Rumbo Al Sur
Rumbo Al Sur

Rumbo Al Sur

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rumboalsurrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (510) 479-1208
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tues, Wed, Thurs: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm, Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Regional Mexican, South American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Colgan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Rumbo al Sur has a number of small, private rooms and alcoves perfect for celebrations. Please contact Jeff Berlin for inquiries
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Berlin 5104791208

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wellington
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rumbo Al Sur
Rumbo al Sur celebrates the flavors of Mexico and Latin America using fresh, seasonal ingredients. In addition to variety of large and small plates, Rumbo al Sur offers hand crafted cocktails using fresh juices, house made syrups and a variety of unique tequilas, piscos and cachacas.
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Rumbo Al Sur reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (29)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (16)good for groups (15)special occasion (15)romantic (10)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • The wine list is notable as
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    The wine list is notable as it is almost purely Argentinian and Chilean; cocktails - which are outstanding - are also Latin-themed. The menu also rotates, so you won't face the same-old each time you go. This place is off to a very strong start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is our new favorite-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    This is our new favorite- it hasn't been open long, but we have been there ten times.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed drinks and small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2012
    We enjoyed drinks and small plates in the bar. The food is fun and tasty. Everything is a little spicey (which we love) but if you don't then check with your server for suggestions. Our service was excellent and they helped us pick great selections.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Peruvian inspired experience
    Lovefood
    Dined on 1/16/2012
    We ordered several of the Peruvian inspired dishes, the chicharon (chicken) was really good, but they missed the mark a bit by not serving it with lemon. We asked for lemon wedges and added it to the chicken. We were instantly transported to Lima! The sauce tasted like it contained yuacatay, a Peruvian herb that you don't find regularly- major plus! The short ribs were very good! We also tried the spinach salad and the tamales. Both were tasty. We ordered two notable cocktails, one with chicha (purple corn drink) and another with lucuma, both yummy and strong! We were surprised that lucuma ice cream was not on the menu, given that Peru has such a strong influence on the menu and ambiance (music by ima sumac, etc).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consitently a Dining Pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    My 6th visit since Rumbo al Sur's November opening. Treating my neighbors to dinner at our FAB new restaurant in Glenview! Three adults and one child in the group. Perfect high-table at the front window to take in the lively atmosphere, inside and out. A delightful dining experience for all! Delicious lamb, ribs (two variations), chili rellenos, tamales, chicharrones de pollo and more... Every dish beautifully presented with luscious libations to complement each choice. Great small plates and tasty drinks for kids too. The deserts are DIVINE! Rumbo is consistently a dining pleasure!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In a local neighborhood with
    Phil
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    In a local neighborhood with excellent dining available, the long awaited Rumbo Al Sur just doesn't match up. Perhaps it is the large central bar that makes everything else feel like an after-thought. Or maybe it is the lackluster service staff that weren't informed that diners enjoy good energetic service. But mainly it's the food, that seems like it was pulled together from other restaurants that make it a little better...think Bocanova or Le Vende. Hopefully, it's just growing pains.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two words-Taco Tuesday. Gorgeous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Two words-Taco Tuesday. Gorgeous small tacos, three for $9. Delicious margaritas $6. Happening scene, buy not rowdy or hipster (they're all Uptown/downtown, thank you...)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The hostess was good, but
    Chiefump2003
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    The hostess was good, but our waiter was no better than adequate. He was not personable or engaging. After the meal, and after we settled the tab, we waited too long until we had to remind him to bring our box too go. We had trouble catching his attention several times during the meal and after. Forgetting to bring a box is understandable; being oblivious to our needs is not.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They did a wonderful job with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    They did a wonderful job with the decor. We enjoyed the food,the four items we ordered was enough. The menu was very limited. I assume that they will change it often. The only complaint we had was the size of the cocktails they were very small and loaded with ice. Not a good value for the price. The beer was very good and priced right. The next time I wouldn't bother with the cocktails and just order beer.The staff was very attentive.I would definately go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were a bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2012
    We were a bit disappointed with the menu and the food at Rumbo Al Sur. The menu is very limited and we were not sure what type of cuisine was in charge of the lineup. We got three appetizers and two larger plates. Most were just average with the exception of the mussels, which were very good. I ordered the albondigas, which were supposed to have a hard boiled egg inside. While there was a color difference inside the meatball, it was not distinguishable as an egg. Everything else about the restaurant is great including the bar and ambiance. We hope they settle into a more desirable menu and begin to excel at certain signature dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The mussels! The mussels!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2012
    We took my grandson and two of his friends, and everyone ordered different things to share. The best surprise was the mussels. Everything else, the ceviche the ribs, the chicharrones were all excellent, but next time we go, I'm having the mussels. And not sharing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, fabulous -- food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Overall, fabulous -- food, ambiance. Service person was attentive but could have been a little bit friendlier.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the chicken mole w/sweet
    LDR1
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Loved the chicken mole w/sweet potato mash and the beet salad! Wonderful cocktails and great wine list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated in a back area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    We were seated in a back area that felt very isolated. Was disappointed in the interior, just not really comfortable and inviting. Great light fixtures and wall color..
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall, the restaurant had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/3/2012
    Overall, the restaurant had potential to be a fun comfortable place to dine with friends. However it missed the mark with the drinks and desserts. The cocktails had interesting ingredients and combinations but were not enjoyable to drink (tasted 2 drinks, sorry I don't remember). I did end up with a wine that I enjoyed. The chocolate dessert also had interesting ingredients but was too sweet and I did not enjoy the taste. I did like the empanadas and acaraje (black eyed peas fritters). The mussels were okay, lukewarm, I wouldn't order them again. The service was friendly and accommodating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Music was too loud and conducive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Music was too loud and conducive to a bar, not dining. Please tone it down. Food was fresh, if pedestrian. Looking forward to trying more menu items. Good start to a long awaited arrival in the Glenview.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cocktail menu. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    Great cocktail menu. The food was excellent. Weordered the bread pudding foe dessert which was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really enjoyed Rumbo al
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    I really enjoyed Rumbo al Sur! Prices are extremely reasonable for food of this quality. Cocktails are interesting and the two we had were excellent (including one with guava juice, pisco, lime, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur). I didn't scrutinize the wine list but it looked predominantly, if not exclusively, from Chile and Argentina, which is fun and distinctive. The place has clearly been discovered, as it was packed with an animated crowd. Service was a little overly relaxed - for example, our two salads arrived before our drinks were served - but otherwise friendly and competent. I'll look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long awaited and worth the
    MferVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    Long awaited and worth the wait. We hope that the back room gets more lighting soon. Will return and often
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My meal was very good. My
    Uninspired
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    My meal was very good. My husband wasn't crazy about his. The ambience was weird. It was very dark with dark curtains and the place was chopped up into small, warren-like spaces. With so my great restaurants in Oakland, I'm not too inclined to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a very expensive restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    For a very expensive restaurant it was the most loud, of any, we have been to, we could not hear each other as a group. Four of our party of 8 did not like the food, while it was good, it was very spicy. If you like spicy food go for it. Maybe they've tried to fit too much of a bar with a resturant, something is over powwering that place? The waiter suggested we order more, and we did, at his suggestion. Usually waiters will be more of an advocate for new customers; we have never had that experience (usually they will caution you or speak up). We were embarrassed at recommending it to the group we were with.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed everything,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2011
    We really enjoyed everything, and want to go back to try more dishes before the menu changes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A welcome addition to the
    Mbk333VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    A welcome addition to the neighborhood in Glen Park. Best dishes the three of us had were the romaine lettuce salad and the meat balls. Rib dish was a disappointment. Not only for being a small portion for the price, but the heavy smoked flavor was overwhelming. Whole fish dish was interesting, and got mixed reviews with the three of us. Excellent cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice to have such a quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Nice to have such a quality place right in my neighborhood. The service was both attentive and charming, and the food was outstanding. My foodie friends were very happy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The barbecue ribs were really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    The barbecue ribs were really exceptional, better without the sauce, in my view. The jicama slaw was very good, and so were the empanadas and the chocolate cake with jalapeno. Nice to have the Negra Modelo on tap.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very eclectic menu of South
    JaniceStewart
    Dined on 12/22/2011
    A very eclectic menu of South American delictables. All with a sophisticated flair.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best service my husband
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    The best service my husband and I have experienced in a long time. The wait staff was friendly, prompt and went above and beyond. The food was amazing, but I would have come back just for the great service! I have already sent several people their way and can't wait to go back myself.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is Yummy
    quicklunch
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    This place just opened in our neighborhood. They have great food. For some reason, I have not gotten a good Pisco Sour there in 3 visits, which is a huge bummer given the theme of the restaurant. Other than that....we had a good dining experience for our friend's birthday.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your typical Mexican food,
    oaklandauthorVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2011
    Not your typical Mexican food, an wine list stocked with unusual Latin American specialties, and friendly service made this a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Nice atmosphere, but very llimited menu. Food & drink nothing special. Ingredients listed in menu items not accurate. Was not happy to order the refried black beans and discover they contained pork. Rellano way too spicey..Probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rumbo al Sur has a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Rumbo al Sur has a wonderful atmosphere with several cozy dining areas and an eat-in bar. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food is served tapas-style so provides the opportunity to taste as many of the menu items as your appetite can bear. The food quality was inconsistent. Some of our selections from the menu were delicious (ribs, tamales) while others could be improved. Overall we had an enjoyable meal. Note: If you don't enjoy a pretty loud hum of conversation while you're eating, this is not a restaurant you'd enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Made a reservation and was
    odjay
    Dined on 12/11/2011
    Made a reservation and was seated at a table that had the music speaker right above it. I went to the hostess and asked that either I be moved or the music needed to be turned down. Initially they turned the music down, but it creeped back up before the dinner was over. I was mostly unimpressed with the food, it seems uneven at best. It is too bad as this is a very nice restaurant space in my neighborhood. I might give it another try, but I am not in a hurry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait for opening, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    Long wait for opening, but it deliverd! Great service, food was very good, great waitress, who was helpful with the menu, and the atmosphere was great, even in the bar! The music was a bit loud, but we could hear one another. (4) Thinking of doing my Mom"s 94th birthday there!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After looking forward to its
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    After looking forward to its opening for months, Rumbo al Sur did not disappoint! Food was delicious, service was terrific and the ambience was inviting and comfortable. There were too many items we enjoyed on our first visit to recommend any one or two dishes, but we will surely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really wanted to like this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    I really wanted to like this place. The decor and the vibe are both great. The service is friendly, although a little slow - it took a long time to get our drinks. As for the food- the only dish we really liked was the meatballs with egg in the middle, they were delicious! The ceviche and the chips and salsa were okay. The crispy chicken was weird- just chunks of chicken with not much flavor, nothing else. The short rib was not tender at all and didn't seem seasoned properly. Bottom line- I'd give it another try, but order totally different dishes.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The cocktail list and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    The cocktail list and food menu are completely on par, in terms of execution, creative offering and appeal. Rumbo truly is a neighborhood gem and on par with some of my favorite restaurants in SF. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Express Family Date
    nancynocalVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2011
    We made an OT reservation specifying that we had 2 kids with us and needed to be in and out in under an hour to attend a school function. The restaurant staff was totally prepared for us and enabled us to have a really nice dinner with 10 minutes to spare. We already loved A Cote and now love the sister restaurant as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We welcome this lovely addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2011
    We welcome this lovely addition to the Glenview neighborhood! We had a few hiccups with service on this and subsequent visits, but I'm willing to chalk that up to still getting in their groove since they just opened. The quality and creativity of the food (and cocktails!) will keep us going back for more.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The room was much too dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/29/2011
    The room was much too dark (felt like dining in a cave); the tables were too close together. I'm not a fan of "small plate" dining, although my tablemates don't mind that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I booked this wonderful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2011
    I booked this wonderful place after it had rave reviews from my daughter who was there the night before. It was to celebrate my date 's birthday and we were to go to A Cote but we switched at the last moment - what a treat. Decided to sit at the bar even though we had a table because it was such a scene. A great way to celebrate his birthday. The chimichangas (not sure if that's how it is spelled were to die for and of course the guacamole - always a must - with its fresh crisp tortillas was as good as a "guac" can get. We had a dessert that is hard to describe - fried balls of yummy hot dark chocolate served with wonderful icecream. And Betty the bartender was spectacular!!!!!! We will surely be back and soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic