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Permanently Closed - Café Rouge

3.8
1020 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed -

Café Rouge has been serving up delicious dishes, tasty cocktails and dessert since 1996. Chef and owner Marsha McBride and executive chef Rick DeBeaord focus their attention on delivering brunch, lunch and dinner options that include high-quality meats, charcuterie and seafood. Try Café Rouge's sautéed trout, oysters on the half shell or order the Grilled Rouge hamburger. Complete your meal with a glass of wine and dessert after dinner, like the toasted almond and orange cake. Café Rouge is much more than a restaurant. It is also a full-service butcher shop. Stop in and browse a wide variety of cured meats, pâté and sausage that includes salami, pastrami, rabbit, bratwurst and more.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Gastro Pub, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 525-1440
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rick DeBeaord
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Private party facilities
The upstairs Mezzanine can be reserved for up to 30 people.
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Private party contact
Natalia or Marsha: (510) 525-1440
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Catering
Special catering menu for small and large events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hearst St
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Parking details
Free parking lot adjacent to restaurant.
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Public transit
AC Transit two blocks away and BART North Berkeley station five blocks away.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cassouletfan (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Best cassoulet and fries ever. Great raw bar. Wonderful charceuterie. I am really going to miss Cafe Rouge. It's been my go to for many years. I'll looking out to see if the owner or chef show up with a new venture in the future.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

Cafe Rouge closing is a painful. In a year where we get Trump and his alt-right henchmen we also have to lose a go-to comfort spot with superb cocktails, seafood, charcuterie and steak?? And I can just walk home. Ouch.

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Drmonar (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

At the evening that was next to the closing of the restaurant, we had a good meal, the service was a bit off, and the noise level was very energetic. It seemed that many patrons came to say their goodbyes to a Berkeley long active restaurant. While I would have recommended it, there will no longer be such a restaurant to recommend. We wish the owners and their staff a Happy New Year, and send good wishes for their future endeavors.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

Too bad Cafe Rouge is now closed. It was a great all-occasion, always tasty destination.

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kitkat (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

sadly this restaurant is closing so we can't reccommend it or ever go there again.

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ToBe (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

If only they understood the meaning of "very rare, please"

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

This was a very good place to have brunch with a friend on Christmas Eve. Although I've been here before and enjoyed my entree, in this case it was too heavy handed with salt and it would have been better if the chef didn't try to do so much with a simple preparation

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

Great for lunch or dinner. They have excellent meat, and always a nice assortment of oysters.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

So sad Café rouge is closing. Always a wonderful place to come for lunch or dinner.

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vipPatty (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

Another great experience. We're so sad that it seems to be our last Sunday lunch there. Thanks for so many great memories over the years.

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mtrono (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Great restaurant and butcher. Been coming here since 2001. So sad cafe rouge is closing

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chrisK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

I like this new waiter (who recently moved up from bus boy). He is great.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

The power went out but we were promised one of our appetizers. However the waiter then told us that it had been given to another table. We were starving and wanted to soak up some of the very expensive alcohol so we asked for bread. Nope, no bread was available in a French restaurant. Our bill came to $50 for 3 drinks (before tip!!!) and we left still ravenous. It was a very disappointing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

Our server was wonderful!

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vipLillie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

it was awful. the drink at 12.00 was terrible; the noise level was unbearable and the food was mediocre at best. have gone there many times and this was to be our homage and goodbye to the closing restaurant and believe me, I would not ever return again with the food and drink so bad; the two of guys shared and the bill was $120.00 minus tip. the fillet cocktail had no gin in it and was a mess at 12.00. her cocktail was fair; the food was presented sloppily and even our nabobs on right said they are glad they are closing and it is time for new blood... Sorry rouge; but you are truly finished

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SerendipityUppity (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

Sadly, Cafe Rouge was down to its last days, and this was our good-bye luncheon. Really will miss this place, and from the looks of the crowd during our weekday late lunch, so will many other people.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

They didn't have my reservation on their computer. They are apparently closing the restaurant for good at the end of this month.

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vipUpwest74 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

Very good meal and excellent service. They were able to seat us earlier than our reserved time and were very gracious.

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vipBrunoB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

this place is a loud and active bistro with good enough food. Its wine list could be improved and it could stay open later. But it is friendly and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

Meeting a friend for lunch. We are very sorry to hear that Cafe Rouge will be closing as of December 30, 2016.
We will miss the Cafe and butcher shop, and everyone involved.

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