New taqueria opens in old Amanda’s space on Shattuck

The interior of the new Casa Bernal Taqueria. Photo: Emunah Hauser

Casa Bernal Taqueria celebrated its grand opening Tuesday at 2122 Shattuck Avenue with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a 10-piece mariachi band, and $2 beers.

The new taqueria, which opened in the space once occupied by Amanda’s, is the project of Guillermo Bernal and his father. Their family owns a number of restaurants in southern California and Mexico. It features Niman Ranch pork and beef, free range chicken, and organic produce.

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  • GPO

    Will there be ample vegan options?

  • Patricia

    Did Amanda’s go out of business or move?

  • Tight Scrummy

    I hope not for the sake of the business, a vegan taqueria sounds worse than a vegan pizzeria.

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  • Anonymous

    A good taqueria is something that has been missing from downtown. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Noah S.

    What about Cancun!  They grow their own organic veggies

  • Amp Marson

    this guy GPO is a troll who tries to get a rise out of people on this site with patronizing comments.

    Maybe if he was not so obsessed with Berkeleyside it would make more sense.

  • Tight Scrummy

    I’m a troll because I find vegan versions of traditionally non-vegan dishes generally disgusting and, based on the lack of longevity of restaurants that don’t understand this, point out that many people agree with me?  OK.

  • Anonymous

    I stopped in a couple of days ago.  Tried the baja-tyle fish taco  and camerones taco.  The fillings were tasty but the tortillas were disappointing.  They were cold and flavorless and I don’t think they had been on the grill.  There is an option for a “cripsy” taco but it also adds cheese to the meal and I didn’t want that.

    The people working there were nice and a good range of prices for all pocket books!

    I’ll give another try but for now Cancun is still my #1.

  • Lillycc7

    There is vegan burritos and tacos, all of the ingredients are organic too. You guys should try it, is GREAT!

  • LC

    There is vegan options, but obviously there is meat! Niman Ranch meats, mahi mahi fish.

  • Funman21

    Cancun can be the worst place in the world- depends how into flirting with each other the staff are…  but when it is good it is great.  I don’t think anything close to affordable will ever last in that spot- I loved the donut shop that was open until 4:30am a decade ago there…  but I don’t think anything that isn’t like ‘Downtown’ or ‘Revival’ will ever last for long there- the rent is too high.