Rumbo al Sur Restaurant Circa 2012

For several years this was Rumbo al Sur website. The restaurant opened in 2011 and closed in 2015. If you enjoyed the tastes of South American food, this was ta great place to visit.
Content is from the site's 2012 archived pages.

Yelpers report this location has closed.

4239 Park Blvd. Oakland, CA 94602
Hours Of Operation
Sun: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Mon: Closed
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri, Sat 5:30pm - 11:00pm


Join us for a culinary trip in a southerly direction - enjoy tastes from Mexico, Peru, Argentina & Brazil.

. . . Our goal is to take our guests on a culinary trip in a Southerly direction – to countries like Mexico, Peru, Argentina & Chile. . .embodying the lush flavors, rich music, the warm and jovial experience each country evokes.

Chef Matt Colgan

Rumbo al Sur is a wonderful and convenient destination for private parties and events for up to 200 guests.We have many beautiful spaces and tasty menu options that can be customized for your special occasion, and we offer unique amenities including a private entrance for your guests, private bar and parking.

We’re convenient to both Highway 13 and Highway 580, making access easy for your guests.




Oakland Restaurant Week

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Jan 14, 2015

Rumbo’s excited to be among Oakland’s finest for Restaurant Week! We will be offering the following menu, January 15th – January 25th. $30 Dinner Option Hearts of Romaine Salad Grilled Corn, Radishes, Reggianito Cheese & Pumpkinseed Dressing OR Rajas Quesadilla with Goat Cheese & Guacasalsa Enchiladas de Pollo Crimini Mushroom, Swiss Chard, Oaxaca Cheese & Pepian Verde OR Cazerola de Mariscos y Pollo Manila Clams, Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken & Saffron Rice Churros OR Mexican Chocolate Ice...



Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Dec 30, 2014

Join us in celebrating the end of a great 2014, and to toast to an even better 2015! We will be serving added specials to our regular menu: CRUDO DE SALMON Salmon Tartare, Grapefruit, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber Yogurt Vinaigrette, & Plantain Chips CARNE A AL PARILLA Grilled Rosemary-Garlic New York Steak, Winter Vegetables, & Chimichurri PIERNA DE PATO Roasted Mary’s Duck Leg, Arroz Verde, & Mole Coloradito Cazerola de Mariscos Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, & Clams with Saffron...


Rumbo’s Cuban Birthday Celebration!

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Nov 13, 2014

Join us in celebrating Rumbo’s Third Birthday! Saturday November 15th  Thanks to all of our patrons and continued support!   Cuban Specials Torta Cubana with Potato Chips Cazerola de Mariscos Mussels, Manila Clams, Shrimp & Crab in a Tomato Broth Congri Black Beans, Rice, Fried Plantains & Crema ~ Capiratada with Vanilla Ice Cream & Tequila Caramel ~ Old Cuban...



Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Oct 3, 2014


After many inquiries and much awaited ado – our Whole Pig Roast is back! Join us on Saturday, October 11th for a a fun a delicious night! Achiote rubbed, and slow roasted in banana leaves, the cochinita is served with coconut rice, pinquito beans, pineapple-habanero salsa, and housemade tortillas. And of course, topped with crispy chicharrones. At $20/plate this is a great deal. Make reservations to secure your seat!      


Mother’s Day

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on May 6, 2014

To all the special women in our lives, our mothers & loved ones: Happy Mama’s Day! Come by Rumbo for a special Sunday. We will be serving up delicious specials for the moms, but don’t forget to bring the flowers! Seared Peppercorn Ahi Tuna with Watercress, Grapefruit, Mango Salad and Cucumber/Serrano Vinaigrette Grilled Salmon with Asparagus, Chioggia Beets & Avocado-Cherry Tomato...


Pig Roast May 4th


Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Mar 25, 2014

PIG ROAST SUNDAY May 4th 4:30 – 9:00pm Rumbo’s Pig Roasts are THE BEST in town. We roast an achiote-rubbed whole pig in our Caja-China, and serve it with black beans, coconut rice, grilled pineapple salsa, house made tortillas and cracklins at $20 a plate. SO MUCH DELICIOUS. Reserve now!


Lovers Day

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Feb 7, 2014

Valentine’s is Here! Come on by Rumbo with your special one(s) and feast on these Specials: Shrimp Cocktail with Housemade Crackers Smoked Ribeye with Hen of the Woods Mushroom Sauce, Potato Croquetas, & Sauteed Spinach Chocolate Love Fest for Two Heart Shaped Red Velvet Teacake, Bittersweet Warm Chocolate Melting Cup with Coffee Crema, Milk Chocolate-Passionfruit Truffles, and Bittersweet Chocolate Heart-Shaped...


RestaurantWeek Pig Roast

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Jan 10, 2014

2014 is starting off to a great start. We’re very excited to be participating in Oakland’s Restaurant Week coming up Friday, January 17th. It will last until Sunday Jan 26th, and we will be offering the below menu. To finish off the month we are hosting our much beloved PIG ROAST on Sunday January 26th. This month has delicious written all over it!       RESTAURANT WEEK MENU Friday Jan 17th – Sun Jan 26th  $30 1st Chicken Tortilla Soup or Romaine Salad 2nd Chiles en Nogada or Chicken...


Happy Holidays!

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Dec 16, 2013

  HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!! The end of the year is inching closer and closer! Rumbo will be closed on Tues Dec 24th & Wed Dec 25th for the holidays. We’re hoping everyone has a wonderful time with loved ones. In the midst of last minute shopping, please don’t stress on where to spend New Year’s Eve – we’ve got a great idea… here! We’ll be adding some specials to our regular menu and celebrating up a storm!! Bring your dear friends & family and party like it’s about to be 2014! Call...


New at Rumbo…

Posted by Rumbo Al Sur on Sep 10, 2013

NEW WEDNESDAY SPECIAL! These Hamburguesa Sliders will blow your mind! Beef Sliders with Oaxaca/Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Roasted Hatch Chiles, Chipotle Aioli, on our House-Made Pretzel Buns. 3 for $12. We’re making Wednesday the new Friday.       FIRST FALL PIG ROAST: Sunday September 29th Our whole pig roasts are a special treat we bring to you about once a month, but this time it’s been two! In case you haven’t partaken, we roast a whole achiote-rubbed pig in our Caja-China. It is served with Black Beans,...




Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sun Until 6:30pm

$6 Margaritas, $6 Sangria, $6 Caipirinhas
Chicharrón de Pollo $8.
Nachos $8



We’ve expanded our Taco Tuesday deal to EVERY DAY! But we’ve kept Tuesdays special by offering a
drink special all night:





with Espolon Tequila
$8.5  GLASS / $42.5 PITCHER


Happy Hour Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sun Until 6:30pm
$6 Margaritas, Sangria, Caipirinhas
Chicharrón de Pollo $8, Nachos $8


Malbec Extra Brut Rosé, Bueyes  ~ 8/32.
Mendoza, Argentina 2014

Torrontès / Chardonnay, Reginato ~ 9/36.
Mendoza, Argentina 2009




Chardonnay, Chilensis ~ 10/40.
Maule Valley, Chile 2012

Sauvignon Blanc, Chocalan ~ 10/40.
Maipo Valley, Chile 2013

Gewerztraminer, Lafken  ~ 11/44.
Valle de Casablanca, Chile 2011

Torrontes, Rutini “Trumpeter”  ~ 10/40.
Mendoza, Argentina 2011




Rosé of Syrah, Casa Patronales ~ 9/36.
Colchagua Valley, Chile 2011




Cabernet Franc, Siete Fincas Reserve ~ 10/40.
Mendoza, Argentina 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon, Bueyes ~ 12/48.
Valle de Uco, Argentina 2010

Carmenere, Casa Patronales ~ 10/40.
Maule Valley, Chile 2011

Malbec, Las Nencias ~ 12/48.
Mendoza, Argentina 2011

Malbec, Mi Terruno Expression ~ 12/48.
Mendoza, Argentina 2011

Enamore Blend, Allegrini + Renacer ~ 12/48.
Mendoza, Argentina 2011

Pais, Luis-Antoine Luyt,“Pipeno”~ 10/60.
Mendoza, Argentina 2011

Pinot Noir, Grey  ~ 12/48.
Leyda Valley, Chile 2012



Sangria del Invierno   9/36.
Brandy,Wine, Patron Citronage, Fresh Fruit

Atacama   10.
Pisco, Guava Juice, St. Germain Elderflower,
& Muddled Lime

Tepache Cocktail   10.
Tequila, Pineapple, Canela, Piloncillo, &

Yerba Seca   10.
Ransom Old Tom Gin, Dry Sherry, Cocchi Torino,
Chuncho Bitters, Sangria Preserved Orange

Margarita de los Abuelos   13.
Espolon Tequila,
Cointreau, Lime

The Donkey Show   10.
Tequila, Bourbon, Passionfruit,
Hibiscus Bitters & Squirt

Lolo’s Goods   10.
Reposado Tequila, Pomegranate,
Ginger, Lime

Batida do Coco   10/40.
Cachaça, Toasted & Sweetened Coconut Milk

Mezcalina   11.
Don Amado Mezcal,
Cucumber, Mint, Bertina, Citrus

Kuato vs. Quaid   12.
Novo Fogo Cachaca, Gin, Barolo Chinato, Blood Orange/Kumquat Tonic

Vertigo   12.
Avua Amburana Cachaca, Vermouth, Campari & Bitters



Vincent L. Oakland, CA
4.0 star rating 12/27/2015
I'm surprised and saddened to see that Rumbo al Sur has closed because everything looked quite packed whenever I went past. Along with other restaurants nearby, it made the Glenview / Park Boulevard corridor look like it was on the verge of being another of many great dining neighborhoods in Oakland.

The bartenders here were lively and drinks like the copa del rumbo and batida do coco tasty and inventive. While food items like the puerco fajitas or the crispy shrimp tacos looked pricey at first, the portions were generous, the flavors authentic, and the quality evident.

The only issue was a lack of street parking made doubly difficult by hilly, tricky-to-navigate side streets. Judging by other reviews, perhaps that's what made neighbors upset. I'd have to say that this is Glenview's loss, because I'm of the view that the more successful local businesses a neighborhood has, the more vibrant and desirable it becomes.


Eugene L.   East Bay
4.0 star rating  CA 7/19/2015
I was out Free birding around .
I had a Fresh Charge on my Ankle Bracelet so I could go get Dinner.
I felt like some Latin American food so I rolled to Rumbo Al Sur . .
Rumbo Al Sur was created by the same folks that are behind A Cote in the Temescal area of Oakland .

I parked across the Street and rolled into Rumbo Al Sur .
I was Greeted by my very Attractive  Server Marilyn .
She seated me at a nice Window Table and left a menu for me to peruse .
I like the Vibe Of Rumbo Al Sur - lots of Dark Wood , Dim Lighting a very nice Ambiance to the place .

A very Diverse customer base - My Server Marilyn mentioned its Patrons are mostly from the Neighborhood -Glenview.
This would be a great Date Destination .
There's a nice Dark Bar- where finely Crafted Cocktails are created .

My Server Marilyn returned to take my Order .
I ordered :
Baby Back Ribs with Tamarino -Guava Glaze & Jicama Slaw
Crispy Shrimp Taco-Chipotle Sauce , Crema , Onions & Cilantro
Dessert - Coconut Flan with Coconut Tres Leches Cake & Mango
And a Negro Modelo
My Baby Back Ribs came first and they were Off the Hook !! Then Meat was so Tender they fell off the Bone . They were Slap Your Momma Good!!!
The Crispy Shrimp Taco was a perfect way to Top Off my Appetite it was very Delicious !!!

My Server Marilyn was Great she was Attentive , Nice and Very Knowledgeable about the Menu and Portion sizes .
The Negro Modelo Paired well with the Ribs and Shrimp Taco .
I finished my Dinner with the Coconut Flan . It was so Good !!!
I ate it very Slow to enjoy all the Flavors its a Must Order !!!
I paid by Credit Card and Rolled Out.
Ill definitely return I loved the Place.


Rachel E.  Houston, TX
4.0 star rating 12/26/2011
If I could them 3.5 stars I would, but I can't so I guess I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and round up...

We made a reservation for 6pm on a Monday night, table for 4. We were greeted by the hostess right away, she found our name on the list, and then gave us a choice of tables which was nice. We chose one far away from the door!

Our waitress was (overly) friendly but surprisingly did not explain their menu at all. The menu is broken down into small plates on the left, medium plates on the upper right, and larger plates on the bottom right. We had to ask how much of what to order and she suggested about 6 items, or 5 if we ordered one large thing. We got:

- 2 orders of ceviche (yes these are delicious but it's all you'll be tasting for the rest of the meal. The flavor is very strong. Served with tortilla chips and plantain chips)
- the romaine salad with corn and pumpkin seeds (again, I thought the dressing was overpowering and I couldn't get the taste out of mouth while eating the beet salad. The dressing is reminiscent of caesar, but overall this is a very nice salad)
- the beet salad (I guess I was tasting the romaine dressing, but I didn't think the beet salad was very flavorful. The sweetness is a nice complement to other flavors though, if you can taste it...)
- the tamales (YUM. For me these were the highlight)
- the baby back ribs (meh)

We also ordered the atacon (or atarcon?) cocktail, a house margarita, and one glass of malbec/cab wine. The waitress was helpful in picking the wine, although not especially accurate in her description. The cocktails were delicious although some of us felt the margarita was too strong.

To be perfectly honest, my dining experience was negatively impacted by how close the tables are to each other which allowed the kid behind me to kick my chair throughout the entire meal, as well the number of small children screaming and having silverware sword fights at the tables around us. I suggest going later in the evening when it might be quieter or sitting at the bar.

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Brooke F.  Oakland, CA
3.0 star rating 9/26/2013
I want you to be better RUMBA AL SUR, I DO! 
However, the staff is inconsistent, sometimes friendly & energetic, sometimes they are really off doesn't feel like a strong customer-oriented attitude is in the air. Although I think the food taste good, it's not great.
It feels like the ingredients are always trying too hard.
Offer more side veggies and stick to the basics would be my two cents.
For a restaurant in a neighborhood with so many families you'd think they'd be more kid-friendly too.


Madison O. Long Beach, CA
4.0 star rating 8/10/2013
Surprisingly good.

We had past this place a couple times passing through Peidmont and thought nothing of the place. Boyfriend wanted to do date night,s off we went.
The food was REALLY good- especially the Chili Rellenos and the Churro dessert. The cocktails were also very very good.
We will definitely be back!


Terese O.  Oakland, CA
5.0 star rating 2/19/2013
Once of the best happy hours in Oakland! Glenview is such a cute area. Excellent food and drinks for a steal. Sister restaurant to one of my other favs A Cote on College Ave. Go, you will love it!


David M. Berkeley, CA
3.0 star rating 12/18/2014
Nothing to see here. Even though the food was pretty good (had the pork tacos, ribs with Jicama slaw), I am in no rush to go back to this place. I went on a Sunday night, and even though the place was not very busy, the waiter was did not get the order right and was slow. He brought out the chips and salsa at the same time as the rest of the food, and took him forever to refill waters.


Michelle S.  Oakland, CA
5.0 star rating 10/25/2012
If you're driven to seek out and sample new restaurants the minute they open the doors like I am, you're probably asking yourself - "what the heck took her so long with this review"?

They opened those doors over a year ago after all, and I was very motivated by the fact that this was the latest East Bay outpost from the folks behind À Côté, as well as their catchy tagline - Rumba al Sur means southbound journey.

Truth is, this was not my first visit but rather my third.

And another truth is, if you rush into enough restaurants sooner or later you will experience what it means to witness them "working out the kinks". But here's the deal. Although I'm no longer a little girl, I'm still fearful of my grandmother's advice  - "if you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all".

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. If you don't see a restaurant review here on, it doesn't mean I haven't been there - it means I don't have anything nice to say.
You're reading this now, so trust me when I say they have gone WAY beyond working out the kinks. I had an inkling that third time's the charm when I spotted fried green tomatoes on the menu - nothing gets a Southern girl's attention faster. Although stacked with juicy bay shrimp, avocado and jalapenos en escabeche, I'm pretty sure it would get most people's attention.
Add that to a perfectly crafted margarita, some of the best house-made chips, guacamole and salsa I've ever tasted and this visit is off to a great start! An entree of Achiote pork for two with coconut rice, black beans and grilled pineapple salsa + impeccable service = muy bueno all the way around.

Here comes the best part - dining at that huge communal table next to folks from where else but North Carolina?  Just plain meant to be I reckon.