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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
+1 510-845-7771
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
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“salmon” (13 reviews)
“crab cakes” (4 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It has been years since I have eaten here. In many ways it has not changed a bit. I love the ambiance. We started with shrimp and crab cakes. I could eat meal after meal of these delicious cakes. The cakes came with a spectacular...More

Thank Gregory S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is so much wrong with out dinner experience. It was miss after miss. We asked ahead of time for a quiet table given my mother's hearing aids. They initially sat us under one of the speakers for the music. We needed to walk the...More

Thank ChessHiker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh boy this place is just terrible!  Too bad because the location is so great.  My two guests and I had the Crispy Cod Sandwich and it was awful.  No spices or flavoring used at all on the fish.  Just bland and limp with sad...More

Thank OC1010
Reviewed 14 October 2017

A few weeks ago I returned to Spengers, and to my great delight, the food was far, far better than it was a few years ago. I was very happy!

Thank sueBerkeley_CA
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I had not been to Spengers for over 15 years and it was privately owned then, not by the large restaurant corporation, McCormick and Schmidt. The space was beautiful, so much ambience. The service was very good by both the bartender and the Server. Now...More

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Went to Spenger’s Seafood Restaurant for a late lunch out in the Berkeley Area, we all had the clam chowder and french bread and some deep fried oysters and salad, the food was superb and our server was great, we will be back.

Thank jdc1948
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Holy goodness! This place is wonderment. Shrimp cocktail, oysters, lobster bisque, clam chowder, fish diners, lobster mash, the bread (oh the breadddd 🤤)... And the cocktails - WOWZA!!!! Please go and try it but don't get too Polisario so I have to wait 2 hours...More

Thank Charmagne72
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The visit was a throw-back to earlier times! The four of us sat in the bar area. Though the area was busy, it was quiet. Drinks with our lunch hit the spot but the bartender was overworked. When you see your drinks sitting at the...More

1  Thank OldPilotOld
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Hugely disappointing visit to our 40 year favorite--Spengers! Food was mediocre at best, most served barely tepid, they couldn't serve one of their famous specialties, Shrimp scatter as it hadn't been "prepped" yet for lunch--and we were told THAT about 20 minutes after we ordered....More

Thank PortlandSheripdx
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Food and service were outstanding as always. Spenger's went through a slump but is back better than ever... definitely one of the gems of berkeley again!

Thank davidmL4609SD
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
    (University Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-845-7771
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