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A quick guide to all the hot spots of Berkeley Restaurant Week 2018

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Grab some friends and fill your souls and stomachs this week during Berkeley’s annual Restaurant Week, which takes place until Jan. 28. The dinner and lunch menus of Berkeley’s Restaurant Week include a variety of cuisines that emphasize and celebrate locally sourced and seasonal dishes for you to enjoy!

Gather Restaurant

Stop by Gather to feast upon a guilt-free meal of planet-friendly pizzas, salads and sandwiches created from sustainable ingredients sourced farm-to-table.

Address: 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley

Gio’s Pizza & Bocce

Gio’s historical significance as the former longest-standing restaurant on Shattuck Avenue serves as a rich background to the restaurant’s flavorful Italian cuisine. It also doesn’t hurt that Gio’s possesses one of the greatest amaro and vermouth collections in the East Bay for you and your friends to enjoy this weekend.

Address: 2420 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Lucia’s Berkeley

Head over to Downtown Berkeley to experience Lucia’s specialty Neapolitan pizzas. Though the techniques for creating these pizzas may be traditional, the flavors will prove anything but.  

Address: 2016 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Revival Bar+Kitchen

Looking for a luxurious night out? Check out Revival on Shattuck Avenue this week and pair the restaurant’s locally sourced and seasonal plates with its inventive cocktails.

Address: 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley


If you’re craving Middle Eastern food, Saha is the place to go. Saha has wonderfully flavorful dishes crafted from Yemeni and Arabic cuisines. The restaurant’s menu is informed by a philosophy of sustainability from its entrees to its wines.

Address: 2451 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Maker’s Common

Cheese lovers, this one’s for you. Maker’s Common has all the savory cheeses and charcuterie that you could desire. Its menu isn’t limited to cheese and charcuterie — it includes salads, sandwiches, beers and wines as well.

Address: 1954 University Ave., Berkeley

Saturn Cafe

Take a quick stroll to visit one of Berkeley’s most classic vegetarian and vegan restaurants. With Saturn Cafe’s tasty foods and spunk, it won’t be long before you come back wanting more.

Address: 2175 Allston Way, Berkeley

Le Bateau Ivre

La Note may be the only French restaurant we are familiar with, but we encourage you to become acquainted with Le Bateau Ivre. The restaurant has been serving traditional French cuisine paired with live music since 1972.

Address: 2629 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Free House

If you feel you don’t have the time to explore some of Berkeley’s finest sustainable restaurants, you can pop by Free House, located right next to campus. Free House is perfect for a chill night out with friends to grab some food and drinks after a long day of class.  

Address: 2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Berkeley Social Club

Love Korean food? Love American food? Try Berkeley Social Club’s unique take on modern foods inspired by Korean and American cuisine. While you’re there, you may want to try its famed “millionaire’s bacon.”

Address: 2050 University Ave., Berkeley


Stop by Jupiter for some seriously soul-mending pizza, handcrafted beer and a welcoming folksy atmosphere (featuring aesthetic string lights on the back patio). You’ll be sure to enter pizza heaven.  

Address: 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

La Marcha Tapas Bar

Brought to you by two paella connoisseurs, La Marcha brings you the best of both worlds — authentic Spanish cuisine and fresh Bay Area ingredients.

Address: 2026 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Craving classic French food with an even more classic (and classy) atmosphere? Look no further than Julia’s at the Berkeley City Club.

Address: 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley

FIVE Restaurant at the Hotel Shattuck

Check out this spot’s modern and healthy American cuisine for an all-encompassing experience of the five senses.

Address: 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley

Riva Cucina

Experience the best of northern Italy’s cuisine, from sustainable seafood to delectable pasta dishes.

Address: 800 Heinz Ave., Berkeley


Situated among the cool and glistening shops of Fourth Street, Zut! is your go-to destination for Mediterranean food with a California twist. Plus, its artisan pizzas are (literally) to die for.

Address: 1820 Fourth St., Berkeley


If you’ve been searching for upscale France and Italy within the confines of Northern California, you’re in luck, because Pompette is participating in Berkeley Restaurant Week.

Address: 1782 Fourth St., Berkeley

Sanctuary Bistro

Sanctuary Bistro is a family-owned business that serves vegan and gluten-free cuisine that’s good for your body, the planet and most of all, your soul (no wonder they call it a sanctuary).

Address: 1019 Camelia St., Berkeley

Longbranch Saloon

Check out Longbranch Saloon, your friendly neighborhood upscale tavern (yes, such a thing exists). Enjoy your favorite comfort foods with a touch of contemporary California flavors.

Address: 2512 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Smoke Berkeley

Head over to Smoke Berkeley in Southwest Berkeley to enjoy barbecue, sandwiches and delectable desserts in a casual setting.

Address: 2434 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Easy Creole

Try out this famous Cajun-Creole restaurant located on Alcatraz Avenue. Full of an assortment of economical comfort foods, this restaurant is a must-try for locals.

Address: 1761 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley

Donato & Co.

An Italian and seafood restaurant, Donato & Co. is casual dining made friendly for families and kids.

Address: 2635 Ashby Ave., Berkeley

La Méditerranée Cafe

La Med for short, this cafe is a staple for frequent visitors of College Avenue in search of authentic Mediterranean food. It’s also a great option for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Address: 2936 College Ave., Berkeley


César is a slightly more upscale Spanish tapas bar in the Gourmet Ghetto, perfect for a night out over the weekend.

Address: 1515 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Nico’s 1508

Recently reviewed by the Mercury NewsNico’s 1508 is an American restaurant with booths and lounge seats.

Address: 1508 Walnut St. B, Berkeley

Agrodolce Osteria

Check out this quaint southern Italian restaurant — sister of Trattoria La Siciliana in Elmwood — located on Shattuck Avenue.

Address: 1730 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley


Slightly difficult to find, Akemi is an upscale Japanese restaurant with a modern twist.

Address: 1695 Solano Ave., Berkeley

Bay Grille & Bar

Enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks at this grill and bar — in the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Berkeley — while sitting outside with spectacular views of the Bay.

Address: 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley

Skates on the Bay

Check out this casual American restaurant with an assortment of foods, including seafood and sushi, while eating by the waterfront.

Address: 100 Seawall Dr., Berkeley

The Faculty Club at UC Berkeley

Hidden on campus, the Faculty Club has a variety of high-quality options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Address: Minor Lane, Berkeley

Enjoy Berkeley’s Restaurant Week, Bears! Visit some of your favorite eateries, but also explore some new places and cuisines while you have a slightly lighter load in school.

Avanti Mehrotra is the blog editor, and Chelsea Song and Chloe Lelchuk are the assistant blog editors. Contact them respectively at [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected].

JANUARY 28, 2018