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Bette's Oceanview Diner

1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1910
510-644-3230
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Ranked #17 of 600 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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Cuisines: Diner, Delicatessen
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Sparks, Nevada
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This last weekend was my second trip here. Last year we came here on our honeymoon, and this year for our first anniversary. We love it. Yes, the line is long, and yes, it is breakfast. But tell me where you can get a souffle pancake? I got the Euro breakfast special, which was delicious! The service is what I... More

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Rye, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

You will have to wait to get into this well known and quite small place. One would assumed that the food is exceptional but is just average. In addition if you would want changes or expect great service forget it. There are some very good items on the menu but for the most part the food is average and certainly... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My cousin, who is from the Bay Area, said that she frequented this place when she was at Berkeley. She warned me that there is usually a wait, however, we went in on a Wednesday morning so we only waited about 5 minutes to get two seats in the bar area. I ordered a ham and cheese omelet (they are... More

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watertown, CT
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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This used to be the best breakfast spot in the bay area. It is still good but on the day we visited they seemed a bit more interested in speed than quality. Of course, a certain amount of speed is to be expected at a diner...maybe the pressure of the long line of anxious diners out front got to them?... More

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Berkeley, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There isn't one! Come for the food! The crispy bacon, home fries and perfectly cooked over easy eggs are worth the wait alone. And if you come during their busiest times (most of the time) expect to wait. Family favorites have been both the buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, and anything do do with an omelette, which they make nice and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This place is adorable! It is located in a really cute neighborhood that has a lot of small shops and artists selling their creations. I'm not sure why the name is ocean view diner because there is no ocean view. It is a 50's diner with great authentic decor. We were there for breakfast. Be prepared to wait a while... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had to wait for about 40 minutes to get our table, but the food was worth the wait. I ordered scrambled eggs and buckwheat pancakes, and they were very good. My family ordered other foods (regular pancakes, corned beef hash, pancake soufflé, etc) and we tried each other's foods. They were all good. I definitely recommend this place if... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Breakfast has become the casualty of the battle of the waist line. The only time I have a full breakfast is on vacation, and this breakfast helped make the vacation. With that said, the only way to see the ocean from Bette's is with the aid of a helicopter. We found Bette’s while doing a little noodling around and shopping.... More

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Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place is a neighborhood hang out. The staff seemed to know everyone that walked it. It's tiny place and a real diner feel. The food was ok, we didn't try anything special though, just your average breakfast food. The home potatoes were great!

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Berkeley, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Nice location on 4th street Berkeley and tasty food should make for a nice experience. The service could only be described as abysmal. After ordering for a second time ("the order was lost") we still did not receive our food. An explanation of how two orders can be lost in 15 feet from table to grill should have been forthcoming... More

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