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“Contemporary Mexican” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dona Tomas

Dona Tomas
5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2014
510-450-0522
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Ranked #48 of 1,119 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $21 - $30
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
Oakland, CA
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Contemporary Mexican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Always packed because the food is so good! The menu changes seasonally though there is usually some version of chile relleno and the carnitas are highly recommended. Love the cocktails here too

Visited August 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Oakland, California
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Great Upscale Mexican Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Normally I believe Mexican food should always be eaten exclusively in cheap home-style restaurants, but this is a notable exception. The food is excellent, nice location (at night there is parking in the stripmall across the street) in Temescal, and service is good, too. One of my favorites in the East Bay.

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SF Bay Area
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Steep slide downhill”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Wonderful and creative in 2009, but a recent visit fell absolutely flat. The cooked salsa is still excellent, but the ceviche was drowned in so much tomato puree and lime juice, it was awful. The housemade tortillas with the Fundido were great, but the dish itself was mediocre: thick layer of rubbery, hard-to-cut tasteless cheese over a skimpy layer of equally tasteless ground beef. Carne Asada was good but nothing exceptional.

Service was indifferent, the waitress disappearing for so long my DH gave up on the idea of an after-dinner coffee drink. This meal was vastly inferior to Bocanova/Oakland (Jack London Square) or even Coco Cabana/Pleasanton. Save your money and go elsewhere!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Just OK, expected more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

Visited this restaurant for dinner with a colleague after work. I expected more. The food was average and the prices are relatively high for what it is. We both ordered the chicken mole enchiladas. We also had the guacamole. Guac was actually decent with a bit of sweetness, but nothing to write home about. Mole enchiladas were just ok; I've had better mole at random Mexican restaurants in North Carolina.
I will likely not visit this restaurant again.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Upscale Mexican Restaurant, Nice Atmosphere, Great Handmade Tortillas and Drinks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We were a group of 5 on a Friday night. We had shown up there with a phone call ahead of us and had to wait 1/2 hour but that was okay. We were near the end of the night was wel by the time we got a table.

One of us had beer and the others had mixed cocktails. They were wonderful, well made and went down too easily!

Their guacomole and chips, Meatball (albondigas) starter, Ceviche, Squash Blossom Quesadillas were excellent starters. We enjoyed them all. The presentation was great. The guacaole was too small a portion for a group of 5. They should have a large size on that one.

Two of us ordered Carnitas. One of them was just fine but the other was dried0-out leftover pieces. I told them they should send it back but the person did not want to.

Someone ordered the chile rellenos and we had a bite and it was done very nicely. the covering on the chilis was delicious and not too greasy or "floury -corn" taste.

Two people also ordered the carne asada and we all tasted it. It was lovely . The creamed spinach served all all liked and wanted more of it. The homemade tortillas were very good and we wanted more of them but they had closed the kitchen so we didn't get any more. They were gracious and got us some more chips. the chips they had were homemade and very good.

We got desserts and split 3 of them between us all. They were all good.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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