We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

“Love the tacos - generous on the guacamole” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Calaca Loca Taqueria

La Calaca Loca Taqueria
Ranked #461 of 1,234 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Oakland, CA
Level Contributor
49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Love the tacos - generous on the guacamole”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is an easy in and out meal for me when I am hungry and don't have the energy to go home and cook and clean. These are some of my favorite vegetarian tacos - simple with shredded cabbage, pinto beans, pico de gallo and a nice healthy dollop of very fresh, tasty quacamole.
They used to make a butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. i wish they would bring that back. It was so tasty and nice to have something more vegetable focused besides a salad. In a teensy little mall with a grocery, mailmax, pawn store and check cashing. But it's not seedy as that might sound. There is always parking in the little lot which makes it convenient.

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank mimi_bird
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

5 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    3
    2
    0
    0
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
SF Bay Area
Level Contributor
84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Terrific taqueria!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

La Calaca is not going to serve you massive portions of cheap food. What they do serve is great, honest-to-goodness LARD-based flour tortillas. If you have only experienced the rubbery, elasticized oil-based tortilla used everywhere in CA, you might have a healthy heart but your tastebuds have never had the wonderful, buttery-tasting, flaky goodness of a true old-fashioned tortilla.

Best are the carnitas and carne asada quesadillas. The fried fish is better eaten in the Baja taco. The server will bring you three salsas in big squeeze bottles: mild, hot, and super-flaming! The hidden gem here is the Mexican burger: a delicious good-sized patty (get the dry Jack melted on it) with pickled jalapenos on a magnificent "telera" roll. The roll is what French bread USED to taste like (the French taught the Mexicans how to make great bread in the 1800's). How good is it?--my DH doesn't like burgers....but he loves this one! Great, funky decor and a tiny parking lot, but street parking is fairly easy. It's hidden inside the "Check Cashing" mini-mall, opposite Walgreen's/Genova Deli.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank jeane00
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
“There food tastes very fresh. There salads are good. Chips are homemade.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2008

There food tastes very fresh. There salads are good. Chips are homemade.

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual contributor and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed La Calaca Loca Taqueria also viewed

 

Been to La Calaca Loca Taqueria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing