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Picante

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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FROM THE BAR​
We offer tequila in silver, reposado and anejo varieties of Don Julio, Herradura, Patron and Tres Generaciones
Glass 5.95
Pitcher 34.50
Margarita
Well tequila and triple sec
Glass 8.25
Pitcher 47.50
Silver Margarita
Don julio blanco, herradura blanco or patron blanco
Glass 8.25
Pitcher 47.50
Gold Margarita
Herradura​ reposado
Glass 10.95
Pitcher 64.50
Super Gold Margarita
Choice of: don julio reposado, don julio anejo, herradura anejo
Glass 5.95
Pitcher 34.50
Tequila and squirt
Tequila, squirt soda
Glass 5.95
Pitcher 34.50
Picante Mojito
Bacardi rum, mint syrup, muddled mint, lime juice, seltzer water
Glass 5.95
Pitcher 34.50
Piña Colada
Coconut rum, pineapple juice, sugar, cream
Glass 5.95
Pitcher 34.50
Bacardi Rum and Coke
Coca-cola, bacardi rum
6.95
"New" Cafe De Alla with Rum
MEXICAN BOTTLED BEER​
4.25
Corona
4.25
Corona Light
4.25
Dos Equis Amber
4.25
Dos Equis Lager
4.25
Modelo Especial
4.25
Negra Modelo
4.25
Pacifico
4.25
Tecate
4.25
Victoria
OTHER BOTTLED BEER​
3.50
Bud Long Neck
4.25
Beck’s Non-Alcoholic
4.25
Red Bridge Gluten-Free
BEER ON TOP​
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Anchor Steam
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Dos Equis Amber
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Modelo Especial
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Negro Modelo
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Pacifico
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Glass 3.50
Pint 4.50
Half pitcher 10.00
Pitcher 18.00
Trumer Pilsner
Ask cashier about seasonal selections
WINE FROM SPAIN​
Glass 5.75
Bottle 27.00
Chardonnay
Glass 5.75
Bottle 27.00
Macabo Blend
Glass 5.75
Bottle 27.00
Cabernet
Glass 5.75
Bottle 27.00
Syrah
Glass 5.75
Bottle 27.00
Merlot Blend
COLD BEVERAGES​
Glass 2.25
Pint 3.25
1/2 Pitcher 6.50
Pitcher 13.00
Aguas Frescas
Seasonal fruit drinks made fresh daily
2.75
Mexican Bottled Beverages
Jarritos or alcohol-free sangria
3.25
Mexican Coca-Cola
With real cane sugar
Glass 2.85
Pint 3.75
1/2 Pitcher 8.50
Pitcher 15.00
Root Beer on Top
Made with organic sugar and agave
2.95
High Noon Sarsaparilla
Made by Caamano Bros. in Berkeley
1.75
Sodas
2.95
Fizzy Lizzy
Assorted flavors
2.95
Snapple
Assorted flavors
3.00
House-brewed Peach Ice Tea
Unsweetened
2.95
Martinelli's Apple Juice
HOT BEVERAGES​
2.25
Coffee
Fair trade, organic, bird safe and shade grown by a co-op in chiapas and imported by Mr. espresso; regular or decaf
325.00
Café de Olla
Coffee with cinnamon, clove, piloncillo and orange
2.25
Tea
English breakfast or chamomile
3.95
Mexican Hot Chocolate
From Mexico’s premier chocolate producer, mayordomo, available only during brunch on weekends and holidays
IT ALL BEGINS WITH CORN​
6.50
Guacamole and Corn Tortilla Chips
Creamy avocado, serrano chile, cilantro, onion and tomato with house-made chips
3.65
Salsa Fresca and Corn Tortilla Chips
Salsa of tomato, onion, serrano chile and cilantro with house-made chips
1.00
Corn Tortilla Chips
House-made, thick and crispy
6.50
Empanadas
Two​ crispy corn turnovers stuffed with poblano chiles and Oaxacan cheese
Large 8.15
Small 5.75
Nachos
Corn tortilla chips covered in cheese, jalapeños, and salsa, with choice of beans
Large 10.25
Small 6.25
Super Nachos
Same as above with guacamole and Mexican crema
4.95
Corn Quesadillas
Three corn tortillas filled with cheese and served with salsa fresca
4.95
Flour Quesadilla
One flour tortilla filled with cheese and served with salsa fresca (okay, it’s not corn, but it’s still really good)
Pollo 3.50
Carne asada 4.75
Carnitas 3.50
Make It Meaty
By adding the following to your nachos or quesadillas
SEAFOOD COCKTAILS​
9.50
Ceviche "Gulf-Style"
True cod cooked in lime juice, mixed with a sweet and spicy red sauce with house-made chips
11.00
Shrimp Cocktail “Acapulco-Style”
Cooked shrimp chilled in spicy tomato juice with saltines on the side
SOUPS​
9.25
Azteca
Chicken soup with roasted tomato and pasilla negro chiles with avocado, queso fresco and crispy tortilla strips
8.65
Verde
Ground toasted pumpkin seeds, sorrel and tomatillo with white hominy, avocado and crispy tortilla strips
9.25
Carne En Su Jugo “Guadalajara-Style”
Steak and bacon in a spicy pinto bean broth, served with four handmade corn tortillas
About
Now you can go on a culinary tour of the seven regions of Mexico one delicious bite at a time. Picante is an expression of our love for Mexico. A celebration of real Mexican cuisine—not those imposters poured out of cans. Love is why we grind organic corn daily for our tortillas, import Mexican herbs, spices and chiles, and have local artisans craft cheeses that replicate fresh Mexican queso. Love also explains everything from the naturally raised meats we grill to the Mexican folk art we sleuth out for our walls. Now, the traditional food coming out of Picante may not be from some grandmother’s kitchen in Mexico; but judging from the reactions we get, it’s pretty close. Whether you are dining
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $16
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
CUISINES
Mexican
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews tortillas tacos chicken mole beans soup baguette mexican food order at the counter sopa de mariscos banana leaf pork cooked fast service huge portions outside seating long line full bar the food is great
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant serves delicious and quite authentic Mexican food. I am especially fond of their chorizo and papas tacos and their steak tacos with very tender and flavorsome beef. Their burritos are generous and very tasty too.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank LauranTony
tacoboy, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Laura-n-Tony, Thanks for checking out Picante and then taking the time to leave such a specific and glowing review on Trip Advisor. I have been wanting more people to discover our chorizo y papas tacos, so thanks for giving them a shoutout. It's comments...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was delicious Excellent service Very quaint decor Lots of seating indoors and outdoors Nice for a date or family styleMore

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Madelyn P
tacoboy, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Madelyn, Thanks for checking out Picante and then taking the time to leave such a sweet review on Trip Advisor. I am so glad we hit the target on all fronts with you. If we ever do fall short of a 5-star experience, please...More

Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

As an aficianado of authentic Mexican cuisine no better place to visit in Berkeley than Picante! The specialty dishes like Pozole Rojo-Spicy pork & hominy soup w/Chile de Arbil salsa, cabbage, onion & radish w/crispy tortilla strips—yum! Chicken mole-large tomales of chicken in Oaxocan sauce...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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tacoboy, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Hi, Healthy94920! Thank you for being a Picante regular and then taking time out of your day to leave such a glowing review on Trip Advisor. It's comments like yours I enjoy sharing with my staff, especially the kitchen! We are glad to know we...More

Reviewed January 15, 2019

I had a special need the day we went and the manager's there went beyond the call of duty to make sure I was well taken care of!!!More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 55Mickey
tacoboy, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Hi, 55Mickey, I am so delighted to hear that the managers inspired you to leave a glowing review on Trip Advisor! Thanks for giving us a shot and taking the time to leave great feedback. I shared your review with them yesterday at our weekly...More

Reviewed December 15, 2018

My wife and I enjoy a wide range of Mexican food. We are fortunate to live within a few miles of several restaurants (Doña Tomas, Los Cilantros, Cholita Linda, Cancun, Gordos, etc.) offering wide spectra of menu, price, and ambience. Picante used to be a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Andreas G
James M, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2019

Hi, Andreas, Thanks for continuing to be a regular when you are in the area, and for the very thoughtful review on Trip Advisor. I appreciate the amount of time it takes from your day to write a review and it certainly isn't falling on...More

Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Good food. Fast service. Nice presentation. When you enter there are plenty of menus. You then order and pay for you meal. The food is then brought to your table. Kids get a free tortilla while they wait for there meal. I've tried several dishes...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ray C
James M, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Hi, Ray, Thanks for being a regular and then taking time out of your day to leave such a glowing review on Trip Advisor. I appreciate you describing the service style to set the expectation for potential guests reading reviews. It sounds like we have...More

Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Nice vegerarian options at this pleasant restaurant. What I found odd was the pricing. A very large black bean burrito was $5.95 with chips but a glass of iced tea was $4.40! A not particularly large guacamole appetizer with chips was $9.00. Hmmm—I guess reasonable...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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James M, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Hi, Offtheclock, Thanks for checking out Picante and then taking the time to leave such a specific review on Trip Advisor. It sounds like the food hit the spot on your visit, so thanks for the 4 stars. We like taking care of our vegetarian...More

Reviewed September 18, 2018

I was looking for a lunch to go and discovered Picante. They have a terrific set up/line for ordering and I was in and out in 10 minutes. Tacos were DELISH. Easy parking too. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank misopiso88
James M, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Hi, MisoPiso88, So glad you discovered us and that your first experience was a winner. It's reviews like your I enjoy sharing with my staff at our weekly meetings, especially the kitchen. National Taco Day is October 4th, and we'll surely run some sort of...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Food is not up to par. Probably the worst Mexican food I’ve had in the state of California. Food has absolutely no taste. Will not return.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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James M, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Hi, Andres, Thanks for coming to Picante during your trip and sharing feedback with me on Trip Advisor. I can't tell from your review what you ordered but am disappointed to hear we missed the target with you. I only regret we didn't know while...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018

This is a friendly, large and walk-in restaurant (no reservation necessary). There is outside seating and large booths. The service is always good, the food is great. A neighborhood gem.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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James M, Owner at Picante, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Vishishtaom, Thanks for being a regular at Picante and then taking the time to leave such a stellar review on Trip Advisor. I enjoyed sharing your review with my staff at our weekly meeting.You do know that if we ever do fall short on a...More

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Picante is pretty casual for a rehearsal dinner, but it may be just what you want, if you've been there and are familiar with the format. I'd second the recommendation of phoning ahead so they could, potentially, block off... More
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