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Bette's Oceanview Diner

1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1910
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Ranked #21 of 606 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: Diner, Delicatessen
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Suburban Toronto
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a great restaurant in its class, but it shows up in TripAdvisor with a high ranking because it's excellent for what it is, not because it's a destination in itself. It's designed as a 1950s diner with a pretty simple menu, bare tables (no table cloths) crowded together, jukebox, efficient and friendly (but not gracious or fancy) service,... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Really well placed on 4th street which is a lovely part of Berkeley. Very popular and with good reason. Service is good considering the number of people they have to cater for. Menu is good and imaginative. I would eat here again and again. And so close to the Apple Store!!!

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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place had been on my list of places to try for many years and we finally had an opportunity. The wait was ludicrous (1 hour), but we weren't in a hurry, and a couple of cups of Peet's most excellent coffee paired with baked goods from Bette's To-Go operation made the wait tolerable. If you find yourself with a... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

You just can't go wrong here: creative takes on breakfast and lunch fare, excellently prepared and served, delightful 'authentic' diner ambiance, which is why I've been coming here about once a week for more than 20 years. Reasonable prices. Usually sufficient parking on the street or nearby (free) lot. Some waiting necessary at peak times, but the waits are worth... More 

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Humboldt County, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Absolutely love going to Bette's for breakfast! Just don't dawdle at home so you won't have a long wait. Dependably good pancakes, waffles, eggs, omelettes, french toast. The line cooks are on it! Service is brisk, even on the rare occasions when it isn't crowded, but don't take it personally--it's difficult to slow down when it's always so fast-paced. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My husband and I have been eating at Bette's for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. Their servers really understand that the customer should be treated like they are right and want to make sure your dining experience is a good one. The most amazing thing to us is their consistency in quality and taste. If you had... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Adorable old fashioned looking dinner which has fresh delicious food. Even though the menu is very plain, the ingredients and food preparation is anything but that. I had the special omelet with beans and cheese that had perfectly cooked eggs with well done homemade potatoes. My husband has the corned beef hash with eggs which was home style perfect. Not... More 

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Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love the food at Bette's Oceanview Diner. Everything I've had has been fresh and delicious and I often sit at the counter to watch the short order cooks. Anything baked is great, including their muffins, scones and pancakes. The major down side is the time it takes to get in and to get your food served. I usually go... More 

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Berkeley, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The daily lineup of customers is testament to the popularity of this no-frills diner located on West Berkeley's otherwise rather chi-chi 4th Avenue commercial district. Berkeley is hip-deep in restaurants of every stripe, but this place wins fans for its solid renditions of diner basics. The minuscule kitchen pumps out reliable breakfast standards, and the hardworking waitstaff weave through the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We saw this place on tv and knew we had to check it out. Be prepared to wait, this place is hopping! Everyone ordered lunch and we had no complaints. Had to try the scrapple... order one for the table if you're leery of new things. They only accept Visa and Mastercard so bring cash if you don't have either.

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Additional Information about Bette's Oceanview Diner

Address: 1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1910
Phone Number: 510-644-3230
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Diner, Delicatessen

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