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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
Website
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
Good kielbasa, not fast, without any real seating

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
AnnArborMiBob
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Top Contributor
741 reviews 741 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
407 helpful votes 407 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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2,266 reviews 2,266 reviews
715 restaurant reviews
1,306 helpful votes 1,306 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
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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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122 reviews 122 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 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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27 reviews 27 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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?