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About Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
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.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Hours of Operation:
Daily - 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Bar Menu 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz Friday and Saturday night, 8pm - 11pm
2 hours of complimentary parking with validation at private lot; $9 valet parking.
AC Transit, 1 mi. from Rockridge BART
Private Party Facilities:
The Paragon Panorama Room can accommodate parties of 20 - 50 people for dining and up to 100 people for cocktail receptions.
Private Party Contact:
Paragon Private Events: (510) 549-8591
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Consider Paragon for your next special event. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, wedding or baby shower, rehearsal dinner or full wedding, we have the perfect location, menu and private dining offerings to fit your needs. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510 549 8591.
Paragon at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa Ratings and Reviews
Food was pretty average. We ordered the shrimp ceviche, but it was more like onion ceviche as it was overloaded with onions, needless to say, we chose not to consume it. Mac & Cheese had a different taste to it, nothing fantastic, but still edible. Would return, but only if I was invited by someone else that was paying. Would rather spen my money else where that I would truly enjoy.
Our waiter was terrible. I'm not sure if it was his first day or what! We never did receive our appetizer, there was no apology for this or his slowness. I noticed other diners having a similar experience. We had to ask twice for the check and still no apologies for anything. If it were not for the atmosphere, the food, and the company I was with, I would not go back. Luckily I have dined there before and had a good experience.
My friend had a grilled cheese sandwich. It was so big, and it could be shared by two people. It is a great value if you are on budget.
I had chicken tacos and beet salad with fennel. Beet salad was excellent, especially with shaved fennel. Chicken tacos was ok, but it's hard to eat as crispy shell crumbles and contetns (guacamole and sourcream) droop.
With view and live jazz, it's probably one of the best bar/dining spots on Thursday evening in East Bay.
Paragon did not disappoint, but it was very very loud and very crowded. There were throngs of Happy Hourers getting plowed so the tables of screeching girls all around us got a little irritating.
The food was good, the service fair. They were very very busy and I saw many people getting up to go to the bar to get their own drinks because the service was slow. I had the salmon which was slightly over cooked, my boyfriend had the pumpkin ravioli which he said was fantastic. It took a while to get our bottle of wine and many requests for a coca cola.
I would definitely go back again, although next time it will be more for happy hour then a romantic dinner.
The thing about the Paragon is that I'm a member of the Claremont and I get a discount on meals. Other than the great view and the band they have on Thurs thru Sunday, there's not much to recommend it. The staff are inattentive and often sloppy - one even burnt my guest with the coffee refill pot. The food is not bad, but it's not particularly interesting and is often clumsily executed. They could do a lot better with their kids menu too - chicken nuggets, hot dogs and fries does not interest me. Would it kill them to put grilled chicken and some steamed vegetables on the menu. I just think this head chef is lazy and or bored.
Great for cocktails, but the food isn't fabulous!
We ate outside on a beautiful day...so the scenic view was very nice. Service was good, food good. Had a bit of trouble getting help with the umbrella so we didn't fry. In general a good place to take a friend for lunch! Inside is not as quiet as there is sometimes music playing at too loud a level to enjoy conversation.
We went for Easter Sunday lunch. It was a beautiful day and our group enjoyed the wonderful view from the terrace outside. We enjoyed the calamari, salads, hamburgers, and sandwiches we had. Wonderful mojitos. Only problem was it seemed like they didn't have enough servers since we had long waits to have our plates cleared, dessert menus brought and final bill.
I was surprised just how wonderful The Paragon Bar/Bistro was! We settled on soup and salad due to our night's activities and both were outstanding. The service could have been more attentive but since the President of Liberia & her security personnel were in and around the hotel that night, I can understand why service might have been a little off. I'd definitely go again! NOTE: validation at the bar will cover two hours of parking at the hotel but not a second more.
I would have given 5 stars for the food (I got the squash ravioli! Yum!!) but the rest of my group didn't appreciate theirs. They had the Creole sandwich which was alright, and Chicken adobo Tacos which was alright too. It's not bad, but it was not really worth the asking price. Good view, great crew.
The view and the food go nicely together and the service is lovely. A special occasion at a reasonable price. Also, there's valet or nearby handicapped parking for taking your less mobile friends and relatives, which can be a plus. The hotel is large, but Paragon is quite near the front door.
There were 7 of us for massages & lunch for a bride. The waiter was the worst. He kept asking for coupons & saying he needed them instead of checking with the spa manager or finding out who the host was & talking in private. Made for a very uncomfortable experience.
Our server was incoherent half of the time due to the noise level from the front bar area even though we were seated in the furthest table from that location. He was patient enough to explain/recommend drinks but would be absent for long periods, leaving us to flag down other servers for water and the bill. Decent food and drinks, tolerable service.
The view is as good as it gets, though at the tables-for-two, one diner has his back to the bay. But the sunset and city from the hill are terrific. Everything on the menu looked good, and the food was fine though not the one thing you'd write home about. The bar is nice. They have 80 kinds of vodka, but I ordered gin. A five-star martini actually with 3 olives. The lit tables in the bar are hard to describe but classy. And it's a classy place all around. Hard to go wrong. They have a private event room and nice outdoor seating too. Good place for lunch or a romantic dinner-date.
What a nice treat! Wonderful views, friendly service, a reasonable menu and a decent house Chardonnay. And the burger was char-broiled--YUMMY! Fresh tomatoe and lettuce on the side, w/a nice side of slaw (or you could have fries, a side salad, etc.)
And that view!!!
You must give this one a try if you haven't been to the Claremont in a while. Paragon is just on the edge of the hotel, so you needn't feel like you're getting involved with the hotel. There's valet parking, if you like that, or you can self-park. Parking was validated for self-park. My dad isn't much of a walker, so if it were deep in the hotel that wouldn't have worked, but it's just on the edge. A must try--but don't tell your friends or it will get too crowded;)
We are a family of four, including two small children, and we always dine together as a family. So, this place is excellent for families with small children. The service is friendly and fast. Our waiters were attentive and friendly. Paragon had a table for us in the back which was more family oriented and the bas scene didn't pour over our dinning experience. Very nice place. Highly recommended.
The Claremont Hotel & Spa is a gem in the Berkeley hills and on a Friday or Saturday night, Paragon is a fun place to go to. Frequently I've been to the Hotel's Sunday brunch in the large dining room which is wonderful but this was my first time to eat at Paragon. The live jazz music in the lounge area as you enter permeates throughout the dining area. I took three girlfriends for a Saturday night dinner and they loved it. Unassuming atmosphere, a place that isn't pretentious. Our waiter was friendly and accommodating, too. Portions were just right - not too large or small. There were options for every budget. House cocktails were interesting and delicious. This is definitely a place I'll return to.
This restaurant has varied quite a bit during its tenure at the hotel. Unfortunately, it appears to be on a downward trend. Service was spotty and somewhat lacking in knowledge of the food. We started with oysters on the half shell that weren't particularly fresh. The strongest course was the second as the roasted garlic eggplant soup and the bacon and egg salad were both very well executed and flavorful. Most surprisingly, the Paragon Burger was overcooked by quite a margin, not once but twice and ultimately my date wisely opted not to have them try a third time. It is worth noting that the order was for rare and it came both times at medium well to well done. Furthermore, it comes already cut in thirds so anyone could check it first
On this particular evening the kitchen made a lot of mistakes. I ordered calamari with fried green tomatoes and it came out with only the calamari. My friend ordered the halibut which was over cooked and then remade and was raw. The service was preet good and the food was tasty.
From seating to desert experience was good. However the menu is limited on vegetarian entrees. The wine list is not extensive but good selection of the few that are on the list, El Cajon Spain 2004 Merlot was a great addition to our dinner. Live Jazz music performance ends at midnight we expected it to end at two am.
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