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
90 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (69)great for outdoor dining (57)great for lunch (32)special occasion (30)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (20)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
  • Lovely lunch spot
    Roberta
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Whether business or personal, I love Paragon for lunch, especially on a clear day when the views are spectacular. The food and service are consistently high quality, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Bunch
    goodfood
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Five ladies met for lunch. It was just "O.K." Food was nothing special. Any one of us could have made the same thing at home easily. Small portions, overpriced too. Service was good. The reason we went there had to do with nostalgia. We'd spent many wonderful evenings at the hotel in years past, dancing, attending weddings, New Year's Eve, etc. The spectacular view was the draw. You can see the Bay and the entire San Francisco skyline from the terrace. Everything was fine but did not rise above any place we could have gone to lunch in Lafayette and Walnut Creek. Two of our party came some distance to meet (Santa Rosa and El Dorado Hills) and very much enjoyed the view. I would give the food and service a B-.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Great Experience
    MelC
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Love to go to this place. Only for special occasions because it can get a bit pricey, but well worth it. Food and service is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View
    Kathy
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Even if you don't sit on the beautiful terrace, there's still a great view from inside. A gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best experience.
    LisaGVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Unfortunately, we did not have the best experience this time. The table next to us had parents that didn't care what the kids did - like coming over to our table and trying to take our food. The waitress had too many tables and our food came out cold. We've had better experiences there, but this time it was not good. Maybe next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always
    ComfortZoneVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    You can't go wrong here and be sure to have the Grey Goose Lemon Drop Martini!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to celebrate with friends
    ReillyRN
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I really like the Paragon. Its's got a great bar and big screen TVs. Even though it can get a bit noisy, it still offers a cozy ambience for a romantic dinner for two or a table of friends. The burgers are delicious, especially with the potato fries poutine. The best part is the panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down at The Claremont
    Erikki
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The chowder was ho-hum, the new york was cooked as specified but was mostly gristle and bone. Baked potato was huge, and dry. Wines OK. Their "special" desert was chef made ice cream sandwich which was hard as a rock, even when the ice cream had melted. Creme Brulee was thickened with flour. Not my best experience at The Claremont.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters & Mussels Didn't Disappoint
    StaceyB
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We went to Paragon recently for a special family lunch. In particular, we were looking forward to the mussels and raw oysters. Everyone was very satisfied with what they ordered, whether it was a standard burger or the seafood. It was a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no Merry Christmas.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    there was virtually no nod to the holidays in any of the decor....the menu is limited.....the food indifferent at best.....my salad was drowning in "green goddess" (who even eats that stuff anymore!) the service also indifferent.....it is, in essence, a (very) overpriced coffee shop......
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, poor service
    outandabout
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    It took 10 minutes for someone to take our drink and appetizer order at the rather unpacked lounge. Our dinner waiter wreaked of stale cigarettes and had a dumpy appearance. He then gave our order to the wrong table, but did not inform us of his error until he arrived with our food nearly an hour after we placed our order (again the restaurant was not packed). He did offer us two house reds for his error, but this just doesn't change our experience. I have worked as a waiter myself understand the job and can appreciate the position. This reflects upon the management as well as the waiter. I would not go out of my way to dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better Experience Last Time
    JennFK
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The service is great. The food was okay. I had been here a few years ago for dinner and it was AMAZING and I would have totally eat here again based on that experience. This time the food was well, but the flavor profile that was there last time was not there. Also, I went for lunch. So maybe there are different chefs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holiday lunch
    JoJo
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We thought it would be festive and fun to have lunch at the Claremont Hotel during the holidays so we made a reservation at Paragon. We found the experience to be lackluster. The menu was OK, but the presentation of the food wasn't great. One sandwich was dry and fell apart. Would have been better executed in salad form. The service was just so-so. Nice but not happy and fun. I doubt that I'd go back until summer when you can sit out on the deck and really enjoy the view
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Birthday Celebration
    UncSaly
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Five of us came to the Claremont from Redwood City specifically for a sunset dinner/Birthday celebration. We were not disappointed by either the hotel staff or the restaurant staff. Both were helpful and friendly without being intrusive or overbearing. The sunset view during drinks was breathtaking. The food during dinner was among the best we ever had! This experience will certainly bring us back again. We're even thinking of an overnight at this Gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not giving thanks for Thanksgiving
    MaggieC
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Probably one of the worst experiences in an upscale restaurant. It was a special fixed price and fixed menu four course Thanksgiving dinner, very expensive, and upon seating at 7:30 was told they were out of the soup (we could certainly deal with that) then was told they were out of the turkey! Had to substitute a very gross, sweet ravioli concoction. The substituted soup tasted like watered down pizza sause. We were really disappointed, having looked forward to this holiday meal with our family.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magic
    Kmart
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Great Staff beautifully picturesque high class ambiance. Precision made cocktail Concoctions with flare. Gastronomical delights abound
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Budget...
    Lubguban6
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Great food, great view, great company, although our server could have smiled a bit more, I won't let that keep me from going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for business or romance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Perfect for business or romance. Food above average. Noise level can be high, but tables are far enough apart that conversations are still private. Service good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tragic Experience
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I went to dinner with 3 friends from work. Paragon has become our "go to" place until Thursday evening. I go to Paragon a lot because I live just up the hill--NEVER AGAIN! We decided to eat in the bar and were having a pleasant conversation when two women ended up seated next to us with 2 small, unruly children. They were so bad that they were climbing over chairs and running around the table. When my friend asked them to control their kids, the women, who were on their 2nd martini, started harassing us. I got up and asked the hostess to do something and she did nothing! One of the women even used the "F-Word" then left. We asked for the manager and he gave us a bunch of excuses with no resolution. Will not go back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one luncheon order of a large
    JoeS
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    one luncheon order of a large salad was geat, the pasa order was blandt
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BAD service w/ever changing menu
    KbAlamo
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Always push this place for lunch meetings. Personally love ambiance and location. Unfortunately, the service has gone from bad to worse. I feel like they don't care because they tack on 20% gratuity if you have 4 or more people regardless. Oh, and they don't TELL you they are doing that either! Took 20 minutes and 2 reminders for glass of wine. On top of that, plain rude deamor. Just all around disappointing. Hopefully someone else can take over and do better!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced, mediocre food
    Oakland13
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    There is a nice view but I should have known after having a lackluster meal at the Portland location once, years ago, that I might have the same experience at the Berkeley location as well. I'm pretty sure it was more expensive this time around as well, being attached to the Claremont Hotel. This isn't a bad review. There's decent service and a great view, but the food is just straight up mediocre and far too expensive for what it is. I've eaten many a burger twice as good for half the price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunday lunch
    celebrationVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    tuna tartare was outstanding; pear salad was good but not outstanding, (wish i was not trying to eat healthy); waitress was very attentive, not overly and fine with us changing tables once one in the sun opened up. Loved sitting outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tammy
    Chanel
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Enjoy the view and the foods and the services where spend my value time got bonded with the girls :) Strongly recommended to any romantic couple or a group of girls day / night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I had a very nice
    MikeM
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    My wife and I had a very nice dinner. We both had the salmon special and it was fantastic, along with a very nice bottle of wine. I have been to Paragon many ties and it is almost always a good experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View
    jmdrake63
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    The Claremont over looks the SF Bay from the Berekely side. It was a nice clear day so the views were great. Nice place to meet for lunch. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor option for a business dinner
    SadExec
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    The restaurant is in a glorious location with a beautiful view, but we didn't get to see it from where we were sitting. I brought in some clients who were in town for business, hoping to wow them, and I left embarrassed that I had chosen Paragon. We were originally a table of 8. I called in advance to change the reservation to 7, but we still sat to place settings for 8. One of my guests waited 20 minutes for a cocktail, dinner plates were put in front of the wrong people, and they forgot my most important guest's dessert. They stuck us in the back, away from the view and the people, but it was still too loud to hear each other talk. The butternut squash ravioli was too sweet, but the burgers looked fantastic. It wasn't that busy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Choose Wisely
    dizzym
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Garlic fries were great. Lunch taco special so so and overpriced. The view was the star, food did not rate a must go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic view, boring lunch menu
    SarahVainVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Came here for lunch with my dad. View is awesome - so request a table with no obscured view and an umbrella - it gets hot up there! The menu is a generic lunch menu - club sandwich, burger, grilled cheese, salads. The wine list is small so we used the wine list from the restaurant, Meritage. My club was basically on white bread, and was bearable. The frites were ok. Overall you go here for the view and the experience - Claremont is a beautiful hotel and it's worth the visit. The indoor restaurant is modern and nice too, with a large bar and live music in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved everything. Wanted an
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Loved everything. Wanted an umbrella moved but was told not possible so we (2 elderly) baked in the sun. I made reservations at least a week ahead and thought would be able to get a better table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Berkeley stand-buy
    al5gal
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Wonderful burger, pasta, good salads. Nice wines. As always, a lively bar scene and great service from a hard-working waiter, who seemed to be the only waiter in our entire area. We ate in back room for the advantage of less noise. Unfortunately, the room has a cafeteria feeling to it, far less hip than the bar. The view is beautiful from both areas, but the separate dining room feels like a converted meeting room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Tacos my group ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    The Tacos my group ordered were terrible -- ground up meat with no sauce -- awful. The wait staff, a woman, was abrupt and actually insinuated that my husband leave the remainder of his bill payment as a tip.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed in the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Overall our experience at Paragon was good however, I was very disappointed in our table location. I made the reservation three months in advance and requested outdoor seating. When we arrived I was told there was no available outdoor seating, which was not a problem except that they put our group of six at a round table in the corner . Only two seats had a view. the restaurant was packed due to a local football game, they opened up a second room, which had great views ,for a large group. I would have been nice to be seated in that room, especially since they were seating people there anyway. Most of the restaurants appeal is the view. It did not appear to me that they were trying very hard to seat people so they could enjoy the view.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice view, but not trying too hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    I've lived in the San Francisco Bay for many years, and have always wanted to visit the restaurant at the Claremont. But, other than the view of the Bay from the roof deck of the Paragon, there isn't much to recommend this place to eat or drink. The food was uninspired, but fairly expensive. (My salmon entree could have been served at the Cheesecake Factory.) The server didn't know much about the Scotch single malts they served, and wasn't that enthusiastic about finding out more from the bar. Can't really recommend this place, I'm sorry to say. It is a pleasant enough place, if you find yourself there, and aren't overly concerned about prices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We did not enjoy the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We did not enjoy the food on this occassion and will think twice before returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lunch
    Rella
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    I took my Managers to lunch to say thank you for a great job. It was the perfect spot to get away from the office. Lively ambiance and great service. They enjoyed their food selections. I enjoyed my Mac n cheese and spinach. Our waitress was awesome. I added an extra $20 in my tip by accident. As I was leaving she let me know. This was my 2nd time bringing guests to Paragon. I will be back. I drive from Sacramento for business and pleasure and this is becoming one of my favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have eaten here 4+ times,
    EMWilliams
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Have eaten here 4+ times, and the service is consistently poor. While the view is lovely, the two large TVs near the bar are a most unfortunate distraction and detraction. All too bad, because this place could be stellar, but it just isn't.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late dinner or lunch stop
    DeniseL
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    I've never had a bad experience with Paragon always great service and food always tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst experience Ive had at Paragon
    12revwVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Service was the worst I have ever experienced. I have been coming to your restaurant for years . Unless I MUST come to the location for business meeting with out of town guests, I will not be back. Rude, unresponsive, and very little interest in the customer, to the point of making us all feel like we were doing them a favor by being in the room Horrible seats, repeated wrong orders were served. Other customers orders served to us. but it was the waiters and hostess ( especially) who made the experience one I will not repeat
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The bar has nothing.
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    This is a bar in a restaurant in a hotel. But I do not know why they have nothing. No pina colada. No strawberry decorate. Even Elephant Bar has these drinks. Such an incomplete bar service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet