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Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana

468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607-3935
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Ranked #18 of 1,047 restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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36 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I agree with the other reviews that the portions are small (it's tapas style after all) and that the drinks are expensive (but they are delicious and the bartenders really know their Mezcal and Tequila) and that it gets crowded (because the food is fantastic) but we love the unique Mexican plates they produce. We've tried roughly 7-8 dishes the... More

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Chardon, Ohio, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The servers were very cordial and welcoming, the margaritas were very good, the service was fast, and the decor was excellent. A must visit in Oakland.

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Caspar, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

In the midst of Oakland's rapidly spiffifying restaurant district, this place is a gem. Don't come here for US-style Mexican food; this is an eating adventure that fuses pre-conquest meso-American flavors with California cuisine. Antojitos, much the same as tapas, invite your party to try new things, and compose a diverse meal. There's the expected heat -- peppers, a bite... More

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Tamarindo is not your typical taco & burrito cafe. The dishes here are crafted with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented by professional staff. The dining room is alive with color, art, music and conversation. We have dined there many times and it's usually full, unless you arrive early or late. The chef prepares food from different parts of Mexico that... More

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Oceanside, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This Mexican restaurant is in the old city of Oakland. It has since doubled in size due to the brisk business. The wait staff are polite, professional and helpful. We were a party of three and began luncheon with the Sopa Azteca, nice and hot with some spice. Then, we ordered some Guacamole with blue corn chips to share. The... More

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SF bay area
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Recently visited TA for a birthday dinner for my son. There were 5 of us. The decor is very spare with art inspired by Day of the Dead images. They play Black + White Mexican movies on a wall in the corner. Very interesting, a bit loud but pleasant. Unfortunately, the service and the food were disappointing: pricey small plates... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Being an Oakland resident, I am in the process of adding reviews of my favorite dining spots here in my beloved hometown. Tamarindo is probably my favorite restaurant here, not just for the food and libations, but for the fact that every meal I've enjoyed at this great spot has been such a great amount of fun. A special thanks... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Located in downtown Oakland, Tamarindo serves upscale Mexican fare. Our waiter was very flirty, adding little comments en espanol when he was taking our order ("quieres casarme?", etc). Quite charming, actually. He was very persuasive and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything we had was excellent. It was relatively quiet even though they were busy. I found out later that my... More

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Anaheim Hills, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Excellent gourmet shrimp tacos, chilaquiles, fresh corn with cheese and chiles, roasted fresh vegetables, steak tacos, and seared scallops. Chicken enchiladas a little dry with not much flavor. Good selection of choices for vegetarians here. Margarita ok, not great. Excellent rapid service. Upscale casual chic atmosphere. Went for dinner at 7 pm on a Saturday night and finished eating by... More

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Lafayette, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Tamarindo is in a beautifully restored old building in downtown Oakland. High tin ceilings, simple furnishings, nice lighting. Everyone who helped us was very knowledgeable about the menu. The cocktails are fresh and delicious. The menu is large and full of delicious choices. We were a large group sp we got to try most of the menu. We enjoyed the... More

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