El Patio

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

Recent Reviews

Maxwell “Max” Pearl

The food was really good. Flavorful and good sized portions. Nice assortment of options. Great for gluten-free people. (And good veggie options as well.) Fried yucca was delish.Food: 5/5

Alex Burton

Excellent food in an energetic environment. Fast service, and good “bang for your buck”. Ordered the duck fat fries (huge basket), and the Pabellón and they were both delicious. The Mexican mocktail rounded things out nicely.

Mary Freilich

Good food. Tacos were big and filling. Arepa was delicious. Hibiscus mocktail was refreshing.Food: 5/5

B. Young

Great food and quick service. But this place is really loud. Not the best for people with sensory issues.Food: 4/5

Patale M.

Really good arepas ! Believe me. I often get the vegetarian one; it has a good amount of platanos. Fun decor and very pleasant staff.

Diana R.

Wow. Just wow!!! Ive been craving good food for a while and found this place. The drinks are great, the food is fast and filling, and the service is amazing! I loved the bar tender she was super sweet and cute! Definitely recommend coming back here. The place has an intimate vibe but its clean and nice. Like a mix between a bar and a hole in the wall restaurant. The music was a vibe, the place was decorated beautifully. As a latina i felt this place was a celebration of our culture. 10/10, will be returning!! I parked on the street and it wasnt bad parking was free after 6pm

Spoon Carvalho

What a cool little find. How refreshing it is to walk in an place where the employees are welcoming. Food and cocktails were some of the best I’ve had in a long time. Oh, how cute is this place is!

Sue R.

Nice find on San Pablo Ave. Our drinks were really nice, and perfect quantity. Food was great too. Giving 4 stars only because the Chicken Arepas I ordered was too salty. Will definitely return another time.

William Tang

This place is fun on the weekend evenings! Their food is great and the hot sauce will probably make you cry.I love their mezcal margarita. It has a great smoky flavor.


This is an excellent pan-Latin America restaurant that has menu offerings ranging from Venezuela to Mexico. (Arepas, Empanadas, Tacos, and Latin plates). Excellent cocktails, food is made with care and not overly filled with grease or fillers, the setting is SUPER casual but the food comes with higher quality than I would have expected. Prices are very fair and you get a good deal for amazing food and cocktails.The restaurant has indoor seating, bar seating, and outdoor patio seating in the back. You order at the counter here then take a number and sit at your table. You are free to order more from the table as you please. The servers were friendly, the space was clean, and I never felt rushed to leave as I enjoyed my final cocktail.Highly recommended for the east Bay Area if you are someone who enjoys sit down Mexican food or Latin American food.10/10 worth the trip to Berkeley. Great coffee places and little shops to see afterwards to burn off the alcohol!

Susan Stewart

I’m in LOVE ? AMAZING FOOD AMAZING STAFF AMAZING DRINKS.A great time for small get-togethers. Or getting intimate drinks one on one. Something for everyone on the menu. Honestly an absolute go-to for me.

P. I.

Update: I came back here and sampled what is now my favorite drink in the east bay, the RANCHERO, is now my first place adult-oriented superdrink in the east bay, with my other favorite drink here being the Arabian Knight served at Zaytoon on Solano.The Arepa, a Venezuelan-Colombian comfort food festival in a thick tortilla, with black beans, plantains, meat, onions and various other ingredients is a mind-blowing cross cultural experience disguised as a stuffed tortilla, but don't be fooled. This is Latin soul food, in West Berkeley. The Staff, K***** ( I never name staff without their permission), is a great mixologist, and the kitchen staff is on fire with their food.Great people, Great vibe, and great drinks, makes for a great night.I hate to share this place, but duty demands that I recommend this place for all east bay folks who like great food and drink, with no pretense and at a great price.Now, on to my full Mezcal Review:I didn't get a chance to try the food tonight, as I came in to do some serious drinking with a friend. That will be for later review. But I can say that the staff here is absolutely dynamite, and initiated me into the maze of Mezcal (Tequilia's deeper brother), with a couple of fantastic shots, and a house drink, called a "Tepe", named after the famous Mexican drink "Tepache", a low alcohol fermented pineapple and fruit drink, from pre-Columbian times loved by both the Maya and the NahuaThe star of the night, was a shot of Bozal Pechuga Mezcal, made with Agave Cupreata (only on mountain slopes of the Rio Balsas basin) as a limited release from Mazatlan, Guerrero, and actually has a cooked chicken added to the second distillation, giving it an incredible flavor that I seriously had to stop and take in, as I had never tasted anything like that before. It was exotic, and rich, and for some reason reminded me of Charanda, a sugarcane liquor from the State of Michoacán, that I had one night that had been infused with the flavor of Carnitas.You might think that savory meat flavors and distilled alcohol do not go well together, but I'm sure someone at some point said the same thing about chocolate and peanut butter.Luckily for me I had good instructors tonight. Gian, Hamei, Stacy and the staff, are some of the nicest people I have met in the bar business, and the location, (a former notorious brothel from the 1960s where my mother worked), now has a back open-air deck, perfect for having a nice drink during a summer evening. I was told by the locals that the kitchen staff make incredible Venezuelan comfort food, (nearly impossible to find in the East Bay) and I'm definitely coming back to check it out, and to continue my education in the mysterious, magical, mercurial world, of Mexican Mezcal.I apologize for the lack of photos. I was too busy getting lit. Lol. Next time I promise!Piero

Lincy H.

Some of the best times are unplanned date nights! Hubby texted me, "Berkeley?" and I said "Say no more, we're going to El Patio!" We ordered 3 arepas! I'm not sure if I had arepas before but they are like pocket tacos to me and are absolutely delicious. 1. Reina Pepiada Arepa = shredded chicken, avocado, mayo, and mustard This one is jam packed! It was good but I felt like it was missing something... maybe needed some hot sauce to kick it up a notch. 2. Al Pastor Arepa= pork, cheese, cilantro, onion This one was both of our favs because it was so flavorful. Everything complemented each other so well. 3. Pabellon Arepa = shredded beef, black beans, plantains, and cotija cheese This one was tasty! I'm a sucker for sweet + savory mixed food. The plantains were so good. I also got a Michelada with a tamarind straw. One of the best I've ever had!! Love the vibes of the outdoor patio. I'm happy I got to eat good food and spend intentional time with my hubby. Shoutout to Megan H. (@sayimafoodie) for introducing me to this place!!

Vicki L.

Tasty burritos - grilled. Fast service. Chill vibe and outdoor patio. Service could have been better.

Nerina C.

Do yourself a favor and order a Margarita and the tacos. The tacos were probably the best tacos I've had in my time living in the Bay Area!

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