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Dona Tomas

5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
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Ranked #38 of 1,069 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Tue 9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 pm - 9:30 am
Cuisines: Mexican, Californian
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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73 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I wanted to give Dona Tomas a better than average rating. But I think that very good might be overstating things a bit. We were directed there because they served a lovely salmon dish. But on our night they didn't have it. The swordfish I had instead was a bit on the dry side. Good margarita, though. And fantastic chips... More

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Oakland, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My friends and I come here fairly often and it is one of our favorite mexican food restaurants in the world! And it's right here in Oakland! First, the staff is always friendly and helpful. Efficient and willing to go out of their way to make your experience delightful; very professional. Second: the drinks. Outstand bar libations! They do terrific... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Wonderful burritos and carne asada. Party of 5- everyone was very happy with their food. It does get very busy so either make a reservation or be ready to wait a while.

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I found the food and ambiance just OK for a restaurant in this price range. The service was good. I have the impression that outdoor diners tend to rate Dona Tomas higher than I have, and we did dine inside. Unfortunately seating availability is luck of the draw.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

I love this place! I have been here twice and the food is excellent. My fave drink is the Cuban margarita. The service is friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend the carnitas. If they have the sweet potato side dish called Comote, you must order it. It will melt your face, but in a good way :).

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Alamo, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Service, food, and location all good. No complaints but nothing special, I would return in the summer since the patio area maybe positive. One problem could be parking.

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Los Angeles, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Enjoyed Dona Tomas for the second time with friends over brunch. It's a small, cozy place to experience good Mexican cuisine. The latte was great and the dishes came out hot and tasty. When your finished with your meal, don't rush off. Either linger at Dona Tomas in their garden or be sure to go to Oakland's vibrant Temescal Alley... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Met friends for dinner on a weeknight. Started with the very refreshing house margarita. Had the chile rellenos for my main course and enjoyed the spin on the usual. The staff was attentive without being overbearing.

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New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated quality and taste of the food at Dona Tomas. I can only describe my eating experience as Nouveau Mexican for refined American palates. The service was great and the noise level low on a Friday night. I've dined at 4 star Mexican restaurants in Cancun,Tulum and New Mexico and would highly recommend this... More

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Berkeley, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This may be the last time we eat at what has been my favorite local restaurant. I adore their food. The menu hasn't changed much lately but the appetizers are inventive, the carnitas are superb, the halibut cheeks and salmon seviche perfect. The beer is cold and my husband enjoys the mescal tasting. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable... More

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