We love getting lunch or dinner here. The food is really good & the atmosphere can really be made to work.

Arrive early enough that there’s sunshine & sit on the patio. They have heating lamps on the side patio & the twinkle lights are super cute, so it’s a good place to hang out. There’s also a nice patio in the front, but it is on the road, which is a little less secluded.

Sweet Patio with Twinkle Lights at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

While sitting outside is really fun, I’m not as much a fan of the indoor seating here. Your options are limited to one large room with a ton of tables that has NO WINDOWS or nice booth seating near the door… that gets totally overwhelmed with people walking by once their line gets going.

Sweet Patio with Twinkle Lights at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

Which brings me to my next point: Get here early. They have a pretty intense “rush hour” around lunch & dinner, with the line often extending right to the door. They have you order up front & then bring your meal out to your table, so it’s a bit quicker than a traditional restaurant & they do have a ton of kitchen staff, but if you go during their rush hours, you should still expect to wait to order & then again to get your food.

Sweet Twinkle Lights & Art on the Patio at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

BUT. The food is worth the wait. They’re known for their commitment to local, organic fare & it’s all very tasty, too. Whatever you end up ordering, make sure to find yourself some of their à la carte sauces (in the fridges by the utensils) & taste away. So good.

Love the Colors at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

We always start with their chips & guacamole. Sure, it’s a bit pricey to order chips & guac and a meal, but this is one appetizer that you just don’t want to miss. The guac is fresh & super delicious & I love how they only serve thick, homemade tortillas.

Also, check out that presentation & those radishes! Gorgeous & delicious – sign me up.

Amazing Chips & Guacamole at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

We also get margaritas here. They’re strong & not the best margaritas I’ve ever had in my life, but I do like a good drink with my chips & guac & I’m pretty happy with this choice. Kinda a classic for a Mexican restaurant, right?

There are also classic beer choices & other drinks if you’re not inclined towards the Margarita.

A delicious Margarita cocktail at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

I got the cheese enchiladas with refried beans & the green chile sauce. It’s a really good flavor combo, although I couldn’t eat all of the cheese. Next time I’ll get the veggie enchiladas, but I avoided it this time around because I’m not a huge fan of zucchini & that’s actually enough to sway my choice (I just think they’re gross, okay?).

I absolutely LOVE the homemade tortillas. They have one lady dedicated solely to making fresh tortillas, right in front of your face. She has a huge pile of masa & she rolls them & flattens them & cooks them with so much speed & dexterity. It’s one of my favorite things to watch AND to eat. I honestly think it’s the homemade tortillas that help to make this restaurant so good – there’s nothing quite like masa right off of the griddle. Yum!

The burritos are also really delicious here. Not pictured because a photo of a burrito is boring, I’m always impressed by their ingredients & the tastiness & flavor of their burritos. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Delicious Queso (Cheese) Enchiladas at Picante in Berkeley, California // WeAreAdventure.us

The tacos, on the other hand, are a little disappointing. I’ve had theirs more than once & I’m always a little surprised at how cut & dry they are. Did you order a chorizo & potato taco? That’s literally ALL you will get: tortilla, chorizo, potato. I always feel like there should be a bit more on there, especially for the price. (See my photo of these tacos on Instagram right here, if you want to know what I’m talking about.)

Overall, a good experience & this could be a fun place for a relaxed date when you still want quality. Get there early, sit under the heat lamps on the outdoor patio, & get a margarita & some dinner.

VISIT / 1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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All photos by Simone Anne for WeAreAdventure.us

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