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Brennan's Restaurant

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American, Bar, Pub
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4TH & University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
+1 510-841-0960
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11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 21:30
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Ozark, Missouri
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Family and friends have been going here for 40 years! Great sandwiches and hot plates. I get the corn beef on dipped sourdough. Amazing sandwich! I also get the open face beef and or turkey lunch complete with mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberry and stuffing! They serve this all the time!! You can't lose when going there!

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Concord, California
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278 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This cafeteria style restaurant is a classic favorite with Cal Berkeley alums. It has been in about the same place for years and years. The current restaurant is nicely designed and more modern but has serious acoustic issues. When it is full, it is very loud. And it is very full after Cal’s home football games. The food is standard,... More 

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Horseheads, NY
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were looking for a nice, inexpensive restaurant to sit and watch some sports on TV and enjoy some pub food. We found the unexpected with this cafeteria-style service. The food was good, it was a little confusing as to whether you would get table service for drinks or not, but once we figured it out, it was OK. All... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The food is basic but very tasty. Everyone in our party enjoyed what they ordered. They had an excellent selection of foods. If you are in the area well worth a visit.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

I've been far from Berkeley for many years. Just got back to Brennan's, in a new location near its old location (the one I remember). Don't know when it relocated, but it's now in a pretty good old looking building which has had its interior stripped of its old-building charm. The bar scene isn't the friend;y convivial place it used... More 

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Berkeley, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Brennan's is one of those comfortable places filled with locals, mostly of a middling and older age clientele. It is half-bar and half-cafeteria, but with really good home-style dishes. Comfort food that is simple but delicious. The servings are generous and they don't gouge you on the pricing. The same can be said of the bar. Full bar and plenty... More 

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Corte Madera, California
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102 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Went here after betting at Golden gate fields. Good Hoff Brau food, quick, tasty and easy on the pocket. Your basic carve off the bone while you watch. A better lunch type place then a dinner location.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Housed in an historic Southern Pacific train station with an active Amtrak stop outside, Brennans offers 8 HD big screen televisions throughout the restaurant to give avid sports fans the chance to see any game all season starting at 10AM PST weekends. Baseball, basketball, football, soccer and both pro and college. Darts games weekly, too. Locals favor the relaxed atmosphere... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We've eaten here a few times this month. Sandwiches are excellent, and they pile it on. It's more of a lunch than dinner spot, so if you get there late they might be out of something (like roast beef, happened once). Typical Hof Brau atmosphere. Has all the games on TV if you are into that. Next to the tracks... More 

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White Bird, Idaho
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109 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

The food here comes to you while you stand in line. So many hot plates to choose from and so many combinations. A long existing place that those who find it will continue to come by. Great food, a bit noisy as restaurants like this tend to be but a really fun place to eat good food and spend your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4TH & University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-841-0960

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