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Lalime's Cafe

1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450
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Ranked #131 of 598 restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $20 - $40
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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45 reviews from our community

73% Recommend
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English first
Newton, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Petaluma, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The server was ok, but did not follow up during our meal. The beet salad needed more beets and goat cheese. My friends' duck breast was basically raw (he only ate the 2 outside pieces). My wife's french fries had way too much salt on them. The sweetbreads were good. The wine list had a good selection and wasn't over... More

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San Francisco
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had eaten at Lalime's several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Our dinner there recently was a great disappointment. The menu is very limited and what we did have was average. The best part of the dinner was the beet salad. The small plates were not big enough to share. It appears as if the emphasis... More

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Berkeley, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Lalimes is a wonderful restaurant to relax and enjoy a conversation. When seeing the restaurant from outside, one does not realize how surprisingly open and comfortable it is. The chef offers a tasty menu. All is well prepared and served beautifully.

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Otavalo, Ecuador
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105 reviews 105 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had heard excellent reports about Lalime, as well as a few recent negatives about the service, and were excited to join a group of six couples there last week. I think the consensus of all of us was that on this visit, the food was well-prepared but not terribly exciting, save a few of the starters and the dessert... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

We were in Berkeley for one night and had to choose one place for dinner from the abundance of choices. Looking within a mile walk from our hotel, the Trip Advisor reviews of Lalime's cafe convinced us to try it. It was the right decision, no question. Menu choices were interesting, well-prepared and presented. Service was attentive and atmosphere calm... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Although the menu isn't particularly novel, every one of the dishes we ordered was prepared expertly. Given that the prices aren't on the high end either, it's a definite recommendation.

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