Barney's is known for it's burgers, but I go for the salads. They serve huge salads with fresh ingredients, and are very flexible about substitutions and additions. Every salad I've ever had there is impeccably fresh and well-balanced. The house vinaigrette is quite good. Friends are happy to meet me there and enjoy both the burgers and the available substitutes (you can choose chicken, veggie patty, or turkey burger.) For me, though, the salad is king.
Seating is pleasant and clean. The kitchen is in full view, which I always find reassuring. Meals are very consistent from one visit to the next. They've gone to giving guests a large bottle of still water when they arrive, with glasses, which is a nice touch.
Downsides: the service is sometimes uneven. I haven't been able to see a pattern in it, but some days everything is slow. On a good day, the service is wonderful. I'm rating it "average" for service but that's splitting the difference. For that reason, it isn't a place I'd recommend for a "quick bite." However, it is a great place to get a healthy meal.
Extra points for being near the Rockridge BART station in a fun neighborhood for walking.
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