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Gecko Gecko

Gecko Gecko Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://geckogeckothai.com
  • Phone: (510) 665-4811
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Southeast Asian
  • Executive Chef: Weerachai Chaiwong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We provide catering for meetings, parties, receptions & more! Call us for more information and to set up a catering meeting.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Addison
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located one block from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking & Public Parking at adjacent Center Street Garage on Addison.
A word from Gecko Gecko
Gecko Gecko Thai-California Eatery welcomes you to our casual, warm, yet lively dining room, and to enjoy our array of both authentic, and unique, Thai menu items. Our goal is to bring fresh California ingredients and flavors and introduce them to our southeast Asian recipes, for a unique and satisfying result. We use fresh ingredients, and organic vegetables, fruit, meats and seafood whenever possible; our beef is the highest quality free-range flank steak, and our duck is breast-only free-range that we roast ourselves. We invite you to join us, the Gecko is waiting to meet you!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a nice restaurant, with good ambiance and good food. The noise level though is way too high. It is very difficult to carry a conversation."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Basic but tasty and affordable. Pretty good lunch spot during a weekday, or a good place to get simple thai (somewhat americanized) food"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good Tai food. Close to theaters. Convenient"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. Everything colorful andfresh, and tasty without being overly spicey."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food here is consistently fresh, tasty and interesting. I love the mango salad!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We eat here often for lunch before a show at Berkeley Rep. The food is always fresh and the service is good too. You can't beat the location, right across the street from the theater. I recommend making a reservation on Open Table, as it does get busy. Very friendly neighborhood place."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We enjoy having dinner at Gecko Gecko before going to Berkeley Rep, which is right across the street. The Eggplant in Basil Sauce is outstanding! The Pad Thai was very good but the prawns did not taste fresh...the only reason I could not put 5 stars. Very busy before a show...need to make a reservation...but, be careful: only lunch, not dinner, reservations can be made on Open Table! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We hadn't dined at Gecko Gecko for some time and my taste buds delighted in the experience. Definitely back on my list for pre-theater dining."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times and always found the food very tasty and reasonably priced. We like that it is conveniently located close to Berkeley Rep."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Gecko Gecko consistently offers the freshest tasting, delicious Thai food. I have been there many times, usually before a Sunday matinee at Berkely Rep (across the street) and Gecko Gecko has never disappointed. Their shrimp spring rolls are fantastic and their Pad Thai is great. Service is always attentive. I'll be going back for more soon!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "In the heart of Berkeley's theater district, this small and attractive restaurant's menu presents a great variety of excellent Thai dishes, both standard and inventive. Ingredients very fresh and perfectly prepared, veggies never overdone. Sauces piquant and tasty. Choices of tofu, chicken or beef suits all palates. Prices amazingly affordable. Quick and friendly service gets you out by curtain time."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Very convenient to Berkeley Rep. Lunch is good and quick. No need to hurry."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a party of 3 for a small special occasion. We mostly ordered off the lunch menu, plus an appetizer for the three of us. One of us enjoys lots of spice. The other two take mild. However, we were all able to share the spicy disk. (Sorry, I don't recall exactly what we order.) The decor is perhaps a bit spartan, but otherwise very nice. In general, it was very much worth the money."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had a delightful lunch. Excellent curry and pad thai. Good service. Bare walls and hard-surface décor make for a noisy place if there is a crowd -- but what modern restaurant isn't designed that way?"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "the fresh spring rolls are excellent, as are the soups. In fact every dish we ordered tasted so crisp and fresh and flavorful. Gecko's version of pad thai is outstanding."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We almost always eat here before going to Berkeley Rep. It is right across the street and the food is consistently good. Our favorite dishes revolve around salmon and we love the fried banana desert. ."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Gecko Gecko offers an excellent lighter than usual Thai dining experience. It's very casual, the service was great and the food yummy. It's proximity to the Freight & Salvage music venue (and Berkeley Rep) means I will return often. Parking garages available very nearby."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I treated two of my friends to a play at Berkeley Rep and we ate lunch at Gecko Gecko beforehand because it is across the street from the theater. We all enjoyed our meal very much. The food was flavorful and presented nicely. The service was prompt and attentive and we didn't have to wait long for our meals. I had a reservation and we were seated right away. We were able to eat and pay with plenty of time to get to the theater. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we will continue to go there, especially if we are going to a play!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Exceptional food, beautiful presentation, attentive service. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I are Thai cuisine fan and we enjoyed eating at Gecko Gecko. We had relies who were not Thai food fans and they were also very happy with the food."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We came here for lunch before a show at the Rep. The food was really good - we had the coconut soup and the red curry with salmon. The service was very attentive, and the ambience was simple and clean. We will be back the next time we are in the area!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Be sure to try Gecko Gecko's Jammin' Salmon...it is super delicious!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The food is fairly good and the service very nice. For us the decision to dine here (which we've done a few times) is its proximity to Berkeley Rep (and ticket holders also get a 10% discount). It is a block away and the staff seems well attuned to ensuring you get to the show with time to spare. They have some novel items on the menu and the prices are very reasonable."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "If you're going to the Berkeley Rep, I highly recommend this restaurant. The Thai food was authentic, with choices of spiciness. The price for lunch, approximately $15 a person, was a true bargain. If you like Thai food, make this your stop."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Enjoyed the food. Creative menu with a many of choices. I had the Duck Curry and it was Wonderful. I plan on going back when I'm in Berkeley."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Service was courteous and efficient. Food was excellent!"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Very convenient if seeing a show at Berkeley Rep. Will take advantage of the dinner combos offered next time. One slight problem with the coconut soup, the menu had detailed descriptions listing the ingredients, but did not mention the liberal garnish of chili oil , making the dish very spicy. I was able to scoop it out."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We went to Gecko Gecko before a performance at Berkeley Rep (perfect location) and were pleasantly surprised. Everything was so flavorful and bright. The spring rolls had a lovely twist, including creative flavors that were perfect together. I can't wait to go back and have them again. The food was excellent and timely."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Way too noisy for us. Not a big space and crammed full. Food so-so. Servers very nice though."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "At dinner, the first time I ate here, the food and the service were excellent. At lunch, on my second visit, the food again was great, but the service was so bad that if I had not eaten here before, I would not return. As it is, I will return for the fine food, and hope that the service improves."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "Got the recommendation from the Berkeley Rep web site - they discount meals for same day ticket holders. Is only a half block from the Rep and Freight & Salvage. Food was very good. Had one of their variations on Pad Thai with a "country" sauce and it was very good and tasty. My wife had one of the lunch specials and it was more an appetizer that a meal serving size, although very tasty. Had an item recommended by Yelp readers - mango/duck rolls and they were a bit disappointing. You had to look hard to see the sliver of duck and a few slivers of mange. They were pretty standard fare. Staff was very friendly and would definitely go back and ask a few more questions before ordering."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "Sweet and friendly service at this wonderful Thai spot. Location is perfect--a block or two off the beaten path, and yet easy to get. We love especially the green papaya salad and the noodle dishes. It's a busy spot, so do yourselves and the Geckos a favor and make reservations in advance!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "This restaurant was a disappointment to me in an unusual way. The location was great, the atmosphere was just fine, the service was attentive, the price was right, the dishes were fresh-looking and attractive -- but the cook does not understand seasoning. It was all bland. I go to Southeast Asian restaurants for the exotic flavors and spices. This was a first for me in such an environment. I never thought I'd be complaining about bland food at a Thai restaurant! Even salt was missing -- and not readily available on the tables. All three of us thought the same thing. Spice it up guys!"
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "Excellent neighborhood Thai meal--each dish is individual with excellent ingredients. One of our favorites when we have tickets for Berkeley Rep or Freight & Salvage."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "Food was very good. Service very friendly, but with a few glitches. Had asked for no cilantro and no white pepper on the dish, but they still came with the cilantro and heavy white pepper garnish piled on top. Told the staff, and they apologized but did not offer to replace the dish. They were busy. My friend was also told that the yellow curry was mild, but it was medium hot. Would go back again as the staff is personable and it's conveient when going to Berkeley Rep."
    Dined on 6/18/2013
  • "I often go to Gecko Gecko before a show at Berkeley Rep, because it's so close by and the food is truly delicious. The menu is a bit small, so that the chef can do a beautiful job with each dish. The spices are delicately done -- each dish has a wholly distinctive taste. We've especially loved the pumpkin red curry, sauteed basil and eggplant, and a special chili seafood dish, with mussels, squid and prawns. The staff is quiet and friendly, very attentive, and the atmosphere is always warm and cheerful."
    Dined on 5/7/2013
  • "Gecko Gecko is a clean, spacious Thai restaurant in downtown Berkeley. Ordered the classic pad thai, mango salad, and mango-roast duck rolls. All of the dishes were delicious and flavorful even though their appear bland and tasteless. Highlights was the perfect paring between mango-roast duck rolls and the accompanying dipping sauce, as well as, the pad thai. The main problem was the seating. We were placed in a far off corner away, making it difficult to get the attention of the waiter. Also, it was cramped being seated up again a pillar. I would come here again for lunch and will probably make reservations because it does get crowded during lunch."
    Dined on 4/30/2013
  • "Good experience. The staff was very friendly. And the coconut soup was very good."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "I can't think of a better start to an evening of food food followed by theater or music than Gecko Gecko. All the fish/seafood dishes are fresh, with vibrant seasonings. I especially like the various forms of salmon. The brown rice is more of a pilaf than plain rice, and it stands on its own -- but it's delicious when it absorbs the sauces in the rest of the meal. My husband loves the various pad thais, which you can customize to your taste -- vegetarian, seafood, meat. Service is gracious. The only down side is that at dinnertime it's pretty noisy. Lunch, when it's less crowded, is fine, though. And probably by 7:45, when everyone leaves to make a curtain at Berkeley Rep, the Aurora or Freight & Salvage, it's like a library."
    Dined on 3/15/2013
  • "The food is great but the noise level is very high."
    Dined on 1/30/2013