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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Spengers.com
  • Phone: (510) 845-7771
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am-3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 3:00pm-10:00pm Friday-Saturday: 3:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Kehler
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Ave.
  • Public Transit: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate for parking in the lot located across the street from the restaurant. 1 1/2 hours free before 5pm, 3 hours free after 5pm.
A word from Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto's menu features over thirty selections of seafood, fresh fish, shellfish and more from the Bay Area, Pacific Ocean and other regions around the globe. The classic, traditional presentation of the menu items, combined with professional, knowledgeable service and the unique atmosphere make for a truly memorable dining experience. The restaurant features five private dining rooms with a nautical theme, seating groups from 25 up to 250 and receptions up to 400. Banquet rooms feature porthole windows, antique memorabilia, and hand-crafted glass chandeliers that complement the teak walls and brass fittings. Corporate and social groups alike will enjoy the highest quality fresh food along with gracious and professional service in this unique and exciting setting. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have been coming to Spengers for 3 decades, always good food, fun time!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The attentive and smoothly professional service was the salient element of our visit, and very much appreciated. The pomegranate dressing was an excellent substitution for my non-cesar salad - yummy! My husband says thumbs up on the white clam chowder. My shrimp scampi was the best I'd every had, and presentation was great. Husband says his Oregon rock cod was very good. Husband's up-side-down apple pie was good, but I did not like my Quato Leches cake at all. The description sounded irresistible, but the actual cake was dense and spongey, and the "leche" was syrupy. I love tes leches cake, and this is not the same genre."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "4th of July, decided to eat fish for dinner. Made reservation within 30 minutes and say promptly. Wife had stuffed salmon and I had grilled salmon. Both were perfect. Shared wedge salad, again, very good. Waitress was outstanding, she was exceptionally attentive, checking on us frequently but not obtrusive. The restaurant has been acquired by Landry's, you can feel, see the positive influence in the menu and service. We'll be back"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I am working my way through the menu of dishes I like, found the Oregon Rockfish to NOT be very Cajun, with a FEW small pieces of blue crab. My dining partner had a dish that is consistently good, the Stuffed Pacific Salmon, we shared the spinach/beet salad and the Shrimp Kiss. All dishes but the so called Cajun Rockfish were very good."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Very comfortable experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Going downhill. Not consistently good across the menu. Too thick breading on fried fish; small portion on calamari dore though it was tasty. Chowder very good. Bread good. Still like the place as a unique local historical venue. But improve the food overall."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Decided to celebrate my sister's birthday since we used to come here as kids. We had a really nice green salad with walnuts and delicious grilled salmon. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "my salmon mushroom mix was tasty and well prepared; the spinich asperagras dip with pita bread triangles was particularly delightful, far better than the typical restaurant dip. service was quie good other than a rather long wait for the dip to par with a lovely reisling."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "After some disappointing years (we visit the area from LA), Spengers has found itself again as part of the McCormick & Schmick/Lawreys group. A friend and I had a very good lunch - everything fresh, a noteworthy wine list, and excellent service. I really enjoy these classic seafood or steak places, and the ambiance at Spenglers is just what I like. Recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Family & friend get together at Spenger's resulted in mixed reviews over food. Sandabs & filet of sole were mushy & tasteless, although the latter was swimming in butter & capers. Hamburger & popcorn shrimp ("Scatter") were good. We all agreed the bread was excellent, especially with butter patties rather than the whipped butter."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was disappointed that the crab cakes were not all crab but mushed crab and shrimp and that they were deep fried. Isn't there enough crab in the bay area to have pure, fresh lump crab cakes?"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It has been years since I was here. We were staying in a hotel nearby so, I thought it would be nice to dine at Spengers since it is been around for years. Well, yes it has been around for years without a single update. The place is worn and terribly out of date. We were seated in the back room that was like sitting in grandma's cabin. The food was marginal. The petrale of sole was soaked in oil that had turned ranset. The scampi was rubbery and also floating in bad oil. We order a bottle of wine but that selection was not in stock. So I ordered something a replacement. When the bill came I was charged for the more expensive first bottle of wine. They did correct the bill but by this point, we could get out of the place fast enough."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our Sacramento hiking club chose Spenger's for a Bay Bridge Trail post-hike late lunch. We made reservations and had to change the number and arrival time. Spenger's was very flexible in accommodating our changing group size and arrival time. The staff made sure our parking tickets were validated and provided us with boxes and bags to carry home our leftovers from their generous servings. Most of us had the grilled cod sandwich with fries, which was very good. Spenger's decor is full of Bay Area memories in addition to their yummy seafood."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Spenger's for many years and was happy with the service and food that we had. Seemed even better than it used to be and the service was faster than it used to be too. Would definitely go back again if we are in the area!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This place had it's heyday at least 40 years ago and it shows on the menu and decor. We arrived on time, got seated, noticed it was extremely hot and stuffy. Asked for the A/C to be turned up & apparently they did, it cooled off. Had to ask for our bottle of wine to be opened. Waiter didn't know how to cut the foil, stood there picking at it with the end of the corkscrew. Here comes lukewarm chowder for my b/f. Sent it back as I enjoyed my wedge salad. His chowder came warmed up & not good, didn't eat it. Not done with appetizers when main course arrived. (Ugh) My swordfish was good, tiny bit dry but no biggie. B/f had seafood fettuccine which he said was okay. Waiter never came by to refill wine. B/f spent next day on the toilet. :-("
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "(Why did two stars light up when I clicked only one?)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "got the stuffed shrimp -- way too bready; veggies were cold. wait staff may be overworked, it took a while for her to come back with our drink orders and the appetizer, but we weren't in a hurry. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very nice and quiet evening for dinner after a long afternoon at the race track. Have not been here for quite awhile. I know it has been here for a long time as I remember the place as a child. Place looks like it was remodeled from the last time we were here. The wife had the Cioppino. Very fresh and tasty, though she felt it was a little bit skimpy on the portion of seafood. Our son had the Sliced Tri-Tip Roast. He asked for medium but came well done. I had the Blacken Salmon Rigatoni, which I felt it was very good: the Pesto sauce was great. The service was very good with the server very attentive. The experience was overall positive and would recommend for a nice evening dinner in a intimate atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I love this restaurant for its history and its style. I used to be a regular when I lived in the Bay Area decades ago. When I returned recently, I was disappointed in the food, however. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't terrific. There were 9 of us and we had a very quiet table in a very quiet room, so we had a great time. But the food was not wonderful. My salmon was overcooked, the rice nondescript;I appreciated that the vegetables were crunchy (that's a plus in my book)...the selection is so much smaller than in the old, old days and it's pretty pricey. I think the sole got got good reviews from the diners and the catfish, too. I still love Spengers as a place and for all the memories. Good service, nice people. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is a favorite of ours and there's no better place for seafood in this area than Spenger's. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As usual, the fried oysters were perfect. We special ordered an unusual cocktail, which came to the table generous and tasty. Spengers is a classic."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Sunday night was the first time I had been to Spengers. For years I had been told that it was a well known seafood restaurant in Berkeley. I was not disappointed by the food. At times, our sweet waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed by the amount of demands on him, but overall I very much enjoyed by dinner."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Chowder has changed (not as good now) since taken over by new owners. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We decided to take Mom & Dad to Spengers, which is one of their favorite seafood places to eat, for their 55th Wedding Anniversary. When we arrived, we were immediately seated and presented with menus that the restaurant had typed "Happy 55th Wedding Anniversary" on them. Our service was spectacular. Our waiters and hostess were very attentive. The food was fantastic and they presented my mom & dad with a beautifully lit creme brulee to end their feast. It was truly memorable."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Have been going to Spengers off and on for over 60 years. Quality of food and service has varied over the years, but it is presently doing a great job. Am an old Cal Blue, so enjoy the pictures on the walls (I happen to be in one group picture of an old football team shot). We always take visitors to the Bay Area to Spengers and the guests are always pleased."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Returning to Spenger's after many years, it seemed the years had passed it by. Maybe our standards have become higher, but Spenger's in its McCormick & Schmid's reincarnations seems tired and not up to par. The fish was ok, the vegetables were room temperature and boring, and the service was spotty. It's a colorful old place and I wish I could be more positive, but I can't."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Ahi tuna was very good; signature applewood smoked salmon was just fair. The flavor was good, but it was overcooked -a sin in my opinion when the salmon is fresh and wild. Service was excellent on this last visit, but was hit-and-miss on other visits. Nothing special; there are better restaurants even close by."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This is a pricey restaurant with mediocre food and worse service. The Sandabs tasted like generic seafood and not very fresh. The sides were undercooked and served tepid. The service was both absent and hurried when the waiter deigned to show up. I haven't dined at Spenger's for 20 or more years and I recall great food, homey atmosphere and attentive service. It will be perhaps 30 years if I choose Spenger's again."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Calamari appetizer was delicious. Lunch was tasty. Server was too obvious. I felt as if he was pushing us to order more food than we want. Very uncomfortable. We will not be coming back. Overall nice restaurant. We came because of its history. Are families dined there when we were young. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I have been going to Spenger's for many years. Lately I have had very poor luck/service when dining solo. This last time after I was seated, no one came by to give me water, say anything, take a drink order, anything! I finally gathered up my menus and walked to the hostess station to be seated somewhere that actually had a waiter! I decided that as a solo diner my chances would be better at the bar. Well, in some ways they were...but the bartender took my drink order, gave me my bill and went back to work at the other end of the bar. I was there to eat dinner! Well I got his attention and he did take my food order, but the order got a bit messed up and had to go back. I had to wait a good while, but when the food came, it was good."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had a delightful lunch, the special was delicious and beautifully plated (salmon with a creamy asparagus sauce, several vegetables, lovely big salad. Our waitress was attentive and charming. The price was quite reasonable. The ambiance at Spenger's is very nautical, with ship memorabilia everywhere, so it's always fun to go there. Excellent validated parking right across the street. 5 min. from the 101 freeway. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "You should expect nothing but the best from Spenger's because that is what you will get. They have been around 900 years for a reason."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Would highly recommend Spenger's to anyone wanting quality food with a GREAT wine list and top notch service."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I have been coming to the restaurant for the past 10 years and love it. The only thing that I miss that is no longer on the menu is the Cajun Pasta and the Santa Fe Chicken Salad."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The server was a little busy but he was great. Th e food was cooked to our liking would come back"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mother's day brunches are always hit or miss. This was a definite miss. I had made my reservations 3weeks in advance of Mother's Day and from $34.99 to $39.99 where a notice was sent out two days before Mother's day. To add to their greed there was no complimentary champagne and this is the first buffet brunch that did not include any drinks not even coffee or sodas. The kitchen staff could not keep up. There were warming dishes that never had food in it. The set up for the buffet was too crowded and there no desserts are offered. For the price of $39.99 they were charging you would think they could serve better food than canned ham, undercooked catfish, and bad food overall. The only bright point was the wait staff they were excellent. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mothers Day Brunch with my 88 year old mother. This was a "serve yourself" brunch with approximately 10 trays of food and a meat, crab, waffle station and deserts. Without exception 7 of the 10 trays were empty at all times. We were at the restaurant for 2 hours. Once seated we did not see the waitress until we were done with our meal. Additionally, there was about a 15 minute wait for plates to go through the line and then the plates were so hot from the dishwasher, that it was hard to hold them. Of course the patrons were all waiting for food to come out and occasionally a plate would be refilled and then subsequently the food would all be gone. I asked to speak to the manager who did not apologize - he just listened."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My family and I had been looking forward to a Mother's Day Brunch a Spenger's which turned out to be the worst dining experience of my life. Upon arriving for our noon reservation we had to wait 25 minutes before being seated. We finally headed to the buffet only to find out that there were no plates. When the plates finally arrived they were very hot and wet. The first food station was an empty fruit platter. Most of the food stations on the brunch line were empty. The buffet line ended at the Waffle, carving, crab and omelet station. A major confluence of people with no where to go. The waffle station couldn't keep up, the omelet station was out of all ingredients. I attempted the buffet line only to empty food stations."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Buffet table kept running out of food, and clean plates. I dont remember a moment when the buffet table had all options available. Very dissapointing. And for $40/pp it was not worth it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was good, not outstanding. Atmosphere and service was friendly, and soliticious, good restaurant for family meals and special occassions"
    Dined on 5/9/2014