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“Very good! Will come back.”
Review of Picante

Picante
Ranked #31 of 709 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $16
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Lisboa
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very good! Will come back.”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

The whole experience is a tiny bit "industrialized", but on the other hand it is leveled on a medium-high standard. Every Mexican dish or drink tastes the way it should. The space is versatile and accomodates all kind of parties. Will come again.

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Did a great job catering”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Picante catered our Christmas Eve party and gave us a splendid evening. I called 24 hours in advance to order. I got great help ordering and wonderful suggestions to make the ordering creat what I had in mind. The ordered item were packaged so thoughtfully. Everything was separated so I could pour sauces over enchiladas and pop in the oven. Even the super nachos were packaged so I could quickly put together the parts, pop in the oven briefly and have a fresh, crisp appetizer. Enchiladas were very good as was the flautes. Thank you Picante for the first Christmas Eve party I have truly enjoyed in many years. My son and his family took the left overs and I am really to celebrate Christmas with another party.

  • Visited December 2012
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Oakland, California
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is my favorite place to eat in the Bay Area. Mexican cuisine (probably with some California influences), reasonably priced and made with quality ingredients. They have a wide variety of options including lots of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The homemade horchata is great--not too sweet. I also recommend the sopa verde (a sort of pozole), any of the rajas dishes, and the enchiladas verde. You can see the corn tortillas being made and they will give samples to kids watching!
It is not a fancy place--you stand in line to order and then find a table. The food usually comes to you within a few minutes, so it's pretty quick even when the line is long. Picante is a very family-friendly place and can be loud. However, the decor is cheerful and you will be happy with your meal, unless you are more concerned with ambiance than with flavor!

  • Visited October 2012
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Garbervil
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Keep going back”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I find that although Berkeley has many fancier restaurants, when I want comfort food this is where I go. So many interesting fresh combinations to try, totally casual friendly atmosphere. At peak hours it's crowded and noisy, but you don't have to go then. I do get stuck on my favorites though, so then I just have to go back to try something new.

  • Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice place, very busy”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

The line can be quite long to the counter, but that's a good sign about the place and the food. The menu is long with lots to choose from, plus a solid list of kids menu options, too. When it's very busy, it can be challenging to find a table, but still follow the rules and don't stake a table until you've placed an order.

  • Visited October 2012
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