Agrodolce

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From the family that brought you Trattoria La Siciliana—a fixture of Berkeley’s Elmwood district for the past twenty years—Agrodolce is a sister restaurant located in the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. We are housed in a beautiful brick building that is equipped with a full bar and outdoor seating. Serving authentic Sicilian food, the type you’d only expect to find in the alleys of Palermo, Agrodolce features unique and truly authentic food.
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BR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Your food is great but you need more waiters. You could seat lots more people if your service was quicker. I've been many times to Agrodolce for the food but I know I have to set aside a long time for the waiters to take the order, bring the order, bring the dessert menu and the dessert, and then bring the check. At least 30-60 minutes is wasted asking for and waiting for our waiter.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We're always looking for a good pasta place near home and was excited to try Agrodolce. The food was okay, but the real issue is the coordination between the kitchen and wait staff. Dishes come out helter skelter, and you can see the frustration on the faces of the waiters. We got two entrees and then, several minutes later, the other two showed up. Kitchen choreography is tough, but Agrodolce needs to tighten things up in order to become a regular on our dining out list.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious. The wine just right. The service is lovely.
You feel you have a bit of Sicily right here in Berkeley.
We had a wonderful evening.

MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt like we were at a restaurant in Italy! Loved all the brick and fireplace! Very cozy but never felt crowded! The food from-the appetizers to the salads to the entrees were all delicious, especially the swordfish, meatballs and seafood pasta! Next visit we will share deserts after our meal! Spectacular Italian wine selections!

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Anniversary not acknowledged. Rushed out. Kept trying to take my plate before I was done. Very loud. No point person door service. Desert was uninspired (pear tart).

f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We arrived and were seated on time. The food was good BUT THE SERVICE WAS AWFUL. We had to wait for our server, food arrived hot and was good but after that we never saw our server again. The service was NOT worth tip of minimal %.
Base on the service I wouldn't NOT recommend this restaurant. Perhaps if one goes as soon as they open the doors, might be better but no guarantee.

a
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have eaten here before but tonight the eggplant melanzane was cold and tough. There was a shortage of flatware as well.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Wanted to like it; we love Sicily. Menu sounds great with many interesting choices. Execution not so great. My wife`s patsa alla Norma was good. My pasta with sardines and anchovies was a bit of a muddled mess. I had heartburn afterwards. Stuffed zucchini flowers, appitizer, was deep fried and would embarrass a Sicilian, as would the cannolo.
Good wine list, Sicilian and Italian. OK prices.
Service good. No Italians, but not their fault.

ST
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is our third time to Agradolce and each time we've had a delicious meal. The menu is full of unique Sicilian dishes that you rarely see in most Italian restaurants.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was amazing and reasonably priced. Truly authentic Sicilian dishes. I have been to Sicily several times. Service was really bad. They were very polite but it was really slow. Took an hour to get 2 cold (they were supposed to be cold) appetizers. Owner did comp us two drinks for the wait.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is great, food is really good. It was a busy day so service was a little bit slow but they were nice.

MF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Agrodolce is the best Italian restaurant in Berkeley, by far, and one of the best anywhere we have eaten in the USA. The home-made pasta is delicious, the meatballs are superb, the ragu pork and bronzino are excellent, and the tiramisu is perfection the palate. The owner and his crew are very accomodatiing; the price is quite moderate. Go there and you will have a memorable dinner !

CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, nice atmosphere, incredibly hard-working staff.

MF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent trattoria with wide range of tasty Sicilian food . We had ragu pork with home-made pasta and it was truly delicious . Tiramisu for dessert was the best we have had in years and was accompanied by complementary port . Server was friendly, noise level was quite low . Prices reasonable , go for it !

I
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was good, and priced well. Service is slow and it took forever to get water.

c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was below what I expected

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place—great food!

MR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning! Friendly staff, fun atmosphere. and great as always

BD
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Sicilian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Excellent selection of Italian wines.

G
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal great service a real delight . The owner Angelo makes the time feel like you are at a friends house

GL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place! Great food, great place, and always excellent service. I can't say enough good about this place!

G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

As Sicilian, food was quite average. The sauce of the pasta of a friend was burnt. The sword fish was really dry. And cannolo filling was too sweet (too much cream and too little ricotta) I was expecting something better.

N
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food! We just returned from a trip to Sicily, so Agrodolce was a pleasant reminder of great meals we had there. Service is adequate— but brusque and rushed. Could it be that this place could benefit from one more server? We’ll be back. 😃

ES
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just discovered this place, and I wish I had known about it sooner. We had a party of four and everyone loved the home-cooked style Sicilian food! The natural rustic atmosphere and the unpretentious service makes this a better choice than many of Berkeley's better known restaurants.

JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal and I had a nice glass of wine. My wife had the lamb shank and I had the ragu for main dishes. We thought both were quite tasty. We will return again.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angelo treated us like family from the moment we walked in. The server made excellent dinner and wine suggestions, and we left feeling perfectly full and happy. Suggestions: linguini and clams is light and flavorful, the tiramisu is excellent, and the lemon sorbetto is the perfect refresher on these warm evenings.

c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Reasonably priced good and drink. Salmon dish was overpowered by strong tomato sauce, linguini and clams had a bit of sandy taste. Other dishes were tasty and well prepared.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Delicious food, wonderful service, we can't wait to go back again!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and wine were amazing. Absolutely one of my new favorite restaurants.

OB
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a "go to" for me anytime in Berkeley.

Last visit was for a group of 7 ( 5 adults and 2 children) and we were seated at a large table next to the fireplace. NOT BIG ENOUGH. I sat at the end near the fireplace , on top of the hearth.

Since I was the one to recommend where to have dinner I just made due. Would ask for other space if I take that large a group again.

WM
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

It’s too bad the service was so poor, my dining partner had been here previously and found the service in adequate then as well. The food is good, but not worth the wait.

M
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

An off night for service. Took forever for anyone to take our order. Once our entrees finally arrived they did not come out at the same time. At least a 20 min. wait between first entree and the last to arrive. At least we were comped a tiramisu. No water refills and our request for more bread was not fulfilled. Food good, though pasta with sardines not the best. We have eaten here before with much better service

ER
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Branzino, linguini, swordfish, eggplant antipasti and fruit mist anti pasta.

JH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect culinary experience. We got to sit outside on one if the few balmy nites in Berkeley. Food , service, and
atmosphere all excellent.

d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I like the food here very much but the last 2 times the service was very poor. The waiter initially is very responsive but is never seen after taking the order; some other server or servers bring the food but do not know who has ordered what and there is zero contact after the food arrived. extremely hard to get anyone's attention to get the check and then there is an automatic 20% service charge that is not made clear at the beginning

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quiet outside. Inside can be pretty noisey

AF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Italian cuisine at a very fair price!

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Our food was good, but the service was so abysmal I can not see recommending this restaurant to anyone. On Father’s Day, a night when most restaurants would be well staffed anticipating a high number of diners, I had to get up from the table three times to find our server after an extended wait. The first time when we wanted to order additional appetizers, the second time when we wanted to order wine with our meal, and the third time when they brought our desert but forgot the coffee we had ordered. Not acceptable in my book

RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Amazing food. Terrible service. Took over two hours to get in and out when we were seated immediately.

UE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have been meaning to try out this restaurant since it opened and glad I did. Food is great. Lovely touch of endless bread with olive oil & rosemary to dip in. Staff was attentive and pleasant. Ambiance very nice. Authentic italian fare with lots of variety and all dishes were great. Only flaw was it took too long to receive our main dishes - probably about an hour. We were only a party of 3...not sure what caused that. I liked to see the main chef come out to the tables and greet patrons - he personally wished our table-neighbors a happy 87th birthday which was sweet.

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