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“What a zoo”
Review of Picante

Picante
Ranked #30 of 719 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $16
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Good food, family atmosphere, noisy, good margaritas (very good, actually), good price to value ratio.

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Thank Wandering20082008
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Family brought me here on a recent visit and was impressed with the quality of food, ordering systems, speedy and friendly services. They have a well tuned system from order entry to food delivery, all done with a friendly smile. The food selections are fresh, more than adequate, and well prepared. Good selection of draft beers as well as bottled beers from Mexico. Will visit again when in the area!

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1  Thank GlobalGoodTimes
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Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

The soccer teams hold awards dinners here, big, basic, noisy. Large burritos. Pretty good value but skip the guacamole.$6.50 for 1 1/2 Tbsp of guacamole and small bag tortilla strips.

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Thank Janice M
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

After shopping at the nearby North Face Outlet, a couple of employees recommended this place. I'm glad they did. Whether you dine in or carry out, order your meal at the counter. If you dine in they will give you a buzzer and you seat yourself. The food quickly finds you. It all seemed fresh made and yummy. The employees were super nice and helpful. We will be back.

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Thank Deb W
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

I could probably eat Mexican food every day of the week...especially great Mexican food! Over the last 10 years, I've tried other 'new' places, gourmet Mexican, and taquerias...nothing compares to the overall quality, flavors, service and consistency here.

Yes, the line can be daunting, but it moves quickly and is worth the wait. Fresh, local and sustainable is what they claim...and I agree! Picante is even environmentally friendly...saving water where they can, non-GMO corn, and hormone free meats.

Picante has a system...all the servers wear earpieces, the food comes out of the spotless kitchen in minutes, colors, flavors, heat...everything just right. It isn't particular overly inventive food...but each dish is perfectly prepared. They offer 'to-go' food where you can drive up, and they bring it out to you. Hot and fresh. Parking could be an issue, but they now have two parking lots, garbage cans in the lots. They are conscious of the neighbors, guests, and employees it seems.
AND, I'd rate their margaritas as the best in the area.
If I were to open a restaurant, I'd pattern it after this one...

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2  Thank WineDineDive
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