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Cafe Rouge

1782 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1711
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Ranked #86 of 603 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, French, Mediterranean, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hearst St
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English first
Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Love the food. Many dinners and parties here have established this as a go-to feel-good spot. Unlike many reviewers (and a few friends), we prefer Rouge to Zut! down the block. Although it's expensive & sometimes too noisy, we never feel ripped off here after dinner.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Had a great lunch here of the chicken salad sandwich on special homemade bread while visiting 4th Street in Berkeley. Great bar and ambiance either indoors or outside.

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Oak Park, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We have visited Cafe Rouge a couple of times - most recently in May 2014. Four of us had a late lunch. It was a Sunday and crowded, but we reserved a table. The menu contains a variety of light fare - we all had salads of various kinds and all were excellent. The baguettes are fresh and very French,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The cafe offered a number of dishes that are all done really well, from a hearty burger to a vegan salad. The carpacio was done with some onion rings on top for a different, but welcome flare. The service was terrific and the atmosphere was a nice place to lunch and unwind between business meetings. A definate place to return... More

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Caspar, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Not the place for a quiet conversation with friends on Saturday night: hard surfaces and a bar in the dining room, so alcohol-fueled voices rattle our ears. Our capable server does his best to make our party of six comfortable, and the food starts coming right away: mussels in a light savory cream sauce, several kinds of oysters, crisp local... More

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Turlock, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Looking for a place to be a regular at when we visit Berkeley. Known for its quality meats we thought it sounded good. $40 for a Rib Eye and you want more than the red wine butter to be good ... but it wasn't. Tough fibrous piece of meat. So disappointed. (Medium - Rare) Had a hamburger too. Didn't finish... More

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Orinda, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We have been eating here for years and after a very brief hiatus in prep quality last year, they are back in step. We had a weirdly wonderful "Carrots 2 ways" starter and a dozen bracingly fresh oysters. Then on to a wonderful beef stew (seriously well executed) and a roasted chicken in a Moroccan spiced pilaf (one of the... More

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san francisco
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

And delicious hotdogs! And most everything else I have eating there is good. I don't love it as much as Zut, but it's very, very good.

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Emeryville, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The brunch is great, perfect combo being fresh oyster followed by a medium rear steak frite with sunny side up eggs. Yummy!

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Oakland, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Whenever we go out for a casual dinner Cafe Rouge is our first choice. The menu changes constantly and there's always something new to try. There's a great bar menu as well. It's been a favorite of ours for years.

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