Home to Chez Panisse, Berkeley has everything from great takeout to awesome Nepalese food. Chowhounds discuss the must-try restaurants plus where to find everything from lunch to dessert.


CA Bay Area. What are you cooking during the blackout?

by seefoo 8 days ago

Trying to have some fun during all of this. I’m drinking all my beer for starters. I see a seafood blitzkrieg in my future. I have lots of tuna and salmon. I’ll be pulling out my two burner Cam...

Dungeness Crab with Egg Yolk in Steamed "Mantou" Bun Sandwich - Is this a real "authentic" thing?

by jhleung 15 days ago

Querying your wisdom --- is this a real "Chinese-cuisine-thing" or is it something that the restaurant made up? .... does anyone know? Anyways, what you have is a huge pile of picked dungeness ...

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Aug 1, Dine out to raise $40K for Planned Parenthood

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

The Bay Area is joining communities across the country to raise funds for Planned Parenthood on August 1. Drink and dine TONIGHT at participating restaurants that are donating a portion of their pr...

Guanciale in Oakland/berkeley

by craeg 3 months ago

Does anyone know of a butcher/meat market which has guanciale in oakland or berkeley? Discussions on this are all > 5 years old and most locations suggested are long gone.

Vegetarian High Dining Restaurant

by Mastove 6 months ago

My mother's birthday is coming up and she's a vegetarian. Due to her diet she sort of eats the same thing all the time (some variation of salad). How she lives with this diet I don't know. It would...

Looking for a specific mexican restaurant

by Glendalough 6 months ago

I'm looking for a mexican restaurant in Berkeley. It had the best food, cheap, haven't been there in over 20 years, have no idea if it's still there. It was/is in a yellow building, in the wareho...

New pie bakery on upper University Ave, Berkeley [A Dora Pie]

by chocolatetartguy 5 years ago

Next door to Brazil Cafe. I believe it's called A Dora Pie and today they had lemon meringue, pecan, chocolate dream along with several varieties of cookies. I was on my way to a meeting so no ti...

Good Oakland/Berkeley Dim Sum?

by ricepad 10 months ago

I'm picking my son up at Oakland International later this week and I thought he'd appreciate some dim sum before we headed for home. Can anybody recommend any dim sum in either Oakland or Berkeley?...

Inside UC Berkeley’s Food Pantry

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

"... Students are three times more likely than the average Alameda County resident to be food insecure: 44 percent versus 13 percent of residents at large. And 57 percent of UC students who are foo...

High dining seafood bay area for father's 80th b-day

by Mastove 12 months ago

Need out of this world fresh seafood experience for father's 80th birthday. Need absolutely best of the best. Quality is more important than ambiance (fisherman's wharf). However fine dining would ...

Kimchi in East Bay

Dave MP
by Dave MP 1 year ago

I feel like I may have asked this in the past, but I'm asking again. Does anyone have recommendations for kimchi sources in the East Bay (preferably Oakland, San Leandro or Berkeley). I don't care ...

Mexican Herbs

by amohler 1 year ago

Any recommendations on where to buy fresh herbs such as quintonil or chepil in the Oakland/Berkeley area?

Chengdu Style Restaurant (Berkeley)

Civil Bear
by Civil Bear 2 years ago

Chengdu Style Restaurant has been mentioned in Chowhound, but I think it's worthy of its own thread, if for nothing else the Toothpick Lamb. Cumin Lamb is one of my favorite dishes in the Bay Area,...

Seeking Lovely Restaurant That's Good for Conversation

by jessinEC 1 year ago

Hi. My Dad is coming to Berkeley for his 80th birthday. We'll be a party of 9, including some kids, a vegetarian and someone who's lactose-intolerant. I'm looking for a lovely restaurant that seems...

Bay Area visit August 2018

by jangita 1 year ago

We are here,in Oakland, for a week and it's been so hard to choose but here's what we've done so far: Dinner at Al's Place: Last year was our first time there and it was a huge turn on. One y...

Nice Solo Dinner at Ippuku in Berkeley

Civil Bear
by Civil Bear 1 year ago

Passed by Ippuku after the Cal game today just as they were opening up so I thought I would pop in. Just a 5-minute wait as a solo diner - score! With a nice cold Asahi, I enjoyed the waiter-rec...

Last Cookbook I Bought: The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook

by WeirTalk 1 year ago

I LOVE cookbooks! I recently bought, The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook by Laura McLively. She had (or has?) a blog about shopping at Berkeley Bowl and that blog became a cookbook! I am sorry to say I ne...

80th Birthday Celebration

by coonyham 1 year ago

My mom turns 80 next week and we are taking her to the Russian River for a long weekend. Unfortunately, our plans to take her to dinner to celebrate her day that weekend are not working out (too m...

Saha, Berkeley

Ruth Lafler
by Ruth Lafler 1 year ago

It looks like there haven't been any posts about Saha since it moved to Berkeley a year and a half ago. That's partly my fault, since I had brunch there last year and didn't report on it (and sadly...

Roof Top Social & Indigenous Food, Berkeley, Mar 17

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Collaborating Chefs: -Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo) of Wahpepah's Kitchen -Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) of Contemporary Ohlone Cuisine -Brian Yazzie (Diné) of Yazzie The Chef Top Leaf Far...