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La Taza de Cafe - 25 Reviews - 3909 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-1005, Oakland, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (510) 339-7400

La Taza de Cafe

3909 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-1005
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 339-7400
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La Taza de Cafe - Oakland, CA
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I know this sounds like sacriledge, but I wish my mother would have cooked Cuban food like this. I know, I know you aren't supposed to badmouth your mom's cooking, but... the Lech...


I am always on the lookout for this kind of cuisine. I had been looking forward to going to this restaurant all week. Well, the food was not good. I had the baby spinach salad-...

Poor Service and Food Not Very Good 4/21/2009

CarlosSt Provided by Partner
Tonight my girfriend and I decided to try La Taza de Cafe. I have heard many good things about it, and the idea of going some place that sounded fun and tasty was to hard to resist. But the experiences ended up being memorable for not so good reasons. When we arrived, we were not asked where we would like to be seated, and on this hot day, outside would have been the prefered place, but we were steered to the inside middle room. I had to open the window myself. The waitress was kind, but the service was very slow, and just getting a glass of water or a drink was a major effort for me. I walk with a cane, and I had to get up and find a waitress or busperson to serve us. When we did ask for water from three different people when seated, we never received water. So stars off for service. The food was not up to the price. We had several small plates. Most were bland. The paella was not good at all, the dish lacked any flavor, even with the chorizo. The best item on the menu was the asperagus with ham. Lets give them a star for that dish. The drinks where O.K. but then again you have to get them in a timely manner. The bill with tip came to 120.00. I am giving this one star only to be nice, but I could not recomend this place to anyone. I am sorry for having to say this. Pros: Nice location Cons: Poor Service and Bland Food more

coffee 11/18/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
it's weird that there is not wifi here. however, it worths trying here. i had a hot latte in a cold night. it's taste great. these tables an... more

Nuevo Cubano Intrigue 8/5/2007

oaktowngal Provided by Partner
I know this sounds like sacriledge, but I wish my mother would have cooked Cuban food like this. I know, I know you aren't supposed to badmouth your mom's cooking, but... the Lechon Asado I had at La Taza over the weekend, was the best. Being Cubana, via Miami, I've eaten my share of Lechon Asado. Though I still think my mom's Ropa Vieja was better, it's the idea that there putting a twist on the dishes that is especially appealing. Try the Costillas de Guayaba...smoky, tangy sauce, really Good! Finished with a Cafe Cubano, my central nervous system thanked me. Want to go back on another Saturday to hear the Cuban Son and get a table on the patio this time. Viva La Taza! Pros: Serious Mojito, Cool/Cozy Ambience, Interesting Dishes more

Best tapas in the Bay Area! Definately worth the wait! 6/21/2007

oaklander9 Provided by Partner
I have been hearing raves from so many people about this place and we finally made it in. What were we waiting for? We had one of the greatest experiences out we have had in months, and we go out a lot. The food was superb. The service, informed and attentive. It is incredible when you find a place that not only has a large selection of interesting takes on authentic dishes but actually has at least some clue on how to prepare them. I was very impressed with the quality of the food and it was certainly an added bonus to be able to dine outside on the tropical setting of the patio. Something else that most venues in the area are unable to cater to. I would definitely give this place the thumbs up for those looking for delicious food and a greatly welcoming atmosphere. Pros: Delicious plates, welcoming atmosphere, Hip vibe Cons: Nada more

Incredibly tasty tapas. Best place you may have never heard of !!! 12/1/2006

fisherking Provided by Partner
Not enough good things to say about this place. I have had almost all the dishes, and each one is very good, and very tasty. The plates are small (they are tapas), and consequently one has to order many in order to get a full meal. But being that tapas are all the rage right now, I like this place as a nice alternative to Cesar in Berkeley and Oakland. As I said already - the food is VERY good. Each bite is full of flavor, and the ropa vieja is incredible. So good, I wish I could have just paid extra and gotten a bowl of this delicious shredded beef stew. Atmosphere is nice too, and I have been there with 2 people, and with several, and it was good both ways, although you benefit more from having a larger party, so that you can order more, and try more of the dishes. The only negative thing (and to anyone who eats tapas, this is HUGE) is that they do not have a liquor license, and therefore only offer a very limited number of wine/champagne based drinks. I cannot understand how someone could open such a great place, and not realize that if you are doing CUBAN FOOD, there NEEDS TO BE RUM! If they can get this one detail sorted out (buy the license already), then this place will be king. But I don't know how anyone can eat tapas and not want a glass of sherry, or brandy, or rum. So if the alcohol part is secondary, then definitely go here. If you want great tapas AND the best alcohol selection this side of the Mississippi, go to Cesar. Actually the owner of La Taza should take a cue from that spot, and attempt to create as diverse a selection of alcohol as they have. Plus La Taza needs to know - great food may bring people in, but great alcohol will keep them there. None the less, go eat here. Pros: VERY tasty tapas/antojitos. Cons: NO LIQUOR LICENSE! more

Corazon de Cuba 11/28/2006

Peter Provided by Partner
Sexy, delicious and unique -- three words I'd use to describe Jessica Alba. But, hey, they also apply to Taza. They're not your normal cuban tapas... more

Hot Latin Sounds: CUBANACAN! 8/1/2006

janikp Provided by Partner
The food is delicioso, the drinks are muy exotico, but it is the hot Latin Sounds that make this the PLACE to be in Oakland on a Saturday eve. The CUBANACAN TRIO presented us with an unexpected delight in the authenticity of their renditions of classic favorites. Pros: MUSICA more

User review by mirthaq 4/7/2006

mirthaq Provided by Partner
They were good at their last location, but now I would say they are excellent! The waiters, bartenders and all other staff are very attentive and friendly and seem to be completely all about the guest. The food was great, the dim lights makes for a romantic atmosphere. Definatley a ten in my book! The sangria was fabulous, and the tapas offered were wonderful. We are food lovers, and we were completely won over. We ordered almost everything on the menu and it was all delicious. We are so glad we have a place in the area to have great food and listen to live music. I will be telling everyone I know about this place. We'll definitely be back. Pros: Excellent Food, Attentive Service, Comfortable Atmospher more

An Evening Well Spent! Great Neighborhood Spot! 4/7/2006

cantaroo Provided by Partner
I first ventured upon La Taza as they were putting their new sign up, and have since dined there twice. Both meals were extraordinary - the Salmon Mojito, the grilled Lamb Chops, and the seared Scallops were all notably delicious. Service was excellent with an infectious enthusiasm. The waiter was attentive and polite without being overbearing, and, when I didn't like the choice of wine that he'd suggested for me, he immediately whisked it away and brought me another without my asking. The night was topped off with a seat in the bar for a port flight while listening to Brasilian singer. Great! Probably among the best meals that I've ever experienced. Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Port Flights more

Total Disappointment 4/4/2006

valabra Provided by Partner
I am always on the lookout for this kind of cuisine. I had been looking forward to going to this restaurant all week. Well, the food was not good. I had the baby spinach salad--it tasted like it was mass produced in a cafeteria, the tostones-they were burnt and dry )how you you get this wrong!!!??), the ropa vieja- it tased old and salty, the snapper alamadine-it smelled like bleach and the yucca frita-it was bland and when we wanted salt we could not find our waitress so we had to get up and find it for ourself. The place was freezing and the worst part of all of it wa that it is sooo expensive. This is just not a good example of good cuban/latino cooking. Pros: The wine was good Cons: Bad food, Too expensive, Below average more

Feeling back at home @ La Taza Bodega en Oakland 10/22/2005

geneveve Provided by Partner
I have been here in the states for about 9 months from beautiful Argentina. Having nostalgia for my Buenas Aires I have found a place that brings me back. The interesting mix of foods from my country y Cuba, delicioso. Our server, from Colombia was so nice and attentive. She explained all our questions. This place really brought me back to a Bodega in Buenas Aires I was regular at. My sister comes next month. La Taza will be the first stop for a wonderful dinner. Charming. Pros: FOOD, Ambience, Servicio more

Nasty Food Nasty Food Nasty Food 10/16/2005

jewdew Provided by Partner
How many times can I stress this enough? The food was terrible on our visit. We ordered a beef kabob that was dry and tough and smothered with grease that had no discernable taste. Our prawns were also overcooked. The rice on the prawn plate was about a tablespoon, and they charged $15! All the dishes were tiny and nasty. I am new to this area, but I have had tapas at Grasshopper and Fonda and their food was so very much better. This place is a lat down and should be avoided at all costs. Pros: the server was polite Cons: food lousy, small portions, expensive more

Highly recommended! Magical Night. 10/14/2005

chiarabel Provided by Partner
Visited La Taza last night and had such a great time. It was a friends birthday and did he ever have a blast. We came with about 10 people so the delicious tapas were just right and the sangrias were out of this world. The servers were so warm and attentive. The birthday boy felt so comfortable he got up to dance with the belly dancer. It was great... and to top it off we recieved a bottle of champagne from the owner to toast the occasion! This was a very unique experience. My friends and I can't wait to return. Thanks for a great night! Pros: Delicious Tapas, Yummy sangrias, Great service more


greekstyle Provided by Partner
I was not impressed with this restaurant at all. Our food was tasteless and uninspiring. Our waitress was awkward and the manager was rude. The portions were so small we thought they were appetizers, not tapas. My wife is from Barcelona, THESE DISHES ARE NOT "REAL" TAPAS!!! This place is not reccomended. Do not go there. Pros: um, there are none Cons: bad food, bad food, OVERPRICED more

Not recommended 9/26/2005

madmax33 Provided by Partner
Myself and 5 friends ate dinner on a friday night at this resturant which offers a belly dancer as entertainment, they then in turn, charge each person a $3 charge in the bill and tax it as part of the bill. When this was brought to the managers attention, he was very rude about it and said, " that he hoped the community would support the entertainment". If the resturant wants to offer it, it should pay for it or make it well known to the customers that they are also paying for it....not in small print on the menu. more

A Little Piece of Heaven 9/22/2005

jenjacob Provided by Partner
I am so happy to actually take the time to write a review that deserves it. This small restaurant tucked away in the Oakland Hills is just perfect. We had such a wonderful time...enjoying the delicious food and the warm ambiance. The service is warm and the entertainment a added plus. What keeps us coming back are the savory dishes and creative specials that change so often. Keep up the good work.... we are there! Definatley! Pros: FOOD, Ambiance, Service more

Expensive, tasteless food and LOUD environment 9/13/2005

oaktownlady Provided by Partner
My daughter and I recently went to La Taza. We couldn't carry on a conversation -- the restaurant was WAY TOO LOUD. We added a LOT of salt and pepper to everything we ordered. Everything we ordered was incredibly tasteless. Oh, and after spending more than our normal eating-out budget, we were still hungry when we left! I live close by but will not go back. When they advertise SMALL PLATES, they mean just that. Not a lot of food for your money. Cons: small plates, tasteless food, loud atmosphere more

Not Worth Your Money 9/1/2005

maria77 Provided by Partner
This place is great for meeting up for drinks with friends if there's a band playing but that's about it. All of the plates that we ate were tasteless. We ordered the rice and beans and were given half a cup of beans and half a cup of rice. We asked for more rice and they charged us an extra $3 for it! Even the sangria tasted like it was made with cheap liquor. Your money would be well spent somewhere else. Pros: Atmosphere Cons: Price & Taste more

Unique California Cuban 8/3/2005

jadranska Provided by Partner
We were there last Sunday night for the first time and we were thoroughly impressed with the interesting menu and pleasant service. Its amazing that this place is tucked away in the hills because it is very difficult to find good live cuban music, especially cuban son. I started with the baby spinach salad that was highlighted by a completely unique apple tarragon vinaigrette, followed that with plantains fried to perfection and a chicken dish with a aromatic ginger sauce. These dishes were outstanding, clever, detailed and timed well from the kitchen. The capper here was the special. The manager explained that the plums came from a tree on the patio, made into a mojo (a little garlicky) with pork medallions and an incredible plantain and pancetta mash.... sweet, balanced and perfect exploration of California style Cuban! Pros: Excellent Flavors, Great Service, Intriguing atmosphere more

Good food, great ambience, not the best value 6/25/2005

atomicsilicon Provided by Partner
I just brought a friend here for her birthday. It is a very nice place and the music was wonderful. However, after paying the bill, I found myself reflecting that it was a steep price for the quality/portions of the meal. We are spoiled by all the great food in and around San Francisco, so it is easy to nit-pick a good restaurant such as this. However, all that said, we would probably not return just because of the cost. There are so many other great places to visit. To my friends, I would probably recommend that they try it once if they are in the area as the food is excellent. I would just warn them about the price... which is what do I for you now my favorite reader. Yes you! Pros: Good food, Great Staff, Fantastic music Cons: Expensive, Limited Vegetarian more
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