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About Tambo Restaurant

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!

1414 Jefferson St
Oakland, CA 94612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Peruvian, Latin American, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am to 2:00pm, 5:30pm to 10pm

Saturday: 5:30pm to 10pm

Sunday: 5 pm to 10pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 663-8262

Website:
http://www.tamborestaurant.com/

Entertainment:

Executive Chef:
Patricia Rios

Private Party Contact:
Christian: (510) 246-6279

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Tambo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

3.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Cozy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Organic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wednesday ceviche day! Buy one get one free!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious as always! Really good Peruvian food, highly recommended

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

I take my mother to dinner about once per week, somewhere in Oakland. We have tried dozens of restaurants throughout the city, and we enjoyed this as much or more than anywhere else. The Peruvian food was creative, different, and exciting. We liked everything (save room for desert). The noise level was perfect (Sunday evening), and our waiter was friendly, attentive and prompt. The wine list was not long, but really fun to explore. It was a relaxed, comfortable and pleasant experience; the kind worth repeating regularly.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was extremely slow and they were out of a few things from their menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The ceviche, empanadas and sald were delicious! The sangria was overly sweet and disappointing. Everyone was nice and we are planning to go back in the next few days.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Greasy food, made us feel sick. Do not go.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The ceviche combo was outstanding, the perfect blend of flavors, the salmon with quinoa also very good and our server Natalie was knowledgeable and efficient. My husband really enjoyed the passion fruit sangria and sweet potato fries. The location of the restaurant is questionable sivgobearly and park close.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was OK but not great. The service was ok. I wouldn't select this restaurant again, but not because it was bad, it just seems like they could do better. I know there are better options in the neighborhood.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

I was wary when I first discovered this restaurant given the location (which isn't bad, but not in one of Oakland's many hot spots) and lack of reviews. But my wife and I enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The food was delicious, authentic, portioned and priced well, and presented exquisitely. Ricardo was our server, bartender and may be owner or part owner as far as we could tell. He was amazing and made us comfortable and made excellent recommendations due to our relative unfamiliarity with Peruvian cuisine. We *will* be back.

Give it a try!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food, service, and options. Something for everyone. Had the salmon and trout. Loved the dishes!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Tambo was really good. The Ceviche Sampler made me want more, the empanadas were excellent and all were happy with our entrees as well. Great service! Cordial, efficient and quick. Funky neighborhood....not in the cool James Brown kinda way, but improving. I would definitely return for an authentic and well presented Peruvian meal at a good price!

Tags: Spicy, Authentic
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Second time at the restaurant. The first time, they didn't have some of the items but, this time the did. Everything was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is the second time we have eaten at Tambo - and we would definitely return again. The cerviches and empanadas are exceptional.
The entree's are OK - we had the chicken, paella and a flank steak. Next time we will try their quinoa salad topped with a protein. Service is terrific. The environment is casual. We did not have dessert but would love the flan to be put back on the menu.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Good place with authentic peruvian food, well prepared and good service

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Authentic, Tapas, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was yummy. Service was cordial.
Went there to celebrate a family member's anniversary. We tried the ceviches sampler and empanada sampler, paella, beef, rock cod and another beef dish.
All delicious. We had a great time. Will bring hubby next time.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We really enjoyed this place for our anniversary. The service was friendly and delightful. The food tastes were very good, very special actually, though the entire presentation was not extraordinary. We would go there again and recommend it to you.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Tambo is our favorite Alameda Cty Peruvian place. It is more upscale than the usual budget ethnic, so the ceviches - which are more like aguachiles (yes!) - have NO filler. That's right, none of those handfuls of cheap corn nuts and piles of raw onions that other places use! It's all about the fish, which is sustainable/local whenever possible. The empanadas are delightful but note they are small, meant strictly as a light starter. All four varieties are very good. Sometimes the kitchen gets carried away with their stir-fried sides, especially with the rib-eye. This is the 3x I've had this entree and the side was way overwrought this time, with at least nine different ingredients including capers and sunflower seeds. When they keep it simple, the side is MUCH better. Don't miss dessert, especially the panna cotta, which is light and delicate, a beautiful version. Service is good but stretches thin at peak times, so be patient when the DR is full. These are good people and they work hard, the owner is a Master Chef at ceviche so they are perfectly balanced here!

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Was looking for good, unique food before a concert at the Fox Theater. This was in the neighborhood and we easily found parking right in front. Nice atmosphere, some interesting native art. Service was very good. Enjoyed the ceviche sampler, all of which was fresh & delicious. The empanadas were also tasty. The Ensalada Limena (added steak) was also very yummy. Portions were a little on the light side. Price was what I expected for a Peruvian restaurant, a little on the $$$ side. Would return and recommend it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food is superb! Each item was flavorful, creative and delicious. Get the ceviche sampler :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Good to excellent food; nice presentations; smaller than expected portions

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Tambo. Refreshing and wonderful ceviche
We thoroughly enjoyed all the ceviche and the fresh fish seafood.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Nice find. Especially before a show at the Fox. Simply, good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Expensive. There are other menu items I would like to try and may be back to do so. This was a "date night" date so we aren't worried about impressing each other with ambiance but it didn't match the prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The servers were welcoming and helpful. We ordered the strip steak with peppers, fries, and rice as well as the ceviche sampler. My partner enjoyed the ceviche sampler, but agreed the strip steak was even tastier.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

This restaurant was way way way overpriced. I came here because i had a Groupon, and it still wasn't worth the money. The food was good but the portions were teeny tiny. I'd never go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 9, 2017

The look and feel is sparse but the food - WOW!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Very good Peruvian food and if you haven't had this cultural delight you will be happy did.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Food was surprisingly wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant for foodies. Atmosphere rather ordinary, but comfortable.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

This restaurant was not crowded so the single server could easily handle all diners and still take time to answer questions and make recommendations with a cheerful disposition. We had the ceviche sampler platter and the empanada sampler platter with plantains and sangria and it was a wonderful meal.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The BEST Peruvian in the EBay! If you're accustomed to cheapo Peruvian stuffed with the usual filler of corn nuts, hominy and piles of raw onions, you'll be pleasantly surprised by Tambo's creative, upscale take on Peruvian food. Just the fact they follow Monterey Bay Aquarium Watch List on seafood makes them deserving of support (wish more SFBA places would do this too). Nice empanadas, lovely ceviches. Note the fish ceviches are very, very lightly pickled: more raw than 'cooked'. We like it this way, the local bass ceviche that night was better than 98% of NorCA's sushi places; truly sweet and fresh, and a huge serving! Love the rib-eye but note sides change up constantly (same ingredients but combined differently every time). Leg of lamb dish is a classic rice/beans/meat stew, delicious. Don't miss dessert: Tambo takes the ordinary-sounding and executes with flair. Parking difficult in daytime (near the twin Federal bldgs); easier at night. Neighborhood gentrifying but still a little rough around the edges - just lock your car and walk with confidence; you'll be fine. Don't let it keep you from some of the best food in Oakland!

Tags: Seasonal, Outstanding Value, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

We had made a reservation for 6:45 pm. We arrived a few minutes early & there were no tables available for 3. We waited at the bar. They owned have a wine & beer license. It took 10 minutes for somebody to even acknowledge if we maybe wanted to order a drink. We lost our patience & walked out!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

It was really nice to find an authentic Peruvian restaurant in downtown Oakland. The ambience is wonderful service was a delight the ceviche yummy.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We came here on a whim since we were in the area and the Yelp reviews were good. Both my husband and I have had our fair share of Peruvian food in the Bay Area so we came in very knowledgeable about the food and expectations. We started with the Causitas which is a potato appetizer. For $18 we were expecting more than just 3 tiny lumps. One had a tiny lump of crab, one with 1 fried shrimp, and one with 2 tiny pieces of octopus. Not only was this dish ridiculously over priced for what it was, it was the most disappointing dish I ever had, not only by Peruvian food standards, but by general restaurant standards. We felt texture in our mouths, but there was 0% flavor. For our entrees, I ordered the Lomo Saltado, which is my go to when I go to a Peruvian restaurant for the first time. It was edible, but very salty. I had to put my whole bowl of rice in the dish to blend with the sauce and tone down the saltiness. My husband got the quinoa dish which he was pleasantly pleased with, but not anything special. For drinks I ordered a passion fruit/strawberry vermouth cocktail that was $8. Tasted delicious, but felt like I paid $8 for a martini glass of juice rather than a cocktail and my husband ordered a Racer 5 for $6 which was a decent price for what it was. The server was adequate. Overall, we wouldn't come back to this place and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The service was the worst. They delivered our food after an hour, and it was cold. Looks like they forgot about us. The waitress seemed disinterested, and forgot to fill our water until we asked couple of times.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Ive be been to Tambo's 2x this week. The 1st visit was so awesome, I brought out of town guests the 2nd time. My gosh what a find if you love cerviche and good South American food and wines. The owner's a gem and will most likely come to your table and see how the food and service are. My new #1 favorite place to eat. Try it you'll love it but don't tell too many peeps

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

It was my birthday: all I wanted food that was authentic and satisfying. Score! They may need more servers? Other than that the food was well worth the wait when it was ordered. Salmon cooked to perfection unlike anything I've ever experienced. Also, the temperature for everything was perfect on every level. Taste more than satisfactory, we are definitely going again with family and friends.

Tags: Vegan, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

This is a wonderful as yet undiscovered (judged from the empty tables) restaurant in downtown Oakland. The food is solid -- particularly the Ceviche, a good value for the price, nice simple decor, good service. Nothing fancy, but a good value. I will be back. Thanks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Fun find and would go back when in the area. Loved the potato appetizer and the ceviche mixto!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Dinner with my lady. Had a good time and the food was great.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I had reservations but had a 40 minute wait standing before a table was available. The empanadas were good but the trout and beef tips were not that great. The food was too expensive for what we received. I will not go back.

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