At first the menu may sound pedestrian, but don't be fooled! This is world class cuisine. Everything was inventive, delicious, and executed flawlessly.
I will admit, the service seemed a bit snobby at first, but our waiter warmed up to us and gave us excellent service. We were a bit out of place as it's not exactly the youngest crowd but I don't think it's *too* stodgy.
The desert cart is absolutely the best desert experience ever! It's filled with delicious hand-made candies and sweets and it is certainly one of a kind. It's really worth it to go there just for the cart.
It's expensive to be sure. Prepare to spend $400-$500 for two (depending upon drinks and wine really). It's totally worth it though.
This place has a prime corner location in Hayes Valley. It really adds to the neighborhood to have a cool Parisian style cafe.
I really like their open-faced sandwiches, especially with greens - it's a pretty close experience to actually getting say a Croque Madame in Paris.
It always seems to be pretty busy but never too much so.
I was pretty happy with the service I received here. They had a pretty good selection of frames compared to LensCrafters.
Everyone was pretty helpful and they were easy to get an appointment with. They were able to retrofit my current frames no problem.
I really like their prosciutto and artichoke heart sandwich.
It's also nice that they provide free sparkling water, which is pretty Italian. The wine list is so-so, but better than most.
Great location in a nice neighborhood. As always, parking might be tough.
As a consumer of premium jeans I can safely tell you that Levi's is only charging you for the name.
Any pairs that don't look lame will cost you upwards of $200. I just don't think the quality or design warrants this price.
This location specifically has pretty unhelpful staff even though there seem to be a lot of them walking around.
The dressing rooms are really bad. They are basically phone-booth-sized wrap around denim curtains in the middle of the sales floor. There are no mirrors inside of them either!
If you're willing to pay $200 for jeans, go someplace like Diesel. At least they're pretty helpful.
This place is pretty new since it opened in early 2007. It's in a red-brick sort of raw warehouse space on Telegraph at the northern border of Temescal. It's kind of hard to see from the street. Their only sign is a hard to read bottle of wine cutout on a pole.
For being so seemingly hole-in-the-wall they actually have a great selection. It's a world store and doesn't have one particular emphasis. The wines they do stock are high quality and good bargains. The pricing is pretty commensurate with other small wine shops but you can get some good deals if you know what to look for. We got a 1992 Auslese Reisling from a good producer for under $20! The staff was helpful and friendly.
Definitely check this place out!
They do have a great selection of cheeses (some of which I hear aren't supposed to be imported). My only problem is that it's often mobbed by people taking their sweet time. It's a whole production where you ask about a cheese, taste the cheese, decided if you want to buy the cheese. This is all well and good, but a bunch of people simply waste time grazing! If you're actually there to do business, expect to kill at least 30-45 minutes on a weekend. I'm all about artisan markets, but seeing people waste so much time when it's clearly super busy is frankly annoying. The bread is good though their "baguettes" are weird and short. They occasionally have good muffins. I don't like their "wolverines" as they're as thick as hard tack. They also sell their Cheeseboard Pizza half-baked and ready to-go. You can get a whole pie or just half for $18 and $9 respectively.
I recently got a haircut here and it was great. Sherri did a great job. The price was reasonable when compared to other high end salons. It wasn't too hard to get an appointment either. If you're looking for an Aveda concept salon in Elmwood, check out Moonshadow.
Dona Tomas offers some really interesting and unique fare. The food is quintessentially Mexican but it is quite refined and employs seasonal ingredients, creates twists on classics, and overall takes an innovative approach to all their dishes. It's somewhat upscale for Mexican food, but it's worth it. Entrees range about $15-$19. They have an excellent tequila and mezcal selection and have a great cocktail list. Surprisingly, their deserts are really good. The only reason I give four stars is that the host/hostess staff are RUDE! The wait staff is great, but they think it's ok to ignore you when you come in, and give you arbitrarily long waits with no explanation or apology when there are clearly tables. That's just poor hospitality. Especially when there is no comfortable place to wait at all. Just because Temescal is 'trendy' it's not *that* trendy.
Any Mountain pretty much has everything for your outdoor needs. The staff is usually helpful, if not a bit too eager to greet you. This could just be a personal preference of mine. There store is pretty big, especially by downtown Berkeley standards. They also have a giant parking lot right in front. Also a Berkeley rarity.