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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: This also gets repetitive after a while and off campus dining is usually more expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is something for everyone, from Julie's Cafe and Blondie's Pizza on Southside to Urban Turbann and La Val's Pizzeria on Northside.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The Bay has the best food.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are nice, ethnic, diverse places all throughout Berkeley with reasonable prices. There are quite a few places with student discounts and the food never gets old. There are many alternative options to meet any dietary needs and the small restaurants are very understanding and accepting.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I regularly go to the S.F. Soup Company for lunch, and I really like their soups. I also sometimes go to the Saturn Cafe. Their food is good, but they are pretty expensive. In addition, I've gone to the Northside Cafe. Although their soups are good and are cheaper than S.F. Soup, you cannot sample Northside's soups. I've also had lunch at the Aki Japanese restaurant, but while their food is good, they do not have great service and are not particularly friendly. When I went to Cafe Milano for hot chocolate, they did not give me whipped cream with the hot chocolate, and when I called them on the phone afterward about the matter, the person on the phone was very unfriendly. Finally, I sometimes go to Chipotle for lunch, and their food is good.


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Students at Berkeley are more than satisfied with their off-campus food selection. Ranging from cheap ($3 for a bratwurst with the works at Top Dog) to not so cheap ($75 for a prix-fix meal at Chez Panisse), the food in the Berkeley area almost always lives up to the hype. With the on-campus food often less than palatable, the endless variety of off-campus dining choices is not only nice, but, to some degree, necessary. Students agree that there is a cornucopia of places to sit, eat, drink, and socialize, no matter how much money is in your wallet or what you’re in the mood for.

If you live in the dorms and you don’t have a car, you’ll most likely be sticking to the around-the-corner favorites—Top Dog, La Burrita, Durant Avenue’s “ghetto food court,” Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiano, and Blondie’s. But if you are feeling a little sick of the grease and the same crowd every night, then be happy to know that there is still an entire world of cheap, good food just a few more blocks away (sometimes a little more). So skip the dining commons once in a while and head out somewhere a little more risky, maybe somewhere farther than you’re used to walking, like College Avenue, University Avenue, or Solano Avenue. You’ll build up an appetite that’ll definitely be satisfied.


Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Anywhere on Durant Avenue
  • Café Intermezzo
  • Gordo Taqueria
  • Zachary's Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Gordo Taqueria
Best Asian
Shen Hua
Best Breakfast
La Note
Best Healthy
  • Café Intermezzo
  • Smart Alec's Intelligent Food
Best Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • La Mediterranee
  • Yoshi's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Blue Nile
  • Brunch at Thai Temple
  • Café de la Paz
  • Café Milano
  • Café Strada
  • Chez Panisse
  • Koryo Sushi
  • La Mediterranee
  • Mama's Café
  • Noah's Bagels
Did You Know?
  • Berkeley's Farmer's Market takes place every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, all year-round.
  • San Francisco has the second most restaurants per square foot in the U.S., behind NYC.
  • We are one hour from wine country (Calistoga, Napa Valley, Sonoma).
  • The restaurant-packed food court on Durant Avenue is colloquially referred to as the Asian Ghetto, though this area is not technically a ghetto, and it is not filled primarily with Asian restaurants.
  • Moolicious is a local cereal restaurant that sells cereal salad and cereal sandwiches.
  • Cheeseboard, Berkeley's cooperatively owned pizza restaurant, hands out leftover pizzas after closing each night.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

2655 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 845-1280
Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St.
(510) 843-6929
6310 College Ave.
(510) 654-6992
Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 649-1333

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Pizza
2340 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 548-1129
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Huge pizzas, pickup and delivery available.
Brazil Fresh Squeeze Café
Food: Brazilian
2161 University Ave.
(510) 845-8011
Price: $5-$10
Café Intermezzo
Food: Salad
2442 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 849-4592
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Salads with the works, bigger than your torso at $5.
Crepes a-Go Go
Food: Crepes
2334 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 486-2310
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Yummy crepes for either a meal or dessert at an affordable price
Fat Slice
Food: Pizza
2375 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 548-6479
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Tasty pizza at affordable prices.
Gordo Taqueria
Food: Mexican
2989 College Ave.
(510) 204-9027
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Best chicken burritos at the cheapest price in Berkeley.
Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana
Food: Italian
2519 Durant Ave.
(510) 548-4860
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delicious and quality Italian food at the cheapest price in Berkeley.
Food: Sushi
2441 Dwight Way
(510) 848-5260
Price: $10-$20
Food: European, pizza
2181 Shattuck Ave.
(510) THE-TAPS
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Award-winning wood-fired pizzas; European atmosphere found in the heart of Berkeley
La Burrita
Food: Mexican
2530 Durant Ave.
(510) 845-4859
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Tasty food; open late.
La Mediterranee
Food: Mediterranean
2936 College Ave.
(510) 540-7773
Price: $10-$20
La Note Restaurant
2377 Shattuck Ave.
(510) 843-1535
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Real french toast!
Shen Hua
Food: Chinese
2914 College Ave.
(510) 883-1777
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: High-class Chinese food.
Smart Alec's Intelligent Food
Food: Burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian
2355 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 704-4000
Price: $5-$10
Top Dog
Food: Hot dogs
2534 Durant Ave.
(510) 643-5967
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Variety of choices; very cheap.
Food: Japanese
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
(510) 238-9200
Price: $10-$27
Cool Features: World-renowned jazz venue
Zachary's Pizza
Food: Pizza
5801 College Ave.
(510) 655-6385
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Tomatoes smother the top, cheese and topping underneath! Always a line out the door for dinner.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 292 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 315 responses

  • 73% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 23% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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