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Rumbo Al Sur
Rumbo Al Sur

Rumbo Al Sur Details

  • 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: Regional Mexican, South American, Latin 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 (510) 479-1208

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We loved dining on Taco Tuesday. Everything we ordered was delicious - food, wine, dessert."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Rumbo Al Sur is one of our favorites. When in the City of Oakland, this is the perfect spot to stop, for Tapas. We love to hit it up, before a ball game. The little plates offer a great unique tasking. The menu always has a great variety. This place is worth a shot."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Decent food and drinks. Not so great service (we keep trying hoping better, and then reminded of disappointment). "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a great time @ Taco Tueaday with some friends that came over from SF. Everything was great - food, service, cocktails. Love Rumbo!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Have been here a few times, didn't really like the menu this last time I went but its still good. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "A visit to Oakland is never complete without a mwal at Rumba! Great food, drinks and service as always."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food is too, too salty. Why? It would be acceptable tapas otherwise. I really couldn't eat my share. Also, the music was very loud which meant the diners had to talk over it and made it a way too noisy place. This loud music seems to be a new addition."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food, great drinks and rockin vibe. What more can you ask for? These guys know what they are doing."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Too noisy. Everyone at every table was shouting just to talk to each other. The restaurant's hard surfaces magnify sounds. Impossible to carry on a reasonable conversation. Open Table's review options for indicating noise level should have a category of "unacceptable", which is what this was. Food was acceptable, but somewhat ordinary, and there were some missteps on the chef's part. My companion's spinach came so salty it was uneatable. Will not return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Good food, nice atmosphere, great drinks. Been here several times now and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "My book club chose the restaurant because we had recently read a book with a Central American/Mexican theme. There were 6 of us and we were placed at a large table in an area set aside from the rest of the restaurant. There were a few other diners in our area, but we were able to discuss the book and enjoy the food and margaritas without any inconvenience. The group loved the small plate menu and we had fun tasting and sharing all of our different choices from the menu, including the chocolate sundae dessert. We ordered two of most dishes and everyone left full and satisfied. I believe most will be back with their families. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "To be very brief, everything we had -- lamb tacos, shrimp tostadas, calamari, mushroom quesadillas -- was great. I actually almost ordered the tacos again but the waiter urged me to try something else because "all of our food is good", he said. He was right. Now the portions were rather small and everything seems to be al acarte. This means you have to order a few things to make a meal. Well no big deal, I will defenitley be going again. For my wife and I it was $100 which included two appetizers and two entree's in addition to two cocktails."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Although more laid back in their service approach, we preferred Rumbo to the last few times we've been to A Cote. Mahi Mahi ceviche was fresh and bright. Beer Battered Ling Cod Tostadas were served hot, perfectly cooked and well seasoned. The happy hour nachos hit it with their in house made chips (I would go back JUST for those). The drinks came slowly to our table but our server was friendly and so we rolled with the casual, slower pace. Indoor and outdoor seating adds to the summery feel of the cuisine. Will return with friends for sure."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good drinks! We particularly liked the Arugula Salad, the Mussels and the Baby-Back Ribs. This was our second visit and it has become our favorite Mexican restaurant."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "the birria tacos were delicious! and they know how to make a margarita - fuerte!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Margaritas were perfect, loved the lamb tacos and enchiladas - we ordered several items off the menu and it was all great. Service was attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The dishes (and we tried a great variety) were each distinctive and delicious. Took two cherished foodie friends, and we all enjoyed every bite and every moment. From the house margaritas to the desserts, an upbeat and tasty treat all around. You'll no doubt love it your time there too."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We really wanted to love this place. The location and remodel are great. There is a full bar with some very good, interesting choices, which brings their rating up. There is a romantic, adult ambiance here, which the insensitive,neglectful parents with fussy, disruptive kids absolutely RUIN! Some food is great, some not so much (uneven). The service was incompetent to the point where we were feeling sorry for the server due to all the blunders. It made us all very uncomfortable, and to top it all off, they ran out of coffee! They should either turn this into a 'family style' mac & cheese type place or make it adults only. The mix of clientele makes everybody unhappy. The uneven results across the board prevent us from wanting to return."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I went with my family for dinner on our way back from the Chabot observatory. This was a fantastic find. The food was just amazing and it felt like we were in ratatouille movie. The chef's have a unique talent in blending different tastes together to create unique dishes. Highly highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed lots of flavorful dishes, shared with good friends. A fun restaurant."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Rumbo was a nice surprise on Park Blvd. The food was awesome, Taco Tuesday better than your average taco night fare. Lamb tacos were tender and layered with flavor."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "From the bartender, the manager Jeff, and our server Erica, to the rest of the staff, our party of 11 were treated like VIPs. As always, the food never disappoints and Erica just kept it coming, along with wine and cocktails. I think we had pretty much everything on the menu! I love my neighborhood even more with Rumbo Al Sur in it. Thanks for making my birthday dinner party a rousing success. Can't wait for my next visit!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I love ordering several items and sharing! They cook fresh, in season, local foods in a spicy/ sexy way! The menu offers a good variety of gluten free items and they will prepare food the way you prefer, so bringing well behaved foodie kids would be fine & fun! Love, love this place! (I don't think I'd go here with people I don't know well, because sharing is a must in my mind.)"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We love Rumbo al Sur. (should I be telling everyone, will it get to crowded for us to find a seat--nevertheless, I can't resist!) Just a few mentions: The Mussels Moqueca is incredible. The sauce is so good that they could bring me a spoon and a loaf of French bread and I would be happy with just that. The Chiles en Nogada is a wonderful combination of creamy and spicy and presented beautifully with pomegranate seeds on top. Menu items change frequently--I've never had anything I didn't enjoy. On top of all that, the service is excellent! Rumbo al Sur has Happy Hours: Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sun Until 6:30pm: $5 Margaritas, $5 Sangria, $5 Caipirinhas, Spiced Nuts $4, Chicharrón de Pollo $8, Tinga Nachos $8."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Always great -- great food and terrific cocktails. Service always top notch."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We celebrated our 4th year together last night and thoroughly enjoyed every bite of every dish that was brought out. The waiters and waitresses were helpful and friendly. We love living two blocks from this wonderful place. We will keep coming back as long as we live!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Don't know what happened on New Year's Eve. We love this restaurant, but it bombed on 12/31/13. Waited forever for our drinks. When they came, they were the worst margaritas I had ever had. Sent it back and the next one wasn't worth drinking either. What a waste of $40 for 4 drinks. The food was great. Service was mediocre and it wasn't all that busy. We asked for our leftovers and only part of our leftovers were given to us. We had friends from out of town and no matter what we said, they don't want to go back. Hopefully service and drinks will be better in 2014."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "the fried pork was overcooked, the empanadas were tasteless"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Mussels not to be missed. Interesting wine list. Great buys"
    Dined on 12/22/2013