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Dona Tomas
Dona Tomas

Dona Tomas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.donatomas.com/
  • Phone: (510) 450-0522
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Schnetz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Dona Tomas

Dona Tomas is a special restaurant where you almost feel like you're at a lively villa in Mexico enjoying fresh squeezed lime margaritas in the courtyard patio or dining on the authentic regional Mexican cuisine in the main room or the crimson red bar room.

With our seasonally changing menu and our love and respect for Mexican food and culture, we strive to present a culinary experience highlighting our favorite dishes from Mexico. These are often hard to find in American restaurants and it is our goal to update these classics with the bounty of what is available in the Bay Area, serving them in a fun atmosphere where the energy is always exciting.

We use organic, local produce when available, sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken, authentic items like hard to find dried chiles, huitlacoche, verdalogas and much more. We pride ourselves on serving unusual and long forgotten dishes that we have tasted and recreated from our many journeys to Mexico.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "We couldn't decide between the great entree choices so we shared and it was definitely the way to go. Great service and the food came quickly. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We are outside and loved everything we ordered. We will definitely be back frequently."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is great. Healthy enough options. Everything I've had there has been very flavorful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "On a warm summer evening, we sat in the open doorway to the back building, shaded yet in the air and perfumed by the wafting flowers. And of course the food was superb, as usual. My date had Sopa and ceviche while I had halibut; all of the dishes were so skillfully matched, with unanticipated accents and wonderful flavor notes."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is the go-to restaurant when we have guests to entertain. We are certain that the food and service will be great. We like that the menu evolves, we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We are usually so happy to eat here. Loved the food, ambience, service. At our last visit, we were all disappointed. The pork was dry and overcooked and the enchiladas bland. The sopa heavy and uninspired. Hoping this was just a bad night because we are usually so happy to come here. I love eating our doors in their great out door dining area and love their margeritas."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My second visit to Dona Tomas! The first time I went with a good friend for dinner--I ordered the Carnitas and she ordered the swordfish. Both were delicious! The restaurant has a cute casual but kind of romantic feel at night. Second time was with my Dad for a birthday early dinner. We sat outside among cute tables decorated with very colorful table clothes. I just had to order the Carnitas again (yum) and my Dad got the steak (Carne Asada?). Both were good! We also got some guac--the chips are thicker, kind of like pita chips. I like them, but my Dad prefers thin chips. I'd recommend this place for a casual date/meetup with friends! Their drinks look yummy too--will try next time."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "On this most recent visit, the service was not very good—more an outlier than on other visits. The food was good, which is more typical of this mostly excellent place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our first experience at Dona Tomas was a smashing success. We had an Enchilada plate and Carnitas plate both of which were excellent. Service was spot on in spite of the place humming with people and energy. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love Dona Tomas and I have been coming here for years, but the service seems to have deteriorated to a ridiculous point. I brought a party of 5 here for a birthday celebration before going to a concert, and the restaurant managed to almost completely ruin our evening. Orders were delayed, mistaken things appeared on the table, and they couldn't deal with a bill paid by credit card plus cash. We were late to our venue and had difficulty with our seating as a result. I am embarrassed to have brought my friends here."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Dona Tomas does not disappoint! Great food, great cocktails, great service!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went with my husband and daughter for father's day. Great food! My 18 month daughter is a very picky eater. She loved everything and drank the fresh squeezed orange juice! Win!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nothing special. The neighborhood is crowded but the patio dining was pleasant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It is very pleasant to dine out on the patio on warm summer evenings. The carnitas were delicious as usual, and the margaritas are top notch."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been to Dona Tomas 4 or 5 times and have always enjoyed the experience. This last time was special because a friend of mine was here from Perth, Australia and had a hankering for Hispanic food (not available in Perth). It wasn't nearly as crowded as before. We sat on the patio and really enjoyed our meal...food was great. The help staff was very friendly and attentive. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We are fans of Dona Tomas. The four of us in our party were very happy with our meals except the two who got the carnita. They were not only crisp on the outside which is good but way to dry on the inside. The greasy spoon on e14th and 17th ave is where you go for carnita in Oakland, Dona Tomas missed the boart on this. My carne asada was very well done with it's chim churri sauce. My brother had the chicken enchiladas in mole which I have had and as usual were wonderful. The deserts were all top flight, as were the drinks. OUr waiter was slow that night,but we have had him before and he is fast I think they had him running between inside and the patio where we usually are. We will go back again because of the things they do well there."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I have eaten Mexican food in literally hundreds of restaurants across North and Central America and this one is a standout. Chili rellenos roasted rather than battered and fried, as good as any I've had in homes and restaurants in Mexico. Moles as rich as those in Pueblo. Best black beans I've had north of Chiapas. Homemade tortillas, masa cakes and real margaritas. And indoor and outdoor spaces are pleasant. What's not to like? Try it if you haven't already!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We love Dona Tomas, and decided it would be the perfect place to celebrate our daughter's graduation from high school. We were not disappointed. We ate outside -- it was a gorgeous afternoon -- the food, as always was delicious and plentiful and the service was excellent. Our out-of-town family members loved it!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is one of my favourite restaurants in the East Bay. The food and service is always outstanding. We had the Carnitas, Carne Asada, Ceviche de Atun and the Enchiladas en Mole Ranchero. All were delicious. The service was exemplary. Wine list could do with some work, however, although they do offer bring-your-own."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Dona Tomas has always been a solid choice for us but the last few times we've been their, our meal has be just so-so. The margaritas are always great as are the chips that arrive immediately after you sit down, but the food is just kind of tired. Nothing is inventive anymore, and food arrived tepid and just uninteresting. Dona Tomas will need to step it up a notch to compete with all the great new offerings. We probably won't go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What is listed as "energetic" noise level is a positive take on way too loud because there is no effort to include sound absorbing material in the decor. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "High quality, delicious Mexican food - portions were a little on the small side - great service - initially it was easy to talk with my dining companions, but as the restaurant got busy, it was very noisy and impossible to hear each other so we left without having dessert and a coffee. Will definitely go back but earlier in the evening."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I really don't get this place. I was here once before and had a mediocre meal (actually for the price, it was poor). Everyone told me it as a fluke and suggested I needed to go back. Fair enough! So I went back and it was just as bad. Sorry, I don't get the hype. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "When we arrived to a rather chilly greeting I told her we had a reservation and she immediately placed us at a table right by the door, I asked for another table and she picked out one even worse . So I again said no a nd she took us to another room to a table very close to the very loud bar and I gave up and that's were we sat."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had high hopes for Dona Tomas, but it didn't quite deliver. The quesadillas were OK but a little bland. They were missing a kick. The carnitas were good, but a little dry. Having grown up in Mexico I know how moist carnitas are meant to be, and this wasn't it. Tortillas were very good though - we had more than one basket!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Hadn't been here for a few years and the food wasn't as good as I remember. The margarita reyna was tasty but weak."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had a great time at this restaurant on Wed night this week. The drinks were great, the service, the ambience, the guacamole and chips... everything except sadly, my main dish, the chicken enchiladas. They weren't hot and just didn't seem fresh. I wasn't wowed by the mole flavor either. Given the price is rather high, I was disappointed that it didn't knock my socks off. The mashed potatoes were great. Seemed like my friends enjoyed their dishes a bit more. I wouldn't order the enchiladas again, but would go back for a special occasion and try something else. Or just go for drinks and apps. We waited about 45 minutes for a table on the patio which was really lovely and worth the wait. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "we have been coming to Dona Tomas for years and always greatly enjoy the evening there and the great food"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Everyone agreed our food and drinks were fabulous. The warm chips as an appetizer are a nice touch too. The only downside was that the restaurant was so busy we ended up waiting for 30 minutes after our reservation time to get seated."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "LOVE this place. Delicious food, helpful service, great ambience. The camote (sweet potato puree) was TO DIE FOR. I got the Dos Garnachas Verduras and a margarita and loved all of it. Will be coming back every chance I get!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Outstanding food & Margaritas! First rate service! Easy access."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food, good service, great drinks and a romantic atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was really great. Wait staff was also excellent. Waited maybe 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive, which seemed too long. Did they hold them to come out with the appetizers? Other than that the experience was totally awesome!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Dona Tomas is still one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland. It is reliably good time after time. When people come from out of town I often take them here and they're always impressed with the quality of the Mexican food. This time was a reunion of a group of 8 of us and everyone loved the dinner, but it was a little hard to hear one another, being Cinco de Mayo with live music on the patio and a very festive atmosphere, the noise level was even higher than the normal level, which is always high. Most important thing to know is not to go to Dona Tomas if you want to have a quiet evening and a good conversation. Come for the food though! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed another night of dining at Dona Tomas. The restaurant has remained very consistent over the years."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • " Mexican/Latin American food that tastes great. Unique dishes with lots of flavor and delicious ingredients. One of the better margaritas in Oakland too!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The restaurants is opposite a small mall, not the most interesting of locations, but there's a string of great restaurants on the block, and parking is available in the mall lot! Good food (twists on Mexican), nice space and decor, though gets noisy when crowded."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I've been to Dona Tomas a number of times over the years, and they continue to surprise me with how wonderful and creative their dishes are. This time I had the Chiles Relleno, poblanos stuffed with asparagus, crimini mushrooms, corn, and cheese. Oh.My. it was stupendous."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Dona Tomas was great. I had the Halibut and it was really yummy. Clean and tasty broth, didnt seem oily or greasy at all. I loved it! Plus great cocktails! I recommend the Old Cuban and El Matador."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here thinking we'd have a romantic dinner but this was far from romantic. The food was delicious which made up for the noise level from the bar area which we were seated very near. We asked to be moved and were accommodated so this also helped. I would go back and just make sure we were seated again in the main room and not the room with the bar in it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014