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“Tapas!”

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana
Ranked #154 of 1,288 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 40
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Fantastic Mexican tapas place. The Tacos de Camaron, the Queso Fundido and that one with the steak and cheese was really, really good!

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

If you're looking for cheap Tex-Mex, you won't find it here. But you will find a great selection of small dishes, really tasty ingredients and a hopping bar scene. Not cheap, but worthy it. Just off Broadway in downtown, walking distance from the Marriott, Courtyard, Convention Ctr and Jack London Square.

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Thank Cameron06820
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Options for dinner in downtown Oakland are limited. Tamarindo was a great find located just a few blocks from the Oakland Marriott. I took a small group of business colleagues for dinner there and everyone seemed very pleased with the great food, the great service and particularly the margaritas. The food is best experienced family-style so take only close friends or leave your food-sharing inhibitions at home.

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Thank trvlfun2011
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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.

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Thank dragonrees
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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!

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