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Dona Tomas

4.5
1467 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
What 1467 People Are Saying
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service
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Margaritas were excellent!!!
Mole enchiladas were very good.

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JonPehn (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We have been going to Dona Tomas for many years, since soon after it opened. Always a good spot for flavorful mexican food. Great margaritas ("La Reina" and "Especial"). Always good service. We went this time to celebrate Valentines Day. By the way, if you like moles, they can't be beat!

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MiklosG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

exceptional gourmet cuisine. order the menu and be surprised.

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vipHappyDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time at Dona Tomas. The Carnitas were fabulous, and for cocktails, I highly recommend the El Matador. Spicy!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Wait staff was attentive and discrete! Thank you!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Cocktails were unique and fun and the chille Rellenos was outstanding

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vipbigkahina2wipedout (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent as usual. Well worth the prices, which are commensurate with the quality.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Server was ok , she did not know what non alcoholic drinks they served . The carnitas was very dry .

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Staff was accommodating to seat us earlier than our reservation and service was casual and friendly. Was in the side room rather than the main area which was dark and lacking in ambience and also next to the exterior door (was very dark so perhaps it was decorated better than I remember). Ingredients were puzzling - some sort of cream sauce and mushrooms in the Carne Asada and carmelized onions in the shrimp tacos. I'm hardly an authority to say if it was authentic or not but it tasted overcooked without any clear, fresh flavors that I think of with Mexican food. Overall dining here was a disappointment after hearing about Dona Tomas for so long. I really enjoy the food at Tacubaya in Berkeley however which I think is an affiliated restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and drinks.

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kate21 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food,service,libations. As always, a lot of fun.Great staff!

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vipDinerJohn (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food at Dona Tomas continues to be great. As others have noted, the dining room is pretty dark and a bit loud. In good weather, the patio is preferred. The service was great.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Not what it used to be. Kale was steamed to a flavorless pile of mush. Overall food was ok but nothing special. No longer worth the price

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

A cozy meal, we ate in an additional "back room" out back past the patio. It was quieter than the main restaurant, which I appreciated! Every item we had was delicious, and it felt overall quite homey and sweet.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious food and very friendly service. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try this place. Excellent Sunday brunch. There are at least 4 things I’m looking forward to trying next.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

way too loud. need some soft materials on the walls. food was good. server was over extended

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Rose (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

This is upscale Mexican, not a burrito joint! The food is always tasty, relatively healthy and inventive. Dona Tomas is also very accommodating of food allegergies and has many vegetarian options. Nice cocktail list, but I'd like to see more variety in the beer selection.

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vipUCity63 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Wonderful high end Mexican food, and good service. This place is a dependable favorite.

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vipCaptain (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Although Dona Tomas is usually a pretty noisy restaurant =, we got seated in their back room, which is away from the main dining area - room for only three or four tables and very quiet by contrast. The food, as always, was fabulous and the pulled pork is , as always, our favorite.

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JhimBeau (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

This visit was as wonderful as all previous visits have been. Kind and flexible staff. Very tasty food. These dishes are beautiful to look at – real conversation pieces; however the lighting in the back area indoors was so dim on this visit we could not see our food. Desert suggestion, order a side of camote and dollop a bit on to the chocolate cake. They are meant for each other! Thanks again DT!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

I do like this place, but there are a couple of drawbacks to eating here. One: I don't feel the food is worth what they charge. It's possible they were having an off night, but... Two: it would be nice if there were enough light to actually see the menu. I'm sure the low light is romantic, but I would like some idea of what I'm ordering without having to ask what it is, or having to use the flashlight from my cell phone (which everyone in our section was doing.)

On the plus side, they have a great selection of tequila.

Other than the drawbacks noted above, not bad. But not great.

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vipMindboggler (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good value for the Oakland Restaurant Week prix fixe. Best carnitas and margaritas in town!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Food and drinks were exceptional but it was so noisy my ears ached.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Once again Dona Tomas delighted us with a delicious dining experience. The best chips and guacamole,Chile rellenos and lime pie!
Great place to celebrate a birthday too.
Excellent service.

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CAJ22 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. Had a great time. Drinks were great, but in upper-end pricewise for standard Bay Area cost. I also thought the taco entree was a bit expensive with two tacos for $21, but they were the tastiest shrimp tacos I have ever had and were overstuffed.

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BillyB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Been here 6 times and each meal was memorable. Fantastic service, nicest waitress in America and outstanding creative food. A bit pricey, but well worth it.

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MANX (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Absolutely the best carnitas in the Bay Area!!!

I look forward to every visit and I can’t wait to go back and have the carnitas again (I order them every single time I eat there)! Be adventurous and switch out the rice and beans with the amazing seasonal side dishes....the corn on the cob in the summer is crazy good!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

They print out a special birthday menu with your name on it!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

exceptional service
exceptional food
exceptional cocktails
yumm!

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MrsRobinsonSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Absolutely love the food - the special Seasonal Chili Relenos in the walnut cream sauce are delicious

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