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Top Dog Berkeley Southside

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American, Hot Dogs
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2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
(510) 843-5967
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11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Hot Dogs

The hot dog I had was great, good choice of toppings. The guy behind the counter was friendly and helpful. Only 3 chairs to sit at the counter though, but perfect for take away.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
greenmintleaf
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The hot dog I had was great, good choice of toppings. The guy behind the counter was friendly and helpful. Only 3 chairs to sit at the counter though, but perfect for take away.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I see that there are a lot of Top Dog fans ready to give this place an Excellent. I can see why many would believe that, though I had to ding the place for a few things that others might classify as "atmosphere". The kielbasa I had here was tasty, though slow to be cooked, and I was crammed into... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I went to UC Berkeley as a student and a late night "treat" or "meal" was walking to Top Dog in the midnight hours so one could continue to study (or party) until the early morning. Now, when we visit UC Berkeley such as during Cal Football Season where we are season ticket holders, its fun to stop by Top... More 

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st. louis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Love the Hot link here. Hot enough to make my eyes water and my nose run! I load it with the hot mustard and sauerkraut. Fantastic. I always want to try the other "dogs" but I'm addicted to this one. Top Dog is always my first stop when I'm in Berkeley.

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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

On a recent trip down memory lane, I visited my old haunts as a student from the 80s, and was glad to see that Top Dog is still going strong, and as tasty as ever (unlike a certain other favorite for pizza, which was horribly disappointing). I will list my personal reasons for liking TD, along with a few problems:... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This "Cal" Grizzly Bear Who Loves To "Top" Other Guys Also Loves His "Top Dog" (The Restaurant) Located On Durant. I Always Go Fer Two Hot Links and A Bird Dog. Memories of Younger Days, In-Between Term Papers and Wild Parties. I'm In Heaven after devouring my hot links. FIVE CLAWS UP For 25 Years, since my college days back... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Top Dog has been an institution in Berkeley, CA since 1966, when it opened. Top Dog on south side is located just one block from the University of California campus. Thus was just three years before I started as an undergraduate, and so the griddle had plenty of time to get fired up before I ordered my very first frankfurter... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I didn't grow up in Berkeley, but my mother and her sister did and as children, while they visited their father at work, they stop by Top Dog for -obviously- a hot dog. It's such an awesome hole in the wall and if you blink you miss it. But their top dog is really amazing.

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New Carrollton, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This little place (three stools and maybe 6 feet of counter space) has excellent food, though limited selections. I had the bratwurst. it was done well, served on a fantastic fresh roll and had your choice of mustard types, kraut, etc.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I practically lived off Top Dog when in college back in the 60's and 70's. Yes, it has been here that long. I now go only maybe once a year or so, looking for nostalgia. The dogs don't seem nearly as good, but I can't really say if my taste has changed or the dogs are no longer what they... More 

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Additional Information about Top Dog Berkeley Southside

Address: 2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
Phone Number: (510) 843-5967
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10
Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 843-5967

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?