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Strings Italian Cafe

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11720 San Pablo Ave Ste C, El Cerrito, CA 94530-1782
+1 510-234-2233
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

They have very good Italian food. We usually goon Wednesday they have all the pasta and sauces you can eat. They also have unlimited salad and bread. Very reasonable like 8.99 per person.

Thank Wimpy5
El Cerrito, California
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017

This chain restaurant is an excellent choice if you’re in or near El Cerrito and want inexpensive, tasty Italian food. They have a basic menu of about a dozen pasta dishes, plus some meat and chicken dishes, and specials that change every few months. My husband and I love their salad, which contains a little bit of everything (raisins, sunflower... More 

Thank Lisa Y
Baltimore, MD
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2016

We especially enjoyed the appetizers -- the artichoke/spinach dip is more a spread with toast points. Mussels were good. Hungry teen with us did not leave a morsel on his order of pasta with meatballs. It's a nice alternative if you do not want to drive far and want a tasty Italian meal. Portions are larger, so have appetizers before... More 

Thank MDARKTraveler
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89 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Only thing decent is parking. The food is cafeteria tasting, without flavor very germane. The place could use sprucing up. Decor old and dingy.

Thank JWLBowie
Oakland, California
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

this is a chain restaurant and the online menu prices looked very reasonable on their website. Went there with friends and was shocked to see that the actual prices are 30 to 45% higher than the online menu. Totally unreasonable that they do not update the online menu. Bait and switch. you think entrées are range $10-$13 when in fact... More 

Thank cml94618
Berkeley, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016

good home cooking , Large family style salad or soup comes with a very generous main entree of yumminess. no matter what you order

Thank lorilevin
Pittsburg, California
1 review
Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. The salads are crisp and fresh, and the pasta selections are generous and delicious. The wait staff is friendly and attentive, and the prices are reasonable. What more can you ask?

Thank Sheila194799
Stockton, California
1 review
Reviewed April 23, 2016

Had been telling my husband how we would get a large salad there were 3 of us and how the bread was great and we would've getting freshly baked bread.I was surprised when the waiter brought 3 salad bowels and 3 pieces of bread were brought to our table bread was brought in a basket with a shaker of cheese... More 

Thank Alice C
Richmond, California
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159 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2016

We love the service, the specials, and the bread! We brought one good friend of us and her five years old daughter, so hers and our daughter got the cheese pizza, and they served a whole artisan minnie pizza, and it tasted so good, that the adults enjoyed it more than the kids LOL My friends and I loves our... More 

Thank KEZC29
Richmond, California
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2015

if you need to be gluten-free or love Italian food, but want a lower carb choice, Strings has a zucchini ribbons choice in place of pasta. it was delicious. they have it on specials, but you can request it with any of the pasta dishes. hopefully, it will remain on the menu. their tomato-based sauces are good. the staff are... More 

Thank jane w

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11720 San Pablo Ave Ste C, El Cerrito, CA 94530-1782
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cerrito
  • Phone Number: +1 510-234-2233

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