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Lalime's Cafe

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1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450 (Northside)
+1 510-527-9838
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Sebastopol, California
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126 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent choice of unique dishes served at a lovely converted old home. Scrambled eggs with asparagus and mushrooms. . Excellent. Also Shrimp and Grits with a fantastic sauce. Will return as more inviting dishes to try.

Thank MsLBL
Level Contributor
365 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lalime's had just celebrated its 30th year in Berkeley started by Haig and Cindy Lalime. Under Executive Chef Anthony Paone, Lalime's menu is a eclectic union of American, French, Italy, Mid-Eastern, Mexican and even a bit of Asian. Every dishes are in tapas-style and meant to be shared....crispy pigs ears, devilled duck egg, charred cauliflower hummus, oxtail tips, braised oxtail,... More 

Thank connie l
Berkeley, California
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Halibut was well-cooked and interesting. Service very good. Noise level was high but ebullient. Would go back again.

Thank shulie2017
Richmond, California
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The food was good, but the portions are absurdly inconsistent. My appetizer and entree were both huge, but my companion got the short end of the stick. Her $14 baby beet salad was tiny; so too the $14 beet greens and mushrooms; her $23 Steelhead Trout was very small. Her $51 food order left her hungry. My $8 pig ears... More 

Thank sarabseth
Albany, California
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87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

MENU / FOOD - Excellent seasonal options, with great standards as well. Chef is creative. SERVICE - Mixed at best. Regular bartender is amazing and appears to act as overall quality control person, along with a long-term coworker. Wish the Maitre d (if that is his title) seemed one tenth as interested as she is. Tonight, new wait staff served... More 

Thank russandmarti
San Francisco, California
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528 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Lalime has been a French fixture in the Berkeley area for over a quarter of a century, although on this visit, it didn't feel very French, but more California cuisine. We visited with friends from Marin and enjoyed a very nice meal with the standout being the eggplant garlic fries. We shared a rabbit pate starter, which, was good but... More 

Thank StarLady99
Moraga, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Spent time catching up with my college aged daughter over the most delicious brunch ever! We were greeted as we walked in and sat near the open door on a this beautiful sunny morning in order to enjoy the breeze. We shared the cabbage, apple and bacon salad with Pt. Reyes blue cheese which was refreshing and tangy ... a... More 

Thank Julie M
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We reserved a small side room for a family dinner and had a wonderful time. The steamed clams, deviled duck eggs, fried sardines, oxtail, spaghetti aglio e olio, asada taco, tomato soup all were delicious. Good wine list, cocktails and desserts, too. And super, personalized service. It was our fourth visit, so we know Lalime's is consistently excellent. We'll be... More 

Thank Imacowgirl
Stockton, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My first impression was a little off putting. It was a bit of a wait for the host to appear and when he did he was borderline rude and unprofessional. However the evening improved. the atmoshere of the restaurant is quite interesting and pleasant and although they were full the noise level was manageable. I could converse without strain to... More 

Thank Alan C
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Lalime's is by far my favorite restaurant in Berkeley after Chez Panisse. The food is excellent, the waiters are very competent and kind. The quality of the ingredients coupled with the care in the preparation are really excellent. In particular I enjoyed the pork and the lamb. The wine list is limited but of good quality. I recommended this restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
American, International
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1329 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94706-2450
  • Public Transportation: Ten minute walk from the North Berkeley Bart stop.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-527-9838

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