Gather is the type of place that’s mocked on Portlandia: everything is from a local farm (and they make sure you know it), they use a lot of recycled materials, and the building is, according to them, the greenest in Berkeley. All that might make you expect some sort of bland health food, but that’s not what’s going on here at all. The main attraction is actually the pizza, which is more like flatbread topped with fresh vegetables and meats. The space is bright and welcoming, and has an upscale but unpretentious feel. Come for dinner with your parents.
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Cheese Board Pizza
Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley does only one type of pizza every day. It tends to be kind of unusual, but it’s always worth the long wait.
Triple Rock Brewing Co.
Triple Rock Brewing Co. in Berkeley is huge and great for groups. Grab some bar food and beers made in-house.
Vik’s Chaat Corner
Vik’s Chaat does authentic Indian street food in a converted West Berkeley warehouse. You should be putting it in your lunch rotation.
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Looking for a last minute reservation for a big group on a Saturday night? That’s a daunting task. Fog City enters the pantheon of great places you can get into.
Scoma’s in Fisherman’s Wharf is an old-school seafood spot with some of the best Dungeness crab in the city.
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Despite the hit-or-miss menu, Little Gem is an amazingly pleasant place to eat in Hayes Valley.
Blue Barn Gourmet
If you’re looking to be healthy - or at least feel like you’re being healthy - hit up Blue Barn.
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