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Picante

Picante

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Berkeley
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  • crystal l.
    crystal loDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    great place to hang out with your team after a game at gilman fields. love the shrimp diablos (camarones a la diabla) burrito and an order of nachos is huge.
  • Nino E.
    Nino EAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to get a huge plate of Mexican food and bring your babies. Very family friendly and excellent dishes.
  • Marshall M.
    Marshall MermellDecember 30, 2012
    Try the Hevos Con Chorizo. Three organic eggs scrambled with chorizo and served with choice of beans and tortillas.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nachos are massive, way too much for 2 people. Really delicious though, I thought everything was super flavorful. I wished I had 2 stomaches so I could eat it all
  • Jon H.
    Jon HauptApril 22, 2016
    Excellent menu with useful guides for vegan, vegetarian and other dietary needs.
  • Luis David S.
    The nachos are an absolute must, makes them a super and add grilled chicken. The taquitos were also good! Nice and cozy
  • George D.
    George DyFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome burritos. I have my favorite, but everything is delicious. And all the salsa you could ask for.
  • Jessica N.
    Jessica N.February 16, 2014
    For maximum flavor, be sure to get the chorizo con papas! Then try all the salsas and find your favorite.
  • Zack S.
    Zack StocktonJune 16, 2015
    Come for coffee and stay for breakfast. This cafe de olla is out of control good. Do yourself a favor and have one.
  • Olivia s.
    Olivia sSbbetJune 1, 2015
    I loved it. Went for a birthday, ordered and steak burrito, it was fantastic. Bet burrito I've ever had
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HardyJune 22, 2015
    We have had 4 meals at Picante, odered something different every time, never a disappointment. I would recommend, but don't want you to come make them to busy. 8-)
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 21, 2014
    For takeout, call in your order before you drive over and they'll bring it out to you curbside!
  • Catherine K.
    Catherine KeelerOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food here is bland to some palates but it's a family friendly place with consistently high quality well-prepared for the American palate
  • David A.
    David ArrantsJanuary 30
    Manchamanteles mole as tacos, burrito or a plate is absolutely a party in your mouth. Love this place.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is delish. Personal favorite is the carne asada tacos with pintos and lots of their salsas...
  • Mitsu H.
    Mitsu HadeishiAugust 10, 2011
    Love this place! Everything so good - except the horchata. Get the watermelon instead
  • Luis G.
    Luis Gachuz-MezaDecember 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Their brunch can be stellar, but still a bit bland. Chocolate Angel Food Cake is really good!!! Original and tasty!!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarverJuly 2, 2011
    Electronic table service system means I can forget the chips & guac and still save the day by ordering from the table!
  • Woob G.
    Woob GlampungJuly 1, 2015
    Tasteless dishwater vegetables, crunchy, dry rice, and shrimp that tasted off in a very forgettable red sauce. Will order something other than Shrimp Diablo next time.
  • Fido Factor
    Fido FactorAugust 3, 2011
    Awesome Mexican food and you can sit at the front patio tables with your dog.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJuly 26, 2015
    This place is tasty and easy with kids. Other than that it's hard to recommend. There is nothing special here.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dogs welcome on the patio! But follow the rules
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FinkAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the huevas mexicana and cafe de olla for a leisurely weekend breakfast
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StoneMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the manchamantales (sweet-savory red chicken mole). The plate is my fave, but it's delicious in any form. Yum!
  • Kouros M.
    Kouros MohitApril 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    We like the American Mexican food here. I use lot of red and green sauces.
  • Christopher L.
    Nachos are awesome, and everything is super huge portions.
  • EriC B.
    EriC B.November 11, 2014
    Fish tacos, cochinita pibil tacos, carnitas tacos
  • Mfizz K.
    Mfizz KSeptember 7, 2016
    The fish tacos are to die for👍
  • Catherine K.
    Catherine KeelerNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe de olla - a true treat!
  • Curtis L.
    Curtis LamJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You get a massive amount of chips for a buck. Way worth it.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MacDecember 30, 2011
    I love the sopa de azteca whenever I have a cold. Or when I don't.
  • Michael Q.
    Michael QuinnMarch 5, 2010
    Manchamanteles. Picante's version of chicken mole. Incredible. Often referee to as the 'tablecloth stainer'.
  • Timisha K.
    Timisha KingJune 3, 2013
    tostada salad and enchiladas are bomb as usual
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas HartNovember 12, 2014
    Best Mexican brunch food in Berkeley.
  • Pamela R.
    Pamela RouseJanuary 4, 2013
    Try the Chorizo Con Papas - My favorite
  • Peter v.
    Peter van HardenbergSeptember 21, 2014
    Root beer on tap was a pleasant surprise.
  • Harlan H.
    Harlan HutsonMay 1, 2013
    Get the guacamole...it's delicious!
  • David N.
    David NeumeyerFebruary 25
    Wonderful ceviche and shrimp diablo
  • Jomar E.
    Jomar EncisoMay 18, 2012
    Not all that...I always pass by here everyday and have always wondered what the food is like...not all that
  • Olivia R.
    Olivia RuizMay 10, 2016
    Fish tacos! A cold beer!
  • Dennis K.
    Dennis KellerNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great if you bring kids. Food is okay.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WhiteNovember 10, 2015
    Chili rellenos are incredible
  • Robert V.
    Robert VaughanNovember 3, 2011
    Good carne asada, not fond of the a la carte menu
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HortonAugust 28, 2014
    Good salsa bar, really fast service
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkerAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chorizo and potato super burrito.
  • Scott L.
    Scott LeathermanJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with the Mole Sauce--it is simply amazing
  • Scott L.
    Scott LeathermanJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with the Mole sauce--it is amazing
  • Kenneth G.
    Kenneth GilmoreJune 16, 2013
    Dont come to Berkeley without going here!
  • Salvina B.
    Salvina BAugust 6, 2011
    empanadas are awesome!
  • Brett L.
    Brett LewisApril 9, 2012
    Say hi to Jim....he is a pimp
  • Eric L.
    Eric LoweSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    carnitas tostadas. Better than sex
  • Janah B.
    Janah BermudezMarch 22, 2016
    Super steak burrito!
  • Luis G.
    Luis Gachuz-MezaDecember 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I really want to like the food here, but the food is bland, a taste you can't even enhance by habanero salsa...presentation is beautiful, but there's something missing...
  • Todd W.
    Todd WagnerFebruary 15, 2010
    Carnitas tacos are top notch yum.
  • Diana A.
    Diana AspilleraAugust 19, 2010
    Love the Tortilla soup
  • Woob G.
    Woob GlampungJuly 1, 2015
    Go to Tacubaya instead
  • Andy S.
    Andy SmithJune 2, 2009
    take advantage of their free parking on the opposite corner
  • David L.
    David LibbyDecember 24, 2009
    Get the chorizo and papas
  • Scott M.
    Scott MaceMarch 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pescado burrito ... YUM
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