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
52 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (28)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (17)special occasion (16)good for groups (14)romantic (10)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Hold the salt
    Eatout
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Lovely atmosphere - upbeat and celebratory. Great menu and options with fish and meat and central south american emphasis however EVERY dish was too salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A neighborhood place like this needs to accomodate all types. Being on the older side, may I suggest that they dedicate one of their rooms for those who do not want to yell to talk to their fellow diners.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Neighborhood venue
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    On one hand, I like the energy level of Rumbo Al Sur - one feels like part of a party. On the other, my son and I needed to use flashlights to see our menus and it was difficult to hear each other over other patrons at times. We ordered ribs and tacos which were quite tasty. I also ordered a "flight" of Argentinian wine (2 half glasses, usually a flight is 3 or more wines). The price seems high for the quantity. The restaurant is obviously doing a lot of things right because it is very busy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spicy!
    jj5800
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was too spicy for my palate, although my fellow diners seemed to loved it. We ordered almost everything on the menu because they were small plates and there were 6 of us. Unfortunately, the spicy food problem governs my review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely waitress, slooooowww service
    Oaklander
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were there with two kids for almost two hours. Took almost 15 minutes to get a drink from the bar. Great food came out pretty quickly, but bill took forever to be issued/processed. I guess they didn't need our table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MomofIrishtriplets
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I go there often with friends and family. This place is great and the staff always attends to us as if we are special which I like. Never a disappointing moment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating a 50th B-Day!
    gailscout
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our group of 4 enjoyed the wonderful combination of appetizers as well as main dishes as suggested by our server. We shared all the dishes including the 2 mains - the skirt steak and ribs with the delicious spicy salsa after sharing 8 tacos. The wine & cocktails really enhance the delightful tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Service/ambience poor.
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Very good and interesting food and drinks. However, unappealing physical space, loud music, poor acoustics. Worse was the service. It took 15-20 minutes to get warm water, then another 10 minutes for our drink order to arrive. The server seemed busy, but also was inattentive. I told him that we wanted to order, but he still was slow and unapologetic. He also gave us the incorrect bill at the end, and did not seem very surprised by the error. Despite the food, I cannot recommend this restaurant to friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food!
    PCIVELLO
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I loved this place, especially the mole chicken dish and the lingcod tacos. Great ambiance, attentive service, tasty cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glenviewreview
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food is always delicious, the menu creative and interesting, and the service is expert and friendly. I recommend the mussels with coconut rice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have been there several times. It is always a pleasure. They are always my favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    seafoodVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We just moved to oakland from Boston and we have been to this restaurant 3 times. We love it. I especially love the coconut rice and the mussels.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, etc. etc.
    glenviewfoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was wonderful and always has been. Took 2 out-of-town folks who were very impressed with menu. Especially loved the steak tacos and ribs. Service from the bar was slow and we happened to be there on a night when everyone seemed to be celebrating raucously. Oh well, won't stop us from returning again and again. Look forward to trying other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • somanyplacessolittletimeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service were great as usual. The noise level was almost unbearable. Had to shout at each other which, of course, didn't help the noise level. We won"t stop going back but, maybe not on a Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peter
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was my 4th time here. 7 pm reservation for 4. They seated us in the bar…dark and noisy.... The couple next to us who were seated after us was eating before we even ordered……waited 1/2 hour for ice , took 2 hours to order , eat and pay. They brought back me somebody elses credit card and it took them 15 min to straighten that out. Food is decent and not too pricey but the menu is not too clear about categories and sides . Confusing place , good food , lousy service .
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and Yummie!
    oakiedokie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A great "go-to" for in-town guests and just getting out and about with friends/family. Delish and creative food. A little pricey but it's worth it. Very attentive staff. A little noisy but it's fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    TheoswifePVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    love rumbo, can't even guess how many times we've dined there. perfect for the neighborhood. long live taco tuesdays!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and great service
    JoanH
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated my nephew's birthday here with (too many!) wonderful dishes. Guacamole was yummy, albeit a modest portion; shrimp and scallop enchiladas, chile rellenos, brisket empanadas, and chicken tacos were all great. Service this time was superb, which hasn't always been the case. There is a large room that has the bar, which is always lively and noisy, and one or two other rooms that are smaller and have beautiful decor--I love the look and feel of the small rooms, each of which has a row of tables that are along the windows looking out at Park Blvd. It can get quite loud when they're busy, but we've always been able to hear each other. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highs and lows
    PaigeVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rumbo al Sur keeps going up and down on my list, due to totally inconsistent service. It took 15 minutes to get water and a waiter to take our drink orders. Another 10-15 for the drinks. Then back on to regular time, though our three dishes were pretty spread out. The wine knowledge by our waiter and the front of the house staff was exceptional, and really helped my friend make a great selection. The food was very good and flavorful, especially the tacos dorados.So, as noted in the headline, highs and lows. Will I go back? Probably, but not when I'm really starving or need to be anywhere in 2 hours or less.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    Shannon
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu here is fantastic. Great flavors, great staff, easy parking. Rumbo has it all. Very tasty cocktails are part of the experience not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday Celebration
    DenephewVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Thank you Rumbo Al Sur for a fabulous birthday dinner party. Our party of seven were delighted with the food, drinks, and especially noted, our server, Paul, was exceptional. Most of my guests had not experienced your delicious menu offerings .... we had the incredible nachos and fried green tomatoes, moved on to empenadas and mango spinach salad, followed by the incredible mussels dish and coconut rice and ending with the flan and chocolate ice cream extraveganza! We had numerous caipirinha made to order from the busy bar. Everyone said they planned toreturn with their families and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue
    W178976
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was even better. His recommendations were perfect. Will definitely visit here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A trip to South America
    Andy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Rumbo Al Sur serves great Central/South American food. I always loved its older brother, A Cote, and now I have a new love. The flavors are vibrant, thanks to the judicious use of a variety of chiles. My wife said she will order the tuna every time we come, and the steak huarache was superb. My only regret is that we only have enough room for about three dishes - I would really like to try more. I'm looking forward to Taco Tuesdays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 300 reviews are from the Rumbo Al Sur reviews archive.
  • Great food
    dmmerrill
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food and menu just keeps getting better. Designed for sharing, the portions are the right size and the quality is great. This is becoming my favorite neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Taco Tuesday.
    YtheraVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Was lucky to have come out here on a taco Tuesday. The Tacos were delicious, service and ambiance great, but I'll be settling for wine if I visit this restaurant again. The standard of their cocktails does not justify their pricing - can do better..... Makes me miss Marzano that was recently closed across the street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taco Tuesday was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We loved dining on Taco Tuesday. Everything we ordered was delicious - food, wine, dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I'm a gourmet Mexican food fanatic. My wife and I went to Rumbo Al Sur shortly after they opened and were so disappointed we did not come back until now. I made reservations for a Saturday at 6:30 hoping the crowd would be smaller and the service better. Unlike last time when we had reservations and waited 20 minutes to be seated, this time we were seated immediately at our reservation time. My wife had the ribs and they were fall off the bone delicious. I had the crispy tacos which were not crispy, but I don't like 'em crispy anyway. We shared the spinach mango salad and it tasty and fine for two. Their guacamole and chips were ordinary and the salsa was bland as out of a can. I asked and received hot sauce which was habanero and hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun with big group, Not for date
    bobo1234
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Decent food and drinks. Not so great service (we keep trying hoping better, and then reminded of disappointment).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nope
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Love taco Tuesdays!Love taco Tuesday and the rare tequila too!!! This place is Always good! Service can be slow, or really fast depending, but everyone who works there is really nice. I have tried a lot of the entrees and am always impressed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daughter's birthday
    Osohoop
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Really loved this place. Had a group if ten for my daughter's 35tg birthday. They were informative, helpful, not pushy or intrusive. Great service. Cute warm place. Food wonderful. Very great place. We'll be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for tapas
    Benjamin
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Rumbo al Sur is a fantastic restaurant, serving up a fine selection of tapas, and tacos on Taco Tuesday. It's good for dates and going out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The Restaurant itself is beautiful inside. The crowd was very diverse and energetic. The service was great, food was delish. The portions were perfect for me, as I don't like huge plates of food that are impossible to finish. My husband on the other hand...He is all about quantity, especially for the price of the entrees. If you're looking for large portions, not the place to go. But if you're looking for quality Latin food, you'll be pleased with Rumbo Al Sur.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Mother's Day and Birthday
    Tanith
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were seated right on time. Staff were responsive without an annoying level of hovering. I think the food style was surprising. It was good, but unexpected. One of our party had Spring Vegetable Chiles Rellenos which were tasty, but nothing like a typical Chile Relleno. I had Mussels Moqueca. I was expecting more of a Latin influence but it would have been at home at any Thai restaurant. I enjoyed it. The food presentation was classier than is typical at the relatively modest menu prices. I'm sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • very good
    gdizzle
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for dinner on Mother's Day. The food was very good and service was excellent. The decor is starting to show some wear.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rocking Taco Tuesday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Had a great time @ Taco Tueaday with some friends that came over from SF. Everything was great - food, service, cocktails. Love Rumbo!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like this place
    SeanVal
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Have been here a few times, didn't really like the menu this last time I went but its still good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner
    dine
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was very good but the noise level was horrible. We had to almost yell at each other to have a conversation. Our waiter was sweet.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    WindyCityGal
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    A visit to Oakland is never complete without a mwal at Rumba! Great food, drinks and service as always.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent rotating menu
    StuffedVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The best thing about having this be our go-to neighborhood restaurant is that the ingredients rotate and we can order our favorite dishes again and again without getting tired of them. There is always a ceviche dish, but the main protein is fish one month, shrimp the next, and the flavors change in step. We love the simple menu that offers so much variety, and at a great price.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The place was ok way over price for what we get as far as food goes! Tortilla with cheese for 12 over kill! Need to bring the price down for the Latin people. For being a Latin rest I saw none there NONE at all. Weeeek! 100 bucks spent for what you can get at a taqueria at 20 bucks and food just as good if not even better. E
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.