Sweet neighborhood gem, terrific food, great hosts, water glasses kept filled, and cocktails that actually have alcohol in them! Yummy Cuba Libre, refreshing Marguerita on the rocks! Camarones tacos delicious and fresh, served with magical sweet potato purée and arugula salad. Has become a regular for us, just for those reasons! PS bar could use less wall or glass walls - little dingy ambience.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mexican Food
The restaurant has a nicely varied menu that offered Carne Asada for me and a vegetarian dish for my wife. The service was prompt and friendly. The patio looks nice, but we were in the middle of an "extreme heat event" and opted for air conditioning.
Don't go expecting typical enchiladas and tacos. This is a step up from that, and very nice.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Hour Find
Great for meeting friends after work. The margaritas are awesome and I highly recommend the carnitas for dinner. The service is outstanding.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is consistently good, with seasonal tweaks. Excellent service from servers who've worked there for years. Lovely dining experience.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant mexican flavors that meld
We love Mexican Food. This restaurant is a gem. The food they prepair and serve is such a delight to savor. Every bite bursts with the wonderful use of ingredients they put together. This is Mexican done right in my humble opinion. It's our favorite.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun night out
We came to Dona Tomas for a birthday dinner with our kids and my parents. Three of us had the carnitas, so tasty! My dad had the swordfish and my mom, the carne asada. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Although there is no kids menu, they willl make several kids sized dishes. My daughter had chicken quesadillas. The service was ok; They gave us our drinks quickly but took a whule to take our orders and the food took a while. Other than that minor thing, a really nice time.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
this is what we call real mexican food
thank you for a wonderful meal
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out with friends
There was something for everyone on our group of 6, even someone who didn't like Mexican food. Lovely dining areas out back, and food was so tasty. Would enjoy returning.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good place to dine in Berkeley
The food is very good and there are some excellent side dishes. We sat outside and enjoyed a lovely evening in Berkeley. Location is nice. Near some popular markets---
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just so yummm
Dona Tomas was a nice surprise, after having walked by the restaurant now for months. We had no idea the food was so good. Everyone had a great meal, with very nice accompanying sides. The food is fantastic, especially the yummy carnitas!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great anniversary dinner
We finally got to Dona Tomas after years of hearing about it from friends. The patio seating area was awesome, classical music from next door and a cool evening. The scallop appetizer was to die for and we competed for the sauce. Entrees were hot and enticing. Nothing super special but well prepared and served. Service was friendly and timely. The restaurant was busy but not too noisy. We will definitely go back.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I reserved a special occasion dinner for 4 and requested a quiet table in the back. Our table was perfect, the server was charming and accamodating, and the food was truly authentic Mexican food. A very satisfying experience over all. I will definitely be returning.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ever changing menu is always fresh, inventive and exceptional. Get the tamales. Also should be noted that they were very accommodating to our 3 year old.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wondrous Dona Tomas
We once again enjoyed the flavors of Oaxaca at Dona Tomas. Ceviche, mole, pescado...what a wonderful meal, yet again.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Home-made yet sophisticated
Brunch was outstanding with touches of the creative abilities of the kitchen staff! Our guests loved it. Best mole around!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican food that's a cut above
This restaurant shows what Mexican food can be. Traditional yet imaginative. Get an outside table on a warm summer evening and you'll know that life is good.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been several times now and the experience is always the same. The food is always really great.
We will continue to come back, and recommend to our friends
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a pleasure
I took a friend for a birthday dinner. We sat on the outside patio where the colorful table clothes were festive and we could hear each other talk. The service was friendly and attentive. The mojitos met our high expectations. Everything we ordered was beautifully presented and delicious. Also, the menu is very creative in unusual combinations. Portions were good size but we ate the whole thing.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly Fresh Mex
I've had more savory tasting mexican food, and I've had more exotic or creative mexican offerings, but no place beats Dona Tomas for using the best and freshest ingredients in everything they serve. This is not to suggest that the food is the same old tacqueria stuff; the menu is much more interesting than that. So, if you're looking for quality and something a little more interesting than your standby taco/burrito joint offers, you can't beat this restaurant.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the mole and the vegetarian options are always good. Incomparable margaritas.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Take a Oaxacan vacation in Berkeley
Great drinks, excellent service and wonderful food - flavorful and excellent vegetarian options.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nite out at Dona Tomas
Have been hearing great things about this restaurant for a long time. FInally got there. Quieter night so it was not noisy and we could visit with friends. The food was great. Prompt service. The margaritas were as perfect! The guys liked the beer list. Would definitely recommend. Nice neighborhood spot in Oakland.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
cool on shot night
This was the perfect place to have a cool dinner on a hot September evening. In fact, everyone was on the outside patio and the inside was desserted and actually quiet on a Saturday evening! Great Chiles rellenos , as always and the carne asada had a wonderful chimichurri-type dressing.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
ingredients were very fresh and combinations were creative & quite tasty
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great patio dining scene with a private room available in the back for small to moderately sized groups. Changing menu and staple items a a good repeat draw.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
bourgoisie mexican food
Dona Thomas is great for gourmet Mexican/Oaxacan food. That's what I mean by bourgoisie. And that's said as a positive. Also will accommodate gluten- free needs.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My partner and I brought our out-of-town friends here for dinner, and everyone loved the food -- it was all delicious. The appetizers (Fundido de Camarones and Sopes con Chiva) were spectacular, and our favorite appetizers were the broccolini tacos and the tuna. I'm allergic to wheat (gluten), and our waiter was incredibly helpful on that score. She told me exactly what to avoid and why, including one appetizer that was itself wheat-free, but on weekends isn't safe because it's prepared along with a brunch item that has flour in it. She even told me which of my friend's meals I could share and which I couldn't. I was really grateful for such a kind and knowledgeable waiter, and to have so many delicious gluten-free options.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
group of 10
the little room off of the patio was perfect for my mom's 88th birthday lunch celebration. the service was warm and friendly and sunday brunch menu was extensive and delicious.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we ordered was unique, well presented, and delicious. Mojito was excellent, too. Service right there. Love the fresh air.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite spot!
As one of the first places on the Temescal restaurant scene, Dona Tomas still remains the best. The food is always delicious and fresh and the setting is great with a wonderful and friendly staff. There's a great outdoor patio which isn't apparent from the street which provides a perfect spot for warm evenings (although they do have heat lamps) and their delicious brunch but the inside is comfortable and inviting, too. Don't miss happy hour to enjoy their awesome margaritas at a nice discount.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Garden Patio Brunch Spot
Celebrated my birthday brunch here with family. LOVE the outdoor patio - it was a warm morning, so we didn't need the heat lamps (yay!). Food was great, and my mocha was phenomenal (made with Mexican Chocolate so not as sweet with warm notes to it - YUM). Service was great without being intrusive. The staff was wonderfully accommodating of our 2 year old, making him a special cup out of a to-go soup container and a straw. He loved it and usually complains when presented with a sippy cup.
Thanks for a wonderful brunch.
We've eaten here for dinner before and think the food is fabulous as well.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
brunch is good
Four of us had three different items for brunch. Two went very good with the mole enchiladas a real stand out.
The third item (their version of eggs benedict) was Ok but not a rave revue. The egg/ham/bread portion was quite small and was made up for with a large helping of nicely prepared potatoes. If I hadn't ordered a guacamole appetizer, I would have walked away hungry.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always hits the spot!
The food never fails to disappoint! Been a while since I dined here, but I was not disappointed. The only downside is the noise level (a feature of pretty much all popular restaurants now) so cannot expect to have good conversation with more than one person. But if it's just fun and good food you're seeking, then Dona Tomas is great! And the best Margaritas!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I visited with a party of 6 and everyone really enjoyed their meals. The Carne Asada served with a delicious cauliflower and scallion side and house-made tortillas were a standout for me. The wait staff was friendly and helpful, never intrusive. And the atmosphere was lively, but not so that we couldn't have a conversation at a normal tone.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did not disappoint
I usually have the chili rellenos, but they can run spicy!
The carnitas was superb! the beans and rice flavorful
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Much much much better going
Much much much better going here for dinner than for brunch. Good sized portions of delicious carnitas and carne asada were served to us very quickly (it was a very slow evening!) Margarita was delicious, too. We were too stuffed for dessert!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate here on Halloween Night. Had friends visiting from out of the State, They thought the food was exceptional as did I. The special treat was seeing all of the costumes as we sat in a window table. I had the Carnitas and instead of pinto beans, I had the Black beans.. Outstanding.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friday night outing with the girls
We enjoyed a great dinner and margarita's at DonaTomas. Nice evening for patio dining.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dona Tomas features service that is both brisk and personal, dishes in which each component seems cared for, delicious balanced margaritas and cozy eclectic decor. Halibut cheeks with carmelized onions, mashed sweet potatoes and fried brussel sprouts, served with warm tortillas, was one of the best meals I've ever had. Our waitress was speedy but not rushed, casual and fun.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, mediocre service
This was my first visit to Dona Tomas. I loved the food -- infused with yummy deliciousness. Our waitstaff wasn't knowledgeable or helpful with our questions, e.g. correct pronounciations, how things were prepared, suggestions, etc.. However, she was semi-friendly and the service was quick!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth checking out
Dona Tomas has surprisingly authentic Mexican food. Prices seem reasonable for the quality and portion of the dishes. Pretty busy on a Friday night so reservations are recommended, the bar area has great drinks and food though. Tough to find parking, as it normally is in Temescal.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's been a while since I dined at
Dona Tomas and I have to say that the flavors were there! I'm usually not impressed with mexican cuisine rest since I can go to the fruitvale area and get the really deal, in food and definitely price, however, this time around Dona Tomas had it all, except for the tortilla chips, they were a little dull and hard. I ate the halibut dish with camote and brussel sprouts...I ate it all! Ever member in our group (6) liked their main dish. I would go again, but I would prefer a little quieter area..for some reason we sat next to the entrance door, cashier and kitchen. It was too noisy to have a farewell dinner.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wish there was more spicy kick. An unusual lack of heat in their Mexican food...
Love it otherwise.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had an excellent experience. They were accomadative to my friends being late. Great food. The service was outstanding from the hostess, to bar tenders to the wait staff.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good, always loud
Love DT. Our go to for great, authentic Mexican. Where else can you find huitlacoche on the menu - well, when it is in season? Great margaritas as well. Only challenge for me is getting a table where the noise is at a level where you can have a conversation without shouting. But this would never keep us away!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place
Dona Tomas never disappoints. The outdoor area is spacious and quaint.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dona Tomas is a welcome relief from the pedestrian Mexican fare in the Bay area…. We have just returned from Old Town San Diego where we were reminded again of what good traditional Mexican food can be. Dona Tomas takes this cuisine in an innovative direction…. Rellenos stuffed with sweet potatoes surrounded by walnut sauce; seared brussell sprouts; squash pudding; salad with pomegranate arils and grilled persimmon slices… Every dish was prepared exceptionally. Casual atmosphere, uncomfortable bench seating; noisy… but worth it for the food. ( when they are serving outdoors that would be the preferred seating).
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best haute cuisine mexican joint!
Dona Tomas is a fabulous dining experience all the way around. Its very popular to if you can, go on an off night, but whenever you get there - I am sure it will be fabulous. Food is incredible - the Carne Asada is to die for. The presentation, the service, the whole things - its terrific. Worth the trip wherever you are coming from.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this restaurant! Colorful,
I love this restaurant! Colorful, great staff, beautiful fresh green garland for the holidays. The food is fabulous! Especial Margaritas are the best! Excellent service. We go back again and again. Love the patio in the warmer months.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
i love this place
i've had great experiences every time i have eaten here. i love mexican food period. I just don't usually eat it to be healthy however! Dona Tomas combines fresh local ingredients and lots of vegetables that are normally lacking in traditional mexican fare in such a creative, authentic and DELICIOUS way. Everything is so good!
12/9/2013 4:00:00 PM