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

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spengers.com/
  • Phone: 5108457771x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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.
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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (50)good for groups (47)great for lunch (41)kid-friendly (29)fit for foodies (21)great for brunch (19)romantic (18)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (8)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • visiting family dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Visiting our med school student nephew with family of seven, asked about great seafood restaurant locally. Drawing on past working experience in the Bay area, immediately thought of Spengers, my favorite spot for fresh, exciting local seafoods. Wonderful dining experience for all of the visting family. Don't be 'put off' by the rustic, nautical exterior, a 5 star experience awaits you inside, don't miss it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is supposed to be a seafood restaurant but the fish was not fresh, the shrimp was bad, the food was overpriced for the the quality and quantity. We have to return the pasta becasue it was dry. It was bad.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for what it is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For the quality of the ambiance and the B level service, it is overpriced. Basically, a good restaurant that should be priced about 20% less.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent food; friendly service and overall a good deal for the price.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Fresh Fish
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Always the freshest fish and best selection - never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I choose Spengers to celebrate my daughters birthday with the family, unfortunately I was unaware thart Brunch was no longer served on Sunday. The wait staff was rushed even though ther was only a few tables filled. The food wasn't very good to say the least my salmon was cold, my daughters oysters were slimy and had to be sent back to the kitchen. The waitress said " had another customer complain about them as well." My family has been going to Spengers for many years and loved it however I don't think I will ever go back after this recent experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waikoloa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful old time restaurant with lovely nautical decor.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spenger's is spantastic
    2wiceisnice
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had a friend visiting from out of state and he enjoyed it!! Food and service was great! I had linguini with clams and loved it, very flavorful & plentiful!! My friend ate the andouille sausage with rigatoni and it too was great. I love the history and ambiance! I will return
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pattysr
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Haven't been there for forty years. Enjoyed seeing it again.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Living in the past
    Dough0909
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Sprengers used to be the spot to go to. Tons of people being served great food. This place is now dead. Only a few patrons in the resturant and an old building. Don't waste your time or money. Find a better resturant....maybe In and Out.
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  • Salmon Saute - special
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I think of Spengers as overpriced. They have added a well-priced lunch feature; that is, $14.99 for 2 courses. I had the salmon saute which was absolutely delicious -- mushroom and salmon in a good sauce; however, white rice is not healthy food-- should serve healthy brown rice instead!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Met my uncle and aunt who were here traveling from arizona and they really enjoyed the calamari steak which they both had. My wife enjoyed the salmon sandwich although the catch was not as fresh as same sandwich she had previous day out of bodega bay. I had the fried shrimp , numerous in quantity and waitress very accomadating in change of extras. Service was good and it became a busy afternoon ,after 1.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CfoodfanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Waiter was determined to get us out within 0.5 hour. Not appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Not so Hot~
    klhr
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was AWFUL - there were 6 of us and we had a very unhelpful, unresponsive waitress. Food was pretty good but not great. Maybe just a bad night (or wait-person), but I wouldn't recommend it unless you sit at the bar and watch sppaorts.
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  • average
    iteeitupVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service was fair. The food was expensive and not very tasty. The portions were very small. The menu selections were limited. We have gone to this restaurant for many years and watched the overall quality decline steadily and the popularity decline as well. We were there on a Friday night and the restaurant wasn't half full. Sad to see.
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  • Rahdoo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything about our trip to Spengers was awesome. The food, service and wine list were spot on. We could not say a bad thing; other than the Manager opted to repair the table behind us with a power screw driver during lunch service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spengers Still!
    OldBlue
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Despite the ownership change several years ago Spengers is a lot like stepping into a time machine. The history, ships models, and marlin have been here since I graduated from Cal in 1970. Menu is old school and good. Service is good. Always try to sneak in a dinner when I come back to Berkeley.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing dinner
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I was disappointed by the food and service. Long times where the waitress didn't check on us, and that was after waiting a long time (even though we HAD reservations!). I might go back for happy hour, but dinner was a huge disappointment! My tri tip was full of gristle and carrots were dry and undercooked. I appreciate them not oversalting the veggies, but wish my carrots were cooked properly. Sad.
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  • Great last minute for large group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I had a last minute dinner to host. This place was great for accommodating our large group at the last minute. The pricing was good and the server was very kind and attentive when there at the table. However, we did go a long period of time without being checked on. The food was okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Not quite Spenger's I grew up with
    JayJ
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was born and raised in the Bay Area and was a frequent (3-4 times a month) diner for over 10 years at Spenger's. The plate I grew up on was their famous popcorn shrimp. When I left the Bay Area the restaurant was closed down and was on the verge of being torn down. I am glad that someone came in and kept it for its historical significance to the Berkeley Marina. I was happy to see that a lot fo the decor still existed and it was very well preserved and tastefully remodeled. Unfortunately, the menu has changed a lot and the "taste" I grew up their has been significantly changed. I wasn't to fond of it and the prices have skyrocketed. Thank you for the memory but I don't think I will be returning anytime soon.
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    good for groups
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  • Elenka
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been coming to Spengers for 3 decades, always good food, fun time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice meal, great service
    KenB
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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  • Good, but not Great
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Nostalgic seafood restaurant
    Teebday
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good food and good service. Very comfortable experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Family Favorite
    DSue
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • about spengers berkerley
    thankskdVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spengers is Coming Back
    JimLockardVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bread is excellent
    elviraModesto
    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.
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  • Needs Restaurant Impossible
    jeckleinVIP
    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.
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  • improve crab dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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?
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  • Great Dining Experience
    Kerri
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexible Staff
    Cranberry
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Needs an Update, Badly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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. :-(
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  • the best place for fish
    Renny1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    (Why did two stars light up when I clicked only one?)
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  • Spengers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • food ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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  • Wonderful Place
    BLPorto
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a favorite of ours and there's no better place for seafood in this area than Spenger's. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters!
    MACNewMex
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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