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Dona Tomas

#54 of 1,128 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Mexican, Californian
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5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
510-450-0522
Website
Today
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 pm - 9:30 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great meal as always

Love the variety, nice change from the same old Mexican food. Might be a little pricey...but we always love it. Great drinks, chips and salsa and very friendly staff.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
luckypb
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San Francisco Bay Area
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco Bay Area
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Love the variety, nice change from the same old Mexican food. Might be a little pricey...but we always love it. Great drinks, chips and salsa and very friendly staff.

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-450-0522

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Monday
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 pm - 9:30 am
Friday
10:00 pm - 9:30 am

Questions & Answers

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