexican food – If you're interested in truly tasty Mexican food you have to check out Tamarindo's! The flavor of the meat is without compare. Try the marinated pork with plantains, delicious!! The shrimp tacos are equally good. My only complaint is the size of the portions, there just isn't enough. It leaves you wanting more. If you're going with a large group go early, as it is very small.
Great Food!! – Really enjoy the food everytime I go there. I work in the area, so it is a great place to eat. Love the flavor of the meats. You have to try the "carnitas". You should ask for that plate, its not on the menu, but if you are nice :), they will bring you a plate. The place is not big, but the ambience is great. It does get busy, but it is worth the wait. Can't wait to go back and try something new everytime.
Amazingly Delicious, Creative Food...and sangria! – Fantastic, fresh, creative Mexican cuisine - places like this are exactly what downtown Oakland needs to keep its upwards momentum. The sangria is delicious, and the plates are wonderful. My only complaint is the small portion sizes - it's never enough! The Botana de Pico de Gallo is the perfect balance of heat, sweet, and salt, while the Sopecitos practically melt in your mouth. You can increase the portion size to four servings for an extra few dollars - it's worth it. On the "Especiales" menu, the Cochinita Pibil (slow cooked marinated pork with fried plantains, corn tortillas, and other tidbits) is incredible. The dessert menu was a nice contrast of classic and creative, with selections like coconut flan, rice pudding, crepes, and a variation of bread pudding. Service was friendly and perfectly timed. I can't wait to go back! Tamarindo is TINY and they do not currently accept reservations, so to avoid the long waits, plan for an early dinner and show up when they open. Also beware of patrons who think this is a child-appropriate restaurant - it's too small for screaming toddlers.
Sophisticated Mexican Food -- you have to try this place! – Tamarindo serves up sophisticated Mexican food that is so unbelievably good it's worth the 45 minute wait and the high price. It's served small plate style so plan on 4+ dishes for 2 people. We had the sopecito, mulitas, empanaditas, and tostaditas, all of which were amazing. Also, the sangria is a must here. The meticulousness in presentation and the high quality foods used here (Neiman Ranch meat -- Mmmm) make for one amazing meal. Tamarindo was just rated Best Mexican in the East Bay Express -- not bad for a restaurant that has only been around for a year.
Delicious! – The food was fabulous. I'm a vegetarian and didn't expect to eat as well as I did. The sopas with rajas were so good, I can't stop thinking about them. The atmosphere is very cute -- we sat outside and it was lovely. Went on a Thursday night, and there was no wait. Will definitely be back!
Best and Tastiest Mexican food! – I'm of Mexican descent, and I have to say that this has been the most delicious Mexican food I've ever tasted. I wish they made the plates bigger, but being that they only serve and specialize in 'antojitos' (small plates), I'll have to settle for it. We had to wait a while for a table, because the place is very small, but the staff was very friendly and accomodating when were seated. The sangria is yummy. Atmosphere is great. I will definitely be coming back for more.
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