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“upscale bar” 5 of 5 stars
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Le Bateau Ivre
2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 849-1100
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Ranked #403 of 603 Restaurants in Berkeley
Cuisines: Dessert, French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Berkeley, California, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“upscale bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

great place to go have a relaxing drink with friends in an upscale and quiet atmosphere, nice lighting

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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice food, horrible slow service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

I wouldn't chose to go back to this place. The food was excellent when it arrived, but it took over 45 minutes to arrive. We would have ordered more, but you only have one life and I didn't want to waste more of mine sitting waiting. It was difficult to enjoy the food much as we were all so fed up with the wait by this the time it arrived.

Our server seemed to think that the best way to explain their slow service was to pretend we were invisible from the time he took our order to the time (45 minutes later) when it finally turned up - despite attempts to catch him as he ignored us. I would have thought it was just basic courtesy to apologize for a long wait and ask us if we wanted more drinks, but nothing, not even more water!

I finally cracked after 45 minutes and grabbed my nearest server, but he had a very bad attitude, seemed to not care less, he said as he was not our server there was nothing he could do.

A very boring and frustrating way to spend a Sunday lunchtime, I recommend you avoid this place unless you like long waits, being ignored and the staff seeming not to care less.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“authentic charm and real good food in Berkeley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

We are always delighted by the warmth and refreshingly genuine atmosphere of this wonderful old Berkeley landmark restaurant. There are home-size dining rooms and a great room with fireplace and high ceilings, all filled with antique furnishings apparently collected over a lifetime or two. The food is very good to super, even for picky eaters like me with significant dietary criteria. We start off with the French onion soup or Salad Composee then dive into one of the daily inspirations on the specials menu. This is no corporate prefab; it’s clear the owners love this place. So do we. Like most Berkeley folks, we try new spots as they open up around town, but the one that always calls us back for a lovingly prepared meal and welcome home is Le Bateau Ivre.

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“cute place, lousy food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

cute place, lousy food

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“Went here for both breakfast and dinner. Dinner service was horrid. We were there for literally an hour before our...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2008

Went here for both breakfast and dinner. Dinner service was horrid. We were there for literally an hour before our entrees arrived, and they were not at all worth the wait. The decor is quaint, but we were seated in rather uncomfortable, low to the ground chairs, which made it difficult to hear my dining companion. The prices were outrageous for the blandness of the food. The breakfast was not much better. Considering there were only two people there during the breakfast service, the waiter was a little faster than at dinner, but the food was still just as bad. I received dry toast, with runny undercooked eggs. Also too expensive and not worthy of a third excursion.

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