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About Dona Tomas

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.

5004 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
51st Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 450-0522

Website:
http://www.donatomas.com/

Executive Chef:
Dona Savitsky

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

Dona Tomas Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
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Fun (12)
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Special Occasion (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (8)
Spicy (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Romantic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on January 3, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 24, 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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

exceptional service
exceptional food
exceptional cocktails
yumm!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our favorite spot for brunch. New discovery: crispy potatoes!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

the food and service and cocktails are top notch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very good friendly service.
Yummy food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been to Dona Tomas several times. Each time the food is fabulous. The staff very friendly and professional. We have also been there with family who also enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Great local neighborhood spot. Recommend to anyone who loves authentic Mexican food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Spicy, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dona Tomas used to be a more "adult" restaurant with great food and service. The last two times we've gone (over past year), it seems to be a 20s, 30s clientele and there are a lot of children including babies around. I like kids a lot, but I prefer not "family friendly" restaurants.
Seeing a baby crawling around on another group's table did not go over well with me.

In any case, the night we last went, the waitperson was pretty bad and we complained to her several times: she took my plate without asking if I was done (I had to ask for a take home bag), never asked if my husband wanted another drink or if our dinners were OK, brought my take out bag and was ready to drop off the bill w/o offering a dessert menu, offered my husband a coffee refill but said nothing about my tea, was defensive when we brought some of these lapses to her attention. A manager who was very nice stopped by and wanted to hear what happened; we complained we also felt like we were being rushed out; she offered to comp us dessert.

The food arrived fast (like in less than 10 mins). My husband liked his steak; my carnitas plate was OK but not great. The handmade tortillas were the best thing. The carnitas was dry, beans and rice were fine, salsa ordinary. The food here used to be much more interesting with nice presentation.

Oh well, at least I knew Dona Tomas when it was really special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sat on pretty patio. Quiet attentive staff and excellent, creative dishes. Flawless experience really.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have enjoyed meals before at Dona Tomas. On this occasion, I made a disappointing selection. The salad was great. The shrimp tacos, not so much. The tortilla was thin and tasteless -- reminded me of won ton skins -- the filling was loaded with grilled onions and a few cut-up pieces of foul tasting shrimp. We should have ordered carnitas. My friends were happy with their selections.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

the carne asada was the most flavorful I have ever had. My companion said she felt the same way about the carnitas. Beautiful from scratch margeritas

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The best margaritas I've had anywhere! We had wonderful service and wonderful on this visit.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is always amazing - creative and delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Friendly service and delicious food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I've been to Dona Tomas many times over the past decade and food quality seems to slip a bit each time. My family used to think this was very fresh, authentic Mexican. No more. This past visit we were in the "back shack" which is a bit removed from the the hub bub that makes for a social evening in a social setting. Three diners, three different entrees, all just "okay". No fresh food taste pop and a sneaking suspicion that they'd been recently microwaved before arriving at our table. My enchiladas were smothered in mole - way too much. None of us came close to finishing our entrees.
No plans to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

It had been at least 6-7 years since I’d been there. It was just ok. I liked it better before, tonight it was just so so.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I hadn't been to Dona Tomas for a number of years, and was delightfully surprised that it still seemed fresh and new - the food was well-prepared and delicious! I ordered a magarita that was very good - tangy but not too sweet. Just perfect, really!

Great, relaxed atmosphere!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food wonderful folks - we have been going here for years and we love it.

Last Friday we went for my birthday. It was a little unfortunate that the folks at the next table were very loud. Fortunately they left. This has happened at other restaurants on occasion.

Tags: Healthy, Spicy, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and service. The shrimp tacos were some of the best we've had. They were also prepared for and great with our kids who colored and enjoyed their quesadillas and tortilla soup!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always the place to be on a patio and warm weather.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As always, pleasant patio, excellent food & deft service. Becoming our go-to restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great ambiance, fresh and delicious ingredient combinations.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Reserved a table several days ahead via OpenTable for 4 for a Friday evening dinner with friends at Dona Tomas. Arrived on time, and our group was escorted wayyyyy to the back "casita" room past the outdoor patio, to a corner table that was partially obstructed by a waitstaff station. The rest of the entire place was busy, but not definitely not full; when I objected to sitting at the obstructed corner table, I was sharply informed by the hostess that they needed the adjacent empty 4-top table and there was nothing she could do. Not 5 minutes later, other waitstaff arrived and separated that table into two 2-tops that sat empty for another hour, so clearly the hostess didn't "need the table." The casita room definitely had spare tables over the course of the evening, very quiet room. Food was tasty, adequate portion size; good cocktails. I've eaten here at least 10 times prior, both with and without making reservations, and this was the worst seating and hostess experience I've had. I hope this is not the new normal for Dona Tomas.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very good food and service. My word to the wise has nothing to do with the restaurant but parking in front of a home in the neighborhood, or perhaps on Telegraph, would be better than on 52nd Ave. where there are no store fronts because several cars windows were broken before 8pm the other night, despite nothing obvious to steal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I was disappointed that the quesadilla couldn't be made vegan, but I love the secret vegan plate! Ask your server. :-)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Maybe it's us, but we didn't like the mole sauce as much, dishes were a lot spicier. Staff great as always, we enjoyed our evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

A family get-together for Sunday brunch...we all went away wanting to come back here. Everything was wonderful. The food was great and ample--ny wife and I did not eat dinner that night. The service was friendly and attentive and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was superb. We ate outside and it was perfect! OOne of the best meals ever!

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dona Tomas is jem in The Temescal neighborhood... the food is always excellent, freshly made with local tea ingredients, and their margaritas are the best ...

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Staff were great. Unfortunately the food was not. Halibut (which I love) was very over cooked and tough. Not sure I'd go there again for the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fish completely dry, cooked too long.
Margheritas were very good.
Had to ask for refills, lots of peole
waitress seemed distracted. Only 2
things vegetarian.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food, cool drinks and a cool patio on a hot evening. Perfect!

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were giving this place a second chance since our last visit was disappointing. It continued to disappoint. Food and service misses the mark. Everything needs serious attention and a more concerted effort to be better in food quality and service. We do not plan on going back given all the other great choices available.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I have never eaten in a restaurant that was soooo noisy, in both seating rooms . Mega beyond energetic. Needed to shout to communicate with moderate success. Maybe lunch is ok, never again dinner. Had not been there in a few years and the menu was way smaller. Pork carnitas were charred to a crisp . Disappointing since I had liked it before

Tags: Hot Spot
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