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Bon Appétit in Berkeley

If you love to eat delicious food, you have come to the right place! Berkeley is known for its rich food culture and hip restaurants. Whether you are searching for fine dining or a food truck, Berkeley has it all. With their focus on local and organic, restaurants take pride in using the freshest local ingredients in the Bay Area. We gathered a list of our favorite restaurants around town so you can experience the passion dedicated to the Berkeley food scene. Dive into the Bay Area and indulge in the best of California.

Accommodations Near the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto

When you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, you will be right in the center of Berkeley’s amazing food culture. We also offer a free shuttle within a 5 mile radius for those that wish to venture out a little further. We aim to make your experience here a tasteful one. Allow Berkeley to cater to your accommodations!

Restaurants in Berkeley, California

Chez Panisse

Address: 1517 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Restaurant Website: www.chezpanisse.com
Type of Food: California Cuisine
Price Range: $$$$
*Insider Notes: The menu changes on a daily basis, so check the menu online before making your reservation.
Other Resources: Chronicles Top 100

An Alice Waters dining gem. Make a reservation for the restaurant, or try the cafe menu for a more casual, yet exquisite dining experience.

Ippuku

Address: 2130 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Restaurant Website: www.ippukuberkeley.com
Type of Food: Asian
Price Range: $$$
*Insider Notes: Trendy, intimate atmosphere, with a diverse food selection served on smaller plates and meant to share.
Other Resources: Chronicles Top 100

Gregoire

Address: 2109 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709
Restaurant Website: www.gregoirerestaurant.com
Type of Food: French, High-End Take Out
Price Range: $$
*Insider Notes: All foods are made from scratch with organic ingredients. Try the potato puffs, they are not to be missed.

Berkeley Bowl

Address: 2020 Oregon St., Berkeley, CA 94703
Website: www.berkeleybowl.com
Type of Food: Organic Grocery
Price Range: $$

For those who want access to a full supermarket for all your food needs, visit Berkeley Bowl. This grocery store welcomes you with rows and rows of abundance. From fruits and vegetables that you have never heard of, to all the nuts and dry food goods you could imagine, Berkeley Bowl is a choice grocery store in the East Bay. Stop by and pack for a picnic, or stock on some snacks to keep your hunger at bay when you’re out exploring the area.

The Cheese Board Collective

Address: 1512 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Restaurant Website: www.cheeseboardcollective.coop
Type of Food: Pizza, Cheese Shop, Bakery
Price Range: $$
*Insider Notes: All pizza is vegetarian, and when you order one slice, they will actually give you two. Closed Sunday and Monday. Features live music.

The cheese shop has an amazing selection (over 400 cheeses), but the pizza cannot be beat. Using their cheese products and the freshest local ingredients, The Cheese Board Collective only serves one type of pizza each day, but it’s always good.

Venus Restaurant

Address: 2327 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Restaurant Website: www.venusrestaurant.net
Type of Food: American, California Cuisine
Price Range: $$
*Insider Notes: It’s difficult to decide which is better at Venus, breakfast or dinner, so why not try both!

A restaurant whose mission is preparing great California food and cocktails. Serves seasonal dishes and organic and biodynamic wines, with an impressive chef and sommelier to lead their team to culinary greatness.

Jupiter

Address: 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Restaurant Website: www.jupiterbeer.com
Type of Food: American Brewery, Pizza
Price Range: $$
*Insider Notes: Dinner gets busy here fast, so show up early for a seat outside near the fire pit.

Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and house-brewed beers at this popular local favorite.

Berkeley Alehouse

Address: 901 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA 94710
Restaurant Website: www.pyramidbrew.com
Type of Food: American Brewery
Price Range: $$
*Insider Notes: Join the short brewery tour to learn about Pyramid’s processes and history before enjoy lunch and a cold brew in the cafe.

Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Address: Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Website: www.ecologycenter.org
Type of Food: Fresh, local produce, flowers, and other products, plus hot food vendors
Price Range: $
*Insider Notes: Saturdays 9am-3pm

Rise and shine on Saturdays and peruse this local favorite. Grab some fresh produce for a picnic in the park, or enjoy the array of baked goods, jams, and pressed olive oils. Also included are hot food vendors, serving local lunch favorites like crepes, Pad Thai, or Indian dosai.

Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen

Address: 2261 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Restaurant Website: www.angelineskitchen.com
Type of Food: Cajun/Creole
Price Range: $$
*Insider Notes: Visiting Berkeley in the summer? Enjoy live music and outdoor seating in the summer months.

In true Berkeley form, this creole restaurant practices sustainability and is a Certified Green Business. Indulge in delicious Louisiana flavors and enjoy Southern Hospitality in the Bay Area.

Cupkates

Food Truck Website: www.cupkatesbakery.com
Type of Food: Dessert Food Truck
Price Range: $
*Insider Notes: Local favorites are the Salted Caramel and Red Velvet cupcakes

Voted “Best Food Truck” in the 2011 East Bay Express and SF Weekly, these cupcakes are not to be missed.

Raw Energy

Address: 2050 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Restaurant Website: www.raw-energy.com
Type of Food: Juice Bar and Raw Food
Price Range: $
*Insider Notes: 100% organic, and services raw and vegan food at the best affordable price

Voted as the “Best Juice Bar” in the Bay Area, stop by for a quick, energetic, healthy bite.

Edible Excursions in Berkeley, CA

Looking to explore all that Berkeley has to offer for a food and wine lover? Let us help you plan the best foodie adventure during your visit with Edible Excursions. “Edible Excursions’ explorations take place in neighborhoods where small business owners, artisans, purveyors, farmers, and restaurant chefs share their personal food stories and their passion for local, seasonal, sustainable eats.”

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