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All 605 Berkeley Restaurants

Top Dog Berkeley Southside

2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
(510) 843-5967
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Ranked #39 of 605 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $0 - $10
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
Cuisines: American, Hot Dogs
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Fremont, California
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1,892 reviews 1,892 reviews
561 restaurant reviews
1,126 helpful votes 1,126 helpful votes
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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220 reviews 220 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

has many kinds of organic hot dogs… on a French bread - great sauerkraut… less flyers around… Just reminds me of student era… lived on Top Dogs and few other places… still consider reasonable.

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New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

You just can't get a better hot dog! A great variety of hot dogs, each chosen as the best of its type. The owner literally has sought out the best of each type of dog and as he's found new hot dogs that were different and of the highest quality he has added them to the menu. The bun is... 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 0 - 10
Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

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