Lalime's
Lalime's

Lalime's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lalimes.com/
  • Phone: (510) 527-9838x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    We are closed Monday & Tuesdays,
    July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Ezra Malmuth
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northside
  • Public Transit: Ten minute walk from North Berkeley Bart
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking.
A word from Lalime's
Lalime's strives to maintain a sustainable and enticing menu based on seasonal and local produce and meats. We focus on creating a special evening for each individual that walks through our door and hope you will have a wonderful evening you will remember always. Bon Appétit!

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Lalime's reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (89)special occasion (83)fit for foodies (73)romantic (50)notable wine list (24)good for groups (18)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dinner at LaLime
    mangiona
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were not sure what to expect and were happily surprised with an interesting menu, excellent prepared and tasty food. We enjoyed everything and traded food back and forth. Nice low-key service with a friendly manager who took our table request seriously. We will now make this a place to go to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go-to special dinner spot
    pedalergal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We like to come here for birthdays, anniversary dinners when in town for those occasions. Got the window seat as requested...seated right away. Service and all wait staff always personable. Only glitch was out of duck....also out of the Sainte Germaine for the cocktail we hoped for. Hummm, 2 for 2....At 7:15 p.m. on a Friday. Really? But the substitute with Kir suggested by the server was divine, as was her wine recommendation to pair with my husband's lamb. Everything else great, perfectly cooked, reasonable portions, nicely presented. Sharing the same birthday with our server was fun, too. We'll be back...again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    michael
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really had a very nice experience as usual. The staff was great, the food was also great as well as the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding dining.
    larwalk
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We are on Lalime's email mailing list and thus get weekly messages of Thursday night special dinners. When I saw that the dinner featured lamb chops AND risotto, two of my favorites, I immediately booked a table for that same night. The meal was delicious and a good value at $40 for a three-course meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration choice!
    jrock
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Lalimes is where we go to celebrate occasions. It is warm, lively with lovely food and great service. But each table feels private and every word can be heard. We love everything about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Loves2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We took my husband to dinner on a Sunday night for his birthday at Lalime's. The food was great as was the wine. The chocolate cake was to die for! The staff was pleasant and very efficient. They never tried to hurry us. Lalime is a quiet place where our group of 6 could easily hear everyone. Everyone in our party enjoyed dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    Mward
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been celebrating special occasions at Lalimes for many years. It has always remained one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of Berkeley's Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Consistently excellent food, filet was perfectly done, mussels very good if not inspired, soup and salad both tasty. Wine choices very nice and fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasing Birthday Dinner
    loveOaklandVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    In my last review, I was positive about the food but complained about the very small portion size. I was pleased that generous portions were served to both myself and my partner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Quality Not Up To Par
    PandMVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Service was superb but the food is not of the quality it used to be. Too much garlic and lacking the complexity to be really interesting. Not even some form of crouton on the Caesar Salad. Is it a Caesar without a crouton?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Local Place
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Lalime's is our "go to" destination every time we stay in Berkeley or Emeryvilly. Creative menu, very fresh and delicious local veggies, warm service and pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patient waiter, fine food
    BerkeleySusanVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We eat at Lalime's pretty often. This time we had very food fussy friends with us and were embarrassed by the number of silly questions and needs they had. The waiter was remarkably cheery and every question, such as "could there be even a drop of alcohol in zabaglione?" was answered carefully. The funniest guest was the one who wanted her gazpacho "at room temperature, please". The dishes were all excellent, except the pork my husband ordered. He asked for medium rare, and it was that, but it was also cold. This was a very unusual slip-up in our experience, but after all the other fussy eaters' neediness, he chose not to mention the problem. My piri-piri chicken was particularly delicious. We'll definitely be back, minus the guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love Lalime's. Every time we come here, everything is just fantastic. tonight the steak and the chicken were so good; and the steak was cooked perfectly. This is our "go to" restaurant now!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • two star at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This isn't a 4 star restaurant not even 2 star..unbelievable folks rated it so highly..Nice presentation..but bland and not even warm ...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful evening
    seafoodlover
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were a group of 7 including a 3 year old. We were given a table big enough for 8 so everyone was seated comfortably. The cocktails, the appetitizers (calamari and mussel) were all excellent. we ordered the seared local King Salmon. The salmon was perfectly done. Not overcooked and not raw. We tried ice cream and the chocolate cake and they were delightful too. Overall, it was a dinner that everyone enjoyed. We have been to Lalime's for years so we knew that we will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    Hottemp375
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very nice food that was well prepared. Steak was excellent as was the spicy but balanced Chicken Piri Piri. I had Salmon and though it was good the portion of Salmon for $27 was too small. I would have eaten the same again and not felt overfed. My Pinot Noir by the glass was good but my friends Cabernet tasted flat like the bottle had been open too long.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vampyre
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Been going to Lalime's on and off for many years and have never been dissapointed in the quality of the food or the menu choices. The new menu is unispiring. I ordered the Chicken piri piri which came with tasteless egg plant and a flat bread or naan that was supposed to be served under the chicken which sounded disgusting to me. I ordered it on the side. What I got was 1/4 of what looked and tasted like a fried flour tortilla. The desert looked and tasted like something one would buy at Safeway. The only good thing was the martini. I ordered 2 and they were excellent. Bring back the sweet breads.....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boring Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Quite simply the food was very, very boring. Service was good, the restaurant itself was a beautiful room. But the food was boring, I would never go back.
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  • Amazing meal and experience
    Diner333
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Came to celebrate our bosses birthday and had outstanding drinks, meals and service. Chose Lalimes because our boss is a foodie. We walked in and immediately felt the warmth and charm if the restaurant. There were 6 of us so we were seated in a small private room which was perfect. Food was excellent. I had the steak and am very picky about it being cooked to perfection and it was amazing! Better than many high end foodie places I've been to. Also got to taste the Piri Piri chicken, the salmon, and the pasta which were all excellent. Calamari appetizer was delicious, as were the Cesar and Arugula salads. Finished withs cappuccino and shared desserts which were all top notch! I will definitely come again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our big day
    mybigday
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a delicious, celebratory meal at Lalimes. My husband proposed there 21 years ago on his birthday and we go back every year on that date as well as for other events. The meal began with a delicious roasted corn soup and carefully seasoned ceasar salad. The Piri Piri chicken had a tasty crust and the eggplant was the best I have ever had. The portions were go generous that I took half of it home for lunch the next day. My husband had the extremely tender boneless pork chop with bok choy. We ended with a lovely fruit crumble with home made ice cream and a complimentary glass of calvados. The service was efficient but unobtrusive. We had the same table upstairs where my husband popped the question.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it for years & years
    CalOVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Always like going back to Lalime's - we are not as close as we used to be, but always try on our anniversary to get back there. The food is always top notch, the ambiance is very nice, but with a hint of CA relaxed to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • krissy
    krissy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant was superb, everything was delicious and the service outstanding. I would highly recommend Lalime's and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    FranVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our dining experience at Lalime's was outstanding. The pork and the lamb entrees were superb....delicious, cooked perfectly, and presented in a creative way. The service was just right and I appreciate the table cloths (something most restaurants seem to lack.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Lalime's
    DD116
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The pork and lamb dishes were inventive - they were both moist and not over-cooked. One of our party chose the chicken and found it a little overly spicy for her taste. The server could have been a bit more engaged. We enjoyed the relaxed pace and ambience of Lalime's, which was conducive to conversation. Serving sizes are moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day treat
    RFearsome
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My sweetie took me out for a pre-Father's Day treat and this is where I chose. It was my first time here and I would highly recommend it others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turtle-paced Service
    frilly
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We arrived early to be told that our request for a table by the window could not be honored, no apology, and were seated in a booth across from the window. Water was promptly delivered. We waited 17 minutes before our waiter arrived. He unapologeticlly announced that he'd been busy but was 'here now' even after having the length of our wait pointed out. It took another 20 minutes for our drinks, two glasses of wine, to arrive, again with no apology. When our 'anniversary special' dinners finally arrived, we were out of wine but weren't offered refills by the waiter who was busy interacting with the couple at the window table across from us. We had to remind him that dessert were included with the special. It was saddening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfort food-yum,yum!
    Shaun
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I enjoyed the fixed price special of buttermilk fried chicken with a unique potato salad and green beans. The chicken was beautifully crisp on the outside with tender meat on the inside! Also,the bread pudding for dessert was excellent-not too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, as always
    Chewy
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love this restaurant. Great food, friendly staff. Most if my special dinners here now.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    foodluverVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Happy crowd at 7 on Saturday night. Sat in the upstairs section as a change of pace - found we prefer the downstairs. Lovely wines by the glass. Calamari starter was terrific; grilled baby gems were tasty but too much bacon and blue cheese. Salmon was wonderful; pea fettucine OK. Gelato was excellent. As usual, we had a lovely evening at Lalime's - always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meal !!
    LindaG63
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We haven't been to Lalime's in quite a while. I'd forgotten how good it was. I had beef medallions -- great flavor. I had the strawberry shortcake for dessert -- the biscuit was notably wonderful, but could have used a couple more strawberries. I won't wait so long to go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • memorable anniversary dinner
    newinBerkeley
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Lalimes had been recommended to us as a nice, special occasion restaurant, and that is just what we found. We ordered the lamb chop and loin and the fettucinni. The lamb on lentils was excellent. The fettucini was rather ordinary; my wife commented, "too much olive oil." Dinner for two, with wine, was just over $100, which we thought was a good value.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Place for Wedding Gatherine
    Groomsmom
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a party of 10 for a rehearsal dinner at Lalime's, which had reserved a small room with an oblong table allowing everyone to converse with everyone else at the table. It was a perfect setting for us because the room made the occasion intimate and welcoming. The food was varied (I believe they change the menue frequently), and everyone enjoyed his or her entree. The staff were gracious and attentive. The wedding was to be Persian, and we rehearsed at the dining table! We'll definitely come back to Lalime's, a favorite of our son, when we're in Berkeley.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Ozdiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Table for 4 - all food was great. Lamb cooked to perfection, appropriate portion, not underdone as too often the case in USA - beet salad was right size, nice mix of flavors, Zinfandel was just right, service very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special night
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We took my brother-in-law for his birthday. The staff was great. The food was wonderful. We all had a great time. The noise level was fine, we could easily hold conversations.y husband has been coming here for more than 20 years! Keep it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Steve
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food and service always excellent We have been coming to Lalime since we moved to Oakland 11 years ago and we always enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual Lalime's Dinner
    Hikerherb
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We close the BRT season with a dinner at Lalimes. My wife ordered the beets for an appetizer, and said they were fantastic. Please keep them on the menu in season. She ordered the pasta dish as a main course and was delighted. I had the Pin Pin chicken paired with egg plant. The chef has a winner with this. The yoghurt batter on the chicken kept it moist and tender. Most of us had gelato for dessert. My wife loved the Pavlova. Seconds on coffee would be appreciated. No one asked.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous - As usual
    SmLm
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Lalime's gets better year after year. We have been going there for decades and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    Foggyinsf
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My three meat eater dining companions were quite happy. My seafood / salad choices were not impressive however. The steamed mussels were bland, my salad was saturated with blue cheese dressing, and the lobster salad consisted of four chewy pieces of lobster. Others in my party were thrilled with their steak and chicken dishes though, and the desserts were outstanding. The service was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resurgence at Lalime's
    Linedrive
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Wonderful upgrade for a consistently good Berkeley gem. The new chef is imaginative but the food is approachable and delicious; this is, in my opinion, a lost art in many expensive Northern California restaurants. Berkeley ambiance is very casual and relaxed. The bar is small but lively and the split level seems to hold the noise level down so that it feels cozy and private at your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    As every time I have gone to Lalime's, this trip was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.