I like to grab sandwiches to go from here. The staff is friendly and the quality is high. They have some great specialty Italian coffee and grains.
They also do some free wine tasting on weekends. The old guy who does them is really nice and knowledgeable.
This is definitely a more business-oriented spot. The wine bar is always insanely busy, often standing room only. My only complaint is that it's hard to get a seat. Pricing is average and selection is ample.
The shop has a world focus. They have a lot of big name and 'tourist' wine like Silver Oak, etc. Shop pricing is mostly competitive.
They have pretty decent food and good donuts and pastries in the morning. The early and late hours are awesome. It's a great after-party spot. They have a pretty good amount of seating and are conveniently located for nighttime Berkeley goodness.
The service was slow and a little rude. The food wasn't bad, but it didn't make up for the lack of proper service. I probably wouldn't go back here.
This place is right next to the Pixar campus. They have really good American diner fare with a slight twist. I think you need to have at least 10 tattoos to work there, which adds to the eclectic vibe. Service is always friendly and fast. Good burgers. You can't go wrong.
They really do have a little bit of everything here. It's a typical Berkeley hippy/new-age styled establishment but it's presented in a very clean, efficient, and professional way.
They also have all sorts of herbal remedies which sometimes are a good alternative to Western medicine
Tip: Use their video rental store! They have a pretty decent selection and it's only a $1.00 a day! The one problem with this is that since it's a tiny little annex, they are often out of the good stuff.
This is the original location if I am not mistaken. It's clean, well located, and a nice place to get a quick coffee. There's not really any easy seating conducive to hanging out, though people somehow manage to still loiter.
I find their coffee to burnt tasting, as with most Berkeley coffee. If you like dark, dark roasted coffee you might like Peets.
Their pizza is awesome. It changes everyday and is always vegetarian.
Be prepared to wait. While the line moves quickly, there's always a line. There's seating, but it's almost always occupied. While illegal, the median on Shattuck offers some additional pizza eating space, but that too is oft crowded.
It's definitely worth it. A true Berkeley institution.
This place wouldn't be bad on it's own, but when the caliber of restaurants in Berkeley is much higher than average, this sort of place doesn't cut it.
It's a chain and is about one peg up from the Olive Garden. They have a brunch, which may be good.
They serve wine in little tumbler cups. This isn't rustic Italian - it's just cheap and sorta insulting when you pay $8.00 a 'glass' for a little cup! It's those little things that make an already mediocre restaurant specifically not enjoyable.
For a better Italian experience in Elmwood, for my money I'd go to Trattoria la Siciliana. For *real* Italian food, Oliveto is the best.
This is a good spot to grab some quick food or coffee in the Hayes Valley. they have a full-service coffee bar as well as some small plates and sandwiches.
They also serve wine from the connected wine shop Arlequin Wine Merchant.
The best thing about this place is the secluded back patio which offers a wooded retreat from the busy streets.