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Lalime's Cafe

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Californian, International, Eclectic
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1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450 (Northside)
Ten minute walk from the North Berkeley Bart stop.
510-527-9838
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, lovely local place

This is a place where my husband and I head when we want a great meal, in a calm restaurant environment, in a local neighborhood in Berkeley. The menu always has wonderful items on it, many of which change often. The place itself is very nice as well, the tables aren't too close, the noise level is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
sueBerkeley_CA
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Berkeley, Ca
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Nine of us went here on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday. We tried 7 or 8 different items off the small plates and "off the grain" sections of the menu. Most of them were shared amongst the group so everyone could get a taste. Of the large plates available, most of them were selected by at least one... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Our server said that on Sundays Lalime offers oysters for just $1. It tops the list of starters, and should--it wasn't a typo! They were plump, briny, and clearly quite fresh. We noticed that most diners were having oysters as well with their Sunday dinners. Our meals were quite good all around. We'd stayed away for two years after a... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My wife and I went to Lalime's with a friend for dinner and a quiet conversation. I must say it was perfect! Even though my wife had been to Lalime's many times, this was my first visit. The service was professional and friendly and the food was ample and delicious. The three of us shared two dishes and it was... More 

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Berkeley, Ca
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a place where my husband and I head when we want a great meal, in a calm restaurant environment, in a local neighborhood in Berkeley. The menu always has wonderful items on it, many of which change often. The place itself is very nice as well, the tables aren't too close, the noise level is fine - not... More 

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Berkeley, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My wife and I had a recent cozy and romantic dinner at Lalime's, which is a somehwat upscale neighborhood cafe in Berkeley serving California-Frenchish cuisine with a vaguely nouvelle and locally-sourced bias. The room is very pleasant, and we were seated right away at a comfortable and attractive table (with a reservation). Someone has paid attention to the details: place... More 

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Berkeley, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The ambience in charming, the food is delicious, with service that was friendly and helpful. We dined here on Christmas Eve, after meaning to come here for years. We will be back. The three of us had a Lamb ragout on polenta, grouper in a broth and a grilled pork chop. All were very well prepared and very tasty. We... More 

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Berkeley, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a go-to place for my husband and me -- dependably delicious, with fun and flavorful menu choices ranging from comfort food (fried chicken) to the more exotic. Nice atmosphere -- warm and elegantly homey. The menu varies with the season (even week by week), so part of the fun is putting together a great meal from local and... More 

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Berkeley, California
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145 reviews 145 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
306 helpful votes 306 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450
    (Northside)
  • Public Transportation: Ten minute walk from the North Berkeley Bart stop.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-527-9838

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Californian, International, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?