Longbranch Saloon

4.5
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442 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Longbranch Saloon is a gathering place in the West of Berkeley that believes great drinks, drafts and dining can be had in a comfortable neighborhood setting.

We offer:
150 Whiskeys, Ryes and Bourbons
24 Local Draft Craft Beers
50+ Craft Bottle Beer Selection
40 Hand-crafted Cocktails
Serving dinner and late night menu of Contemporary Cuisine--Steaks, Chops, Roasts, Seafood, Oysters, Organic Produce, House Smoked Meats, Grilled, Fresh, Pickled, Fermented and Preserved

Enjoy the spacious Bar, intimate Dining Hall or relax on the Patio. Whether you are out for a beer, drinks and a lighter meal, a special flight of whiskeys or a unique, personal dining experience, come to our neighborhood bar and restaurant and make it your own.

Longbranch Saloon - "Always drink upstream from the herd." - Will Rogers
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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing but great things to say about this place. The space, service, and food were all amazing.

OV
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was enjoyable! The service was terrific - our server had great suggestions and knew everything about all the dishes. The food was absolutely delicious. I would 100% return.

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service! Great place, great experience!

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Longbranch saloon is our favorite brunch place at the moment. Plenty of great choices on the menu and a cozy spot to hangout.

a
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Longbranch is a hidden gem. Went for Berkeley Restaurant Week 2020 and was totally blown away. Started with deep fried homemade pickles. Amazing batter and dip. Course 1 of the prix fixe menu: Warm Brussels sprouts salad (generous enough to be an entree!) and Brioche tart with ricotta-goat cheese and marinated wild mushrooms. Course 2: Wild mushroom with homemade herb linguine and Duck confit risotto with goat cheese. Dessert: Bananas Foster (bread pudding with caramelized banana, banana ice cream and bourbon caramel) and Caramelized pear cake with cardamom-buttermilk ice cream. Service was relaxed, attentive, and friendly. Saloon decor, like the other half of the place, with lots of wood and twinkly lights to brighten things up. Comfy romantic... Definitely going back!

B
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and value. Scrumptiously delicious. I had a warm brussel sprout salad oh, wild mushroom pasta, and banana bread pudding with two special Manhattan's. Everything was out of this world

SO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots for casual "date night." The space is warm and inviting. The drink menu is creative and seasonal changes keep things interesting. The fried pickles and cheese curds are to die for! All the servers we have had have been friendly and knowledgeable. Service is quick. The food is elevated comfort food, with options to accommodate a lot of different interests and preferences.

J
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent waitress. Good food

b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

not memorable.

CA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu, good food, nice staff, pleasant evening.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here for brunch. The service is consistently excellent. The porch is a nice place to eat no matter the weather. I am especially fond of the fried chicken benedict and their bloody mary. The fried pickles are very good, but I wish they were sliced instead of spears and that there were more of them.

M
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I went to Longbranch for our 10th year anniversary. The waitress made us feel special and comfortable. She was attentive to our needs and did not overwhelm us with checking in and she did not leave us wondering if she would ever check in. We had oysters, the shrimp flan (delicious, with hints of lemon). I had the trout and my partner had the prime rib which was also delicious.

U
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy. Particularly special was our server who came from behind the bar (we are at a communal bench) and made our evening excellent. They were attentive, personable and knowledgeable. I should have gotten their name. Bad on me. Next time.

C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Longbranch. The food is delicious and prices are reasonable. I loved how diners were casually dressed on New Year’s Eve. A very comfortable space, with an indoor patio, long bar and a dining room. One of our two favorite restaurants in Berkeley.

M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Festive restaurant! Had a very nice meal, server was great and food was tasty.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longbranch is one of our favorite spots. The food and bar are great and the service is professional and personable. Love the vibe.

W
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good meal. Great service. Experience only marred by a break in to our car which was parked out front. Not that it is the fault of the restaurant but vandalism has become more of a problem in Berkeley.

Q
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Longbranch Saloon is a great neighborhood place; good food, excellent service and a good time was had by all!

JK
San Francisco
614 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Brunch was good but not great this time. The Reuben, which had been outstanding on a prior visit, had too-salty pastrami, minimal cheese and pickled cabbage, and no dressing so it was dry. It was the only big fail, however; the steak and eggs, grits, and fried cheese curds were excellent as always. Service was okay but a level below what we've come to expect here. Still, Long Branch is one of our fav places and we'll hope to see it back to its usual high level the next time.

L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were a party of 4 with reservations on a Friday evening. The place was hopping but we were seated in short order even though one in our party had yet to arrive. We enjoyed a ling cod surrounded in beans and chorizo, a pumpkin risotto dish, and a pork chop served over a unique bread pudding. Each dish was not only delicious and filling but each was a distinctive take on common dishes. The wine and the drinks were also top shelf. The wine has a great price point as well. We will be back soon.

n
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been to this restaurant many times. The only recommendation is for there to a few more vegetarian choices on the menu. I usually order one of the salads that are very good, but a few more possibilities would be welcome.

r
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our feelings are that Longbranch is a great place to go for a nice dinner. The restaurant is much bigger than it looks from the street. We were seated in an area that might be outdoors in warmer weather. There were heaters in the ceiling that kept the area toasty. We split the unusual gem salad with persimmons & smoked paprika dressing, had two mains and split the apple tart dessert. The salad was adventurous and would be good for people who are interested in unusual flavor combinations. I had the orecchiette pasta with chard & beef - fabulous, generous serving, and my partner had the pork chop, also quite tasty. We decided to split the pasta and take home the pork chop for sandwiches. If our apple tart was any indication of the desserts, you would be shortchanging yourselves not to order one. The tart was heavenly. We will return and would recommend this place to anyone. Didn't rate five stars, as I think those are reserved for the top top restaurants. It was a good experience, nice & efficient servers, and unusual/delicious food.

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pork chop! Need recipe ! Best pumpkin crepe brûlée!

MB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My small party had a couple of people with hearing issues, so we hoped for the enclosed, outdoor patio (where it's a bit quieter). Longbranch had a server out there who needed to go home because she wasn't feeling well, so they were going to close the patio and concentrate people in the restaurant. When they understood our situation, they seated us out there anyway, got a great waiter to serve us, made sure the heat lamps were keeping us warm -- and brought us a complementary dessert with a candle for our birthday person.

AND the food was amazing. Simply delicious.

We can't say enough good things about this restaurant and its wonderful staff.

g
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal but you have to pay too much to feel you’ve had a satisfying one - i.e., paying over $32. for a steak that has no side dish. Sides all have to be ordered. Okay - except a burger. You get fries with it. This was particularly hard to “swallow” after being in the south of France last month and getting incredible meals that included sides of bread and vegetables. But we’re not in France and that’s the reality in these parts these days unfortunately. I would love this place to be my neighborhood go to but ain’t gonna happen. I’d recommend it for special occasions only or if you have deep pockets. As it is places near me in Emeryville and elsewhere - as we know - are dying fast given the high cost of running a restaurant these days. A most sad state of affairs.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On our third visit to Longbranch for brunch we had another delightful meal. The enclosed patio lets in lots of light and tables are not too close. Our server was helpful and fun and the breakfast choices are elevated beyond typical diner fare without being too out there. Recommend the short rib hash, the fried chicken benedict and an extra side of house-smoked bacon with anything!

JE
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great the service was great!! We had very enjoyable time

RA
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great selection of fairly local beers. Small, but fairly interesting, menu.
Loud!

p
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Hamburger with irresistible fries! Server was knowledgeable and gracious. We'll be back!

C
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great bar and high table area for gathering with friends. Great selection of beverages and food.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Nice place.

Q
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time here -and it won't be the last! Very quiet location with dining areas separated from the Bar/TV scene. Good service, great food. Unrushed!!

JK
San Francisco
614 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group of 4 diners, this is our 3rd get-together @Longbranch in 6 mos. - no small compliment since our friends have to drive 1 hr one-way to get here! All of us love the food: the cheese curds with excellent housemade dips, the incredible meat and pasta dishes, the amazing salads and sandwiches. Service is generally excellent, and the value quotient is high. One of the three best restaurants in Alameda County.

PA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just judging by the name only...we would have overlooked this fabulous place ! Luckily, I did do some research, read the great reviews, and made reservations. Glad I did! We had a great meal, great service, and a nice dessert to finish up the evening. We sat in the patio area, casual atmosphere, nice drink/beer selection and a great menu. We hit it right, new fall selections, that hit the spot on a chilly night. I had the mushroom risotto which was fantastic and my husband had the pasta dish with braised beef (forgot the name he couldn't pronounce : ) We split the apple tart a la mode...super rustic and flavorful.
All in all a nice night out, with very nice, friendly and helpful staff.

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere, good service, and an outstanding and interesting menu. Food was superb!

KW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is delicious. Good service. Good Atmosphere.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had two apps, one entree to share, two glasses of wine and one cocktail - that cost $90 + tip. Par for the course in the Bay Area, but so is this place - it's the same brick and distressed wood, wall of whiskeys, and $17 burger as every other place calling themselves a 'gastropub' or 'saloon.' The bar seating area gets team service from the bartenders. There were two working that night and it wasn't very full, so we were put off that our first interaction ended when one basically ran away when my date wasn't immediately ready for her drink order. She actually had a few questions about the drink menu, but didn't even have a chance to tell him before he bolted back to the bar like he didn't have a moment to spare. I've been on the other side of the table and bar, and I get that it sucks if you're slammed and people expect you to just stand there while the finally read the menu after staring at their phone until you arrived, but that was not the situation and this dude with a classic hipster 'stache came off pretty rude. His partner (taller hair) took over service for food orders and was great; friendly, helpful, patient. Food was okay but not great - bean salad oversalted, creamy pasta sauce separated - I'd go to Gather, Revival, Juanita & Maude, Plum Bar, or about a dozen other New American places in the East Bay before I'd go back here.

JK
San Francisco
614 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food as always. Shared a bunch of starters, then two of us had the steak and our friends ordered burgers. They loved them and said the fries were amazing - great quality potatoes, maybe fried in tallow? The seasonal spring salad is a big fav of ours, changing with the seasons but always that mild, low acid, slightly sweet vinaigrette. It's big enough to share, too. Service generally always good. This is one of our favorite places.

JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a very nice evening out at Longbranch. I had the burger and she had the summer risotto which she said was perfect for a summer evening. My burger was excellent.

O
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burger & cocktail! And not so loud that we had to shout.

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