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Bistro Liaison

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1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1865 (Hearst)
+1 510-849-2155
Today
11:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:30
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Berkeley, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to BL before a performance at Berkeley Rep. The service was prompt, even though the restaurant was full. The food was well prepared and nicely presented. We had escargot, duck confit, salads, and a lovely tart. Highly recommended for authentic French food at a reasonable price.

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Thank SusanRoubaix
Santa Cruz, California
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an early dinner here (teenage daughter, former student, and myself) and found this a great spot to converse and enjoy a hearty meal with a good glass of wine. The late-afternoon light pouring through the restaurant made this a delightful atmosphere to spend a couple of hours before a show at Berkeley Repertory Theater.

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Thank Kekerica
Baltimore, Maryland
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89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

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 

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Berkeley, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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 

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Thank WearybutWileyTravele
San Francisco
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153 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 

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Thank Rogelio1
Oakland, California
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 

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Thank KMM655
California
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343 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

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 

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Eugene, Oregon
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421 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 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.

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Thank Charles H
Albany, California
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87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 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 

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Thank russandmarti
Oakland, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1865
    (Hearst)
  • 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?