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“An "Old Oakland" standout”

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana
Ranked #137 of 1,275 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Concord, California
Level 6 Contributor
308 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“An "Old Oakland" standout”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

This restaurant serves modernized Mexican cuisine. The food is excellent, mostly small plates with a few entree size dishes. Standouts were Cochinita Pibil (pork marinated in achiote adobe sauce steamed with banana leaves), and chicken topped with tamarind mole sauce. Great cocktail list including a house margarita including fresh tamarind puree and a salt chile rim. Several other drinks also included tarmarind. Service was excellent. Decor was very nice. There is a lively bar scene. The restaurant is in Old Oakland, a district of Victorian buildings and an emerging restaurant and lounge scene.

  • Visited February 2012
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“when in Oakland.....”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

I stayed with a friend who knows the Bay area well from living in Oakland and going through the process of buying a house in Noe Valley so I had a whirlwind tour of food and drink all the way from these two different places, Tamarindo being the best of the bunch in Oakland. Lucky me, since this first Oakland visit, I’ve returned to this beautiful part of the country twice but unfortunately haven’t returned to Tamarindo yet. However I already have plans to return to the restaurant on an upcoming visit; it’s that memorable.

First, it’s decorated really nice and has a good vibe – romantic but also modern. Just as likely as you were to see couples there, there were huge groups of friends having a great time, so the place is caters to different needs. I didn’t like waiting in line for the bathroom (as there was only one) but that was a minor issue in an otherwise perfect evening.

As for the food, it exceeded my expectations. My mojitos were excellent and the food was too. The queso fundido and the guacamole are what everyone raves about, and for good reason. The guacamole, which comes in a really long bowl, is a very substantial serving. The chillaquilles were also excellent and when combined with the apps were plenty for a meal for me. My friend also loved his meal: he got the mole for the main course, and I didn’t try any but he said it was the best he’s had, so I’ll take his word for it.

We didn’t try dessert but shared a so-so piece of pie at the Irish pub down the street from the restaurant whose name I can’t remember. This pub was also a nice place to check out, especially if you’re interested in a huge beer selection, and although the atmosphere wasn’t as romantic as Tamarindo it was a good change of scenery nonetheless. And note: the jukebox will take your money without playing your selections!

Visited January 2012
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Oakland, California
Level 6 Contributor
308 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“THE BEST AUTHENTIC MEXICAN IN OAK”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

This restaurant and its staff are just what I've been looking for in Mexican dining.Number one.. the margharitas are delicious. only to be topped by the unbelievably delicious authentic Mexican food... Carlos the GM has a story and history that he is proud to tell about each dish.... and each dish we tried was more incredible then the next... and more beautiful... the presentation is gorgeous...the flavors... perfect.. Oh the shrip ceviche and the fish taco... Thanks to Chef Gloria !!! Closed Sunday...
can't wait to try Taco Tuesday... they share the space in the back with the Trappist next door.. .my favorite pub.
Sandie
Concierge
Claremont

Visited December 2011
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Oakland, California
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“what happened here?”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

This was one of my favorite restaurants on the edges of historic Oakland. The flavors were bright and unusual and the taste was always fresh. But, not today! Could it have been the holidays, or the fact that we went for a late lunch--1:30?

The first bad sign was water-spotted menus and food specks on the wall adjacent to the table we were at. The restaurant specializes in small pates, designed for sharing. We started with guacomole which was as tasty as ever, with good color, but the accompanying chips had been exposed to air and mositure for too long and were not as crisp as they should have been. There was something odd about the lukewarm tortilla soup, a chermical taste and my friend and I thought it was more like an enchilada sauce than soup. The ceviche (less than a one half cup serving size) looked good, a festive bright green. The server emphasized that we were being served "West Coast" ceviche, but it was so vinegary that it could have been the brining liquid for a New England boiled dinner. The three tostiditas were the last straw, soggy taco shells and dry stringy chicken. And, by the way, these few dishes came to almost $50.00.

I always thought the prices here were a trifle high, but the food was so good, it was worth it. I am so disappointed that things have deteriorated to this extent--somebody isn't paying attention. I will give this place another try, but if you go, be prepared for some disappointment.

  • Visited December 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great authentic food at a reasonable price.”
Reviewed 3 November 2011

Great casual meal shared with my customer, authentic good tasting food. Margaritas also very good...too good!

Visited November 2011
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Thank Dion K
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