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22 Destination-Worthy Restaurants in Berkeley

These days, the East Bay city is known for a lot more than just “California cuisine”

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It used to be that if you talked about Berkeley’s dining scene, the conversation would begin and end with a long list of purveyors of so-called California cuisine — the seasonal, local dining aesthetic pioneered by Alice Waters and her peers so many years ago. That style of cooking and eating is alive and well, but the truth is, Berkeley has always been about more than just Chez Panisse and its various descendants. The city is home to one of the Bay Area’s most eclectic and internationally diverse collections of restaurants — with excellent pork schnitzel, Peking duck, Montreal-style poutine liable to be found on any given street corner.

Here, then, are 22 of Berkeley’s top dining destinations — all open now and dishing out some of the region’s tastiest takeout.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sichuan Style Restaurant

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1699 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 525-9890
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In the East Bay, Sichuan Style sets the standard for classic, tongue-numbingly spicy Sichuan fare. Standard orders include the fragrant, chile-topped fish fillet soup; the wok-charred cabbage; and the water-boiled fish, which comes swimming in a pool of spicy bright-red sauce. Whatever you do, make sure you order one of the big, puffy rounds of sesame bread and plenty of white rice.

A spread of dishes from Sichuan Style Luke Tsai

2. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

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1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-3354
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During this pandemic, Saul’s has been even more of community staple than ever, serving its menu of updated Jewish deli classics — its pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup — for takeout and, when it was allowed, out on its expansive parklet. Most significantly, the restaurant has seriously upped its bagel game, boiling and baking its own well-blistered, crunchy-exteriored beauties in-house. Grab some cream cheese and an assortment of smoked fish to build your own bagel brunch.

four bagels on a wooden pizza board Luke Tsai

3. FAVA

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2114 Vine St
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 944-7010
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A pair of Chez Panisse alums have opened a tiny lunch counter spot just around the corner from the mothership in Berkeley. The aesthetic is there, and so is the flavor — dine on flatbread sandwiches filled with spicy chicken, herbs, cabbage, yogurt, and harissa, pints of soup, and beautiful salads with the Bay Area’s best produce, perfectly arranged. There’s nowhere to sit, really, so this is best eaten as a picnic in a Berkeley park.

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4. The Cheeseboard Pizza

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1512 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 549-3183
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Worker-owned Cheese Board Pizza is one of those only-in-Berkeley institutions everyone in the East Bay needs to experience at least once. There’s only ever one pizza option each day, and it’s always vegetarian, often drizzled with garlic-infused olive oil, and features an idiosyncratic thin, sourdough-based crust. In addition offering whole and half pies, Cheese Board is also selling par-baked pizzas all day at its bakery next door.

5. Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
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The progenitor of the whole dang California cuisine movement, going back 50 years, and still the Bay Area’s most prominent avatar of unfussy, local, hyper-seasonal cooking, Chez Panisse needs no introduction at this point. The fine-dining institution has been a shadow of itself during the pandemic, but the kitchen is turning out some lovely takeout: perfect wood-fire pizzas and fresh pasta meal kits, as well as a handful of more substantive entrées like cioppino.

6. Funky Elephant

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1313 Ninth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 356-4855
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This “new generation Thai” restaurant from former Hawker Fare chef Supasit Puttikaew has become a neighborhood comfort food staple in the Gilman Street corridor, serving up excellent (and quite spicy) pad Thai; “Thai-spicy” party wings; a legit version of khao mun gai (Thai-style poached chicken and rice); and, trust us, some of the tastiest fried Brussels sprouts in town.

Janelle Bitker

7. Bartavelle Cafe

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1609 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 524-2473
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Since it opened in 2012, this pint-sized cafe and wine bar has served some of Berkeley’s best daytime dishes: flawless and bountiful avocado toast, deeply comforting savory porridge, and jammy eggs topped with good olive oil and Marash pepper. The current takeout iteration has some lovely little baguette sandwiches on the menu too, though you’ll have to show up early to snag one.

Bartavelle A.K. Carroll

8. The Butcher’s Son

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1954 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 984-0818
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As one the East Bay’s premier practitioners of the art of plant-based faux meat, the Butcher’s Son has built up a huge following for its lineup of “meaty” sandwiches — takes on everything from a classic all-American cheesesteak to a Reuben to chicken parm, with all of the faux meat products developed and made in-house. Expect the longest lines during weekend brunch, when the restaurant serves such specialties as hemp milk pancakes (with or without a vegan doughnut stuffed inside) and a tofu scramble breakfast sandwich that’s been dubbed the #Thisismyaddiction.

9. Ippuku

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2130 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 665-1969
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One of the most stylish, intimate Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area, with its (shoes-off) tatami-style tables, Ippuku has, of course closed its dining room and shifted over mostly to selling bento boxes during the pandemic. The yakitori specialist is mostly known for serving the East Bay’s most delicious chicken skewers, and, for now, you can get those in a bento box format: a handful of skewers, some vegetables and pickles, and nori-topped rice. As a bonus: The Japanese beer and sake list is one of the best around. Call in to order.

10. Pollara Pizzeria

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1788 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 529-4548
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A relative newcomer in Berkeley’s stylish Fourth Street shopping district, Pollara is the only restaurant in the area specializing in Roman-style pizza al taglio — long trays of crisp-bottomed, rectangular pizza that might come topped with prosciutto, or with ‘nduja, onions, and potatoes. During pre-pandemic times, the pizzas would be cut to your preferred size with scissors and sold by the inch. Now, you can pre-order whole or half pizzas online and reheat them in your oven at home.

Noah Cho

11. La Marcha Tapas Bar

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2026 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 647-9525
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All of Spain’s classic tapas can be found at this lively restaurant on San Pablo, from patatas bravas to piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese. The paellas are the showstoppers, however, particularly the arroz negro that includes squid ink, clams, fennel sausage, peas, tomato-onion sofrito, saffron, bomba rice, and is topped with uni aioli and smoked trout roe. It now boasts a lovely patio with heaters, too, ideal for sipping Spanish wine on a cool Berkeley evening.

12. Middle East Market

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2054 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 704-8800
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Tucked in the back of this well-stocked Middle Eastern grocery store is one of Berkeley’s best-kept secrets: a kitchen that turns out perhaps the tastiest Persian food in the East Bay: juicy, well-blackened kebabs; tender lamb shanks; and homey stews like the classic, green herb-packed ghormeh sabzi. Regulars know to snag a bag of Persian flatbread before they leave. Online pre-ordering for curbside pickup is available.

13. El Patio

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2056 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 548-2222
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This perenially underrated half-Mexican, half-Venezuelan spot currently serves a somewhat pared down to-go menu, but the restaurant is still dishing out what might be the the Bay Area’s tastiest arepas, including the star of the menu, a classic reina pepiada (or “curvy queen”) that comes shockingly overstuffed with shredded chicken tossed in a mashed avocado dressing of sorts. On the Mexican side of the menu, there’s shrimp a la diabla over rice — chef Tony Torres’ best and most famous dish — and a full lineup of mezcal cocktails as well.

Luke Tsai

14. Great China

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2190 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 843-7996
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Now housed in a larger, sleeker new space after a 2012 kitchen fire, Great China still serves some of the finest, most elegant Northern Chinese food in the Bay. The Peking duck deserves all the praise it gets (and holds up surprisingly well as a takeout item), but the menu is also loaded with outstanding seafood dishes and sublime dumplings, as well as a number of Korean-Chinese specialties, including an intensely satisfying version of jjajangmyun (noodles with black bean sauce). Oenophiles will appreciate the deep, well-priced wine cellar focused on Burgundies.

15. Gaumenkitzel

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2121 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 647-5016
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Chef-owner Anja Voth’s mostly organic, health-conscious, “slow food” approach to German cuisine has earned Gaumenkitzel a devoted following in Berkeley — which isn’t to say that the crowd favorites like the buttery spaetzle and excellent crispy pork schnitzel are light or in any way lacking in flavor. Parents will appreciate the appealing, spaetzle-focused kids’ menu.

16. Augie's Montreal Deli

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700 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710

Newly relocated to the old Brennan’s spot in West Berkeley, the Bay Area’s only Montreal-style deli is best known for its preposterously tall and meat-centric sandwiches — massive quantities of Augie’s Montreal-style smoke meat, and not much else in the way of adornment, crammed between two slices of rye — and its classic brown-gravy poutine. Prior to COVID, this was the local hangout spot if you wanted to catch a hockey game on TV. For now, there’s takeout, plus vacuum-sealed packs of smoke meat. Text or call your orders in to 510-984-0283.

Poutine — fries covered in brown gravy and white cheese curds — on a white plate Luke Tsai

17. Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya

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2451 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 705-1539
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Before the pandemic, this downtown Berkeley izakaya made a name for itself for its inventive, forward-thinking small plates: smoked mentaiko potato salad and fried black cod fish cakes that ooze with melted cheese curds. You can still buy many of those dishes for takeout, but the kitchen team has largely revamped the menu to focus on simple, convenient comfort food dishes: katsu sandwiches, ginger pork rice boxes, and vacuum-sealed bags of things like Japanese curry or slow-braised wagyu beef meatballs for customers to reheat at home.

18. Kiraku

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2566 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-2758
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The East Bay has many izakaya-style Japanese restaurants, but none that are as much rollicking fun as Kiraku, nor any that serve food that’s as consistently delightful and well executed. Must-order dishes include the corn tempura with green tea salt, the grilled whole squid, and the mini kaisen don or one of the other rice bowls to end the meal in the traditional Japanese way. The dining room is, of course, closed at the moment, but the bustling downtown Berkeley restaurant has really leaned into takeout, serving up a dazzling array of bento boxes, sushi donburi, and more specialized dishes like Japanese porridge and simmered red snapper head.

19. Viks Chaat

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2390 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-4432
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On weekend mornings, in particular, Vik’s is an occasion unto itself: Prior to the pandemic, it was a bustling, cafeteria-like gathering place for loud, boisterous extended families and groups of friends. For now, the Berkeley institution is offering its whole menu, including a daily-changing selection of lunch thalis, for takeout. Almost every customer gets an order of cholle bhature (“the big puffy thing,” as the restaurant’s online menu describes it), but all of the chaat is solid to very good — from pani puri to assorted kathi rolls. The adjoining market is a good place to stock up on Indian pantry staples like rice, chutney, and canned mango purée.

20. Standard Fare

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2701 Eighth St #118
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 356-2261
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This West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot has always been all about serving casual, unpretentious California cuisine that’s built for takeout: the seasonal, vegetable-centric soups and salads; the hearty plates of meatballs; and maybe the East Bay’s most luxurious brown bag lunch featuring whatever focaccia sandwich the kitchen has cooked up for the day. These days, it’s the neighborhood’s go-to destination for an absolutely clutch work-from-home lunch.

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21. King of Kabab

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3043 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 345-2838
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This little family-run restaurant is the area’s go-to spot for hearty kebab plates: gyro and chicken shawarma sliced, hot and crisp at the edges, off the restaurant’s two side-by-side vertical spits and served with zippy green hot sauce and a big scoop of impeccably seasoned rice. Even during these takeout-only times, the service remains friendly and attentive.

Clear plastic takeout container, with hummus in one compartment, chicken shawarma in a green sauce in another, and a pita covering up the third Luke Tsai

22. Lemat

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3212 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 430-2717
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This homey, family-run Ethiopian restaurant in South Berkeley is known for its tender, buttery kitfo (a traditional raw beef dish); its tangy, all-teff injera; and its flavorful veggie combo spread. In pre-COVID times, it was also one of a handful of Bay Area spots where customers could go to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony on the weekends.

1. Sichuan Style Restaurant

1699 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
A spread of dishes from Sichuan Style Luke Tsai

In the East Bay, Sichuan Style sets the standard for classic, tongue-numbingly spicy Sichuan fare. Standard orders include the fragrant, chile-topped fish fillet soup; the wok-charred cabbage; and the water-boiled fish, which comes swimming in a pool of spicy bright-red sauce. Whatever you do, make sure you order one of the big, puffy rounds of sesame bread and plenty of white rice.

1699 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707

2. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
four bagels on a wooden pizza board Luke Tsai

During this pandemic, Saul’s has been even more of community staple than ever, serving its menu of updated Jewish deli classics — its pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup — for takeout and, when it was allowed, out on its expansive parklet. Most significantly, the restaurant has seriously upped its bagel game, boiling and baking its own well-blistered, crunchy-exteriored beauties in-house. Grab some cream cheese and an assortment of smoked fish to build your own bagel brunch.

1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

3. FAVA

2114 Vine St, Berkeley, CA 94709
Salad at Fava in Berkeley Fava

A pair of Chez Panisse alums have opened a tiny lunch counter spot just around the corner from the mothership in Berkeley. The aesthetic is there, and so is the flavor — dine on flatbread sandwiches filled with spicy chicken, herbs, cabbage, yogurt, and harissa, pints of soup, and beautiful salads with the Bay Area’s best produce, perfectly arranged. There’s nowhere to sit, really, so this is best eaten as a picnic in a Berkeley park.

2114 Vine St
Berkeley, CA 94709

4. The Cheeseboard Pizza

1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Worker-owned Cheese Board Pizza is one of those only-in-Berkeley institutions everyone in the East Bay needs to experience at least once. There’s only ever one pizza option each day, and it’s always vegetarian, often drizzled with garlic-infused olive oil, and features an idiosyncratic thin, sourdough-based crust. In addition offering whole and half pies, Cheese Board is also selling par-baked pizzas all day at its bakery next door.

1512 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

5. Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

The progenitor of the whole dang California cuisine movement, going back 50 years, and still the Bay Area’s most prominent avatar of unfussy, local, hyper-seasonal cooking, Chez Panisse needs no introduction at this point. The fine-dining institution has been a shadow of itself during the pandemic, but the kitchen is turning out some lovely takeout: perfect wood-fire pizzas and fresh pasta meal kits, as well as a handful of more substantive entrées like cioppino.

1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

6. Funky Elephant

1313 Ninth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Janelle Bitker

This “new generation Thai” restaurant from former Hawker Fare chef Supasit Puttikaew has become a neighborhood comfort food staple in the Gilman Street corridor, serving up excellent (and quite spicy) pad Thai; “Thai-spicy” party wings; a legit version of khao mun gai (Thai-style poached chicken and rice); and, trust us, some of the tastiest fried Brussels sprouts in town.

1313 Ninth St
Berkeley, CA 94710

7. Bartavelle Cafe

1609 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Bartavelle A.K. Carroll

Since it opened in 2012, this pint-sized cafe and wine bar has served some of Berkeley’s best daytime dishes: flawless and bountiful avocado toast, deeply comforting savory porridge, and jammy eggs topped with good olive oil and Marash pepper. The current takeout iteration has some lovely little baguette sandwiches on the menu too, though you’ll have to show up early to snag one.

1609 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

8. The Butcher’s Son

1954 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

As one the East Bay’s premier practitioners of the art of plant-based faux meat, the Butcher’s Son has built up a huge following for its lineup of “meaty” sandwiches — takes on everything from a classic all-American cheesesteak to a Reuben to chicken parm, with all of the faux meat products developed and made in-house. Expect the longest lines during weekend brunch, when the restaurant serves such specialties as hemp milk pancakes (with or without a vegan doughnut stuffed inside) and a tofu scramble breakfast sandwich that’s been dubbed the #Thisismyaddiction.

1954 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

9. Ippuku

2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

One of the most stylish, intimate Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area, with its (shoes-off) tatami-style tables, Ippuku has, of course closed its dining room and shifted over mostly to selling bento boxes during the pandemic. The yakitori specialist is mostly known for serving the East Bay’s most delicious chicken skewers, and, for now, you can get those in a bento box format: a handful of skewers, some vegetables and pickles, and nori-topped rice. As a bonus: The Japanese beer and sake list is one of the best around. Call in to order.

2130 Center St
Berkeley, CA 94704

10. Pollara Pizzeria

1788 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Noah Cho

A relative newcomer in Berkeley’s stylish Fourth Street shopping district, Pollara is the only restaurant in the area specializing in Roman-style pizza al taglio — long trays of crisp-bottomed, rectangular pizza that might come topped with prosciutto, or with ‘nduja, onions, and potatoes. During pre-pandemic times, the pizzas would be cut to your preferred size with scissors and sold by the inch. Now, you can pre-order whole or half pizzas online and reheat them in your oven at home.

1788 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710

11. La Marcha Tapas Bar

2026 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

All of Spain’s classic tapas can be found at this lively restaurant on San Pablo, from patatas bravas to piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese. The paellas are the showstoppers, however, particularly the arroz negro that includes squid ink, clams, fennel sausage, peas, tomato-onion sofrito, saffron, bomba rice, and is topped with uni aioli and smoked trout roe. It now boasts a lovely patio with heaters, too, ideal for sipping Spanish wine on a cool Berkeley evening.

2026 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

12. Middle East Market

2054 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Tucked in the back of this well-stocked Middle Eastern grocery store is one of Berkeley’s best-kept secrets: a kitchen that turns out perhaps the tastiest Persian food in the East Bay: juicy, well-blackened kebabs; tender lamb shanks; and homey stews like the classic, green herb-packed ghormeh sabzi. Regulars know to snag a bag of Persian flatbread before they leave. Online pre-ordering for curbside pickup is available.

2054 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

13. El Patio

2056 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Luke Tsai

This perenially underrated half-Mexican, half-Venezuelan spot currently serves a somewhat pared down to-go menu, but the restaurant is still dishing out what might be the the Bay Area’s tastiest arepas, including the star of the menu, a classic reina pepiada (or “curvy queen”) that comes shockingly overstuffed with shredded chicken tossed in a mashed avocado dressing of sorts. On the Mexican side of the menu, there’s shrimp a la diabla over rice — chef Tony Torres’ best and most famous dish — and a full lineup of mezcal cocktails as well.

2056 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

14. Great China

2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Now housed in a larger, sleeker new space after a 2012 kitchen fire, Great China still serves some of the finest, most elegant Northern Chinese food in the Bay. The Peking duck deserves all the praise it gets (and holds up surprisingly well as a takeout item), but the menu is also loaded with outstanding seafood dishes and sublime dumplings, as well as a number of Korean-Chinese specialties, including an intensely satisfying version of jjajangmyun (noodles with black bean sauce). Oenophiles will appreciate the deep, well-priced wine cellar focused on Burgundies.

2190 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

15. Gaumenkitzel

2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Chef-owner Anja Voth’s mostly organic, health-conscious, “slow food” approach to German cuisine has earned Gaumenkitzel a devoted following in Berkeley — which isn’t to say that the crowd favorites like the buttery spaetzle and excellent crispy pork schnitzel are light or in any way lacking in flavor. Parents will appreciate the appealing, spaetzle-focused kids’ menu.

2121 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

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16. Augie's Montreal Deli

700 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
Poutine — fries covered in brown gravy and white cheese curds — on a white plate Luke Tsai

Newly relocated to the old Brennan’s spot in West Berkeley, the Bay Area’s only Montreal-style deli is best known for its preposterously tall and meat-centric sandwiches — massive quantities of Augie’s Montreal-style smoke meat, and not much else in the way of adornment, crammed between two slices of rye — and its classic brown-gravy poutine. Prior to COVID, this was the local hangout spot if you wanted to catch a hockey game on TV. For now, there’s takeout, plus vacuum-sealed packs of smoke meat. Text or call your orders in to 510-984-0283.

700 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710

17. Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya

2451 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Before the pandemic, this downtown Berkeley izakaya made a name for itself for its inventive, forward-thinking small plates: smoked mentaiko potato salad and fried black cod fish cakes that ooze with melted cheese curds. You can still buy many of those dishes for takeout, but the kitchen team has largely revamped the menu to focus on simple, convenient comfort food dishes: katsu sandwiches, ginger pork rice boxes, and vacuum-sealed bags of things like Japanese curry or slow-braised wagyu beef meatballs for customers to reheat at home.

2451 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

18. Kiraku

2566 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

The East Bay has many izakaya-style Japanese restaurants, but none that are as much rollicking fun as Kiraku, nor any that serve food that’s as consistently delightful and well executed. Must-order dishes include the corn tempura with green tea salt, the grilled whole squid, and the mini kaisen don or one of the other rice bowls to end the meal in the traditional Japanese way. The dining room is, of course, closed at the moment, but the bustling downtown Berkeley restaurant has really leaned into takeout, serving up a dazzling array of bento boxes, sushi donburi, and more specialized dishes like Japanese porridge and simmered red snapper head.

2566 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

19. Viks Chaat

2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

On weekend mornings, in particular, Vik’s is an occasion unto itself: Prior to the pandemic, it was a bustling, cafeteria-like gathering place for loud, boisterous extended families and groups of friends. For now, the Berkeley institution is offering its whole menu, including a daily-changing selection of lunch thalis, for takeout. Almost every customer gets an order of cholle bhature (“the big puffy thing,” as the restaurant’s online menu describes it), but all of the chaat is solid to very good — from pani puri to assorted kathi rolls. The adjoining market is a good place to stock up on Indian pantry staples like rice, chutney, and canned mango purée.

2390 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710

20. Standard Fare

2701 Eighth St #118, Berkeley, CA 94710
Ellen Fort

This West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot has always been all about serving casual, unpretentious California cuisine that’s built for takeout: the seasonal, vegetable-centric soups and salads; the hearty plates of meatballs; and maybe the East Bay’s most luxurious brown bag lunch featuring whatever focaccia sandwich the kitchen has cooked up for the day. These days, it’s the neighborhood’s go-to destination for an absolutely clutch work-from-home lunch.

2701 Eighth St #118
Berkeley, CA 94710

21. King of Kabab

3043 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Clear plastic takeout container, with hummus in one compartment, chicken shawarma in a green sauce in another, and a pita covering up the third Luke Tsai

This little family-run restaurant is the area’s go-to spot for hearty kebab plates: gyro and chicken shawarma sliced, hot and crisp at the edges, off the restaurant’s two side-by-side vertical spits and served with zippy green hot sauce and a big scoop of impeccably seasoned rice. Even during these takeout-only times, the service remains friendly and attentive.

3043 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

22. Lemat

3212 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

This homey, family-run Ethiopian restaurant in South Berkeley is known for its tender, buttery kitfo (a traditional raw beef dish); its tangy, all-teff injera; and its flavorful veggie combo spread. In pre-COVID times, it was also one of a handful of Bay Area spots where customers could go to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony on the weekends.

3212 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA 94703

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