I lived near Berkeley campus for the last few years. Over the years I've gotten countless tips from chowhounds, both about Berkeley area restaurants and restaurants in San Francisco and throughout the rest of bay area. Yet I rarely contributed back to the community. Hence, when I moved away from Berkeley I decided to digitize all my notes and memories of meals, good and bad, and condense them into short reviews.
I ended up writing 83 (!) reviews covering nearly all places I ate at near the Berkeley campus. Despite 83 reviews, there are still countless places I walked by during my years in Berkeley that I never tried.
The highlights are listed below. The list may look long but that's because I ate at so many places. Less than 25% of the places I visited got more than three stars (out of five). Most of these restaurants are inexpensive/cheap, as there is so much price competition near campus.
Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe - tri tip sandwich, mango smoothie
Cafe Durant - breakfast
Cheeseboard - baked goods and cheese shop
Ib's Hoagies - cheesesteaks
La Note - French cafe
Lucky House - Thai
Ryowa - Ramen
Sketch - Ice Cream (a bit of a hike from campus)
Taste of the Himalayas - Indian/Nepalese
The Mediterranean - Greek/Mediterranean
Cafe Gratitude - vegetarian raw foods
Cafe Intermezzo - salads
Chaat Cafe - Indian-inspired
Cheeseboard Pizza - pizza
Gomnaru Restaurant - Korean BBQ
Gregiore - French
Le Petit Cheval - Vietnamese
Thai Basil - Thai
Thai Noodles - Thai
The Stuffed Inn - sandwiches
Vik's Chaat House - South Indian (a bit of a hike from campus)
Zachary's Chicago Pizza - pizza (a bit of a hike from campus)
Hopefully these lists will help fellow chowhounds (especially students) that live in the area to find new places they may not know about.
If you want to read the reviews, I posted them to yelp:
I tried to give tips in my reviews recommending favorite dishes.
A thanks to all chowhounds that have heavily contributed to Berkeley discussions in the past, especially rworange, Morton the Mousse, and Robert Lauriston.
Other good threads from the last year that cover the area near campus: