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Lalime's Cafe

1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450
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Ranked #139 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic, International, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Northside
Transit: Ten minute walk from the North Berkeley Bart stop.
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English first
Berkeley, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

We recently dined for the the first time at Lalime's and really enjoyed our experience. They serve a seasonal menu that is fairly limited in scope, so it pays to check their website to get a sense of what's currently being offered. Nevertheless, we found a number of interesting choices, all of which were very well prepared and demonstrated an... More 

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Kensington, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

This was my first time to Lalime's. The ambience was nice, white table clothes, arts and craft architecture..reminded me a lot if Bay Wolf in Oakland which i like. Service was good, though did get some wine spilt on me. Food could have been better. I had lamb chops, a bit thin for a high end restaurant and they were... More 

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Berkeley, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is our special night out spot, that is now back on track. Unfortunately it went through a few chefs as they passed through town (or so it seamed), but things are once again stable and consistently great. It is also the type of restaurant that you can bring the kids that are used to being out, they can have... More 

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San Francisco
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129 reviews 129 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Freshly prepared California cuisine presented in a styling intimate setting. This was our first time back to Laimes after a few years. Although everything was good - it was not great. Of the main courses (Couscous/vegetable Tangine, beef filet, fettucine, roasted lamb), the beef filet and Couscous tangine were good - the other two missed the mark. The server was... More 

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Berkeley, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have been coming to Lalime's for about 30 years, since they were a spectacular fledgling restaurant on Solono Avenue. Tonight, as an appetizer, I had a fantastic calamari dish, on the menu as Calamari a la Planxa. The menu listed bagna cauda, sun gold tomatoes, castelveltrano olives; which is just what it had. It was wonderful! The mix of... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We have been eating here once every few years for over 25 years. We had not been for quite a while and we were excited to revisit an old favorite. We were so disappointed in the food. Way too much use of garlic which over powered two of our choices. We could think of many Bay Area restaurants that are... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

In California where one would expect to find fresh vegetables and light, imaginative cooking, we were disappointed to be served a variety of dishes which were oily and over-cooked. The menu was limited, few vegetables. Everything tasted the same: lamb, pork, squid, calamari - equally bland and soggy.

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North Salt Lake, Utah
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215 reviews 215 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Lalime's was a good hike from the UCB campus and when we arrived we were greated by helpful and friendly staff. It took several hours for our large group to get through a meal, something that is not unusual for a large group. All the entrees looked delicious. The sauce on my duck was slightly spicy and fully flavorful. Others... More 

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Oakland, California
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192 reviews 192 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I've been wanting to try Lalimes for a while and Im glad we finally went. This is a perfect restaurant for couples and when you want to hear your conversation. (which is hard to find in most smaller Berkeley restaurant's.) my meal was delicious... cauliflower and leek soup... NO CREAM but soooooo creamy. great salad and the crab cakes were... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We went for a birthday dinner and while the atmosphere was great, the food was just okay. The server seemed a little overwhelmed and it took forever to get our food. My steak was lousy but the sides and appetizers were pretty good.

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Additional Information about Lalime's Cafe

Address: 1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450
Phone Number: 510-527-9838
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Eclectic, International, Californian

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