Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, inventor of California cuisine. It’s in a lovely arts-and-crafts house in Berkeley's 'Gourmet Ghetto,' and you can choose to pull out all the stops with a …
Japanese in Berkeley

Ippuku

Japanese expats gush that Ippuku reminds them of izakaya (Japanese gastropubs) back in Tokyo. Choose from a menu of yakitori (skewered meats and vegetables) and handmade soba noodles as you settle in at one of the t…
Indian in Berkeley

Vik’s Chaat Corner

Off in West Berkeley, this longtime, popular chaat house gets mobbed at lunchtime by regulars that include equal numbers of hungry office workers, students and Indian families. Order samosas or a puffy bhature (flat…
Vegan in Berkeley

Butcher's Son

What could be more in tune with Berkeley's granola-crunchy, latter-day-hippie vibe than a vegan deli? Gorge yourself on imitation deli meats and cheeses that will scratch that itch for a fried mozzarella and meatbal…
Californian in Berkeley

Gather

When vegan foodies and passionate farm-to-table types dine out together, they often end up here. Inside a salvaged-wood interior punctuated by green vines streaking down over an open kitchen, dishes are created from…
Fast Food in Berkeley

Smoke's Poutinerie

Since California legalized recreational marijuana use, demand has only increased at this Canadian poutine shop, open till the wee hours. Get the classic Quebecois taste of cheese curds and gravy, or a wilder combina…
American in Berkeley

Bette's Oceanview Diner

This is a buzzing breakfast spot, especially on the weekends. It dishes up baked soufflé pancakes and German-style potato pancakes with applesauce, plus eggs and sandwiches. From-scratch baked goods and a nifty dine…
Pizza in Berkeley

Cheese Board Collective

Stop in to take stock of more than 300 cheeses available at this worker-owned business and scoop up some fresh bread to make a picnic lunch. Or sit down for a slice of the crispy veggie pizza just next door, where l…
Fusion in Berkeley

KoJa Kitchen

From food truck to a brick-and-mortar shop, this Korean-Japanese fusion eatery makes addictive short-rib and braised-pork sandwiches out of garlicky fried-rice buns, with kimchi-spiked waffle fries on the side. Orde…
French in Berkeley

La Note

A rustic country-French bistro downtown, La Note serves excellent breakfasts. Wake up to a big bowl of café au lait, paired with brioche pain perdu or lemon-gingerbread pancakes with poached pears. Anticipate a wait…