Simply the easiest place to go in Berkeley for lunch with the under 5 set. The chips if you are lucky to get 'em warm are heavenly. Everything is tasty and the kids actually eat! The tortilla... making is very fun too. The staff is very friendly and will always get us an extra tortilla at no extra charge.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
Tried Picante just this past Saturday after reading many positive reviews from citysearch as well as Check Please, Bay Area, and unfortunately, was pretty disappointed. We ordered two entrees (the... chicken mole enchiladas and carne asada plate) and an appetizer (chips and salsa fresca). the appetizer came after we got the entrees. both entrees lacked flavor and was rather bland. the carne asada was dry. the salsa fresca had no spice whatsoever. out of all the food, the only items that were decent were the rice, complimentary salsa, and chips.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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Posted on Citysearch on: 7/9/2009
Simply the easiest place to go in Berkeley for lunch with the under 5 set. The chips if you are lucky to get 'em warm are heavenly. Everything is tasty and the kids actually eat! The tortilla making is very fun too. The staff is very friendly and will always get us an extra tortilla at no extra charge.
Posted on Citysearch on: 5/19/2008
Tried Picante just this past Saturday after reading many positive reviews from citysearch as well as Check Please, Bay Area, and unfortunately, was pretty disappointed. We ordered two entrees (the chicken mole enchiladas and carne asada plate) and an appetizer (chips and salsa fresca). the appetizer came after we got the entrees. both entrees lacked flavor and was rather bland. the carne asada was dry. the salsa fresca had no spice whatsoever. out of all the food, the only items that were decent were the rice, complimentary salsa, and chips.
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/17/2007
I went to Picante because CITYSEARCH rated it #2 out of ten best Mexican restaurants.. I've tried Dona Tomas already..good for California style Mexican... I wanted authentic and this was rated the highest.\rI cant understand why!!!?????\rI ordered green enchiladas...Lousy, lousy lousy...no flavor\rit came with the worst tasting refried beans... which is hard to mess up\rthe only thing that was good and with authentic flavor was the rice\rwe also ordered super nachos and honestly remember the nachos bellgrande from Taco Bell tasting better than Picante's nachos\rmy husband order the carne asada he said it was ok if you like cold meat..flavor was alright\rI was not surprised that not one Latino was dining there...fresh should not equal to no flavor\rPicante's only authenticity is the Latino waitstaff\rIf anyone wants real good authentic Mexican food go to Jay n Bee Bar/Martha's Kitchen in SF on 20th and York...everything is made from scratch...including the chips that they fry themselves.\rHonestly , Picante is no comparison
Posted on Citysearch on: 6/26/2007
So good all the time, I've never had a bad dish at Picante. And, they make margaritas from scratch (fresh lime juice), not from a margarita mix -- so awesome!!
Posted on Citysearch on: 3/5/2007
Picante is some of the freshest Mexican food you can get in the bay area, hands down. Their chips are made from scratch as they make their tortillas, their guacamole is the perfect balance of chunky and silky, and their tostadas (loaded with greens, jicama, carrots, beans, and whatever meat you desire...or not) are to die for. While I like Cactus Taqueria in Oakland quite a bit, they're not even close to being in the same league with Picante. That being said, this is NOT a place you should frequent (at least during peak hours) if the presence and noise of many, many small children isn?t your cup of tea - Picante has found it?s niche with every little league, soccer team, birthday party, and frazzled parent of infants and toddlers throughout the northern east bay. But even if you?re not into the kid scene, I would highly recommend Picante for it?s fresh, delicious food, electric agua frescas, and some of the best flan this side of the border. My boyfriend would also be terribly disappointed if I didn?t mention their chicken enchiladas verde as well ? we?ve been eating here for years and he orders it almost every time. Viva Picante!
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/30/2006
Seriously so good, and such a good price too. It is full of kids at peak kid-dining time, no doubt. But go a little later to avoid them. The food is awesome, and they make a great margarita (no margarita-mix junk)!! The people who work there are always really nice, as are the customers.
Posted on Judysbook.com on: 10/22/2006
I discovered this restaurant in one of our mom's night out parties and fell in love. It is a kid friendly place with real good food. They use Niman Ra...
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/4/2006
No, I'm not kidding. This place is rarely mentioned in the same sentence as Cactus and Gordo's are, perhaps because it is off the beaten path. However, don't let its location deter you. In a city full of awesome Mexican food, Picante is the best spot for a burrito. All of their meats are marinated for hours, if not days, and then grilled to perfection. Not too big but definitely enough to fill you up. Little details such as guacamole topped with queso fresco, homemade agua frescas and tortillas made to order remind eaters that Alice Waters thought of everything when she opened this place up years ago. During lunch hours and on Cal football days, lines can run out the door. Come winter, when the crisp air sets in and burritos/tacos are more than your stomach can handle, opt for the chicken tortilla soup. It's simply amazing.
Posted on Citysearch on: 9/15/2006
Now that I have the haters on me, Picante is a LARGE, cavernous place. It's a great place for people with kids who desparately need to go someplace where they won't get frowned on, and can meet others' with kids. So that's good for them; but not so much for the rest of us. The food used to be better, but it's still very, very good. Housemade tortilla's are fantastic no matter what you order with them. Their quesadilla's are pathetically small; I think they're made only for the kids. Tortilla soup, ceviche, carne asada, tortas, chile rellenos are all excellent. I hate this place when it's mad crowded; it seems that parents don't care that their kids scream and throw food all over the place, but otherwise, it's a great place to go. And you can linger for a long, long time and no one will bother you. Oh, and the hot chocolate and coffee are to die for. But honestly, beware, peak times make this place unbearably loud and crowded, and the rugrats make it impossible for those us who've passed our toddler days. Fair is fair: us childless folks have the option of enjoying picante in the down hours. Leave the peak hours for the parents. But do go for the food; it's excellent.
Posted on Citysearch on: 8/27/2006
Wonderful, fresh Mexican comfort food. Great staff. Casual dining arrangement, but each dish I've tried demonstrates careful attention to detail. And I must say this: the Mexican chocolate angel food cake is good -- dangerously good.
Posted on Judysbook.com on: 12/9/2005
Picante is a west Berkeley institution. nothing fancy, but quick. the kids love it. good basic Mexican style food. I like the Manchamantelle (sp?) mo...
Posted on Judysbook.com on: 8/23/2005
The name of the store is exactly what they serve. Super spicy food. Bring something that'll cool you down or else you won't be able to finish your f...
Posted on Citysearch on: 3/14/2004
I went Picante for the first time tonight (Sunday). I got there at 7PM and it was REALLY crowded. There were around 30 people in front of me in line. However, the staff was very efficient and we turned out only wait for 15 minutes, which is acceptable. The food is pretty impressive, great taste, great value. And dont forget to try their Flan (baked custard) next time. It is SO GOOD. I can go to the restaurant again just for the Flan. Highly recommend if you want quality Mexican food with great value.
Posted on Citysearch on: 1/17/2003
We went to Picante recently and were very disappointed.I used to look forward to their chips......they were lightcrunchy and tasty! They were the best around. The chips we had recently were stale,overcooked chips from possibly yesteday's tortillas.Our dinner plates were at least 1/3 smaller than the samedinners we had 6 or 7 months ago. The food has neverbeen great or authentic but that day it was very ""so-so.""We have never been too fond of the ""ambience"" there.It is always very noisey and it always seems too claustraphobic. A lot of customers are rude and snobby......it makes the atmosphere very unfriendly.The STAFF however is always very nice and welcoming.
Posted on Citysearch on: 1/15/2003
My husband & I come here almost every time we are craving a delicious burrito. Our favorite is the chorizo y pappas. We get a large glass of the agua frescas to wash it down.Prices are great and portions are big! A regular burrito will fill you up fine, but you can get a super if you really think you can handle it. =) They also have dinner plates if you're really hungry.The atmosphere is casual and friendly. You can easily come here with family and friends, get seated and have a fun & filling dinner. Only burritos in the Mission are any better than this!