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Lalime's Cafe

1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450
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Ranked #148 of 600 restaurants in Berkeley
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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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46 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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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165 reviews 165 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
42 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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