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Red Onion

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11900 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530-1754
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

We stopped in for a quick lunch and I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant itself is tiny, with a short counter and four or five small tables. Our food arrived quickly and our server was very friendly. While the milkshake definitely tasted like artificial strawberry... it was still satisfying (I like artificial strawberry.). Veggie burger was fantastic, and the hot... More 

Thank lilyfelix
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2016

Sylvia who owns & is generally present at Red Onion is a champ in the griddle-food realm. She has good help, and the burgers (especially) are excellent. But it's also easy to get a solid breakfast, and the counter-surfers (there's a crew of regulars) are jovial and help watch over the place. Not talking epic burgers or anything like that... More 

Thank Paul S
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Small on the inside,but the food is excellent! My wife likes the comfortable relaxed atmosphere... The burgers with pineapple are excellent... One day soon we will try the breakfast menu...

Thank Muata M
Cerritos, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

My husband had been craving a hamburger and so we decided to stop in after reading postive Yelp reviews about this charming "hole in the wall". This VERY small diner is located on a corner across the street from HomeDepot and under the BART raliway. As you walk in you notice a lot of activity: all the tables and most... More 

Thank Janet S
Erie, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This location has a lot of years of history under its belt, and doesn't seem to have kept up. Won't go there again. Hamburger was tasty but I've had far better.

Thank scoutrader
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

I liked the cozy, small atmosphere. It appeared to be run by a family. The prices seemed okay until all of the little add ons. I had a Cheesburger with a turkey patty added to it. I also had a pineapple milkshake (12 oz) and some chili cheese fries. I also bought a Cheeseburger, fries and drink for my employee... More 

Thank Dane H
Hua Hin, Thailand
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159 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Good burgers in a tiny hut. This local spot has good burgers, onion rings, fries and shakes. Very old school. Well worth the stop. Grab it to go and enjoy it in the adjacent park.

Thank Denis B
East Bay,California
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

My favorite place to get a juicy hamburger and onion rings. I first came to this cozy diner with my partner a year ago for a quick hamburger and have been coming regularly ever since. Great friendly family service. Their lettuce wrapped hamburger is fabulous if you are watching the carbs.

Thank sunwaterwind
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2009

Great burgers, onion rings, fries, shakes, and pies. Way better than Nations. Great service from a sweet family as well!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2008

Good burgers and I LOVE their onion rings. We usually do take out ( you leave with your hair greased if you eat there) plus since the owner was shot to death ... we do take out.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11900 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530-1754
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cerrito
  • Phone Number: 510-236-9462

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