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About Gecko Gecko
Gecko Gecko is a restaurant located in Berkeley, California that specializes in serving authentic Thai cuisine and contemporary Thai variations. The restaurant makes all menu items utilizing fresh, local ingredients and offers a warm, casual dining experience.
Gecko Gecko serves lunch and dinner daily and features a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, curries, noodles and entrées on the menu. Appetizers served at the restaurant include vegetarian tofu, mango roasted duck rolls, sweet potato fries, chicken satay, crispy crab dumplings and curry empanadas. Specialties featured at Gecko Gecko include grilled salmon atop spinach, Asian eggplant and grilled salmon, mushroom and eggplant with grilled salmon and sizzling wok flank steak.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Thai, Southeast Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm.
$30 and under
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We provide catering for meetings, parties, receptions & more! Call us for more information and to set up a catering meeting.
Street Parking & Public Parking at adjacent Center Street Garage on Addison.
Conveniently located one block from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine
Gecko Gecko Ratings and Reviews
We like to eat here before going to plays at Berkeley Rep which is down the street. On this visit, we had the coconut milk pad thai, crispy rice salad with chicken, duck curry, and pineapple coconut rice. We all loved our food. The service e is always gracious and efficient.
Between the traditional green papaya salad (which is spicy; believe their scorecard.) and the grilled salmon salad (salmon fillet was tasty and moist), I can't argue with the food. But the acoustics made my dining partner so uncomfortable, we had to leave before I had finished my salad. I did take it home and enjoyed it just as much there. IF noise doesn't bother you, then give it a whirl!
There is probably no Thai person in the kitchen.... I wonder why people like this place on Yelp? They ran out of Duck so we couldn't order their signature dish - Duck & Mango roll...had the Jicama & Green Papaya Salad, Crispy Rice Salad, Beef Pra Ram, Chicken Satay & Crab Fried Rice... Sorry but we are not going back.
Food improved, service good; nonetheless, my companion for table for two reservation in my name was not in fact reserved. There was seating she entered, I joined her. Overall, experience overall is improved and goodC we appreciated the choices and our choice for lunch.
If you're going to see a show at Berkekey Rep, this is a decent option strictly for its proximity to the theater. The food was okay but rather bland, which is not something that comes to mind when I think of Thai food. I ordered the green curry eggplant with chicken. The curry was bland, there were only two pieces of eggplant and little chicken...lots of carrots, though.
But, for a decent pre-show meal Gecko Gecko is adequate.
The big advantage to this place is that it is across the street from the theatres so you can get a quick bite before a show. I lived in Thailand and love the spicy but not mouth searingly hot cuisine. This food just missed the mark altogether for me. The satay was tough, the sweet potato fries were greasy, the summer rolls were large but missing the signature flavors, and the pad Thai and tofu eggplant were bland. We won't be back.
Restaurant was convenient for us (1 adult and 3 kids) dining before attending the show at Freight and Salvage theater. I was pleasantly surprised, special on the menu was a combo of the fresh spring roll and classic pad Thai. Just not enough tofu in the dish for all the kids.
I'm vegetarian. My husband is not. We both are always pleased with our dishes. Their original Pad Thai is my favorite. Soup is excellent. We often finish off the meal sharing a trio of ice cream scoops (flavors: tea, mango, and coconut). Mmm. Great place to go before -- or after -- theatre!
We attend Berkeley Rep plays and Gecko Gecko is very conveniently located just down the block. This is evidenced by almost no reservations available on matinee days. So make reservations. It was a hot afternoon, so I ordered the chicken mint salad while my husband ordered the luncheon special. Their prices are reasonable and the food delicious. We'll be back.
One member of our party asked the waiter how spicy a dish was - she did not want very spicy and said so. Waiter said it was not too spicy. It was so spicy she could not eat it. They took back the order with no charge and gave her another order. My dish was noted as moderately spicy on the menu. It was very spicy. I enjoyed it but will not order another item labeled moderately spicy on the menu.
My husband and I had "jammin' salmon," which is tasty and includes three different green vegetables: yay! Might never want to have anything else. A friend who works nearby introduced me to it, and gave this endorsement: Although it's a place she goes to from work, she chose to come here with husband to celebrate their anniversary. Our lunch there the other day (12:30 Thursday) had really high noise level, but when I went before with my friend it was quiet and they had very tasteful background music, which I'm not even a fan of background music in restaurants at all, but this time I liked it. "Gecko" decorative motif is charming.
Went pre-theater to grab some lunch, Sunday. Not great as Thai salads were bland. Had also, eggplant/mushroom/chicken/basil. Menu advises marinated mushrooms. WOW, it was overly marinated with salt!! And, i like salt,.. but this was too much. Rice was not fresh, microwaved up from previous day. I am asian , so i know.
I don't recommend this place. There are so many other places to go to .
Food was very tasty. The server made sure we knew which dishes were on the spicier side. As we wanted to share our plates, he made sure it was served that way, as they don't normally have that during the lunch hours.
Parking was very easy as the public lot is steps away.
We eat here often for lunch before a show at Berkeley Rep. The food is always fresh and the service is good too. You can't beat the location, right across the street from the theater. I recommend making a reservation on Open Table, as it does get busy. Very friendly neighborhood place.
We enjoy having dinner at Gecko Gecko before going to Berkeley Rep, which is right across the street. The Eggplant in Basil Sauce is outstanding! The Pad Thai was very good but the prawns did not taste fresh...the only reason I could not put 5 stars. Very busy before a show...need to make a reservation...but, be careful: only lunch, not dinner, reservations can be made on Open Table!
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