Pathos Restaurant & Bar
Pathos Restaurant & Bar

Pathos Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pathosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5109818339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Nick Eftimiou
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are available for seated meals of up to 60 guests and for sit and stand receptions of up to 80. Pathos is the perfect place for your rehearsal dinner, corporate event, small-scale fundraiser, etc. any day of the week (day or evening).

    We offer weekday, daytime catering Monday through Friday ($250 minimum order) for delivery in Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and other east bay cities. We are, as well, available for larger off-site full catering...please call us at 510.981.8339 or email our Event Director at fred@pathosrestaurant.com
  • Entertainment: Pathos Restaurant & Bar offers live music of Greece and the Mediterranean once a month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haste Street
  • Public Transit: DOWNTOWN BERKELEY BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pathos Restaurant & Bar
Melding the organic bounty of California with the traditional foods and flavors of Greece...honey, olive oil, herbs, classic cheeses...and drawing upon family recipes, Pathos is a truly genuine representation of the food you would find being enjoyed by everyday Greeks.

With a focus on a simple ingredient, fully organic fare and a well-curated, but accessible wine list (organic | biodynamic | sustainable), we want to bring to Berkeley a true taste of Greece. Please join us in our rustic, yet well-appointed dining room...surrounded by the warmth of our wood-fired oven...for a lively, engaging dining experience with which we are sure you will be pleased.
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Pathos Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (60)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (43)romantic (20)good for groups (15)notable wine list (14)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • chuckVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    the usual noise level making conversation very difficult. tasty food
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite of ours
    susanrr
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our 3rd time at the restaurant and we have loved everything about it each time. Every dish we have tried has been great, from the octopus and meatballs appetizers to the incredible lamb chops entree to the homemade baklava. The service is wonderful. Plus all of it is organic, including wine. This is our new go to place in Berkeley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Best lamb chops ever!
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Beautiful Greek restaurant in Berkeley with excellent food. Saganaki and lamb meatball appetizers were excellent. Avgolemono soup was a little bland and not lemony enough, but was the only slightly disappointing item we tried. Lamb chops were outstanding-tender, juicy, perfectly cooked. Moussaka also was excellent. Baklava was light and not sticky, my favorite baklava I've had, and bougatsa was fantastic. Also tried an excellent red wine made locally but of Greek grape blended with cab sauv etc., and the winemaker happened to be at the restaurant, which was fun. Prices are moderately high, but worth it! Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back-may be a new favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    robt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal at Pathos for a large group of 9. Everything was well planned and smoothly executed. Will definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The fish and lamb chops were great. All appetizers met the mark. Octopus was very tender. Desserts ? Excellent baklava and the addition of bougasta was a nice surprise
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek Food
    Mediocre
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Another really good dinner. This was my third visit, and each time the food has been of the highest quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have never been disappointed!
    RubyRVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Pathos has already become a firm favorite; it's the whole deal. The food and wine are delicious, the staff are all friendly, warm and attentive...and all packaged in an ambience that is relaxing and stylish.We often sit at the bar near the kitchen so that we can watch the action. All good! Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy! We'll be back!
    BerkeleyGuest
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in a while. Our group of 4 shared dishes and found everything tasty and perfectly prepared.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pathos good but not great
    lovegreek
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    good place needs a little attention on some dishes some are great some are not.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely to the eye and taste buds
    motherlove
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My friend and I delighted in the perfectly seasoned red bell peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice in the relaxed but polished ambiance. The portions were pleasantly generous. I'd return, probably for a special occasion and would definitely seek the baklava--the only one I've ever had that wasn't overly sweet. I'd go more often if it weren't so pricey. One couldn't order a simple cup of coffee--it comes by the pot. At $6.00 that's going overboard for one person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Lamb Chops
    greymalkin42
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything was very tasty, especially the warm pita bread and the crispy little fried smelts. But the gigantes beans and the lamb chops were really delicious. The beans were creamy and flavorful all the way through and the lamb chops were trimmed perfectly to have just enough fat to keep it moist but not so much that it made the flavor too gamey. A hint of lemon cut the richness of the medium rare lamb perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    jscroggs
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took my husband there for his birthday. The staff were great and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations. Terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A lovely restaurant with great food, service and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saying "Wow" even the day after
    Work4Food4Love
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A birthday dinner goes from the unknown to the new favorite! We had a shared salad and four smaller plates, and it seemed that the food just kept coming. Octopus, firm and tender in red onion and capers. Spanakopita better than any I've ever had (usually you only taste the pastry but not here). Lamb meatballs robustly spiced/incredibly ample. Eggplant on pita: simple/unexpected. The comped birthday baklava was beyond star-bright and honey-sweet. Our Saturday night waiter was a dream and all the staff warm though professional, with the owner on hand to ensure everyone's pleasure. The reasonably priced Greek wine was a winner too. And the setting elegant. Yeah, we liked it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need to step it up
    akpkVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went for brunch and it was pretty empty. Interior and decor were very good for Berkeley. However, we were disappointed in the preparation of dishes, very bland and dry. Don't know if it was an off day for the kitchen but the food was lacking in flavor and portions were small. Almost no dressing on the side salad. We had to ask for basic salt and pepper and that took awhile to arrive in small cute bowls. My cocktail was decent and the dessert we shared was just okay. We have been to Greece quite a few times and we love the food, but will pass on this place for now.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is probably the 5th dinner we have had at Pathos. A couple of observations for this time: The TRIADA could come with more pita bread, (another reviewer has pointed that out, too), as it was picked up by the busboy 2/3 eaten, for lack of pita bread. The lamb chops, ($37) were not as spot on seasoned as previous times. They have added their interpretation of a green salad with tomatoes, feta and cucumber; a welcome addition to the fruit salad. The wine list still needs more California variety.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We tried only the tapas, appetizers
    lovenuance
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was good, but not great. Loved the fried smelts. Will be back for main dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Greek
    CellocaseVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Pathos is a wonderful place to eat authentic Greek dishes in a comfortable and elegant setting. Come alone to eat your favorite dish; bring a friend to share some small plates; come with a group so you can try out many good dishes. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and attentive, and the food is fresh and well prepared. The wine list combines the best of Greece and California, and the cocktails are creative and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot!
    ddbb
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, good service in a very stylish setting! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very good but portions were too small, husband left hungry
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  • Great Greek!
    HungrymamaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I have now eaten four dinners at Pathos, and they all were terrific! Of course, we always order the octopus. It is prepared perfectly and great to share for an appetizer with either the dolmas (which have meat) or the meatballs. Two mains are outstanding: the lamb and the sea bass. Actually, the fish at Pathos is prepared in a wood oven. We don't have a wood oven at home, so we come to Pathos for a really special experience. Great flavor! We celebrated a friend's birthday this last time. The restaurant even provided a candle. Our friend said he didn't want dessert, but he ate the whole thing...with relish...and didn't even offer us a taste. We opted for superb filo with custard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Greek Gem on Shattuck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I couldn't wait to get back Pathos after first discovering what a great restaurant this "chic Greek" is. And, I was again pleased with the outstanding service, stunning ambiance, and excellent food. Don't miss the octopus, spanikopita, and can't-stop pita bread & dips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Mama
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fish was excellent. Appetizers delicious. Would suggest having option for iced tea and diet drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • david
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    2nd time there.........great food and wine (good size pour) food dishes not too big
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Laid back but classy
    Sophie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great restaurant that has good food, friendly service, and a relaxed ambiance. Perfect for a date-night, without any pretentiousness or stuffiness. The Greek dishes are fresh, simple and well constructed. It gets busy on a Saturday night so either book or get there early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True to Greek Roots
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food is authentic, fresh, delicious, and well-presented. Love the whole roasted seabass [get it deboned and with head taken off]...stuffed with rosemary and so-o moist. Half chicken also perfectly done and so-moist. Interesting cocktails using fresh ingredients. Get the Greek "cannoli" for dessert...hand-made at restaurant. Waitstaff eager to please. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Μεγάλο δείπνο
    costosVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Pathos wins on all counts. The room is classy, comfortable and conducive to easy conversation. The service is friendly, knowledgeable (about the food and the wine) and prompt. The food is traditional Greek fare with the polish and freshness of what we California diners have become so accustomed to. The four of us had just come from seeing the CalShakes production of "Comedy of Errors" which takes place in the ancient Greek colonies of Epheseus and Syracuse - therefore we needed a Greek fix for dinner. It worked beautifully and there were no errors in sight. We shared everything on the appetizer menu, had a bottle of white and one of red (both excellent Greek wines at fair prices) and shared a dessert fit for the Gods. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Greek flair
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The most moist oven-roasted chicken EVER! Moussaka tasty but could do without dollop of sour cream...just ask them to leave it off. Am going back to try roasted seabass...love that wood-fired oven! Killer dessert...hand-rolled by Mama herself. Like Greek cannoli. YUMM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek food
    JJJJ
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant has the best Greek food in the Bay Area. I particularly recommend the octopus and the desserts. My wife is very fond of the fish, but I prefer the lamb. The service is usually very warm and efficient (though not on this particular night). The menu is short, but I think it has a good deal of choice.
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  • Authentic & Excellent Greek Cuisine
    Sylberg
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Everything was amazing: the fish, the salads, especially the Saganaki! We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An ok birthday celebration
    Mbk333VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Started out with the acclaimed grilled octopus. Tasted fine, but portion was small. Moussaka came in its own baked crock, served with spinach, carrots and roast potatoes--an excellent dish with beautiful flavors. My husband liked his stuffed peppers. His birthday dessert of puff pastry in custard with fruit compote was delicate and very tasty. Cocktails were expensive, and I had a white wine recommended by our knowledgable waiter. All in all, a nice dining experience, but somehow nothing was compelling enough to come back for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great new East Bay restaurant
    byrown
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Pathos has a dramatic and inviting modern interior, which despite its large space kept the noise to a moderate level so it was easy to talk over dinner. The food was all good with a very fine beet salad for starter and delicious smelts for a small course. The moussaka was outstanding for the entree and I would certainly get it again. The baklava was highly rated but I actually found it a little dry, short on the honey though clearly fresh with good ingredients. The service was good but the waiter seemed new as he took our order and left the menus with us and later took our dessert order without asking if we wanted tea or coffee. We were overall very happy to have tried a new place and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Place
    Charlotte
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Stylish atmosphere; warm, welcoming and experienced hospitality; delicious, fresh Greek dishes made with organic ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Restaurant
    Drmonar
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We went as two couples and had similar orders. The food was very good. The service was erratic, even tho the restaurant was not full. I think they need to work on their service to improve the overall experience. I will go back and give it another try.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    SacDiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Charming decor, fantastic service, but the food was the standout. Our smelt appetizer and my whole seabass entree were superb.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sampling
    Leon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A first time visit, pre-theatre, and enjoyed a sampling of a variety of the "tapis" sized appetizers. Each distinctly and well prepared. Worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent on all counts...will return with more friends !
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brick Oven Baked Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The dolmas were tasty but slightly dry. The smelts were superb and very tasty and generous. Unfortunately, one of the main attractions, the brick oven baked whole sea bass was overcooked and dry. I would not try this dish again. I personally feel that attempting to cook a fish in a very hot brick oven is, if not doomed, very tricky to master. Some of the other portions noticed at other tables seemed a bit skimpy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Server got our order wrong. Manager seemed annoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Greek Restaurant - Berkeley
    Mickey
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The title says it all. My only complaint is that they are not open for lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.