Restaurants in Berkeley
Less than a block from the University of California campus, this Berkeley coffee shop is housed in a red-brick storefront with large picture windows.
Owned by chef Amy Murray, a longtime proponent of the Slow Food movement, this downtown café specializes in seasonal, organic cuisine. Classic jazz music plays in the dining room, which contains small wooden tables, chalkboard menus, and exposed brick walls hung with vintage French posters.
From its adjacent butcher shop, Café Rouge serves a variety of cured meats, fresh cuts, sausages, and pâtés. The menu changes fortnightly, but platters of house-made charcuterie and fresh oysters are always available.
An offshoot of the Cheese Board Collective and located just two doors down, the Cheese Board Pizzeria makes only one kind of vegetarian pizza each day in a limited quantity.
As Alice Waters travels the world, spreading her gospel of “local, seasonal, sustainable,” Chez Panisse chugs steadily along in its two-story Craftsman-style home.
Vik's Chaat Corner makes each of its street-food-style Indian dishes daily—be it the handmade samosas or the lunch-special dosas (vegetarian lentil crêpes).