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“Hard to believe this place is still around....”

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
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Ranked #298 of 717 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: University Ave.
Transit: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Went to a private dinner at Spenger's to celebrate a 35th reunion. The food was almost inedible. You might think it is hard to ruin pasta primavera, but they managed. I wouldn't return if you paid me.

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Thank jgmark
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Spengers has gone through a number of iterations over the last few years. Food is much improved over the original owners. Nice environment and friendly wait staff on the several occasions we've been there. The restaurant is also located near Berkeley's Fourth Street neighborhood; so it makes a good alternative to the Fourth Street restaurants.

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Thank TreborMints238
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This was a long time family favorite with many fresh fish choices, fun classic seafood restaurant atmosphere and delicious desserts. I was concerned when McCormick & Schmidt purchased the site, the choices were more limited but still good; now that Landry's has taken over the menu is even more limited, many old favorites are gone altogether and the fresh seafood offerings by season (previously labeled on the menu with source of purchase) are gone as well. The cheap plastic menus and loud music at the bar have really taken away from the classic atmosphere I had enjoyed. The loss of the fresh seafood takeout and fresh fish market has also been a big disappointment. So, all that being said, the food was ok but not sure it was worth the stop on the way to the City.
Sometimes change just isn't for the better.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Vistied before a Cal football game on a Friday night and the atmosphere was electric, the food was delish, however it was pricey. The casual atmosphere is inviting for those who want a great meal but be prepared to pay for it. Entrees started in the high $20's(soup or salad not included), appetizers began around $10, and the drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcohlic were over the top expensive. If you are looking for a delish meal and budget is of no concern then this is a great place for you! I, however, will be stretching my dollar over a few more meals/drinks next time.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Double Tree Hilton recommended this food haven to us . We were treated like VIPs the Clam Chowder was sensational the meal size was very large and extremely tasty

Thank Josephine B
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