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Bistro Liaison

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1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1865 (Hearst)
+1 510-849-2155
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Baltimore, Maryland
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were there on a Thursday, midday, and the restaurant was half full. Nevertheless, service was extremely slow -- from getting a table to getting our meal. Margaret seemed to be the only waiter on duty, covering the entire room. She was pleasant but spread thin. I ordered the cassoullet, featured on a "du jour" sign at the door, and... More 

Thank William H
Berkeley, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a big fan of Bistro Liaison because of its decidedly traditional menu, wine list, and presentation. In a restaurant world dominated by upscale fusion cuisine, it's nice to have a break once in a while with some traditional fare. And that's what you get at Bistro Liaison near the UC campus in Berkeley. As if it had come... More 

Thank WearybutWileyTravele
San Francisco
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148 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started celebrating Valentine's Day 2 days early and it was worth it. Had an early dinner before theatre. Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants on Shattuck Ave. Wait staff are really helpful and friendly, always checking that everything is ok. Moules were tasty and tender. Pomme frites are always a must. Add a few more plates and bordeaux... More 

Thank Rogelio1
Oakland, California
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm from NY where you can get great French food all over town. In the Bay Area, not so much, in my opinion. I liked Bistro Liason alot - great decor, old style bistro, my chicken was very good, my husband had a great burger and pomme frites. We went early and were lucky to get in as it was... More 

Thank KMM655
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314 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was a queue before 6pm although most had reservations. As we didn't, we sat in a large round common table. Service is good - we had the mussels, I had duck confit and my dinner partner had stuffed sole. The mussels were cooked to perfection but I thought it could have been more flavorul. We each had a glass... More 

Thank EuForia_01
Eugene, Oregon
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200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good service and great food, what a wonderful place. I noticed an earlier reviewer commented on the trout so I gave that a try. Oh my god was that ever delightful, have to agree that was best trout I've ever tasted.

Thank Charles H
Albany, California
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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Ambience: As with most Berkeley restaurants, the seating is tightly packed. But the decor is fun and warm. Cocktails / Wine: I used to always get wine until my husband introduced me to a French 75. I'm not a lover of gin, but wowzah! I am now a fan of the French 75 - champagne, gin, lemon juice and simple... More 

Thank russandmarti
Oakland, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

This is a go-to restaurant. The food and atmosphere for Christmas Eve was truly amazing. Everyone at our table of nine raved about their meal. The wait staff was so attentive, particularly given a large dining crowd, they made us feel as if we were the only ones there.

Thank 644Steve
Bloomington, Illinois
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

A real French bistro with very tasty food that's nicely presented. No refills of drinks but we did get a 10% discount for seeing a show at the Berkeley Rep afterwards.

Thank Sally P
Oakland, California
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516 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

One of my favorite places to go for reliable steak frites, or other French classics. Both the food and the interior are authentic, one feels as though one has been transported to Paris. Good spot for before or after theater.

Thank Thomas V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
French, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1865
  • Public Transportation: Downtown BART two blocks South of Bistro
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-849-2155

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?