Tambo Restaurant

4.4
257 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
An authentic Peruvian restaurant located in the heart of Oakland. Tambo offers a selection of types of ceviche, an assortment of Peruvian tapas, and a variety of organic South American beers and wines. Tambo is staffed by knowledgeable and trained professionals with a focus on customer service!

Tambo has been recognized as a REAL Certified restaurant by the United States Healthful Food Council. This means that patrons can rely on the restaurant for nutritious, sustainable and tasty food!
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AP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saltado de Pollo was incredible!

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exquisite, individually prepared Peruvian cuisine served with warmth and pride. Super friendly, low-key, casual ambiance. The best Peruvian food I've found in the East Bay in an unlikely, slightly sketchy, but very convenient downtown locale. A local gem.

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GH
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been there twice for lunch and have enjoyed it both times. I think that the prices are very reasonable and the menu offers some unfamiliar (for me) Peruvian dishes. My meals have been good but a little bland, if the flavors were stronger it would really stand out. I will probably go back.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating my birthday and I wanted to find a menu that would satisfy the meat-eaters, the pescatarians, and the health conscious. The food at Tambo exceeded my expectations. Beautiful presentation and every person raves about their dish. The ambience was relaxed and culturally artistic. We could hear each other talk. We ended the meal with a couple of delicious Peruvian desserts. And, the cost was modest compared to other fine dining in the area.

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BB
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ceviche Good and paella very good. I didn’t realize that empanadas were fried rather than baked. They weren’t greasy but I just don’t like fried food. Quinoa salad was tasty but had too much dressing . My friend liked his lamb dish.

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ME
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was delicious. it was just perfect for a fun night in Oakland.

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DU
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was incredible. I will definitely be back very soon!

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ceviche was the best I ever had! Not a single drop left on the plate.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service and most authentic Peruvian food in the area, tasted just as I was in Peru!

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

My first time here and my wife and I loved it. I was in the mood for Peruvian, so I made reservations for dinner. Everything was delicious.

We started off with the mixto ceviche which includes calamari, sole, shrimp, and two different types of corn. It was so flavorful and had a nice amount of heat.

I ordered the Lomo Saltado, which is beef tenderloin, tomatoes, fries with Tambo Lomo sauce and rice. You can also add a fried egg and substitute rib eye for the tenderloin both of which I did. I really liked the dish as ordered. I wasn't sure the fries and the rice would work together, but it was very good.

The wife ordered the Patarashca, fresh trout with aromatic spices, citrus garlic sauce, sweet plantains served on a banana leaf. We both really enjoyed the trout, it was so tasty.

For dessert, we had the alfajores which are a light and flaky cookie that are not overly sweet. It was a great finish to a great dinner.

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AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! I made reservations for my boyfriend's birthday as a special treat since he's Peruvian and we both love trying new restaurants. It was a good idea that we arrived 15 minutes early because we were seated almost right on time - there's a bit of a wait especially since his birthday is on Valentine's Day.

I ordered lomo saltado, replaced the beef with ribeye, and had two orders of their Clasico ceviche. Both were amazing, hence why I ordered two ceviches. My boyfriend ordered a seco I believe and beef empanadas (he also ordered two of the latter). Let me just say that the lomo brought me to tears. The level of intent and art infused in the dish! Oh my! and the green onions on top - you almost never see that at a peruvian restaurant but it was a tip as to how knowledgeable they are about balancing and emphasizing flavors. The chicha morada was really good as well.

Anywho, we loved it and spent almost 2 hours there. It was a bit of a wait for our food but it was worth it and no one was rushing us to leave. We will definitely be back! 9/10 (not perfect because I think the location and size of the restaurant could be bigger but it's not as important)

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly service! Street outside was piled high with trash and ruined ambience of evening and restaurant! Makes one wonder about cleanliness of this restaurant.

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PB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Tambo on a Friday night and it was fairly busy. There was only one person who was serving, taking orders, seating folks, making drinks, etc. We stood around for 10 mins before they could seat us but that's OK as the service and food after was fantastic. The lady who served us, the only staff that night, was lovely and apologetic. She gave us a free drink for the wait. Overall, a lovely restaurant in Oakland. Great food and service. I had the passion sangria (yum) and Quinoa Salmon (delicious).

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

Pricey but delicious and filling.
Definitely worth the experience if you love food.
Server was very kind. Bit slow due to maybe one cook on the day we went. Ceviche was so delicious. Plantains were perfect. All food was fresh and flavorful.

Decor was clean and lighting was perfect. Small restaurant so reserve a table during peak times. And got a bit noisy.

Would go again for sure.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ths food was outstanding from start to finish. The empanadas were heaven and the trout was one of the best meals I've ever had!

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PC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful fresh food and good service. I will return again .

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S
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tambo is an oasis in that part of town. Fabulous food, great prices, and the staff are welcoming, attentive and just make you feel comfortable.

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RR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great find for a pre concert dinner. Shared the Ensalada Anduna, and enjoyed the Lomo Saltado and the Seco de Cordero. We enjoy the complexity, balance, and affordability of the Chilean and Argentinian wines they offer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Reunion!

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P
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, well prepared. Lunch service was slow and a bit chaotic - but it appeared someone had not shown up to work that day.

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XA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This food was amazing! The flavor was superb and the plate sizes were also generous. Looking forward to going again!!

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MW
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food and service here! We had a wonderful Friday night date with great drinks and service.

Loved that on this occasion my fish dish was ready sooner than my partner’s and the waitress brought my dish out not wanting it to get cold. And we split that and then shortly the other dish came out. We usually split whatever entrees we get so it was just perfect!!!

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RC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was nicely done and the server was exceptionally attentive and friendly. I enjoyed my fist try of Peruvian food and beer.

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KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table for a large party on a Saturday night. Everyone was late. I know how inconvenient this is for a restaurant but the servers and host were so accommodating and friendly. The appetizers and salads were exceptional. We had a variety of items, fish, steak, paella. Everyone thought their meal was delicious. I can't wait to go back.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really great Peruvian food. Excellent flavors and great variety. Super happy with all they had to offer.

I would recommend asking to space our your order. We did not Ana everything came st once which was a little overwhelming. Might want to keep a menu and order one thing at time, as they were quite quick on appetizers and salads.

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MG
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Enjoyed the meal, but seemed to have less authenticity than previous visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Made reservations at 8pm and ordered at 8:10, I didn’t get my food till 9:05 and not once did the waiter come ask us how we were doing or even let us know that our food was coming. I also had to go to the bar to get another drink. Overall the food was good but the service was horrible.

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AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I enjoyed the food but we basically had to beg for it. More than once. The kitchen was really backed up. After asking for our food 4 times, they admitted that they never put in our order. Once they realized it, they were apologetic and gave us a good bit of free food and sangria.

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JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Arrived a few minutes late for our reservation but were seated quickly. All or virtually all of the tables were full, but they only seemed to have two people working the tables on a Saturday night. Ordered food relatively quickly, but it took 40+ minutes for our food to arrive. Two tables that were seated after us got their food before we did. I ordered the chicken, my wife the fish entree. My dish had virtually no taste, no vegetables, and one potato wedge about the size of a french fry. The plate was basically standard white rice and stringy tasteless chicken with a tasteless sauce. My wife's dish was fine. Overall, we had to wait too long to be served food that was well below par. I read the other reviews for this restaurant and despite the fact that there were a number that said that the place was only fair, we decided to go anyway. Don't order the chicken and be prepared to wait longer than you should for overpriced mediocre food and service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tasty ceviche and empanadas. Ribeye was yummy but potatoes undercooked. Drinks and other dishes also tasty. Service slow. Ended up pricier than expected for a Tuesday night, however - about $60pp.

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MM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a 7:30 reservation and weren't seated until 8PM. The food was good but the ceviche was a bit chewy and did not sit well with me that night. They ran out of Empanadas and Lamb. They definitely need more staff to help. I would recommend Tambo only if you are not hungry or in a rush.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great find in downtown Oakland. The restaurant was understaffed the evening we were there, so things were slow but the server was apologetic and very nice. What really mattered was the fantastic food at a good price.

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small to medium sized plates, food was tasty, service we good.. I would recommend.

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F
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day Treat! So yummy!

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WM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was fresh and flavorful - the flavors in our appetizer (ceviche sampler) and entrees (lamb and paella) were good though nothing special or exciting. Service was warm and friendly - it's fairly casual but nice. I felt the prices were a little high for what we were getting... not shocking but the ingredients were pretty basic for near $30 entrée prices. I've been to another Peruvian restaurant (Parada) and felt that they had more variety, flavor and new/different tastes to offer than this restaurant - I would have liked to see that here too.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great! we had the beef empanadas it was a great choice! We also had Seco and it was total comfort food the lamb was tender and very tasty!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ceviche was delicious and I loved the rocoto hot sauce. Our waitress was lovely !

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

One of entrees was terrible and food was cold.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great, especially the mushroom empanadas and sole ceviche! It was very busy! There was a mess up with the seating but was fixed and the server was very friendly

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WG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! I would definitely come back here. The lono saltado was really really good!

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