Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paragonrestaurant.com/berkeley.html
  • Phone: 5105498585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily - 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Paragon Panorama Room can accommodate parties of 20 - 50 people for dining and up to 100 people for cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Paragon Private Events 5105498591x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Friday and Saturday night, 8pm - 11pm
  • Special Events: Consider Paragon for your next special event. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, wedding or baby shower, rehearsal dinner or full wedding, we have the perfect location, menu and private dining offerings to fit your needs. For more information, contact: catering@claremont-hotel.com or 510 549 8591.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: AC Transit, 1 mi. from Rockridge BART
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 hours of complimentary parking with validation at private lot; $9 valet parking.
A word from Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Paragon is a neighborhood gastropub serving ingredient-driven, honest food, craft beers, unique cocktails and eclectic wines. Located inside the landmark Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, Paragon features upscale gastropub cuisine designed by Chef Marcos Sanchez, plus a large selection of hand-shaken cocktails, craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Our famous outdoor deck offers beautiful vistas of the rolling hillsides and on a clear day, a beautiful vantage point of the entire San Francisco skyline. We feature live jazz every Friday and Saturday night.
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Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (65)great for outdoor dining (55)great for lunch (31)special occasion (28)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (19)great for brunch (19)fit for foodies (15)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (11)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Not What We'd Hoped
    Susan
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    While the food was satisfactory, our table was right in front of the service aisle, and my seat looked directly into the kitchen. The service was spotty. I had to ask a couple of times for a glass of wine, and it took nearly half an hour before it was brought to the table. Either there were too few wait staff and our waiter was over worked, or he didn't care about us and just ignored us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was just OK
    Cheryl
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It was ok but I wouldn't go back. The menu was very limited - not much choice. We had lunch there and went back at about 10:00 after an event to get something simple to snack on and the menu was the same as the lunch menu. I'm a vegetarian so there was almost nothing for me to eat, but even all the meat eaters were disappointed in the choices. The furniture was attempting to be contemporary but didn't quite make it. Service was very slow but only because there weren't enough servers, not for lack of effort on the servers' part. The prices were lower than I expected, which was great, but everything else was lacking, considering it's in such an expensive and gorgeous hotel. They could have given it amazing ambience but missed it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was ok
    clairvoyance
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service I received was mixed. I made a reservation for 9:30 pm and my event ran long. I tried calling to let them know I would be arriving later than expected and after 6 attempts I stopped calling because no one answered before the line cut off. However, once I was there the waiter was very accommodating despite how soon the kitchen was to closing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • calgrad
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Celebrated Cal graduation and it was a superb venue!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DogGoneHungryVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was terrible. Even though they had reservations, we still have to wait at least 20 minutes. When we were seated at table, we didn't even have napkins. No bread was given to us even though the other tables had it. When they brought my main entrée out, they forgot to put my order in for the sides. So, by the time my sides came out I was already three quarters done with my meal. This was probably the worst service I received in a long time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view
    out4fun
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The Paragon restaurant met all the requirements for a fun lunch with friends. The food and view are worth the trip into Berkeley if you are not a local. The Claremont Hotel is beautiful and makes it all the more special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outforfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food has gotten better. Try the smoked salmom appetizer with taro chips-delicious. My chicken cobb sandwich was ok. I felt the ingredients and dressing was not spread out evenly throughout the roll, so each bite tasted different. The thin fries are good. It is beautiful to sit outside and enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paragon @ Claremont Hotel
    PFcanoe
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Get an outdoor table & eat well, when it's a clear day, you'll see forever!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Snooper1
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Made a reservation for Noon on a Thursday. Arrived 5 minutes early and was seated at a table with a great view Lunch "special" menu included 7-8 items. Server was very knowledgeable and attentive without being annoying. Food portions were large, nicely prepared and reasonable. Check for 4 people was about $100, a great value for all the amenities. Will definitely come back .
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    Joan88
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Should have read the reviews before going. Luckily, got a great corner table and my friends and I were able to sit and talk and have a great visit. The food and service were not what it should be for this location! The grilled cheese looked and tasted like it was made on cardboard, not bread and the garlic fries were served cold. Had to ask for bread to go with my salad and was then served enough bread for the entire restaurant...and it was pretty meh too:). Served our purpose, luckily with the table...but we could have saved money and enjoyed the food more by going so many other places. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Place
    SuMo
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Even in the rain without a view of the Bay, it's still a great place to eat. They don't have an extensive food menu but with a few favorites, I always enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant disappointing
    CynCali
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I may have expected too much but my experience was disappointing. The ambience was the one of a sport bar. My pasta dish was too cooked, far too spicy and way too heavy. The dessert only tasted sugar, no flavor. A very loud group did not help. I would definitely recommend the paragon as a bar, the view is incredible.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Diningtime
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a great spot with great food and service. We've been coming here for a few years and love it. Always a lively scene with the bonus weekend live music! Also, surprisingly kid friendly. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marv
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Lunch for four in pleasant room in upscale hotel spoiled by surly hostess, first offering unsatisfactory corner table, then second poorly-located table adjacent to bussing station and kitchen entrance. Acceptable table obtained only after delay, much persuasion, and managerial assistance. Server indifferent, difficult to contact during meal. No beverage refills offered, coffee and dessert orders only from helpful busboy, and only after long wait. Then long delay for service of two desserts--customer inquiry repulsed by "kitchen is busy"--but previously-prepared dessert items only required plating and serving. Not recommended.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch/Review Length
    Quill
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    In Item 2, you have "Great for Bunch". Do you mean "Great for BRunch" ? I think this was a good suggestion, yet I don't think I used enough characters!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was so loud, we left.
    Table4two
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Table for two; couldn't hear ourselves talk. Almost so loud that it hurt. We left before ordering. NOTE that the Food and Service ratings do not apply to this review. I was required to enter something in order to submit the review.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem
    Edie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    How can the Claremont Hotel be overlooked...when it has everything! Even validated parking for the busy UC Berkeley area. I would like to keep this place a secret, so there would always be room for us!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The View
    Candy
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I was visiting from Texas and wanted to return to The Paragon. Once again, the food was delicious, the outdoor seating comfortable, and the view breathtaking. If you are in the East Bay area, it is the perfect place to dine and enjoy the beautiful bay scene without the crowds and traffic of San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Food Quality
    Meagan
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I hate to write this review, this had been one of my favorite restaurants since it opened. The original chef was excellent, the food was great quality and tasted great! The last few years the food has been terrible, lacking in flavor, quality and decent preparation. I keep trying hoping they get a new kitchen staff and I am more and more disappointed each time I go. Saturday was my last trip to Paragon. A friend and I ordered a ceasar salad, burger and mac and cheese to split. The kitchen split all of our food for us. The salad was split and was so small that we each got about 8 bites of salad (a dinner salad is much larger than that), the burger was so well done it was inedible and the mac and cheese was completely flavorless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening!
    Itsamstry
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Food, view and ambiance were all amazing! Service was a bit slow, but the server was kind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    LauraSpain
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Great dinner, great service, good ambience, nice place BUT very noisy and surprisingly after pay a big bill also we had to pay parking...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marginal At Best
    Daniel
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Upon arriving, the glass door was locked, and so had to walk through the hotel, as did others. Hostess saw it happen to others, but they did nothing. Staff was unengaging. Waiter seemed to be going through the motions....didn't suggest anything or note any specials. Nice view but I got to a restaurant for the food and service, so unless forced to, likely wont go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come for View, Drinks--Not Food
    srtsVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Paragon has the best views and excellent drinks, but dont expect a gourmet meal here. Best to stick to burgers, fries. Everything else is a disaster. Service is pleasant and professional. Too bad hotel and chefs can't produce quality meals.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The hostess was not too friendly. She didn't smile. We asked for a table by the window as we specified in the reservations we made a month in advance. She looked at us like we were bothering her and said she would't have a window table for quite a while. We asked to speak to a manager. He magically found a window table within minutes. Our waiter was dry. No personality to speak of but luckily the food was good and the view was incredible. Wouldn't recommend unless you are going for a special occasion or a romantic evening. Would have been a better experience if the restaurant had better people.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service at the Paragon
    BerkeleyGirl
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I invited friends to come over from San Francisco to join us for lunch. Big mistake. After getting a babysitter and meeting up with our friends, we arrived at the Paragon hoping to be seated on the outdoor deck. They had no outside seating and sat us at the one table with no view. We sat there for about 15 minutes just waiting for water. Finally someone brought water, but no one took a drink order or checked in with us. One of our party actually had to get up and find someone to take our order. We had to go find someone anytime we needed something. The food was fine, but the service was just indifferent. I was embarrassed that I had asked my friends to go there. Only go if you know you'll have an outside table--and plenty of time to wait.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful view with very good food!
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Burger is one of best around. One spicy cocktail was outstanding, another one was bland in comparison. Beautiful deck with lovely view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was quite good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food was quite good, but it took too long to get it! We were unable to order dessert and coffee because the lunch took far too long. There was really no excuse for this; there were enough servers and it was not too crowded; they were just not paying attention. A shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday at the Paragon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Paragon. The food was very good, attentive service and overall a great experience! It was cloudy so we didn't see a sunset, but usually the sunsets are beautiful from the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paragon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We sat outside . The weather was perfect we could see the bay bridge. The waiter was ok. But the food and drinks were great !! All together a great night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat outside If possible
    Speranza
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I suppose a restaurant that bills itself as a "gastropub" is being honest, but still, for being at the Claremont Hotel, and for the prices, things could have been better. The best thing about this place is the view - and we had excellent service from our waiter. The food was good and adequately sized. It is not an extensive menu, but an interesting selection of items. So what didn't I like? The place felt like a cafeteria to me - laminate tables close together, and for most of the room, only one person can see the stunning view. TV on in the bar and hard to miss from most of the seats. A better bet would be to eat outside, thus avoiding the cafeteria feel and concentrating on the food and the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lacking ambience and service
    jazzpen
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Took my friend there to celebrate her birthday. I thought it being in the Claremont Hotel it would be something special. It was not! the décor was cold and uninviting. The food was more than just okay, but the soup wasn't hot. The service was very poor. I don't know if there was more than one server, but we had to wait quite a while between our entrée and getting a desert menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I look forward to date nights
    SuMo
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I look forward to date nights at the Paragon. The view is unbeatable, and I enjoy the bar area. The bartenders are friendly and make a great Sidecar! The service was excellent on this visit. Everyone (staff included) just seemed to be having a good time. The menu is limited though it's all delicious. The burger and garlic fries are among my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced mediocrity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I found the food and beverages to be mediocre at best and the drinks in particular to be way over-priced. A basic Cosmopolitan with the cheapest 'well' vodka was $13.00. This is more than one would pay at even the most high-end Chicago restaurants - definitely the highest that I have ever paid. The food was less than memorable. The $19.00 parking fee did not add to the experience. While the view from the restaurant is quite stunning, there are several other vantage points in the area that offer the same view at a far lower cost.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Bland, overpriced food. Inattentive waiter. But the view was nice. If you're looking for a special occasion place, look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ar a small group who go
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We ar a small group who go out to lunch once a month. W e ad a reservation prior to Christmas that had to be cancelled. We would like to have had lunch in the Meritage Dining Room. The Paragon had more of the atmosphere of a sports bar.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Uomo516
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Dinner prix fixe at Paragon was spectacular... Starter Chicory & Shaved Fennel Salad Blood oranges, feta cheese & tarragon dressing Entrée Braised Lamb Shoulder parsnips, turnips, cippolini onions & French breakfast radishes Dessert New York Cheesecake with chocolate honey sauce My waiter traded our the cheesecake for and had the Key lime pie with macadamia nut crust...excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hit or miss food- spectacular view
    JodiVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    rib eye - mouthwatering lamb- not impressed waiter ignored us in favor of tables with larger parties. so-so food at high prices. go for the view and grab a drink.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!
    sfista
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Great service, good food and awesome views. We had a blast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bartender and waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The bartender and waiters were exceptionally helpful. This is a fantastic place for a date. Just bring warm clothes, as the outdoor heaters don't work very well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a spectacular view
    kangaVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We had the restaurant week special and butterfish. Everything was good but we expected more for the price. Martini cocktail was excellent. Had to pay for parking even with validation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.