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Top Dog Berkeley Southside

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2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
(510) 843-5967
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Open now
All 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
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to top dog for over 30 years. This is not a sitdown restaurant; it's a stand up hot dog joint. They have several different types of hotdogs, But my favorite is the garlic a.k.a. the German. I like it with hot Russian mustard and sauerkraut. With chips and a drink, it makes a complete meal, And the... More 

Thank Dave-Emc
Mill Valley, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

There is no better hot dog (rather sausage) joint (and it is a joint with no seating) in country. Perennially represents the California Golden Bears in the "Best Of" college campus contests. Atmosphere of the place is the same as when it opened in the 60's and when I was a 2AM regular in the '79-'83 era. In fact I... More 

Thank andrewsJ3768EB
Washington, DC
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch the other day. This is a hole in the wall place, with only a few counter stools for seating. Cash only. My husband had the Hot Link and loved it and my stepson loved his Top Dog. I had The Weinie, their vegetarian/vegan hot dog. My Wienie was good but a little dry. They have a... More 

Thank sojourner68
Fremont, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Been coming here since 1980s. Only order the hotlink then add the sauerkraut and German mustard. Ain't the healthiest but once a year is ok. Had it today but the cook did something wrong. 1st time ever they messed it up.

Thank sunilsethi
Portland, Oregon
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109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Love this place. The hot links are my favorite. No nonsense hot dogs but many higher end choices. Tiny hole in the wall, you walk in, order, get your condiments, drinks, and walk out. Simple but perfect..... perfect place for a quick bite, especially if you're on a budget.

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San Diego, Ca
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

I cant imagine visiting Berkeley and not having a Top Dog. My goal is to try every option before my son graduates.

Thank SanDiego_CaHelmuth
Brookings, Oregon
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90 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

First walked into this Top Dog on Southside in the late 70's. It has not changed. Still affordable, still massively good hot dog deliciousness, still open when you want. Gotta love this place. It's Berkeley. Yeah there are other locations. But this is Top Dog. Go ahead smother that dog.

Thank MarleyMe77
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2016

Delicious and cheap--basically the perfect meal. The grilled bun really makes it. No seating, but worth it; plus, you can stand outside.

Thank edithwharton
Long Beach, CA
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2016

Anytime we're in Berkeley, we have to grab a Top Dog even if we already ate. Yeah, there are other locations, but this is the one to go to. Long Live Top Dog!

Thank Janina72
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316 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

I love the dogs here! All are totally delicious. I vary my selections but on my recent trip I had the Top Dog with the works and Bratwurst with Sauerkraut. Order some hot dogs and sausages, with the condiments, to take home for an inexpensive and tasty meal. Dog Heaven!

Thank albebuc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 843-5967

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?