Paragon at the Claremont in Berkeley is a neighborhood gastropub that serves craft beers, specialty cocktails, unique wines and a number of amazing, ingredient-driven dishes.
If you just want a small bite to eat while enjoying a brew at Paragon, order the sweet and spicy nuts. The Paragon mac and cheese is also incredible. It�s made with rosemary and white cheddar. You�ll also want to try the pistachio tart; it has a well-deserved reputation thanks to the cream cheese, shallot and caviar used. For something more substantial, the fried chicken is easy to recommend. Otherwise, the fish and chips are both delicious and fitting for the pub-like d�cor.
Great view and atmosphere,, but food and drinks are overpriced. Flat iron steak for $32 was tasty but very small, cheeseburger was $19, bar drink (rum and coke) was $11 and a inexpensive glass of wine was $12 from a $10 bottle of wine (retail). We will go back because it is a wonderful spot, but be prepared that you are going to pay for the view.
A bit pricey for lunch, but worthy for a special occasion or to impress a client. Food is unique and outstanding. Ambiance on the veranda deck is casual elegance.
The food and service was very good, as was the ambiance. However, I felt that the prices were quite high for what you got. I also didn't like having to pay for parking at the hotel parking lot while having lunch there.
The service was horrible . My party waited at least 10mns for acknowledgement . The Restaurant Greeter was horrible . She had no welcome greeting , sat my party in a corner with minimal light. The lighting was so bad that we had to use our phone light to see menu. My party waited at least 15mns for water . The food server was horrible. The Restaurant was not busy. She spent the major part of her time laughing with fellow employees. At the end of are terrible experience we needed to ask for are check. I would never reccomend this restaurant to anyone 10 thumbs down! The food was average!
the food is mediocre at best, I ordered the crab sandwich. Sandwich arrived looking as boring as possible. It was a sad sandwich which a 5 year old could of made better. The waiter was so flat, bored and just going thru the motions, no smile, no thank you, he put the plates on the table with his head turned and already walking away.
Good service is expected, good food a minimum. If it wasn't for the view I wouldn't recommend this to anyone
The crab sandwich was a meager attempt at a crab sandwich. It was overly-simple and a bit fishy - very disappointing. Coffee here is always lukewarm and every time I forget and order it again. Why can't you serve HOT coffee?
We had dinner here on 5/30 with 8 people. The service was VERY SLOW. Other than that it was pretty good. The live music was nice. Everyone seemed to enjoy the raw oysters, the cheese plate was very good especially the apricot spread, the crab salad was yummy, the asparagus soup with goat cheese was yummy, the buratta was yummy, the guys enjoyed their burgers, everyone seemed to enjoy the chipwich dessert, I ordered the dessert trio which wasn't very good.
I took a friend here for her birthday. Lunch on the outside deck was delightful. We had a very nice view of the bay, it started out foggy but the heaters kept us warm and by 1:00 the sun was shinning brightly. The Birthday girl had the hamberger with garlic fries. All three of us had to taste them. Recommend you try them if you otprder a sandwich. I had the spinich and chicken salad. The serving of chicken was generous and the dressing was light. In my opinion a perfect lunch salad. My other guest had the spring salad with chicken added. The chicken was a large piece of breast meat and it came with the most tender peas and a lemon vinegrette dressing. She was very happy with her choice. For desert we shared the bread pudding. I had mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday and they also brought a dish of ice cream with a white chocolate Happy Birthday message on it. All in all a great place to celebrate a birthday! We will do this again.
I recently brought 8 of my best friends for lunch at the Paragon in the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley. We were all very impressed with the atmosphere, service, and food. Although it was a cloudy day, one could see the potential of having a terrific view of the Bay and SF in the background. Our server was very attentive without being overbearing, glasses were filled, utensils supplied, needs met. I recommend the Paragon as a great place to dine with friends or for a romantic tete-a-tete. Our group photos attest to the fact that "a grand time was had by all."
I tend to not have high expectations of hotel restaurants, but wow! Our waiter was fantastic (I cannot remember his name, but he is from Finland) and the food was so, so good. The view is why we came, but the food and service are what we will return for.
It's near my house and parking is safe and abundant. The food seems to get better and better. We had shrimp and grits that were as good as any I've had in the South and that's saying a lot!!! I hope they keep that on the menu...as is. It's perfection.
Plus, the Claremont is such a beautiful property. Going there is always a treat.
Enjoyed a special night out for our daughter's 13th birthday. The staff was accommodating and went the extra mile to make it a special evening. From the well chosen table with a great view, to attentive service, it was a night she won't forget.
We loved all of our dinner choices - the salmon with peas was terrific!
We went for lunch after our son's graduation from Cal and had an excellent server, Hector. The experience was prefect and we loved the new menu--especially the mac and cheese--to die for! It was a great experience and the service was wonderful. The day was topped off by meeting Dustin Hoffman in the bar area!!!
Ambience is great but the food needs a little work. Great place for drinks!
We arrived for our reservation and received no smile, no welcome, no friendly attitudes whatsoever. We were with our two kids, ages 3 and 5, and I assumed it was because the snooty 20 year old hosts were not fans of children. But then our sever was equally un-smiley, equally inattentive, and seemed to have no investment in providing service. I had to get up to get straws for my kids to drink their orange juice after waiting 10 minutes and watching our server do everything but get the straws we requested. Then later, I had to get up to get water for our table after everyone had long finished their drinks and we were sitting outside in the sun and receiving NO SERVICE. It's a shame that such a lovely location that would be a very nice place to spend a couple hours on a sunny day is ruined by bad attitudes.