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Picante

1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
5105253121
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Ranked #14 of 589 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $6 - $16
Cuisines: Mexican, Vegetarian, Organic, Family Fare
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Reno, Nevada
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271 reviews 271 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

After shopping at the nearby North Face Outlet, a couple of employees recommended this place. I'm glad they did. Whether you dine in or carry out, order your meal at the counter. If you dine in they will give you a buzzer and you seat yourself. The food quickly finds you. It all seemed fresh made and yummy. The employees... More

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San Francisco, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I could probably eat Mexican food every day of the week...especially great Mexican food! Over the last 10 years, I've tried other 'new' places, gourmet Mexican, and taquerias...nothing compares to the overall quality, flavors, service and consistency here. Yes, the line can be daunting, but it moves quickly and is worth the wait. Fresh, local and sustainable is what they... More

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Simi Valley, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

From the street, this establishment is unassuming, however, once inside the vibe ramps up rather nicely.The line to order can sometimes be long but the wait is worth it as the food is excellent. A menu with plenty of options, you order then wait for your food to be brought to your table, 3 types of salsa are available on... More

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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We've been living in Berkeley since September, and Picante has been our favorite Friday night dinner spot. We love the very tasty meals, great service, and relaxed environment. Part of the experience is that it feels like family dining--parents, kids, and extended families relaxing over great food in a laid back and festive atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Oakland, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I've eaten at Picante twice and have had two excellent experiences! The first time, my wife and I came for dinner to break the fast on Yom Kippur. It was our first experience eating Mexican food in California and it was AWESOME. The "cafeteria-style" ordering is unique, but the service is great and the food is delicious! The pictures I... More

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San Francisco, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We've been here a few times but I've not been impressed with their food quality. The service is commendable! The folks are friendly! But we came for the food and we had the burrito and it was leaking with oil and grease! We also had the breakfast plate - eggs with chorizo, and once more I felt that it ad... More

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Have been to this Mexican a couple of times on visits to the East Bay. It is a big barn of a place where you place your order at the counter and then find a seat. Then you wait, for about 2 seconds. No really, I have never had food come out so fast. And it's good. Fresh ingredients, huge... More

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Wilmington, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Cafeteria style dining great beers on tap Fresh ingredients are great meats attention to detail and probably the best guacamole have ever eaten

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Holland, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

When I lived in the Berkeley area, Picante was one of my favorite places. The place has been around for years with great food and prices that are competitive. My two favorites are the sopa azteca and the manchamantelles chicken, with it's rich red sauce that will leave a stain on your shirt! Over the years I think I have... More

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Berkeley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Although you must stand in line to order at Picante the food and prices will reward you.. Good sized portions of traditional Mexican fare-tamales,burritos,tacos,tostadas,etc. Good place to take a family with young children .Indoor and outdoor seating available-weather permitting.Fast service once you have ordered.Down side is general lack of atmosphere.

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