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Picante

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Mexican, Organic, Vegetarian, Family Fare
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1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
5105253121
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Warn and Friendly metting place has no sting

The food is well prepared but generally on the milder side. Refrigerated squirt bottles of 3 different heat sauces are available but like needing to add a healthy dose of black pepper to your food the end result is not quite the same as if the salsa type flavorings were cooked in. If you like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Kevin M
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The food is well prepared but generally on the milder side. Refrigerated squirt bottles of 3 different heat sauces are available but like needing to add a healthy dose of black pepper to your food the end result is not quite the same as if the salsa type flavorings were cooked in. If you like mexican and want to control... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This place is a cross between self serve and sit down. Order and pay then the food is brought to your table. Mexican American fare. Huge portions, plan to share or have some for lunch the next day! We found the Flavors a bit bland, but a wide variety of sauce, from mild and herbaceous to dangerously hot help you... More 

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Metis-sur-Mer, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I find I cannot make a trip to the Bay Area without eating at Picante's. This is just flat-out good Mexican food. Do not be put-off by a bit of a line as the order-at-the-counter service moves quickly and the food is delivered to your table super fast! The authentic, fresh, and healthy options will please all Mexican food lovers.... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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189 reviews 189 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Picante has a great menu with lots of traditional Mexican choices and above all a lot of flags to indicate vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan selections. Loved their three-up tacos with a dozen filing variations served with pinto beans. Four different salsa sauces are housed in a glass fronted fridge for folks to self-serve at will. Efficient phone-in or online ordering... More 

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Oakland, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I great place to stop with a family or as a couple. It's line service and offers takeout, but they are so efficient it doesn't bother one bit. They even offer a road side pickup service and have their own parking area. It's busy inside but the efficiency makes everything ok, and you overlook the kids and other distractions. Their... More 

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Simsbury, CT
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Yup, arrange flight so I can head straight here. Straight forward good Mexican food...the kind where you eat yourself sick. Giant portions--great nachos, mole, best horchata. Someone is always making tortillas right in the restaurant by the register. It's not fancy--and believe me we do not have mexican food like this in CT! And if you have little kids you... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

You order at the counter, and then sit down and a server brings the food to you at table. Service was fast, but that is probably explained by the fact that the cook didn't waste (spend) any time on seasoning. The food was really flat & bland...that's probably why they have ketchup-sized bottles of hot sauce everywhere (you'll need it!).... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I'm confused about Picante. Many people rave about it. I find it below average at best. My last meal there consisted of nachos and a cheese enchilada. The chips for the nachos were very hard -- they didn't taste stale so I imagine there weren't. But they were too hard for normal eating -- very thick. Maybe this is a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed our dinner here, especially considering we were a large group with a dog thrown in to boot! The food was outstanding Mexican food with a wide array of dishes including guacamole (fantastic) and chicken mole and shrimp tacos. You order at the window, and then you are given a table beeper and the food is brought to... More 

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Berkeley, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is an East Bay Favorite, often crowded and loud, but usually quite delicious and fun. The line to order looks daunting at first, but it moves quickly, and you will have your food very quickly as well, making this a favorite with families (there is room and tolerance enough for kids to move around a make a little noise).... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 5105253121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 16
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Organic, Vegetarian, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?