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Bette's Oceanview Diner

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1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
510-644-3230
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6:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great take-out sandwiches, also a good breakfast

Bette's has two sides, a take-out operation and a relatively small eat-in restaurant for breakfast and lunch. I think the breakfasts are great, although the space is relatively cramped, and there can be a substantial wait for a table. The take-out side of the operation is fantastically well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Harold D
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bette's has two sides, a take-out operation and a relatively small eat-in restaurant for breakfast and lunch. I think the breakfasts are great, although the space is relatively cramped, and there can be a substantial wait for a table. The take-out side of the operation is fantastically well organized, and for what it is the food is really good. Recommended.

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Thank Harold D
Davis, California
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although there was a 45 min. wait for lunch, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. Everyone thought their meal was the best. This is a sign of an great restaurant.

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Thank DanielleJambo
California
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We include Bette's Oceanview Diner in every visit to Fourth Street. The food is great, the restaurant has a lot of atmosphere, and on a nice day you can sit outside and enjoy the passing crowd. It can get crowded, so try to get there ahead of the usual meal times. You will love it!

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1 Thank L M
Boulder, Colorado
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93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A classic diner setting with amazing stick to your bones food. We chose some unique dishes and a couple classics and loved them all. It was crowded so we had to wait 15 minutes but we walked around and enjoyed the shops so it was fine. It was super busy but the waitstaff was great. Too early for pie so... More 

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1 Thank tnudel
Berkeley, California
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Bette's Oceanview Diner is locally famous. It's located on a great shopping street in West Berkeley, within sound of passing Amtrak trains. It's long-established and properly old-fashioned in appearance. it's not my favorite west Berkeley restaurant, though, because it feels crowded, and because the food, while fresh and nicely prepared, just doesn't have the diner zing I like.

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Thank bradbunnin
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Totally worth the wait - in the rain!!! Best, most amazing, yummy, delicious breakfast I've ever had. Great people, great service - killer mimosas!!

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Thank Dawn M
trevor-wa
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189 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I love this place. It's small, a lot of the same people have been working there for over 25 years. It's almost always busy and yes sometimes you may have to wait. OR...you can go at "odd" hour times and barely wait, like I do. On a sunny day you can even sit outside which is cool. What I've had:... More 

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Thank trevor-wa
Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Solid breakfast. Long waits on a busy Saturday morning. Saw many happy faces. Service was OK. A bit pricey. Outdoor seating available.

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Thank Jim B
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213 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

We love going here for Breakfast. We had our favorites--The Philadelphia, Pancakes, and Huevos Rancheros. Great decor, and really busy all the time, but you can stroll around 4th Street and window shop while waiting for your name to be called.

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Thank albebuc
Minnesota
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

They appear to be known more for breakfast and pancakes, but we were in a lunch mood. Don't get me wrong, their meatloaf sandwich was good, just not great. Same with my wife's reuben. I wasn't a big fan of the cole slaw, but my wife liked it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-644-3230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Delicatessen, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?