El Patio

2056 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
(510) 548-2222

Recent Reviews

Grace V.

We love to eat here. The servings are HUGE! We're completely obsessed with their tequenos, and my husband LOVES the drinks. It's a little cold during winter, I don't think they have indoor hearing maybe. But otherwise, this place is perfect.

Lo L.

One of the best freshes tasting pozole I've had! And they're duck fried fries and dip amazing!! And Our hostess made us some pretty good micheladas. Will be coming back !

Mark M.

YOU NEED TO EAT HERE! Traditional Venezuelan style food. The Empanadas, the Al Pastor, the traditional Arepas. I try not to speak in hyperbole, But these guys bring the real authentic flavor to the table for you. Lastly, if you're tough enough, ask for Tony's home made hot sauce. Awwwww snap. All this coupled with a nice friendly atmosphere in the front with high top seating as well as table seating.. But you can also sit out back in the outdoor patio. Bar tenders are very knowledgeable re differentiations with flavors and wines and styles of cooking. IF THERE EVER WAS A PREMIER NEIGHBORHOOD SPOT, this is it.

Cris H.

We had to leave because no one went to take our orders and this review is for the staff not the food! We were ignored by all the waitresses and waiter even tho he sit us and offered to take us to the patio. This never happened. Unbelievably lame , I wanted tacos so bad but I guess this dude cannot work on a busy night or he'll only focus attention big parties. We were going to pay for the food dude! I guess if we would have started walking away without paying for the drinks then he would have noticed us and tone fair the bartender lady was on point with the drinks!

Alejandro B.

Stumbled upon this place for lunch while walking around. First time here and really glad we stopped by. Food was delicious (quesadilla and burrito pictured) with a generous helping of avocado in the burrito. Also, the chef Tony was incredibly friendly, we chatted with him for a bit about the food. Will definitely be back to explore more of the menu.

Jill A.

El Patio was a fabulous surprise discovery! We we're meeting a couple friends for happy hour at La Mancha a few doors down, but did not have a good experience and left. We decided to try out El Patio and it was so delicious and a comfortable, relaxed, enjoyable experience. You must try the arepas! Oh my so good! We got the one filled with beef and plantains and fought with each other for bites. That alone is worth the trip. Duck fat fries had a yummy dipping sauce, guacamole has a nice bit of lime, and the black beans super good.Their signature cocktail is unique and a little smokey. The staff were super friendly, helpful and efficient. We all agreed we will be going back!! Oh the Arepas! Gotta try em all!!!!!

Sarah C.

The service was outstanding and the food is spectacular. Not only were we treated as family from the moment we walked in the door, the manager (tony) ensured our satisfaction throughout the entire meal. He was extremely involved in our dining experience and I would DEFINITELY recommend.

Alejandra Vargas

The bartender was great so was the patacon and the mezcal but the mánager wasn't too friendly

Hernan Padron

Excellent mezcal, patacones and arepas.

Kate N.

OMFG THE BEST TACOS EVER!!!!! TONY'S HOMEMADE HOT SAUCE HITS THE SPOT! Tony put sooo much love in the food, you can taste it!!!!! Ask for a Tony for a free sample "pork tacos" to DIE for!!! Chicken tacos ??? I'll get 3 pork (snort snort) Tacos please

Renee Araneda

Such a cute spot, great drinks, cool vibe, awesome bartender, and music was so good we had to bust out a little salsa! Wish I discovered it sooner, but now that I know about it, it's on! I didn't eat, but my friend said the food is really good too, so next time I'll visit for dinner.

James H.

Came here for drinks and ended up getting some food too. Friend ordered the camarones a la diablo which is a prawns over rice with onion in a red spicy sauce with a roti type bread. This wasn't too spicy but was tasty. Chips/guac are a good snack. Next time, will have to try the duck fat fries. The margaritas aren't too strong but a hidden gem is the Mexican whiskey. Service was a bit slow at times since the bartender was the server as well. Chef Tony is a magician in the kitchen. Will definitely be back.

Denise L.

Went for the first time today and it was delicious :) Do yourself a favor and start with the Yuca. Arepa de Paballeon was very tasty and the ingredients tasted really authentic. The staff were attentive and genuinely wanted to ensure we enjoyed our meal. I will be coming back to work through the rest of the menu!

Yatish Patel

Great mezcal selection and knowledgeable bartender. I only tried the happy hour tacos and highly recommend them. Will definitely be back.

Sanovia J.

We went here for a friends bday and had a blast. The drinks were good and so was the food! They had the music blasting and it just made for a good time. I love that they have outdoor seating with heat lamps and etc. If you want some bomb tacos, good drinks, a friendly atmosphere and fun in the Berkeley area I'd recommend giving them a try! They sometimes have drink specials that are only featured for that day so before ordering you may want to ask what the drink of the day is. What's better than good tacos and tequila?????

Ranulfo Alvarez

Excellent service coupled with good food and your favorite adult beverages. Simple it's and they keep this way. My second time here.

Ben Zumwalt

Great arepas, kitchen staff very friendly (chef introduced himself)

Brian McCall

Perfect mezcal bar with good food.

Maia S.

Arrived early and worried it was a millennial hang out and my friend who is a senior would feel awkward. Not at all. The crowd on the patio was quite diverse. We had Duck Fat Fries which were as good as you would expect. For an appetizer we had the Tequenos, fried cheese sticks with a very tasty garlic cilantro aioli. A Flaco Bowl: rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and your choice of protein. We chose chicken. Plus an a la carte carnitas taco. Everything was delicious and arrived quickly. We sat on the patio as one does at a restaurant called El Patio and enjoyed the atmosphere. I'll be back to try other menu items and some of those impressive cocktails.

Maia D.

Arrived early and worried it was a millennial hang out and my friend who is a senior would feel awkward. Not at all. The crowd on the patio was quite diverse. We had Duck Fat Fries which were as good as you would expect. For an appetizer we had the Tequenos, fried cheese sticks with a very tasty garlic cilantro aioli. A Flaco Bowl: rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and your choice of protein. We chose chicken. Plus an a la carte carnitas taco. Everything was delicious and arrived quickly. We sat on the patio as one does at a restaurant called El Patio and enjoyed the atmosphere. I'll be back to try other menu items and some of those impressive cocktails.

b j

Love the tacos. And the cook. He is always so nice and friendly.

Emily Odza

Love the attention to detail and freshness of food, the superb cocktails, and the unexpected tranquil patio.

Nitin S.

Best burritos and tacos in Berkeley. The tacos are super addicting! - Nice outdoor seating - Great place to watch sports and have some Mezcal

J S.

Good cocktails and solid food!! Good place with a nice patio but service can be faster

Mark Stephens

Omg all the tequila. My wife won't let me visit Berkeley by myself ever again and that's saying something.

Cesar Diaz-Cedano

Great place to relax, staff is super friendly..!! My co-workers and I had a great time here! Way to go guys! The kitchen is delicious I loved the empanadas!!!

Juan David Giraldo Gómez

Cool little place. Good is ok and one bartender was cool, the other one not so much. But charmy place.

Dustin G.

Patio kitty likes skritches. She's a tough little street kittay but if you give her skritches she protec your table. Food was good but come back for kittay.

Dana B.

Easily in contention for best tacos in the Bay Area! Super friendly staff-- a neighborhood joint-- terrific ambiance. Looking forward to explore more of the menu and order up a cocktail.

Pranav M.

Food, vibe, and service are on point. You have to ask for Tony's salsa picante. Tony is the man!

Will Feliciano

Great food and atmosphere! we will come back again soon for sure!

This P.

We sat on the patio for 15 minutes and no one acknowledged our existence, even though we passed by a couple of people on our way in. Finally, we went inside to ask if we could order. The young woman at the bar was insanely rude, rolling her eyes and giving huge amounts of attitude. I got so fed up with her that I said to forget it and walked out. We live close by and try to frequent and support local establishments. We always walked by this place and wanted to try it out. Now we understand why it's so empty all the time.

Shirene B.

I had this place on my bookmarks for awhile. After happy hour at La Marcha, my bf and I decided to go somewhere else for dinner. After walking down to Missouri Lounge and not finding any restaurants, we walked back to El Patio since they had a sign advertising 90+ mezcals. After being advised we'd have to order at the bar, we decided to skip the patio and have a tasting of mezcal and some eats. The bartender didn't seem too interested in providing that or any knowledge of any of the other mezcals there besides the one in the signature drink. We ordered some eats: yuca fries, pozole and an al pastor arepa. Fries were good. BF said pozole portion was small especially since he had to ask for more cabbage. I really liked the arepa. Drinks were okay. Food 4 stars. Service 2 stars. Overall 3.5 stars, knocked down to 3 for the dog sitting on stool at the bar.

Eva scipio-givens

Welcoming, great mixologist, friendly, great drinks, excellent food, duck fried fries, fried yucca, arepa-- Chef Tony is cool!

Constant E.

The shrimp tacos here are fantastic but if you ask nicely when they're not busy they will make nachos for you. Their mezcals and tequilas are definitely top-notch. Honestly this one time I just ate all the rice and beans because it was so yummy for a moment in my life carbs did not matter. The Al Pastor tacos are pretty bomb as well super flavorful not white washed.

Cristina Wardrip

The most delicious Venezuelan arepas Ibe ever tried. Tacos are awesome too and the guacamole is like none other. This is a must if you are in Berkeley

Shai C.

I was hungry, and didn't know what to eat since everything looked good on the menu. The bartender suggested I get the Quesadilla with Al Pastor. And, it truly did not disappoint. It was delicious and big enough to feed 2. Pricing wasn't bad either and the drinks complimented well.

Michael Maxwell

Comfortable, friendly environment, combined w tastey food made for a great experience on their chill patio. I recommend trying it for yourself. Dont worry pricing is easy on the wallet. Be well and blessings. Max.

Logan Jones

Easily one of our favorite places to go for incredible food and drinks with a relaxing outdoor patio. The service is always great and you feel right at home the second you walk in. The best empanadas and burritos I've had in years, especially with the Carne Mechada.

Eduardo Leon

Great food and service! The Venezuelan food is excellent! So authentic