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Reviewed March 13, 2024 via mobile

This place exceeded my expectations triple AAA! Quality, cleaness and service! The food was delicious, the appetizer, the pasta and the secondi! The house wine was good too. Kudos to Jerry and his crew for well ran place!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed January 21, 2024

I reached out to Agrodolce on an extremely last minute basis to inquire about a luncheon for approximately 50 people following the memorial service for my mother in law. My mother in law had very good taste, as do our friends, so it was important...to our family that the gathering provide - at minimum - a pleasant ambiance and a full meal with drinks. I reached out to “typical” spots like Lake Chalet (view, experience with events/groups, easy to find, etc.) They wanted $2k just for the room, and an $8,5k minimum for food and drinks, not counting tax and tip. This would have ended up being around $250 per person for a 90 minute luncheon with very average food. In the midst of our deep grief, because we love the food and people at Agrodolce, I just put in a call to see what might be possible. Angelo, the owner, IMMEDIATELY understood our sad situation and our needs. The restaurant isn’t even normally open for lunch but he agreed to bring in his staff to open it. He waived any room fee. We were able to offer their famous melanzane roll, green salad, and a beautiful plated lunch (guests could choose from a menu of 8 choices) entree, wine, cocktails and beautiful mini canollis for our guests. They lit the fireplaces for us, provided a table for us to put sentimental items and photos of my mother in law, and provided their usual impeccable service. Our family will never forget the Agrodolce family and how they made a BEAUTIFUL afternoon for us in honor of my late mother in law, on almost no notice, and did so in such a kind and caring manner. I cannot say enough about the entire staff and especially the people who executed this flawless, warm, healing and delicious gathering for us. When we hit the age that our kids are getting married, we will absolutely be reaching out to them again. Meanwhile, it remains our favorite for Italian in all the East Bay for both the fabulous food and the wonderful people who bring it to us.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 7, 2024

I felt like I was getting the rush the minute we sat down. Within in 10 minutes I had been asked if I wanted to put my dinner order in 5 times by 3 different people. I ordered salad and appetizer after finishing wine and...asked them to bring the salad first and then the smelt appetizer after we finished the salad. Of course they both came at same time. I then ordered the lasagna - the sauce was great but the noodles were so over cooked they were almost mush. This place only seemed to be interested in turn over. Never time to enjoy table company and wine. They have a lot to learn about proper dinner protocol. Probably give it one more chance but only if really desperate for a place to eat.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed April 7, 2023

We very much enjoyed our dinner here. We tried the porcini ravioli, recommended by an acquaintance, and it was good, but the branzino was spectacular. The cannoli were fabulous - the best I ever had. And you get three of them. The coffee was also...just great. They give you wonderful bread, with olive oil with garlic to start. And the service was prompt. It was a little loud, but not overly so.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023

We had dinner at Agrodolce last night. On the plus side, the food was quite good. On the minus side, we had literally the slowest service we have ever had in any restaurant anywhere. After placing our order, we waited at least 90 minutes until...the food arrived. If you're thinking about dining here, be forewarned.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

Classic, old-school Italian restaurant. Very casual and the wait staff is attentive and friendly. Food is good to very good. Tiramisu dessert was excellent.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022

Two of us had an early dinner on a Saturday evening before going to a Zellerbach Hall concert on the UC campus. Luckily we had reservations, because the place filled up fast. We asked for outside seating, so we did not really see what the...inside looked like, although it seemed as if the bar area was hopping. They have very nice outside seating, albeit you are right off Shattuck Av. Still we did not think the ambient noise/traffic was at all bad. We shared our meal, and were very happy with it. The bean soup in a lite tomato broth was very tasty and our grilled branzino was really quite good (and pretty large for a branzino, too). Service was reasonably prompt (I am guessing they're a bit short staffed) and was friendly. We would recommend this place.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 25, 2022

This is turning out to be one of our favorite go-to places for outdoor dining in Berkeley. Well set-up and attentive. The ambient noise from the street is a drag but other wise all is well. The food is well-prepared and served hot, and reasonably...priced.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2021

Enjoyed a great meal at Agrodolce, a place that we happened upon while walking down Shattuck on a visit from SF. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the bread service, the calamari starter was excellent, pasta dishes were also flavorful, my partner had the famous ragu...and I had the sardines and bucatini, both dishes were flavorful, rich and satisfying. Our server was very charming and friendly, she recommended a great glass of sparking rose. Prices were very reasonable, we'll definitely be back when we're in Berkeley, thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed April 28, 2021

Maybe that the pandemic has required places to up their game, or perhaps not being quite so busy, but this visit was much improved from the last time around, in food quality and service. Thanks.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 27, 2021

Enjoyable dinner outside for five. It took a while to place our food orders and get wine for guests who arrived late. (That's a no-no: we should not have to deal with a potential wine emergency!) One of our guests ordered a non-alcoholic cocktail, and...she was surprised when it arrived with alcohol. It also took the staff a while to respond to our request to turn on the heat lamps, for the chilly evening. That explains why I did not give a four-star rating. I did not give two stars because I felt the food was good, average, consistent Italian, we enjoyed ourselves, and the slower-than-normal pace was not a big deal. I personally would explore other restaurants in Berkeley before returning to this one. In a pinch, it was suitable.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 21, 2021

We have been regulars at Caffe Sport in the city, but they have sold the restaurant and the new owners have destroyed the quality. I ran into one of the family members and she told me about their restaurant in Berkeley, so had to give...it a try. And we were not disappointed. My wife had the Arrabiata and it was excellent...compares to the sauce we had in Roma. I tried their boss of the sauce award winner, and it was excellent as well. The flavors are unmistakable from regular Italian Restaurants, which I noticed from the get go. If you crave Sicilian food, from a family owned restaurant, then come here. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed December 7, 2020

So disappointed! It's bad when the portions are micro small but when the owner lies about something like the beer. Case in point! most real quality authentic Italian restaurants should have at least 1 or 2 real brewed Italian beers on draft (Most beer distributors...carry them) either Birra Moretti, Moretti for short or PERONI NASTRO AZZURRO or Peroni for short. I asked the owner if he carried ether in draft and he said Moretti. Great! He brings it over and it is amber in color, not the traditional lighter hue. I knew it was NOT Moretti! I took a sip and was lagunitas IPA. Why lie to a customer!! The food Ugh. I had the specialty Meatball in Pasta. The just 2 meatballs were the size of a golf ball. NOT like a baseball or larger which it should be if that is your specialty dish! And the portions were so small! Felt like it was Microwaved to boot! Stay clear of this clip joint.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 14, 2020

Average overall, though lots of room to improve upon, especially in the service. Even with reservations, had to wait 30+ minutes. With the exception of Jerry/Angelo, staff are robotic, no eye contact, no smile, and only act upon request (water, bread, utensils). Staff spilled a...full dish of olive oil and splattered our jackets. Other than "i'm sorry", no other compensation. I asked for another single piece of bread, but was told they were out, but as we exited the restaurant, I notice a full plate of bread headed towards the staff's table for their nightly meal. Interesting. Food was good, not great yet. Biggest weakness is the service. Overall, the previous location on College Ave, was much better in service, quality, experience, etc.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 27, 2020

Very disappointing. DO NOT GO HERE. Terrible service. Heavy handed and unsubtle cuisine in every way. Sadly, we had a cancelled reservation in the wine country, so we were searching locally. Since Trattoria Corso is closed, we tried this place. BIG MISTAKE. The bread and...oil were OK, as were the fried appetizers (fritto misto and fried zucchini flowers). Also the ravioli with mushrooms was ok. But the salad was pathetically awful (insalate cela, or something like that) -- poorly dressed greens tossed with some pickled anchovies and some parmigiano. And the worst thing was the much ballyhooed sugo maiale (pappardele with pork sugu). It was truly uninspired. Tough pieces of pork and an uninteresting tomato sauce slathered over some wide noodles. Truly the worst pappardelle of my experience. To summarize: terrible service (we had to ask 6 times for the bill, and finally walked in to the register to pay it); terrible salad; poor pasta. What can I say: DO NOT GO HERE. You will do better opening a can of ragu and cooking some pasta at home.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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