Dona Tomas

4.6
1651 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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Doña Tomás is a special restaurant where you can feel like you're at a lively villa in Mexico enjoying fresh squeezed lime margaritas in the courtyard patio or dining on delicious Mexican cuisine in the main room or the crimson red bar room.


With our seasonally changing menu and our love and respect for Mexican food and culture, we strive to present a culinary experience highlighting our favorite dishes from Mexico. It is our goal to prepare these classics with the bounty of what is available in the Bay Area, serving them in a fun atmosphere where the energy is always exciting.


We pride ourselves on serving unusual and long forgotten dishes that we have tasted and recreated from our many journeys to Mexico.

Please go to our website donatomas.com for our current menu.
Our menu is predominately gluten free. We are a family friendly restaurant and we welcome well-behaved dogs on our patio.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 450-0522
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dona Savitsky
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
51st Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dona Tomás never ever fails me. The Mexican toast, chilaquiles verde and the juevos rancheros are just to die for. Keep up the great work.

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San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Dona Tomas. Every single time. The dishes are inventive, delicious, beautiful. The Carnitas is worth writing poetry for!

If you drink booze, don't skip one of their tequila drinks. tasty.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious food and good ambiance, I am glad I went.

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IT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere and service were excellent, and the food was generally very good. The Chile rellenos were outstanding but the chicken mole enchiladas were dry and tasteless. The mole was delicious but there was too little of it!

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Keep up the good work! Consistently Excellent and a family favorite for years!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a well known cute little Temescal place. I was excited to try it and found it okay. The guacamole and chips were good. Carnitas was okay - a bit on the dry tip. The beans are either known for having no salt or didn’t have salt. It was odd. Husband ordered hash of carnitas, poached eggs and kale. He said the same. It was okay. Probably wouldn’t return but wouldn’t tell people not to go. It’s so popular that perhaps it was just an off day for what we ordered.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Would recommend if you get sat in the main room or the patio. If you are sat in the dive bar room then the experience is not as nice. Red walls are a bit abrasive and just make the already small space feel tight. Service was OK, food was tasty but took forever. To be expected at brunch I guess.

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TA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the back room.
The service and food were both delicious.
Being in the back I think it was a little quieter than the main rooms
Highly recommend

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chili Chilaquiles Rojo is always so good, I get it with half the rojo sauce and it is perfect.

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T
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second time going. The first time was to check it out. 2nd time was for my wife birthday...tables around us heard it was her birthday and broke out into happy birthday song, it was so sweet and made a special day even more special. Thank you!!!

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E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yes, I would recommend Dona Tomas. We were well cared for and had a 2 year old with us, so we appreciate that. This remains a favorite go to place for our family.

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UC
San Francisco
173 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and great not too sweet margaritas, highlight the dinner here. The chips are hearty and flavorful. We particularly enjoy the carnitas and the chilles rellenos and the salad de dona. Our trusted standby when all else fails!

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B
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Cozy place with super well-done food. They are vegan-friendly; if there for dinner be sure to ask for the vegan plate which is not on the menu.

I wish they had more vegan options on the brunch menu.

Recommended

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G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The decor could be improved. The food is very good, but I’d like more choices of entrees. The margaritas were really good as well.
The service was great, and they very nicely split our entree for us.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

With reservations! Way too noisy.
Car got broken into in the lot across the street while at the restaurant.
No fun.
Food was delicious, but with the noise level, probably won't go back for awhile.
Thanks for asking.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of our for years. Innovated menu, consistent over the years and flavors that will keep us coming back. Truly a first class special gem in Oakland.

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CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual memorial celebration. Great spot!

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic evening. From the moment we walked in the door, the night took on a surreal, magical quality. It could not have been a more satisfying way to spend Valentine's night.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was good. However for upscale latin food I was expecting more. Luckily my wife liked the food[LOL]. Lastly, ordered flowers through 3rd party from Crimson florist and was not happy. The flowers were weak and some droopy on arrival to the restaurant. Bit of advice to any casanovas out there, bring your own flowers, cause Crimson isn't what I anticipated.

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RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me, best nouveau Mexican cuisine in SF or East Bay. Original and unusual dishes, adequate portions, attractive presentation. Accommodating and friendly staff. Good for business, romance, or just hanging out.

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MP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Brunch with friends. Great food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love dona Tomás and have been going there many years.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Super tasty food! Loud enough that it was hard to hear across the table.

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

we loved the food and the service but the noise level is sooooo bad!!!!! We couldnt hear our dinner guests and they couldnt hear us and they are young!!!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food and cocktails were very good. The main problem we had is that we were seated in the rear “shed”, which wasn’t very comfortable (I swapped out a wood straight backed chair) and was loud. Also, the staff had trouble closing the door behind them as they came in and out from the cold rainy night. The other problem was that our second round of drinks did not arrive before we finished eating, so we canceled them and had dessert instead.

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JZ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited Dona many many times. Still the same, always acceptable and worth repeating every month or so.

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GP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great food.

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s
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is delicious. Choile Rellenos to perfection plus ceviche and everything elase.
Only complaint is that the tyabkle we had overlooking the cooking area as you go in, was way too dak. Our table and the next one had to use flashlights to see the menu and the food.
Addint a light would cure that problem.
Otherwise, terrific place especially becaseu we hosted people from Costa Rica who loved the food...better than any Mexican restaurant in their home country.
Bravo to you all....and thanks for a great meal.

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WM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks so much for making our family times special and working with our changing plans!!

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d
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch/brunch with delicious right-size portions that seem healthily made.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was superb, cocktails were on point- will definitely return. Recommend for date or special occasions

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CH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't find a better place to have a delicious brunch. Great food, atmosphere, and casual vibe. Don't miss the patio, its a fabulous spot which is super chill, quiet, and ideally sunny. Love this place.

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My Pipian Mole Verde and Rum drink were delicious. My son who had the Carnitas loved it and it’s heartiness. I am sure how authentic it is, but the flavors are great.

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p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best Mexican food that I've had in a very long time!! I have been looking for another Mexican Restaurant similar to Senor Nero's for years and I have finally found it. The food and the drinks were excellent!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food with lovely flavor. Much more than tacos and burritos. Fun atmosphere. Nice outdoor patio.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks were great and the flavors of the food were awesome and creative!

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K
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - every time!

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MN
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Simple space and food presentation. Appreciated the uncomplicated plates of freshly prepared, traditional courses. Quiet on a Tuesday evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Friends birthday brunch. Her food was salty.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a favorite. Best carnitas and margaritas. Friendly service and atmosphere.

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