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Build Pizzeria - Berkeley
Build Pizzeria - Berkeley

Build Pizzeria - Berkeley Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buildpizzeria.com
  • Phone: (510) 898-1839
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bancroft
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Build Pizzeria - Berkeley
Build is the “next generation” pizzeria & bar. It’s a fun & lively place, where you get to direct the country's top pizzaiolos to create the most delicious, authentic, artisan Roman-style pizza you've ever had. With our expertise, & your creativity, you can’t go wrong! Once we pop your pizza into our wood-fired ovens, your creation is ready in less than three minutes! Now you can sit back, relax, & enjoy authentic Italian antipasti, one of our organic salads, or a house-made dolce. Come visit our bar which was voted 2013’s “Best New Bar” by East Bay Express & features our amazing Napa Valley wines by the glass, our local-brewed craft beers, or try our amazing artisan cocktails crafted by the beverage magicians, Scott Beattie & Jay Crabb. Feel free to come in & watch the Bay Area games on one of 3 big screens, enjoy live music, or just hang out with friends. As we say… come on in & find your inner pizza!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Pizza was ok. Sat facing dirty dishes on a table throughout our meal on Friday night (July 4). Service was sketchy at best. Not sure what all the buzz was about as there are many other superior pizza places in the area."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I don't usually rate restaurants but this one exceeded our expectations! We stopped in for a pre-concert meal and were pleasantly surprised. Our salads and pizzas were to die for, the ambiance / atmosphere was lively and fun and the service was great. I would recommend to friends and come here again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've been here 3 times now and it's always fun. You choose the pizza toppings, so they are always what you want, the crust is nice and crispy, lots of great craft beers and wines to choose from. Service is friendly, helpful. Atmosphere is hopping and fun."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This place is really good. The pizza is really good and is ready in less than 15 min.m I loved the pizza bar, irs fun to design your own pizza. Cocktails are great and I enjoyed the red wine flight."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food but they ask you to go back up to the counter after having been seated (get your purse, move your napkin, shuffle the chair out) and order you pizza so that you can watch them make it. Too weird. Just take my order from my seat, thank you."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Since Build has moved to Downtown Berkeley it has become a magnet for pretty much anyone who can afford a double-digit meal. With personalized pizzas under $20 and a good variety of appetizers and drinks, both virgin and alcoholic, it draws a diverse crowd. Not only does Build offer high-quality, yummy toppings, sauces, and crusts, it also gives back to many charities. They graciously offer to give 10% of their profits to local or national charities when requested. I attended a Relay for Life Rally here recently that they hosted. That day 10% of the profits went to the Relay (including drinks), and they offered to do it again. The wait staff and pizza creators here are the smiliest around. Always great food and great fun."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this place. Food good, service good, value good. One exception --- very skimpy on the martini pour~"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Lively, but noisy, watch them make your pizza concept. Flavor a a bit too plain / safely middle of the road. Service staff seemed to try to rush us. Tables too small for each person to get a 10" pan for pizza"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I live in Marin and my in-laws live in the east bay, so this was a good reason to get together. Great food, great ambience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We've been here for two months and will be here for seven more on a research visit on LBNL. We have a 6 months old baby and this was the first time we were out on our own with her. The service was amazing and we were given a small lump of dough she could play with. The waiter was extremely attentive and everyone was very nice and helpful. The food was very tasty, we did not bild our own but went with the specials and they were yum. The drinks looked soooo good :) "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had some specialty pizzas that were excellent- as were their cocktails!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good, fresh food, tiny portions. I don't like huge portions, but salad was half the size I'm used to. It was a few bites. Pizza was yummy, but definitely do not share one (which we always do normally at other places) ! Very, very light. We never order desert but had to, would have left hungry. I just got the impression they are really watching their profit margin by using less ingredients."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Was pressed for time before a show, and took a chance with Build. It paid off! Was in and out the door in 40 minutes. The pizza cooks fast and is crispy and delicious. The calamari tasted good but not a good idea to serve in a cone because the batter gets gummy. Drinks were tasty, especially the spicy one. The server was excellent! Overall a solid pre-show venue."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "It was sloppy this time. Not great. First, I asked the pizza maker if he had any fresh nettles and he didn't even know what nettles were! Second, every one of the lettuce leaves on my green salad had brown tips on it. Like the lettuce had been cut the previous day. I didn't want to mention it to the waiter because I was with my husband and son. But it is a sign that whoever is plating or running the food does not have their eye on the ball. Our waiter was nice though."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Yummy food, and not just pizza! The name is a bit misleading, in that it sounds more casual/ "do it yourself" than it is. While you can select your own items to top your pizza, you do not have to. This is more "upscale", while still having a relaxed atmosphere, than I would have thought. Delicious pizza, sides, and salads. The budino is fabulous. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "You're bound to enjoy this. We had a party of six and each of us left full and happy. It's a terrific experience, from the full bar to the delicious salads to the individualized pizzas to the rich desserts. The place was hopping, but the service remained strong throughout. Fun and well done."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The GF Pizza was quite good. Service very polite and friendly. Prices a bit steep."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The best thing is the excellent pizza - thin crust with a thick edge, cooked in the wood fired oven - true Italian style. And you can have any toppings you want - true American style! We also had an excellent mixed salad. The wine and beer list is fabulous; so much to choose from, and you can get really good house wine by the 1/2 litre and litre. The deserts are also outstanding - we had the Budino, and it was just divine. Totally recommended. We'll be back with a group for more pizza and great beers. Other reviewers complained about the slow service. A lot of people want instant service, now or sooner, and I put it down to that. We found the service to be just right; we were in and out in just on an hour, on our way to Berkeley Rep."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I fell in love with the pizza bar. The ingredients are fresh and inviting and it was so easy to just add on whatever I wanted for a delicious pizza. They truly do cook in just a few minutes. I love the thin, chewy crust. And the zenzero drink was refreshing. I'm returning!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Came here with my cousins Saturday night. We sampled three of their signature pizzas, and built one if out own. We also enjoyed the salads and the calamari appetizer. The food was amazing, and our server, Jorge, walked us through all of the ordering/building processes and made some wonderful suggestions. It was lively and had a fun atmosphere, and we will definitely be back to try more delicious combinations. The beer, wine, and cocktail list is also extensive and fun. Overall a good time was had by all!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Third time at Build and it's been better each time. Noise level is still too high for us, but pizza is good and price is fair. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This restaurant had something for everyone. Great fresh ingredients for building your own pizza. I had bolognese pasta, which was perfect. Service was friendly and efficient. The bar menu has delicious artisanal drinks."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a great time at Build. Fun to pick out your toppings, good beer selection, good service, great for kids, will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very good service, pizza tasty (though definitely not the best I've had), salads huge and good, unhappy with poor quality of $11 glass of wine, a dry Riesling, which also wasn't sufficiently cooled. People seemed to enjoy the "build your pizza" approach. I liked the servers, but felt it was gimmicky; like having to get in line for a supermarket salad bar. I'd rather have a better pizza crust and better wine."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very good service and food but a bit on the pricey side"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I read another review of this restaurant on the Open Table review site and it said "overpriced, toppings skimpy" and it is true. Be warned, if you look at their menu on Open Table, the prices are actually higher than what is listed there. For two pizzas, 3 adult beverages and one dessert, our bill for lunch was $75! That being said, our waiter, Jorge, was excellent, the adult beverages were excellent (I had a blood Mary and my dining partner had a Bella Cosa and she thought it was so good, she ordered another!) and their signature dessert (the only dessert made in-house), the budino, was to die for!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a terrific place for upscale pizza. You can create your own with lots of choices. Watching all the pizzas being assembled is part of the fun. And while you are waiting there are lots of beers or other drinks to choose from."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Pizza baked in a wood oven is simply awesome, perfect. And customer can choose the ingredients he like directly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food here was great, the service could have been a bit better. We didn't get water for a while even after ordering drinks and our drinks took some time as well. The food was quick as the pizza only takes about 1 minute to add your toppings and <3 minutes to cook in their oven. I like having the ability to customize the pizza - I felt like I was in a fancier Subway. Roasted garlic is the way to go as one of your toppings. I would also recommend the Build fries and the fried truffle risotto balls that came with a GREAT marinara sauce. The bar looks really big, busy, and sleek. I will definitely come back here for a drink."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Chipotle style pizza ordering is a neat concept. I would imagine this to be a fun, interactive first or second date spot (you could learn a lot about someone by their preferred pizza toppings) as well as a limited hassle way to please picky eaters (kids and adults alike). Our group of five opted to pick from the "house recipes" section of the menu. We ordered four pies (margarita, tartufo, piccante, and my favorite, the genovese) and two salads to share; everything was tasty and well balanced, though, the misto salad tasted just a bit harsh. Maybe too much vinegar. The pizza crust was light, thin, and chewy. Delicious!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The pizza is good, though not really Roman style, and the concept is novel, however, the noise level is far too high to comfortably talk to the people sitting at your table. We'll probably return, but would come often if they could tone down the noise level."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We came here for a second visit with a new group of friends last night. I had been there before with a couple of friends and we all loved it so decided to take some other friends along on our next visit. We had reservations at 6:30 and it took 20 mins to get our table. When we finally got to our table we didn't see our server until after 20 mins of waiting and I decided to go ask the host where the server was. Later we saw him flirting with another server, could have been where he was to begin with. When he finally came to our table he seemed a bit annoyed, could have been because we "said something" that we hadn't seen him. My friends had questions and he wasn't the least helpful to answer their questions."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I was there on a Monday night, so it wasn't too crowded. There were lots of pizza choices--3 possible sauces, multiple cheese options, and tons of toppings. My pizza was ready in minutes and it was delicious. The homemade lemonade was delicious too--not too sweet. I'll definitely be going back."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Our waiter Jorge Orosco was very helpful and attentive. He answered all questions and made helpful recomendations that added to our dining experience. This is definitely on our radar screen."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great pizza. Easy to dine and still walk to Berkeley Rep."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Our thanks to Open Table, as we were seated right away while there was a line waiting for tables. The wait staff was cheerful and helpful. We very much enjoyed the experience, and the pizza was very good."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Drinks and pizzas have quite the markup here. Pizza is a solid B, well below Cheeseboard, Gioia, and Emelia's. Reception was a bit disorganized."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We really loved Build. It is a new creative take on an old concept that really works. Everyone was super nice, the salads were great and the pizzas were excellent. Good job!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The specific attraction of this restaurant over the other great pizza sources in Berkeley, is the assortment of fresh ingredients the patron may choose from, and how anyone, just by pointing to this and that, can concoct a pie that is a good-tasting work off art (thanks to the skillful staff). The other great advantage is the opportunity for everyone sharing a table to sample everyone else's pizza----or not. Good food overall. The salads were also delicious, and the beer selection worth coming back for. Satisfying dining experience, overall."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Friendly service. Great atmosphere. Bar offers great beer selections, more limited but quality wine offerings."
    Dined on 12/28/2013