Origen - A Farm to Fork Restaurant
2826 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Origen - A Farm to Fork Restaurant
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.origenberkeley.com/
- Phone: 5108489200
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Sunday 5pm to 10pm Happy Hour daily from 4pm to 6pm in the bar
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Organic, Global, International, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: daniel clayton and trace leighton -- co-chefs
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Cross Street: Oregon
- Public Transit: We are 3/4 of a mile from the Ashby Berkeley Bart station
- Parking: Public Lot
- Parking Details: In the evening, there are plenty of spaces on Telegraph and the side streets.
During the day, there are 2 hour parking spaces on both Oregon and surrounding side streets.
There is also a private lot on Oregon.
A word from Origen - A Farm to Fork Restaurant
Origen -- a farm to fork restaurant (oh-reh-ZHEN) means "from the source" in Catalan Our cuisine is source-based with international flavors and a Catalonian influence allowing us to let the ingredients speak for themselves in preparations that show off the best our purveyors have to offer. We focus on the relationships we know and trust as the source of our ingredients so that you don't have to buy food from strangers. co-chefs daniel clayton and trace leighton bring you a menu of plates both large and small plates with a daily tasting chefs' menu highlighting the best from market and paella of the day. Full bar with a farmers' market influenced cocktail list, 30 wines by the glass and over 200 by the bottle with our list growing weekly. Bar menu available from 4:00pm to 6:00pm daily.Continued
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Origen - A Farm to Fork Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
- Food excellent especiallyOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/21/2012Food excellent especially the flash fried spinach...drinks great....dessert really good! Service mostly great...though we had to wait a long time for our dessert as there was a wedding party there!Special Features:
- Great food at decent prices.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/19/2012Great food at decent prices. We did the 5-course tasting menu that had good size portions--bigger than you'd expect from a tasting menu. It was all delicious. It was quiet but it was a Tuesday night. But I'm surprised its not packed. Get out there and support this fabulous restaurant.Special Features:
- Wonderful, innovative andchumley1VIPDined on 6/17/2012Wonderful, innovative and FRESH menu. Great food and ambiance. On the night we were there, there seemed to be a delay in beverages and courses (maybe even some confusion), but this was likely rare as this came across as a really, really nice restaurant. Will definitly return!Special Features:
- we had a scrumptious dinner;OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/13/2012we had a scrumptious dinner; a couple of small plates that were interesting, creative and full of flavors and an entrée, the cod, baked to perfection. it literally melted in your mouth... the wine list offers wines from france, australia, spain and the US. they also have a great beer selection and sake. this place was undeservedly quiet. people should be rushing to it. great value for the price and great service. definitely will be back!Special Features:
- try this new restaurant!!ChunsVIPDined on 6/12/2012it was a very quiet night, so there were few people and absolutely no noise. we hope this restaurant does well as the food was delicious and innovative. our server was knowledgable and pleasant. there were four in our party and everyone raved about the food....we had an appetizer, main and dessert. all fabulous. wine and beer good, too.Special Features:
- I live nearby, and this isStephDined on 6/8/2012I live nearby, and this is currently my favorite restaurant. I would eat there every week (at least) if I could. It's that good, and that worthy of my support as a customer. Everything I've eaten there has been interesting, surprising, thoughtfully conceived and prepared, and most of all deeply delicious. In Berkeley's competitive restaurant scene, I wish Origen a long and prosperous life, both for their sake and my own. Here's to many more visits and great dining experiences!Special Features:
- The five course tasting menuMarkieVIPDined on 6/8/2012The five course tasting menu was notable and a good value, particularly with the wine pairng.Special Features:
- A great dining experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/6/2012A great dining experience in a quiet environment. The food is great and the service is excellent.Special Features:
- The chefs at Origen are trueOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/5/2012The chefs at Origen are true artists. Every dish is unique and delicious. And I really like how committed they are to sustainability. Most everything on the menu is from local farmers. Meat, fish and poultry are sustainably grown in humane conditions. Besides dinner, Origen could be a great place to stop in for a drink or a late dessert.Special Features:
- So sad they closed. They wereOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 6/2/2012So sad they closed. They were one of my go-to places. I wish their sister restaurant wasn't so far away. :(Special Features:
- This location has held manydutchVIPDined on 6/1/2012This location has held many restaurants over the years, and this one has done a nice job with the decor,though the lighting was a little dim. The food was very good, with one item the exception(burnt garlic taste in a gratin), and we all enjoyed our dinners very much. We did find the menu very hard to read/decipher. Every ingredient is identified by its origin, in caps, and that makes it a real task to determine what is actually being offered. The waitress was very helpful in explaining everything, and we were pleased with the food. We will definitely go back.
- The menu was diverse and spectaculaOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/1/2012The menu was diverse and spectacular. Because of the focus on fresh and local food, the menu changes daily. We had a delicious watermelon and beet salad. Entrees were beautiful and tasty. For dessert, the grapefruit sorbet was a tangy treat.Special Features:
- Atmostphere: very good Service:OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/1/2012Atmostphere: very good Service: excellent Food: Fair. Although yellow watermelon salad was very good, the cold cucumber soup was bland, the bits of corn helped, but not much. The featured items in the main dishes were excellent in texture and taste, but the items accompanying them were not well-prepared. The filet mignon was accompanied by several cubes of polenta and what appeared to be deep fat fried bread. Polenta had a nice creamy texture and taste, but the fried bread was inedible; so hard it would not yield to fork or knife. The fish was excellent, but contained 4 bones. Berbere lentils were bland, needed to be spicier. Hamada olives were not what I expected of green olives. They were very crunchy hard did not enhance the entre
- We four enjoyed our meals.4sustainabilityVIPDined on 5/31/2012We four enjoyed our meals. I particularly commend the commitment to organics. Marin Sun beef was excellent, vegetable dishes well handled. Portions were generous.
- Creative and delicious!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/27/2012Excellent and creative dishes. Very nice blending of flavors. We tried the 5 course tasting menu and it was a memorable experience. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- The five course tasting menuMarkieVIPDined on 5/27/2012The five course tasting menu was terrific and also a good value. We also enjoyed the wine pairings offered.Special Features:
- Don't Invest in a Permanent Sign...GeorgeVIPDined on 5/25/2012After a disasterous first try ( OK food, but te first entry came after 45 minutes and the second 20 minutes later), we gave it a second try. The Hostess never said a word to us; Just fiddle with her screen for a while, picked up some menus and began to walk way. The waitress did not seem to know the menu. The house brand of sparklin water had an unpleasant after taste. Appetizers (flash fried spinach,and two less memorable items) were passable. The entres again where slow in coming minutes. The chicken gnocchi could have come from a can. The cod was OK, but nothing special. I doubt this place will last long enought to replace the cloth banner over the front door with a permanent sign...
- Greeting by hostess was horrible,OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/22/2012Greeting by hostess was horrible, she offered no interest in us arriving. The food runner seemed high. The server was fine but hard to understand. All in all, the environment was great, the food was too salty but interesting combinations which could have been a bit better. Good location if you stay at The Rose Inn, but hard to find if driving by due to no street signage. Could be great but was only fair!Special Features:
- Where have you been all my life?ReluctantfoodyDined on 5/20/2012This is a hidden gem in Berkeley. The food is thoughtful and delicious. We get that the ambiance is simple and elegant.Why have a white table cloth when the preferred, beautiful bamboo table top is visible? Vases of herbs are at each table (rather the the usual tired looking flowers). This is a way cool place for foodies, oldies (tired of the same old food routine) as well as 20 somethings. The wines, generally not Calif. varietals, have been very good. Chef made a suggestion for us. It was perfect foil for the richness of the lobster purses and the flash fried spinach. The bottle prices were below what you might expect. These people are highly motivated to make this work. All they need are more appreciative customers. We're in.Special Features:
- Great food and quiet enoughOaklandAGDined on 5/19/2012Great food and quiet enough that we could hear one another. Loved that part.
- This a nice restaurant inOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/18/2012This a nice restaurant in a convenient location, quiet enough to enjoy conversation at the table. We were hosting a 21st birthday for a vegetarian and there were plenty of options for her on the menu- and a nice selection of original cocktails. Overall, the food was good to very good. The flash fried spinach- which is a favorite dish of ours- was disappointing in that it was not crispy, but gloppy. The squash blossoms (another favorite at home) were tiny, but prepared well. We enjoyed our gnocchi and pizza. We had to rush off to theater, so no dessert. All in all, the food was good, service was attentive, and the restaurant is pretty. We would go back. Have their grapefruit gimlet- yum.Special Features:
- Mothers Day brunch: Just amazingOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 5/13/2012Mothers Day brunch: Just amazing food. Needed music or something though, heard too much of the table neighbors. But really, go for the food: absolutely inspired and deftly executed. Yummmmmm.Special Features:
- Mother's Day Treat!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/13/2012My wife and step daughter went for Mother's Day. They couldn't stop raving about the food, the service the atmosphere. Can't wait to take the wife out for "Date Night" and enjoy it for myself!Special Features:
- We had Mothers Day brunch.OpenTable Diner Since 2000Dined on 5/13/2012We had Mothers Day brunch. The food was very good and the atmosphere was nice. The servers seemed a bit stretched and rushed. Nice atmosphere.Special Features:
- I took my family here whenBStroDined on 5/11/2012I took my family here when they were in town for graduation. They love food and wine, and had a great time here.Special Features:
- Underwhelming and forgettable foodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/11/2012Food was okay, worst dish was the pizza with coppa. For $18.50, the pizza was sparsely topped with red sauce and EACH slice had ONE piece of coppa and maybe a couple of slivers of cheese. Overall, none of the dishes was memorable: mussels were bland; shrimp potato cakes were ok; and gnocchi with ragu was lukewarm; trifle was good but bread pudding was dense as a log. Will not be coming back after such an underwhelming experience.
- Had a delicious cocktail withOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/5/2012Had a delicious cocktail with apricot and tequila that was different. My husband had the ribeye steak and he thought it delicious. I had Pacific sole baked in their wood-fired over and it was perfect as I was afraid it might be dry. The fava beans and corn under the fish was also quite good. And the price was right. We would definitely recommend this restaurants to our friends.Special Features:
- owners were lovely. waitressArtfullDinerVIPDined on 5/5/2012owners were lovely. waitress didn't know wines but bartender did. seems important for servers to know details of food that has this specific kind of focus. we'll go again.Special Features:
- We picked this restaurantSwsermenoVIPDined on 5/4/2012We picked this restaurant based on the farm to table philosophy. We had a reservation and were stuck in a dark corner in the back at a tiny table, while a woman and her grade school age child without a reservation were given a large booth by the window. The food was just okay, not great. We had the cheese and lobster purses (too rich and the lobster flavor was almost non-existent), pork rillette ( good but the bread it was served with tasted like stale croutons), potatoes bravado (okay), and the gnocchi (best dish we had). Not sure that I would go back.Special Features:
- Novel Surprise on Tele Ave.OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 5/3/2012A step up from the local eateries on Telegraph Ave. It still has to work on the execution of their dishes. I think it just needs some time to mature. The staff was very attentive. I would consider going back if in the area.Special Features:
- We had several dishes withOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/1/2012We had several dishes with mixed results: - Mussels were excellent - Gnocchi was very good - Arroz con pato etc. was dreadful. Two people order it and neither could finish it.
- Unusual fare, changing menu,BioSciCharlieDined on 4/28/2012Unusual fare, changing menu, small portions, great wines. The staff is young and Berkeleyesque, but making a shot a formality. It's a worth a visit neighborhood gem. I thought some of the other critical reviews harsh, all in all it was a very pleasant experience.Special Features:
- Great food.....service needs helpOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 4/28/2012I just love Barcelona and this place is definitely doing Catalan cuisine right. The food was excellent- my husband and I tried the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. A few of the wines were disappointing (the first with the lentil pate was like mouthwash) but for the most part the courses were wonderful. I was let down by the service- it was our first time here and our waiter was not very informed nor attentive. He was really doing anything special to gain a repeat customer. The bar is nice, but the place needs music to make it a bit more lively- we could hear the chef every 5 minutes yelling "service" to get food delivered which was a bit distracting.Special Features:
- The food was okay, but theOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/28/2012The food was okay, but the service was very slow. We had reservations for 6:15 but didn't receive our food until 7:25. We had theater tickets for 8, and when we asked our waitress how much longer it would take, she seemed sort of annoyed at us. After the food was brought out, she never came back to our table. Bottom line: Don't eat here if you have anywhere to be afterwards.Special Features:
- Nice try, but noOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/28/2012Over a half hour in between courses, and food was not (and maybe could not be) good enough to make up for it. Ingredients were delicious and obviously carefully considered, but they were not prepared in a way that merits paying those prices for them. Wine pairing was the highlight of the evening -- delicious Rioja!
- Excellent food! Very slowDEB1Dined on 4/28/2012Excellent food! Very slow service if ordering the multi course meal. Waiter was very helpful. Nice selection of entrees and small plates.
- What a find! We took the 5OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/20/2012What a find! We took the 5 course seasonal tasting menu- $41.00 + wine paring for $18.00 overall perfectly portioned and a very good bargain for our first time experience at this catalan inspired restaurant. We will be back to do the main menu. Small plates and regular portion sized looked delish! the best part was finding parking on the street on a friday night!Special Features:
- Innovative menu, nice settingMichaelVIPDined on 4/14/2012Innovative menu has nibblies, small plates, pizza, salads, larger plates and accompaniments. You can buy the smaller plates and share, like a tapas bar, or buy a small plate (like and appetiser) and a larger plate (like a main course). We took some time to decide which way we were going. We had some small plates and a pizza. Previous reviews on Open Table had mentioned the flash fried spinach (nibblies), so we tried it and it was exceptional. Pizza was also great; a thin, crispy crust just the way it should be. All the other menu items featured fresh local farm produce in very innovative dishes.Special Features:
- I don't know if this placepesceveganVIPDined on 4/13/2012I don't know if this place is still in business, but if it is, it won't be for long. When we arrived, they were out of most of dishes for the day. The dishes that were available were trying too hard to stand out individually and did not blend well together. There were a lot of funky spices in there. I love bread pudding and they had it on the menu for dessert. I told my fiancee that I did not want to order it because this seemed like a place that would ruin bread pudding. I was right. We each had 1 bite and then left to eat bread pudding at another place to wash the awful taste and the memory out of our mouths and minds.
- I enjoyed the selections offeredOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/13/2012I enjoyed the selections offered at Origen. They are well suited to my food tastes, and I would be happy to sample the food again. The cocktails, however, were quite small, but good, and we had to ask repeatedly for them. The service was really inconsistent. We had to ask three times for bread, we never got plates for our shared dishes, we had to find them ourselves. The server did not know anything about the ingredients in the dishes he brought to the table, but was quite pleasant. For a restaurant serving "farm to fork", it is imperative that the server knows what he is presenting. It loses value if it is a mystery.Special Features: