Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana

Located in the edgier part of old Oakland, Tamarindo is no run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. Housed in an open brick-walled space, it exudes a vitality (even midweek) that jibes with the food, much of which is small plates and easily shared. Familiar fare like tostaditas come layered with earthy black beans, chipotle chicken, crisp chopped cabbage and avocado topped with crema on handmade tortillas. The food is not devoted to one region but takes the best of Mexico and gives it a fresh update. In particular the infused smokiness of the tamarind mole and the chipotle sauces add extra edge and depth. Order some of the house sangria, or better still a tequila cocktail, and suddenly a workday dinner begins to feel like a Friday night fiesta.

sweet seats

Sit at the only bay window table for an intimate dinner, or for something more relaxed, drink and dine at either of two couch areas near the entrance.

chew on this

Tamarindo, opened in late 2004, is a joint venture between mother and son. Alfonso Dominguez was in charge of designing and building the space, and his mother, Gloria Dominguez, designed the menu.


lunch: Mon.–Sat. 11 AM–3 PM
dinner: Mon.–Thurs. 5 PM–9 PM; Fri.–Sat. 5 PM–11 PM
bar: Fri.–Sat. 5 PM – 12 midnight
closed Sunday
no reservations

price range for menu items

$5 (grilled corn) to $21 (skirt steak)