2200 Oxford Street
Berkeley, CA 94704Neighborhood:
CalifornianPrice: $30 and under
- 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:
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your party size, preferences and budget.
- 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.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Gather reviews from OpenTable diners
276 reviews since June 27, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (190)neighborhood gem (107)special occasion (90)great for lunch (60)great for outdoor dining (55)good for groups (50)great for brunch (49)hot spot (36)romantic (25)kid-friendly (22)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)Show More
- what a great find! a creative,OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/16/2010what a great find! a creative, delicious menu (especially great for vegan/vegetarians, but seems great for meat-eaters too) and warm, attentive, top-notch service. we will definitely be back!Special Features:
- I was really, really disappointedcrsoneDined on 1/16/2010I was really, really disappointed with this restaurant, and don't quite understand why it has ... well ... gathered so many rave reviews. It's too noisy -- it's what you notice when you walk in, although the staff is attentive and very nice. But the food was rather boring. My friend had the quinoa "risotta" which was almost all texture and no taste. I had the cod. The sauce was quite good -- liked it a lot, but it was just a light coating on the plate, and the fish without it was, again, fairly tasteless. There was a pistachio pesto on top -- pesto usually has a very distinct flavor -- not this -- I hardly knew it was there. OH, and the folks sitting next to us felt the same way about their different dishes.
- Fabulous food and excellent,FoodieFanDined on 1/16/2010Fabulous food and excellent, attentive service. Love this place!Special Features:
- They're trying, but the foodOpenTable Diner Since 1999VIPDined on 1/16/2010They're trying, but the food needs work. Some dishes lacked flavor. Inconsistent portion size. (The pork cheeks are good, but the portion served is barely an appetizer size.) Wine prices are too high for the generally reasonably priced food. Attentive service from the massive staff. I get the impression that the provenance of the food is more important to them than the taste of the food.
- Very good menu for vegansOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/15/2010Very good menu for vegans and for those with gluten sensitivities. The wait staff is very, very skilled. Good wine selection. It was a bit noisy, and the tables are quite close, so I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner, but for a very tasty, very fun night out, it's hard to beat.Special Features:
- We had a terrific dinner heredinerDined on 1/15/2010We had a terrific dinner here on Friday, Jan 15th. The salads we ordered (shaved radish and mixed kale) were very good (a highlight of the meal) and the hamburger I ordered was nearly perfect. We were somewhat less thrilled with the Monterey Bay squid, and the service was attentive but seemed somewhat uncertain (e.g. two different people came up and aked us what drinks we wanted to order - this happened to the table beside us as well, and the hostess seemed very u). Overall, these things did not mar our overall experience here. It is great to have a place so close to campus with a menu that can accomodate all (omnivore, vegetarian, vegan) eaters. We will definitely be back and look forward to the upcoming breakfast and lunch service asSpecial Features:
- Food was wonderful - my husbandOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/15/2010Food was wonderful - my husband had the burger and said that it was better than Barney's. He was disappointed that they only had 1 beer on tap. I was surprised that there were only two vegetarian entrees to choose from (as the website states that the menu is 1/2 veg, 1/2 not) but the bean ragout was delish. Our server was energetic and friendly. However...having to wait 25 minutes for the bill at the end of our meal really put a damper on the otherwise pleasant evening. I probablly would try them again (ambiance is nice, food was well prepared) but the service needs to improve if they want to keep me coming back.Special Features:
- We ate here on our way toOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 1/14/2010We ate here on our way to catch a flight. We had a reservation and upon arriving, were given a choice to be squeezed into an EXTERMELY tight spot, or continue to wait for a better spot. We chose to squeeze since we had a flight. If you do not mind sitting right on top of your neighbor and talking really loud, this is a great food experience. The Vegan “charcuterie" plate was one of the most unique and delicious tasting dishes I have ever encountered - A must for foodies. The pork cheeks were not as impressive, but still quite flavorful. All-in-All, I will definitely go back to try some of the other dishes, but will bring a smaller purse (so it fits next to me @ the table) and my "loud talking" voice.Special Features:
- Gather was a mixed bag. ThisOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 1/14/2010Gather was a mixed bag. This was our first time. The service was very pleasant and efficient. The appetizers were very good, esp the cardoons and lamb which our group shared. The main courses were not as interesting. The bean ragout sounded good on the menu description. However, it lacked flavor and seasoning was inadequate. I thought that the pizza was just ok but my wife liked it... it is a vegan choice and it is hard to make many vegan dishes taste good, in my opinion. My friend liked the hamburger but the french fries were limp and the sauce served with it was too acidic for his and my taste. My friends wife liked the vegan platter with several small mounds of vegetable concoctions. They just recently opened and may improve.
- This place is a great placeOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/14/2010This place is a great place to eat. The food, the service and atmosphere are fantastic. A must go if you are in Berkeley.
- The place is very nicely designed,OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 1/13/2010The place is very nicely designed, and reading the menu is very appertizing. HOWEVER the food is very disappointing. Too many flavors in one mouthful sometimes over frying lovely ingredients so that you forgot they were ever fresh once upon a time and at the end of the day, with all those wonderfuly natural and fresh ingredients they product is very poor. At the end of the day, the burger was the best thing we ordered -- altough that too -- was over prepared, and the server didn't even bother asking how we wanted it prepared. specifics: the frieds mushrooms -- way too frieds, and the sunchoke pickles not a hit. even for sunchoke fanatics. the bean ragou: seriously just simply NOT tasty. the charcuterie vegan: too many strong flavors.
- Food was excellent. In additionBuffaloKidDined on 1/13/2010Food was excellent. In addition to our entree, we ordered the two sampler plate appetizers. Every single item was uniquely prepared and very tasty. There was some delay in getting seated for our reservation, but the food was worth the wait.Special Features:
- This restaurant looks glamorousOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/13/2010This restaurant looks glamorous from the outside, and certainly the inside is beautifully lit. However the interior wood behind the banquette where parties of two must sit reminded me of a Berkeley sauna. The hamburgers are the size of a 3 inch post-it; the rock cod, quite delicious at $19, is no bigger than a tapa. Most irritating are the wines--all California, and the vodka--all "organic," and our martinis were poor imitations. I support the locavore effort, but Gather carries itself with the charmlessness of all ideological efforts. A better dining experience is to be found for a quarter of the price at Cancun right around the corner.
- The Resource Book for theOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/13/2010The Resource Book for the restaurant: commitment to supporting organic, local and sustainable producers of produce, poultry, meats and dairy foods. My favorite supplier (Monterey Fish Market) & dairy producer (Straus Family Creamery) was listed, as well as many of my favorites at the Farmers Market. We had 2 appetizers Fried Mushrooms w/pickled sunchokes & citrus aioli and the Cinnamon braised lamb w/marinated chicories, Pacific Rose apples, yogurt, mint. Soups: Cannellini bean soup with winter greens, shaved farm egg, lemon zest and Chicken soup. Large plate: Young chicken under a brick w/fennel sauce, kamut, fried onion vinaigrette, chili oil. Coding of items with vegan, gluten free and Locavores. Beautiful, very flavorful and fresh!Special Features:
- OMG!!! Hopping fun, energetic,OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 1/12/2010OMG!!! Hopping fun, energetic, fabulous decor with reclaimed materials! I am a pre-geezer and loved it! Being an omnivore, it was delightful to totally enjoy the vegan charcuterie. Amazing selections! And ran into old friends. Terrific! what a wonderful addition to a cutting edge, cuisine-oriented area!Special Features:
- A friend and I tried GatherOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 1/12/2010A friend and I tried Gather recently before a Berkeley Rep performance. It was fantastic! Phenomenal service, great food, and attention to local, seasonal food. Don't miss the vegetarian charcuterie plate! The wine list does not have many options in the mid-range catergory, but it was helpful that our server explained that was due to their emphasis on local, organic wines. I would definitely recommend Gather as a go-to place in the East Bay.Special Features:
- The vegan charcuterie wasOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/10/2010The vegan charcuterie was excellent. And was totally different than last time we were there, which was a real treat! We really appreciated the variety of vegan options.Special Features:
- Three of us had dinner onOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/10/2010Three of us had dinner on a Sunday evening. We were there at 5:30 with plenty of places available - but by the time we left, the place was packed. Our server was great, and made some good suggestions. The food was very good - some nice new flavor ideas, as well as some more normal (but still delicious) choices. We look forward to dining at Gather again.
- I really enjoyed my experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 1/9/2010I really enjoyed my experience at Gather. I thought the menu and wine was excellent and the service attentive and friendly. I really appreciate the effort made in working with seasonal and sustainable ingredients. It was a cold evening and I wonder if a velvet curtain might alleviate the blasts of cold air that came every time the door was opened. I wonder if anything else might be done to "cozy up" the atmosphere... I look forward to another meal at Gather soon.Special Features:
- I heard about Gather fromOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/9/2010I heard about Gather from a friend and tried it for my birthday on a Saturday night. There was a Cal basketball game so the Gather building garage was full and we parked about 4 blocks away. We had a great waiter who explained some of the unusual foods and combinations. All of his suggestions were stellar. The charcuterie platter was an adventurous appetizer that explored Gather's approach to vegetables and presentation. It was fun and each of the eight samples were delicious. We continued with a couple of small dishes to try the imaginative creations. The halibut sashimi was beautifully presented and so fresh. It was a good feeling to know so much effort has gone into sourcing all of the ingredients for every dish.Special Features:
- Inexperienced wait staff needsOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/9/2010Inexperienced wait staff needs additional training on the menu; food was good but under-seasoned; nice for people who are willing to sacrifice taste for organic, vegan or locally grown status. Vegan "charcuterie" was clever and very tasty - best thing about the restaurant!Special Features:
- We went to Gather purely becauseOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/8/2010We went to Gather purely because of an Opentable email. My husband and I loved the food, although he was a little more baffled by the menu, and not quite sure what to order. I found the food great, and ordered fish. All in all, we would take our adult kids there when they are in town, and start exploring the menu more. Loved the fact that the place was empty when we came in, but packed when we left on a Friday night. Absolutely stupendous service by many caring staff. Thanks!Special Features:
- We had a wonderful experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 1/8/2010We had a wonderful experience at Gather. The menu and specials were unique and creative, and the food was delicious. We had the bruschetta with fresh sardines as an appetizer, which was so good I wanted a second order. Their house cured meats were really impressive. My husband was in heaven with the house made burger and shoestring fries. The chicken under a brick was the winner - tender, flavorful, and beautiful with the fennel. Our waiter was very attentive, well-versed on the menu, and handled the crowd quite well. We were in a high traffic area, so a little uncomfortable when the restaurant filled up. A minor flaw that will be worked out I'm sure. I can't wait to share this place with my friends!Special Features:
- Excellent food, really top-notch,OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/7/2010Excellent food, really top-notch, great organic, locally sourced ingredients, cocktails were also very tasty. One criticism - no kids menu! Would be great to at least have a couple of items for kids. The only thing our three year old could eat was a cheese pizza, which was $10, a little on the pricey side.Special Features:
- I liked the restaurant's industrialRandiDined on 1/3/2010I liked the restaurant's industrial architecture with clean lines. It was packed for a Sunday evening. The tables were situated very close together which diminished any sense of intimacy. I thought the portions were rather small. The pork cheek appetizer was savory, tender and well seasoned. The morel pizza was a bit bland. The crust thin and delicate and was the best part of the pizza. The persimmon bread pudding was delicious and I found myself wanting more. Again, the servings were a bit small for the price.
- FOOD: Ordered the house madeOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/2/2010FOOD: Ordered the house made bubbly water (complimentary), chai cola, special tuna app., vegan “charcuterie,” tomato pizza, mixed lettuce salad, chocolate layer cake w/ cashew ice cream, & chocolate Pu-erh tea with soy milk. All was yummy, super fresh, and had a nice presentation. Excellent vegan options from chefs formerly of Millennium, SF. SERVICE: Relaxed, cordial and easygoing, but also professional AMBIANCE: The DJ was playing serious beats. It felt like a less pricey, more chill Chez Panisse — updated for a younger generation. The design: clean modern lines with warm, comfortable wooden furniture, an open kitchen, warm lighting that was intimate, yet allowed one to see and appreciate the food. Price: Reasonable for high quality.Special Features:
- My husband and I have beenOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 1/2/2010My husband and I have been to gather 5 times in the short time it has been open. That says a lot about how much we enjoy it. The food is delicious and super fresh and made with care. The vegan charcuterie is outstanding! We took a chef friend with us one night and she was so impressed. we took out of town friend another night and they loved it too! we also love the fact that everything is organic, sustainable, green, repurposed etc.... we needed a restaurant like this in the neighborhood! My one critique is their wine list is a bit pricy, with too few choices. Overall a fantastic addition to the Berkeley food scene!!!!!Special Features:
- We loved it!!! As a veganOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/2/2010We loved it!!! As a vegan it was nice to go somewhere where my non vegan friend had choices as well as I did. Everything was beautifully prepared and top knotch. Waiter was excellent. We will be back and looking forward to when th are open for breakfast and lunch.Special Features:
- The food was excellent. TremendousOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 1/1/2010The food was excellent. Tremendous flavors and great attention to detail. This will be a new favorite for me.Special Features:
- We ordered small plates andOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 12/31/2009We ordered small plates and entrees. Almost everything arrived together making the table overcrowded and way too small. Suggested to wait person to have bigger table, or not bring everything at once! Food was good, per everyones opinion.
- A great new restaurant toCaliforniaFoodieVIPDined on 12/31/2009A great new restaurant to please vegetarians and carnivores!Special Features:
- The food was very good. ThisJJJJVIPDined on 12/31/2009The food was very good. This restaurant is just getting started, so it will develop over the next months.Special Features:
- Awesome place. Loved the food.OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 12/31/2009Awesome place. Loved the food. Very original. All sustainable and organic. Immaculate attention to quality. Staff was very friendly and responsive. Go to this place! It is a gem in Berkeley.Special Features:
- It was New Years Eve, wentOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 12/31/2009It was New Years Eve, went early to avoid the crowds, plenty of tables available. The tables a little to close together, yet it was a nice evening dinner. Simple menu, and limited specials were just right, salads, and pizza very good. Prices in line with the experience, easy lot parking 1 1/2 blocks away on Allston, $6 after 6pm. Close to Freight and Salvage, Berkeley Rep, Anna's Jazz Island and other fun places. Do make reservation on weekends.Special Features:
- Gather was a great place toOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/31/2009Gather was a great place to go for the holidays and also for birthdays! There food has a lot of flavor and the service is just as goodSpecial Features:
- Interesting food, all localJcareyDined on 12/31/2009Interesting food, all local theme as pricey as most fine placed in the EB. Organic wines need food to be tasty.Special Features:
- Great food; nice pairing ofOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/30/2009Great food; nice pairing of flavors. Attentive wait staff.Special Features:
- The vegan charcuterie plateJunieDined on 12/28/2009The vegan charcuterie plate is excellent as was the cinnamon lamb appetizer which I had as my entree...my friend had the burger and fries with salad...fries and salad were very good...burger was just good. Service was fine, place is interesting...would definitely like to go again....however this is not an inexpensive place. Given the good and special tastes, I thought it was worth it.Special Features:
- Open one week and the serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 12/27/2009Open one week and the service was chaotic. Lots of help standing milling around but not much getting done. Had to ask twice what happened to the drinks we ordered. Seems they were searching for one of the ingredients. None of the four of us liked the tasteless organic drinks. Two items of food worth eating was the kale and the pork cheeks. Lamb pizza had a strange flavor which,on the drive home, we all noticed left a dry funny taste on the roof of your mouth. No plans to return. Maybe they will get their act together.
- Our entrees, the chicken underOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/24/2009Our entrees, the chicken under a brick and the pork cheeks on polenta, were delicious. We were a little disappointed in the salad and dessert offerings so did not try anything in that category. The wines by the bottle were pricey, with nothing on the low end; the offerings by the glass were more reasonable. The atmosphere was very nice and the service was good.