Gather
Gather

Gather

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gatherrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5108090400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:00 - 10:00 pm every evening

    Weekday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Monday through Friday

    Weekend Brunch: 10 am - 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

    Reservations accepted for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Sean Baker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The first organic catering company in the country:
    www.organiccatering.com
    We cater for groups of up to 250 people in the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley.
    We cater off-site groups upon request, e-mail catering@gatherrestaurant.com to inquire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Ask for a manager 5108090400
  • Special Events: Parties of 7-12 may book 1st seating and 2nd seating tables by phone. Groups of 12 to 18 may arrange seasonal prix fixe menus a week or more in advance, Sunday-Wednesday only. E-mail info@gatherrestaurant.com with your party size, preferences and budget.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Allston Way
  • Public Transit: Downtown Berkeley BART (1 block away!)
    AC Transit to Downtown Berkeley
    Ample bicycle parking
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a garage in the building ($4 nighttime, entrance at 2161 Kittredge) and 3 other nearby public lots including the garage at Zellerbach Hall
A word from Gather
• Utilizing techniques inspired by classic culinary craftsmanship, Gather in downtown Berkeley features organic local produce, pizzas, sustainable seafood, and humanely-raised meats that showcase the uniquely abundant environment of Northern California- with 50% vegetarian offerings. A totally organic cocktail list, innovative desserts, and an affordable wine list crafted by national award winner Christie Dufault are served up in a warm ambiance informed by honey hued reclaimed woods literally “gathered” from the surrounding area. Directly across from the UC campus, it is conveniently located in the very green David Brower Center; 5 minutes from Zellerbach Hall and Berkeley Rep.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Gather reviews from OpenTable diners
265 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (183)neighborhood gem (103)special occasion (88)great for lunch (59)great for outdoor dining (53)good for groups (48)great for brunch (48)hot spot (35)romantic (23)kid-friendly (22)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • What a Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was our first time at Gather since our first two choices where we've been before were booked solid. That said, sometimes the third can be a charm, and Gather was totally awesome! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good vegetarian options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The little gem salad is great. Grilled cheese sandwich and egg sandwiches are yummy. Kake salad is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I very much miss the original Gather pizza -- bubbly, free form crust. The newer version is just not the same and is NOT an improvement!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as Always
    Delighted
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food at Gather is always excellent. They have interesting and delightful combinations of flavors. The food is always incredibly fresh. I love their cocktails as well as their non-alcholic drinks. Gather is one of my favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    sonyaviolet
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Host/waiter very poor, aloof at interacting with customers. Too busy on computer to even look up when we first walked in and were standing right in front of him. One waitress very nice. Bus-person rushing us. Overall, too many hands/helpers on our table. Lattes good. Food mediocre. So surprising from a place with its rep. but not the first time we have experienced this.
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  • Unexpected Delight
    bruhaha
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Returning to Berkeley after too many years away, I knew there must be great restaurants in addition to Chez Panisse, and Gather lived up to its advance notice and more. The food and the presentation are really impeccable, and my sweetheart and I oohed and ahhed through three courses. I'm not the type to describe details -- I just know excellent cooking when I taste it. Beautifully done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • as always-great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Gather is such a lovely environment, great bar selection and sitting outside is a great way to avoid the interior noise level. Mussels were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why all the fuss?
    gourmette
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    In my opinion does not live up to the hype. Lunch menu has a few good items, but not a large enough choice and terrible, really terrible desserts. Had to send back the carrot cake as it was like cardboard. Overall OK but not fantastic when you compare it to many other good lunch places in Berkeley.
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  • Maybe better for brunch than dinner
    vlba
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I came here years ago for brunch and had a great experience, so we decided to come here for dinner a few days ago. This time our experience was rather average. The food was just OK. With the abundance of choice of excellent food in the Bay area, it was rather unimpressive. We may come back here again for brunch to see if the brunch is just a better proposition here, but we're probably not going to return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pickle heaven
    Jacavity
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We took one look at the menu and decided that we were going to order all the appetizers to begin with - they were all excellent, especially the pickled vegetables! Crisp, bright flavors on the beans, cabbage and the cucumber and a nice spice on the house-made kimchi as well. We ordered the wild mushroom and the little gem salads which were a great start to the meal as well. The Sweet 100 tomatoes packed a lot of tomato flavor into such a small package - even late in the tomato season! For entrees, we had the spicy tomato pizza (vegan) and the cauliflower entree and both lived up to expectations, although the cauliflower didn't really wow us. For dessert we tried the pistachio cake and the chocolate budino - truly decadent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thomas
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The menu was confusing until we had the waiter explain it to us. The pre-main course items we had were very, very good. We split them but there was only a bite or two for each. Pizza was good. Service was OK, but since the menu was confusing we had to wait for the the wait person and they did not come for a while. Server was polite, helpful and very personable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavoursome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had lovely meal here - the bean soup outstanding and roasted peach salad amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The star is gone, still lot to like
    UCity63
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The absence of the incredible vegan charcuterie takes much away from the unique tasting experience of this place.One can find larger portions of some of those items as starters on the menu, but will have to settle on less tastes. The soup remains a favorite, always hearty and flavorful. Entres were fine, but the starters remain the best choices, as well as the desserts. The homemade mint chip ice cream was absolutely delicious, but the promise of an olive oil garnish remained mostly a promise. We could see a tiny drop at the bottom of the cup, scarcely enough to impart any flavor at all. A wonderful meal could be put together from soup, salads, and starter courses.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Typical Berkeley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Too many vegan and gluten free (for the misinformed diner) items and not enough "regular" choice. I suspect they are catering to their crowd.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Lovely Find
    tigercarrot
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Came for brunch with friends who had been here before and the menu was great--plenty of things for them to eat plus plenty of well-marked vegetarian/vegan foods for me to pick from. Even their ketchup is homemade (and delicious)! The decor is a charming clean rustic and the menu has a focus on local, seasonal fare, which I really appreciate :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiters great, food OK
    FlavaFan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was expecting the opposite--snooty waiters but superb food. But the waiters were very helpful and did their best to make up for the LONG wait for our order. They even gave us a free dessert. Our "grilled peach salad" had ONE very small wedge of dry, over-grilled peach even though the menu's description made it sound like the peach would be the star of the dish. The entrees were delicious when they finally arrived. The wine was great, but our water was room temperature--no ice. The dessert was yummy. All-in-all, a B+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dinner ar Gather
    Ondina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It took awhile to get a seat at Gather we had to reserve a few weeks ahead! The service was excellent and the food delicious however my partner ordered the veggie entree and it was more the size of an appetizer- very small! I ordered halibut which was a good size and delicious. So our experience was mixed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • more toppings please!
    Reecie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Toppings on our fig/pancetta pizza VERY skimpy! What's up with that?! Otherwise, food was very good. Odd but interesting combinations of ingredients that worked well_for the most part. Beautifully presented, courteous server. Too loud inside to converse without shouting. ("Patio" with exhaust and traffic noise!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good restaurant
    barbsberg
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a delicious lunch: the salads are imaginative and the pizzas are also. They saved the table I requested and the sefvice was outstanding. Desserts were tempting but we resisted. A little pricey for a neighborhood lunch, but not excessively so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    enjoydining
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I had lunch on a week day. We enjoyed sitting out on the patio as it was a nice day. The waiter was very kind and solicitous regarding my dietary restrictions. We enjoyed a combination of vegetarian and meat dishes which were excellently prepared. I was so impressed I am scheduling a brunch soon for a reunion of college friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and delicious farm to table!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took a friend here for her birthday and she has a lot of food allergies. They could totally accommodate her and everything was truly delicious. I had the halibut and she had the chicken. We started with the olives and two of the fresh salads. We don't drink but we got non alcoholic versions of their peach cocktail and it was delicious. Really great place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely evening meal
    freshfarmfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was wonderful, such a gentleman, we had for a waiter (sorry, i wish i remember his name). He inquired if there were any dietary concerns and was very descriptive with the food items and if they applied to my dietary issues. The food we ordered and ate was delicious. Absolutely lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Interesting combination of ingredients and favors...pickled and fermented sampler was very tasty and unique...staff quite helpful and friendly...comfortable atmosphere
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bland and overpriced food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I went to Gather for dinner. The overall experience was so-so and we won't be back. The pork belly poached egg appetizer was somewhat a winner but it had too much soy sauce. Halibut was completely overcooked and tasteless. Parts of the chicken was crispy on the outside and tender inside, but not enough flavor. We don't see why it's so popular. Perhaps better for vegetarians.
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  • erosVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great food as always! Halibut was as fresh as can be, with delicious sides. Also always like the kale salad. I have been here before - and if you really want a Burger, it's probably the best in town. I would like to see the charcuterie placed back on the menu. Maybe it was too labor intensive? But it was ALWAYS delicious and interesting. Miss it. Overall, this restaurant is great, food delis, service top notch.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great vibe & service food hit/miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The title says it all. 50 characters is silly.........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • GATHER a laid back sophisticate
    cjtfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Sophisticated but laid back food & ambiance. Deliciously interesting food combinations although dessert cakes can be uneven...try the chocolate budino instead. Nice wine and cocktails. Has become a Berkeley mainstay for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Globaldiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had a pushy waiter who couldn't read nonverbal communication and constantly interrupted us during serious conversation. Felt the pressure he wanted to turn the table although we were only there from 5:30-7:00. Roasted chicken wasn't good and overpriced. Disappointing.
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  • who eats this stuff?
    manyeats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    much better restaurants around. barely edible food. pizzas are decent
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's expensive for the very casual atmosphere. The server was not friendly or engaging. The chairs were uncomfortable hard wood. The food was good but not sure I would go back due to the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Pulled Pork Sandwich
    36snacky
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My friend and I split a pulled pork sandwich which was plenty for both of us with the addition of wine and the carrot cake dessert. We loved the pork - it had remarkable depth of flavor. The only reason I'm not giving the restaurant a five star is that the chairs are somewhat uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    MaatkareVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The last two times I've been to Gather, I've been impressed by the excellence of the food. One time, I had an exquisite soup and on last visit a wonderful eggplant dish with chermouly. I realize both these are appetizers. Main courses have been good as well. Dessert menu was a little sparse -- nothing with fruit, as I recall. The chocolate budin that I settled for was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Oakfoodie
    FanofSaltHouse
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Gather consistently creates wonderful food. As a huge carnivore, I even love this place! Everything we've ordered in past visits have been delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    great chicken great chicken, good kale salad halibut was quite good
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our server might be new because he couldn't really describe the dishes to us. We ordered the half chicken, forbidden black rice and eggplant. There were delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overpriced for the quality
    sanfranciscens
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Best to go somewhere else -- for entrees in this price range, you can eat at an incredible restaurant with a Michelin star. Gather is really just an overdone campus eatery.
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  • A story of taste...
    Zazie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is one of my new favorite spots in Berkeley with Belli Osteria. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. Everything was good but my best part was the dessert: seeded shortbread with pearls of Jasmine, marinated strawberry, shaved plum and a scoop of coconut/basil ice cream. We will be back!!!
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite right
    PumpkinHMB
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We took our new to UC student there for an early birthday dinner because we had been there for a brunch and it was close to campus. Thank goodness the limited menu included a yummy burger for the young man.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jono
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyable atmosphere and well crafted sustainable fare!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight of our Berkeley trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We read the reviews which led us to believe we had to try out Gather. That was an understatement! We were literally blown away by our entire dining experience. My boyfriend is an Executive Chef of a restaurant in the San Diego area and gave every single thing we ate a 10 out of 10. We started with the soup, which was one of our favorites, with the beans and the veggies, and the delicious walnut olive oil on top. The salad was really unique and pleasantly tasty with the hint of dill. Really good and everything was so fresh and executed beautifully. We really enjoyed the pork belly poached egg dish. Our favorite dish was the pizza with bleu cheese and figs. So interesting, different, yet fantastic and definitely provided fireworks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.