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1414 Jefferson St
Oakland, CA 94612
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Tambo Restaurant Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, 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
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A word from Tambo Restaurant
An authentic Peruvian restaurant.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We got there around 6pm, they open
at 5:30pm. It was pretty empty with one other table. We shared ceviche, the empanada tasting, lomo saltado, and a lamb dish. The lamb was so-so; it was supposed to be slow-cooked, but was pretty tough. The Peruvian beans were tasted that went with it and kind of tasted like the fermented brown bean paste used in Asian cooking. The lomo saltado looked and tasted good, a bit too saucy and salty/flavored for me."
Dined on 11/5/2013
Not in the best negihborhood so
not looking for the powerful food experience you encounter when you walk in the place."
Dined on 10/24/2013
Enjoyed this restaurant before a
Sat. eve. show at the Fox. Recommend Ceviche Tasting dish as a starter -- delicious & mouth-watering. Better than authentic ceviche I've had in Mexico. The Cauas Limena, a chilled mashed potato cake with crab, avocado, and quail egg, was another highlight. Fantastic. My main dish of Peruvian stir fry beef tenderloin, Lomo Saltado, was wonderful. My husband raved about the spices & flavors in his seafood dish, Arrroz Norteno. Service was attentive and friendly -- our waitress happily described the origins of dishes to us & made recommendations. Extensive menu choices of starters, large & small plates (beef, seafood, vegan), good wine list, excellent service, and close proximity to the Fox. Highly recommend!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
The food was great. I loved the
band and singer. Great service. Desserts were excellent. Great restaurant, not so great location."
Dined on 10/20/2013
The restaurant was out of some
menu items- yes - the items I wanted to order. I ordered the steak dish, came smothered in what tasted like worchestire sauce. The dish came with french fries and rice. The fries were buried in that sauce, making them unedible. I booked a reservation because this place is relatively new- i won't be back."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Not quite a fusion of South
American and Chinese. There is a bit of acknowledgement of Chinese diaspora into Peru and it's influence on cooking. Spices and flavors predominately Peruvian. Wine list pairs nicely with dishes. Been open only four months. Worth checking out."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Want authentic Peruvian? This
place has it! Delicious, friendly staff, nice atmosphere. Great Peruvian food has arrived in Oakland!"
Dined on 10/6/2013
Everything was excellent about
this restaurant. The presentation of the food was very, very nice. All food items we had tasted fantastic. The wait staff was friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the menu. The decor was elegant and classy without being stuffy. Highly recommend and will definitely go back again."
Dined on 10/6/2013
The neighborhood is a bit sketchy,
but the food is delicious! I will definitely return for the empanadas and fish."
Dined on 10/6/2013
Tambo was very good the food was
wonderful and the service also very good , the music however was too loud for the small space and totally over any idea of conversation even with the waitress to order , the band was very good and the singer also was very good but in too small place .They do not need the amplification . We are looking forward to our next visit but on a quieter time ."
Dined on 9/28/2013
The music is deplorable - much too
loud and up-tempo; chillout lounge would be a better choice. The Lomo Saltado was nicely presented, but too expensive (nearly $20) to consist of tough, unflavorful steak. Our server didn't know if any of their bottled beers were on the light side, or what a lager is (for the record, they do serve a Peruvian lager, but you'll pay $6 for it). The 'bartender' scowled at everyone and spent his time texting, which doesn't set a good tone. We won't be returning."
Dined on 9/5/2013
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