Local Eats

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Introduction

A list of regular eating places, places to try, higher end places and places to shop, many nearby our house in South Berkeley and the Ashby and other BART stations.

Map of Standby Restaurants

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Standbys

Places Jen, Malcolm and friends visit regularly and are moderately priced.

BARTable/Walkable assumes no more than 1 mile walk from home or BART station.

Name Type Specialties Area Yelp Google Maps BARTable/ Walkable BART Station Distance from BART Price Est. (per person) Phone Delivery to Prince St. Cash Only?
Tandoori Nite Indian, Delivery Berkeley/University Ave Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $20 (510) 848-7252 Yes No
Brotzeit Lokal Biergarten, Sausages Oakland/Embarcadero Yelp Google No $20 (510) 645-1905 No No
China Village Szechuan, Dim Sum Spicy Stuff Albany/Solano Yelp Google No $20 (510) 525-2285 No No
Townie Restaurant, Bar Berkeley/University Ave Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $20 (510) 356-4903 No No
Platano Salvadorian Berkeley/University Ave Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $20 (510) 704-0325  ? No
Cafe Tibet Himalayan, Nepalese, Vegetarian Slow but good! Berkeley/University Ave Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.3 mi / 0.5 km $20 (510) 548-5553 Yes No
Picante Mexican, Fast Berkeley/6th Street Yelp Google No $20 (510) 525-3121 No No
Easy Creole Cajun/Creole South Berkeley/Adeline Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $10 (510) 858-5063  ? No
Sweet Adeline Bakeshop Bakery, Coffee, Tea, Desserts Cheddar Scallion Scone South Berkeley/Adeline Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $10 (510) 985-7381 No No
Crixa Cakes Bakery, Coffee, Tea, Desserts (Hungarian, Russian) The Last Romantic (rich hot chocolate) South Berkeley/Adeline Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $20 (510) 548-0421 No No
Gourmet Delight Seafood Dim Sum Oakland/Chinatown Yelp Google Yes 12th Street 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $10 (510) 832-7661 (Chinese) No No
Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Fancier Dim Sum Shanghai Dumplings Emeryville/Powell Street Marina Yelp Google No $20 (510) 655-3388 (Chinese/English) No No
Tao Yuen Pastry Dim Sum Bakery (Fancier than Sun Sing Bakery) Oakland/Chinatown Yelp Google Yes 12 Street 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $10 (510) 834-9200 (Chinese) No No
Phnom Penh House Cambodian Prahok Katis (Seasoned ground meat - SPICY - with vegetable crudite) Oakland/Chinatown Yelp Google Yes Lake Merrit 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $20 (510) 893-3825  ? No
Sun Hing Meat Market Chinese Meats and Butchery Chinese Bacon (steam and saute to cook) Oakland/Chinatown Yelp Google Yes 12th Street 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $10 (510) 836-1819 No YES
Sun Sing Pastry Dim Sum Dim Sum Egg Custard Tarts (short crust) Oakland/Chinatown Yelp Google Yes 12th Street 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $10 (510) 763-9228 No YES
Shandong Restaurant Chinese Handmade Noodles Oakland/Chinatown Yelp Google Yes 12th Street 0.3 mi / 0.5 km $20 (510) 839-2299  ? No
Cafe Colucci Ethiopian South Berkeley/Telegraph Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.6 mi / 1.0 km $20 (510) 601-7999  ? No
La Val's Pizza Pizza, Pasta, Calzone, Delivery Pizza UC Campus/Euclid Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.7 mi / 1.1 km $10 (510) 540-9333 Yes No
Inn Kensington Breakfast, Brunch, American (New) Kensington/Arlington Blvd Yelp Google No $20 (510) 527-5919 No No
Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop, Sandwiches, Soups Tomato soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Temescal/Shattuck Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.7 mi / 1.1 km $10 (510) 653-1353 No No
Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails Italian, Bars Alameda Yelp Google No $20 (510) 521-1152 No No
Scolari's Good Eats Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads Alameda Yelp Google No $20 (510) 521-2400 No No
Jayakarta Restaurant Indonesian, Singaporean Berkeley/University Ave. Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $20 (510) 841-0884  ? No
La Penca Azul Mexican Alameda/Park St. Yelp Google No $20 (510) 769-9110 No No
Enssaro Ethiopian Ethiopian Oakland/Grand Ave Yelp Google Yes 19th Street 0.9 mi / 1.4 km $20 (510) 238-9050  ? No
Champa Garden Asian Fusion, Laotian Oakland/8th Ave Yelp Google No $10 (510) 238-8819 No No
Bowl'd Korean, Barbecue Temescal/Telegraph Ave Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.6 mi / 1.0 km $20 (510) 654-2000 No No
Burma Superstar Burmese Samosa Soup Temescal/Telegraph Ave Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $20 (510) 652-2900  ? No
Spoon Korean South Berkeley/Ashby Ave Yelp Google No $20 (510) 704-9555  ? No
Elmwood Cafe Coffee, Tea, Breakfast, Lunch Elmwood/College Ave Yelp Google No, but close! $20 (510) 843-1300 No No
Smokey J's Barbeque (Southern) South Berkley/Shattuch Ave Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $20 (510) 529-4511 No YES
Cha-Ya Sushi, Vegetarian Vegetarian Sushi Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $20 (510) 981-1213 No YES
Lake Chalet Seafood, American (New) Good view Oakland/Lake Merritt Yelp Google Yes Lake Merritt 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $20 (510) 208-5253 No No
Monster Pho Vietnamese, Pho Oakland/Broadway Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.6 mi / 1.0 km $20 (510) 788-4459 No No
Ohgane Korean Restaurant Korean, Barbeque Oakland/Broadway Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.6 mi / 1.0 km $20 (510) 594-8300  ? No
Judoku Sushi Sushi Bar, Japanese Oakland/Broadway Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.8 mi / 1.3 km $20 (510) 645-1912 No No
Geta Sushi Bar, Japanese Oakland/Piedmont Ave Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.9 mi / 1.4 km $10 (510) 653-4643 No No
Boot and Shoe Service Italian, Pizza Oakland/Grand Lake Yelp Google No $20 (510) 763-2668 No No
Brick Pig's House Barbeque (Memphis) North Oakland/Shattuck Ave. Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.6 mi / 1.0 km $20 (510) 923-1789 No No
Nido Mexican, Farm to Table Oakland/Laney College Yelp Google Yes Lake Merritt 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $20 (510) 444-6436 No No
Joshu-Ya Brasserie Sushi, Seafood, Tapas UC Campus/Telegraph Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.8 mi / 1.3 km $20 (510) 848-5260 No No
Noodle Theory Asian Fusion, Ramen Oakland/Rockridge Yelp Google Yes Rockridge 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $20 (510) 595-6988 No No
FuseBox Korean, Asian Fusion Korean Fried Chicken Oakland/Grand Ave. Yelp Google No $20 (510) 444-3100 No No
Ramen Shop Asian Fusion, Ramen Anything with Smoked Eggs Oakland/Rockridge Yelp Google Yes Rockridge 0.1 mi / 0.2 km $20 (510) 788-6370 No No

Map of Mid Price/Higher Quality Locations

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Mid Price/Higher Quality

This section showcases restaurants that might be a little more expensive, but showcase higher quality ingredients and, sometimes, the California Farm to Table foodways movement.

Name Type Specialties Area Yelp Google Maps BARTable/ Walkable BART Station Distance from BART Price Est. (per person) Phone Delivery to Prince St? Cash Only?
Los Cilantros Mexican, Farm-to-Table Tortilla Soup South Berkeley/Shattuck Ave Yelp Google Yes Prince St. 0.1 mi / 0.15 km $30 (510) 230-7350 No No
Chez Panisse Cafe American (New), French, Farm-to-Table Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.7 mi / 1.1 km $45 (510) 548-5525 No No
Brown Sugar Kitchen Soul Food, Breakfast, Brunch Chicken and Waffles West Oakland Yelp Google No $30 (510) 839-7685 No No
Cafe Rouge American (New), Meat Shop Hot Dog, Hamburger, Farm-to-Table Berkeley/4th Street Yelp Google No $30 (510) 525-1440 No No
Nick's Oakland Style Pizza Pizza, Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee, Tea, Farm-to-Table Pizza North Oakland/Shattuck Ave. Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.4 mi / 0.6 km $30 (510) 658-3903 No No
Ippuku Japanese, Robata, Bar, Farm-to-Table Chicken Ramen (Last Plate) Berkeley/Downtown Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.1 mi / 0.2 km $30 (510) 665-1969 No No
La Note Restaurant Provencal French, Breakfast, Brunch Berkeley/Downtown Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.3 mi / 0.5 km $30 (510) 843-1535 No No
Venus Restaurant American (New), Breakfast, Brunch, Farm-to-Table Cloud 9 (espresso/chocolate) Berkeley/Downtown Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.2 mi / 0.3 km $30 (510) 540-5950 No No
Comal Mexican, Farm-to-Table Meat plates for two, Tequila cocktails Berkeley/Downtown Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.1 mi / 0.2 km $30 (510) 926-6300 No No
Honor Kitchen and Cocktails American (New), Cocktails Emeryville/Powell St. Yelp Google No $30 (510) 653-8667 No No
Flora Restaurant and Bar American (New), Bar Oakland/Broadway Yelp Google Yes 19th Street 0.0 mi / 0.0 km $45 (510) 286-0100 No No
Kirala Sushi, Robata, Japanese Hokkaido Squid Robata South Berkeley/Shattuck Ave. Yelp Google Yes (Prince St.) 0.5 mi / 0.8 km $30 (510) 549-3486 No No

Map of Expensive/High End Locations

Expensive/High End

These are worth a special trip, but are very expensive!

Name Type Area Restaurant Group Yelp Google Maps BARTable BART Station Distance from BART Price Est. (per person) Phone Notes
Haven Farm-to-Table Oakland/Jack London Square Daniel Patterson Group Yelp Google Yes 12th Street 0.9 mi / 1.4 km $60 (510) 663-4440 One of our favorites. Prix Fixe, good service, good pairings.
Coi Farm-to-Table, High End San Franciso/North Beach Daniel Patterson Group Yelp Google Yes Embarcadero 0.7 mi / 1.1 km $270 (415) 393-9000 Expensive but worth it. Prix Fixe, Excellent service. Pairings additional charge. Reservations via OpenTable.com (may have to pre-pay).
Commis Farm-to-Table, High End Oakland/Piedmont Ave. James Syhabout Yelp Google Yes MacArthur 0.8 mi / 1.3 km $125 (510) 653-3902 Prix Fixe - 8 course. Excellent service. Pairings $75. Reservations via OpenTable (reserve with credit card).
Rivoli Farm-to-Table Albany/Solano Ave. Wendy Brucker Yelp Google No $45 (510) 526-2542 No Prix Fixe. Attentive service.
Chez Panisse Restaurant Farm-to-Table, California Modern Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto Alice Waters Yelp Google Yes Downtown Berkeley 0.7 mi / 1.1 km $75 - $125 (510) 548-5525 The restaurant widely credited with starting the California Modern Farm-to-Table cuisine. Also popularized garlic's place in the cuisine. There's a documentary about it (Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers).
Zuni Cafe
Nojo
Nopa
Nopalita
Namu Gaji
French Laundry

To Try

Places Jen and Malcolm plan to/want to try.

  • Aria Grill & Cuisine (and Hookah Bar?) (Afghan) - Oakland/14th Street - Yelp - $20 - $60 for 2 people
  • Chez Panisse Cafe
  • Chez Panisse Restaurant
  • Enssaro Ethiopian (Oakland/Grand)
  • Champa Garden (Oakland/8th Ave)
  • Contigo (SF/Noe Valley)
  • Nido (Oakland)

Map of Markets and Farmer's Markets

Markets and Farmer's Markets

  • Berkeley Farmer's Market
  • Adeline Farmer's Market
  • Market Hall
  • Ferry Building
  • Berkeley Bowl
  • Whole Foods
  • Country Cheese Coffee Market (San Pablo)
  • Corner store at Ashby and MLK
  • Produce Store in Temescal

Map of Special Trips

Worth A Special Trip

  • Tartine - Get there at 4:30 for FRESH bread - Everything is delicious!
  • Belcampo - For meats
  • Local Butcher
  • Gregoire
  • Bi-Rite Dairy
  • Mitchell's Ice Cream
  • Recchuiti Chocolates
  • Cheese Board
  • Speciality Choclates place in Gourmet Ghetto
  • Imperial Tea Court
  • Smitten (liquid nitrogen ice cream)
  • Cream (Ice cream sandwiches)
  • Bakesale Betty (Fried Chicken Sandwich and spicy cole slaw)
  • Juhu Beach Club (SPICY Indian Street Food)

Feel free to ask if you are interested in special foodie trips!

To Do

For page restyling and to dos.

  • Complete sections by converting them to sortable tabular format and filling all data in