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Tambo Restaurant
Tambo Restaurant

Tambo Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tamborestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 663-8262
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm


    dinner: M-F 5:30pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Patricia Rios
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Christian (510) 246-6279
  • Entertainment: 1) Site Survey: Please complete by Sat. 7/20/13
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  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tambo Restaurant
An authentic Peruvian restaurant.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPeruvian
Diner Reviews
  • "Great sangria! We tried the ceviche sampler, my favorites are in this order: classic, Tambo, and then the mixto. The classic is super lemony, so if you don't like to pucker go with one of the other versions."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing food and great service. The ceviche was perfect and the empanadas flaky and piping hot. Don't pass up the passion fruit sangria."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Really loved the beef heart, never tried it before. The food was excellent, the service was a little slow in the beginning, but got moving when we started ordering. My only criticism was how outrageous the corkage fee was, $20?? I thought that was way too much, especially since I came here for my wife's birthday and we wanted to drink our bottle of wine. Please reconsider that. Our waitress was great, the food, again was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Outstanding job by the owners and staff accommodating a VERY large group."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The ceviche tasting was delicious. Really enjoyed the lamb and steak large plates. Very nice we got a free a croquette like appetizer."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Tambo is a small downtown restaurant but their food is excellent! We have dined there four times and every dish has always been flavorful and served beautifully, reflecting the care taken in the kitchen. Service is attentive and friendly. Great food, nice staff!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A cut above the average for food. We did tapas style and everything that we had was yummy"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We came after the Groupon madness, so it wasn't crowded or loud - which was great. Food was very true to Peruvian roots, all of which was excellent."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We went with a Groupon deal. When the check came, they wrote down the full amount of our meal BEFORE the deal - and that's totally fine. But they also wrote down suggested gratuity of 18% with an amount shown next to the total. That really turns me off when they think they DESERVE an 18% tip. There were just two of us. The waiter was fine but we felt we received average service. Why 18%? Why write it down on our check? That is so indiscreet."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to Tambo for the first time. The wait staff was nice and attentive; though, as it was slow, we didn't have much competition for their time. The food was good and interesting. Having not had many a Peruvian meal, I couldn't say whether it was good by the standard of a Peruvian restaurant. I was super appreciative that they are supporting Oakland and that they chose not the nicest block in which to open their restaurant. We would go back, though I am curious to try other Peruvian spots as a basis for comparison."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Tambo is fun and the food is so good! It's clean and quiet in the downtown Oakland neighborhood with an excellent selection of authentic ceviches, a long list of entrees and appetizers, and friendly helpful staff. I had the Lomo Saltadp. The beef and vegetables were tender but fresh , crisp and very tasty. An excellent fruity Chilean Cabernet filed out our celebratory dinner for two. The ceviche sampler was three different flavored sauces full of different fresh fish and little octopuses. Fabulous! Every dish went back empty. I'll be returning to Tambo to try many different entrees and small dishes."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This unpretentious restaurant has a unique menu of authentic Peruvian food, with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Everything we had was incredibly good--the kind if food you reminisce about for days."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We stumbled across Tambo by accident after a friend suggested that we look for Peruvian food. What a great surprise. The tastes are extraordinarily sharp and distinct, the plates offer a wonderful contrast with each other. The menu is great for sharing dishes within a group or hoarding a great find all to yourself. The service is attentive and accommodating (extra sauces and additions are not a problem) and the staff explanations of the food preparation and wine list are complete. I recommend the restaurant to anyone who is looking for a creative dining experience - your mouth will thank you for it. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "No time to try all the listings in the menu, but what we had was very well seasoned and we feel that we have to return to try other dishes. We are not alcohol drinkers so we asked for the juices, all very nice."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "For me and my husband, the resraurant was a bad choice. He does not enjoy seafood. He had a half-chicken, which he liked very much. I tried different ceviches and causas. It was my first time for such food and I didn't like it too much. Was too spicy and I expected somewhat different taste. I like the decorations in the resraurant and a quiet atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My wife and I had never eaten at a Peruvian restaurant before, so were not sure what to expect. We had a two person tasting meal which provided many wonderful options. All the dishes were nicely sized and well prepared - and oh did I mention very tasty too. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Thanks to a coupon we were served a tasting menu. It had 3 different ceviches, empanada, brochetta and potatoes. Topped it off with a glass of sangria. We were very surprised by this restaurant. Absolutely worth going back there and pay the full fare"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Shocked that I had to pay for a soda refill and was not notified when I asked for one. No sign posted anywhere. The glass was small and filled with ice; the soda was from the fountain. I can understand paying for a second can of soda. Fountain refills are a given at most restaurants. When they are not, servers should advise patrons. On a positive note, the food was tasty and the service was attentive. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The ceviche was amazing. The sea bass was wonderful. The service was great."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Never thought this area would get a decent dinner location. Even when the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed at the capacity crowd, their smiles never faded. Food was very good, and service was very sweet. I would not hesitate to return. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We wanted to try something a bit different prior to attending a show at the Fox Theater. This was close, nice ambiance and Peruvian food - which isn't all that commonplace. Its heavily weighted towards seafood, although I had a chicken dish that was very good. Check it out"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food is 5 stars. Ceviche--generous portions, substantial spice level. Causas--yummy, esp the crab one! Empanadas--pastry is like heaven. Chicken brocheta--perfect chicken, vegetables had lots of smoke! Sponge cake with mascarpone/ricotta and strawberries--cake was light as air, cheese layers were delish, but strawberries were completely frozen. Alfajores--good, but not the best. Sadly, food was VERY slow and the courses were poorly timed. Also, my fiance ordered lomo saltada empanadas, but clearly got chicken instead. And then there were the frozen strawberries. Waitress was very sweet, but not always on top of it. The fact that she was so smiley and nice really helped a lot. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Good food and service but the area is a bit sketchy but you will most likely be able to find a parking spot right in front so you can watch your car while you're eating."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tucked away behind a late-night burrito joint is one of the happiest finds for food we've experienced recently. The food at Tambo is vibrant, fresh, flavorful and really exciting. Great ceviche, (Nikkei is a favorite), beautifully cooked lomo, and the causas are so tasty. The opposite of bland and boring - everything was jam-packed with flavor. We will be back (again and again). Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at this new restaurant. The food was delicious, beautifully prepared and plated. Our service was outstanding with our server knowledgeable, efficient and very nice!! We loved the potato dishes, and small plates. Can't wait to return to try lots of new things from the large menu. Parking is easy on the street in front of the restaurant, as the neighborhood is a bit sketchy. We will definitely return soon!! Thanks for a great meal!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good foor and freindly, attentive service make this a welcome addition to the East Bay food scene. Plenty of new foods to taste as well as a series of home made desert options make this a good bet on any night."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Good Peruvian food. Ceviche was excellent. Causas were terrific. Ahi de Gallina was OK but needed something more in it. Seafood dishes were good. Drawback is location, kind of seedy block. No liquor license either. Best for lunch when the strung out locals are not out and when you are not looking to have a cocktail before dinner."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Exactly the title of my review! Yummy! Definitely try the ceviche sampling. You choose 3 different ceviches from the 7 choices listed. Service was good. Dined @8pm. Probably a total of 5 tables with couples dining. Latin music background at the right volume setting. Decor is simple but just right for the small restaurant. I'd say if I were visiting/in the area then I would dine here again. Two downfalls are 1) the location - NOT a nice neighborhood (definitely not Piedmont) & 2) street parking."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A Peruvian friend and I dined at Tambo on a Groupon. A large group was already seated, but the dining room didn't seem packed. For whatever reason, it took over an hour to get our first course. Given that our first two courses were uncooked (ceviche and causes), we couldn't figure out what the problem was. The meal ended up taking over two hours. That said, the flavors were delicious and the waitstaff and manager were apologetic. Our experience was mixed. We might try this place again, but only if we have plenty of time to spare."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our dinner at Tambo. The food was well seasoned and flavorful. Our only comment is that service was very slow due to the inexperience of the wait staff. As an example, the waitress came to our table three separate times to deliver our three drinks... Maybe management needs to invest in serving trays. Also, servers were leaving the kitchen with only one plate when bringing multiple plates to a single table. Our dinner turned into a 2nplus hour venture. However our servers's food recommendations were spot on. I would like to go back for the food, but something needs to be done about the service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great food but not good location, staff was very friendly, and if your first timer, she'll explain about the food and recomend some foods what is best to eat."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Not many Peruvian restaurants to compare Tambo to, but we were pleased with our food and service. Lots of seafood dishes to choose from."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was my second time here and I was looking forward to the empanada platter, which definitely hit the spot. We shared the brochette trio of chicken, beef, and chicken hearts. The hearts were not whole and tiny, which was a bit weird. We also shared the half Peruvian chicken, perfectly moist and delicious. Food - fantastic Service - pretty good for just one waitress but the kitchen was extremely slow so don't expect to get in and get out. If you don't mind the wait, this place is definitely worth it."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I was excited to try Peruvian food -- and the food itself was good, but the experience and service left quite alot to be desired. We made reservations and arrived at the appropriate time, and waited a good 15 minutes while two other parties were seated before us. So we didn't get off to a good start. As the evening continued, the services continued to be less than desirable, with them taking a long time to bring drinks and times where we had to remind them to bring the drinks. My conclusion is that the restaurant is run by people who love to cook, but who know nothing about running a restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The bright and spare interior with very live acoustics did not detract too much from the pleasant surprise of sincerely warm service and terrific food. The variety of ceviches on offer was impressive, and my wife really enjoyed the seafood rice dish. My lamb was good, but next time I will stick with seafood - seems to be the place where their unique take on Peruvian cuisine shines the most brightly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Super low key Peruvian place, basic furnishings and it was quite empty on a Saturday night. But WOW, what amazing flavors. We tried the ceviche sampling (picked 3), then the sampling of the next course (can't remember but again, amazing), and then sampled 4 different empanadas split 3 ways. It was unanimous that this was a place that to remember. I think I could eat the ceviche every day. Absolutely wonderful flavors, delicate and pronounced. Truly one of the best South American meals I've ever had. Below average wine list, no mixed drinks/cocktails."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Like 8 different kinds of ceviche, which is pretty much enough for me to give them 5 stars. The neighborhood is a little... odd- right in the middle of the gentrification wars, with all-inclusive condo buildings built like fortresses against the liquor stores and their clientele on the corner... but it's worth walking through those tensions to check this place out. Delicious and visually-pleasing food served up with warm smiles. There was a good mix of healthy options and fried comfort food (mmm... empanadas). The crowd was a little "old berkeley hippy" as was the musical accompaniment, which isn't really my scene but whatever. I had a very nice chilean malbec. I'll be back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Gives Peruvian cuisine a bad name. Ceviche fishy tasting and flabby. Causa tasting plate all boring. Nothing memorable except how uninspired every dish was. And then it was expensive to boot! One waitress for the whole restaurant. And they need to get a real chef or they will be gone in a year."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I want to love this place, but I feel that it missed the mark. We went on a recent Saturday night and were one of two occupied tables. The food was good and we were excited to try the ceviche sampler, but weren't blown away by anything we had. Our server was very sweet, but not particularly attentive for as quiet as the restaurant was (water glasses sat empty, etc). Additionally, the location isn't ideal: not quite Uptown, not really Downtown. Maybe better at lunch?"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Glad we found Tambo! The food was lovely: You can't go wrong with the tasting plates, which allow you to sample several options. Peruvian food is a melding of great seafood, corn and potatoes. Don't miss the ceviche tasting plate especially (though the causas were excellent too). The decor is elegant and spare. We especially appreciated the wall hanging suggestive of quipu. The wait staff were attentive and informative. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013