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.
Good Sicilian food, nice ambiance, lovely proprietor.
Several years ago, when the restaurant first opened, I wrote a nasty review of the place. Pretty good food. Disastrous service. Since then, I've been back 6 or 7 times---most recently a few nights ago, when I sat outside. The Sicilian-inspired food is now superb, wonderful strong flavors. Service is very much improved. The owner goes out of his way to make sure everything is going well. The seafood risotto is amazingly good, as are the lambshanks and Sicilian salads. Very highly recommended.
The food was outstanding, and we're picky foodies who have lived in Italy. There were plenty of interesting vegetarian options as well as classics that were perfectly executed. The service was friendly with just the right amount of checking in. The atmosphere was excellent. We loved it and plan to go back often.
Wonderful food with real Sicilian flavors (yes, I've spent time there). But the service sucked. Very inattentive. The waiter and buspeople don't seem to notice very much. And I've been there when it was insanely busy and when it was dead slow. Same service each time. Still, I would recommend it and I keep going back.
Delicious food in an enjoyable outdoor setting
Our favorite restaurant in the north bay area! We return over and over.
Delicious delicious food. They just reopened indoor dining (covid era). So, the interior was still a work in progress (disheveled). We were in there at 5, and were the only
Customers. Nice and quiet and mellow. By the time we left, the place was Packed, inside and out. Once it’s full the noise level is loud. If they take suggestions, I’d hang carpets on the wall and ceiling to absorb Noise, get some flowers and artwork up to spiff up the atmosphere. Love the fireplace. And the jazz band outside on the sidewalk- thumbs up. Cannolis to die for. Will def be my go to Italian. The food was amazing.
Food was wonderful. Service good. Great experience
It was Berkeley Restaurant Week, and all the tables were busy, but the service was so very slow, to take our orders, and to ask if we wanted drinks. There were 4 of us celebrating a birthday, and 3 of the entrees came, and it was over 20 minutes before the 4th one appeared. The food was delicious, but the service flawed the experience.
Perfect meal until we requested port with our dessert. The “port”, served over ice, was a pale brownish liquid with dregs from the bottle. When my husband went in to pay the bill, he complained about the port. We still had to pay for 2 of the 4 undrinkable glasses. So go to this delightful restaurant and enjoy a fabulous meal. Don’t order port.
The best dinner I've enjoyed outdoors during the pandemic year!
The service is impeccable; the food is scrumptious, authentic Italian
and generous portions! Can't be beat!
Caesar salad and mixed green were very good. Stuffed zucchini blossom also very good. Mushroom ravioli and ragu di mai ale also very good. Deserts just ok. Service was fine but it was not crowded.
This was our first time dining here. Food was good but service was slow and our waiter was also handling phone orders and was too busy for us. When he had time to check on tables, he seemed to prioritize large tables ordering lots of drinks - he never once checked in with us or asked if we needed anything. Would recommend once they get their staffing issues sorted out.
The food was outstanding, as always. The service was good the first two times I went. But when they reopened inside dining, it turned bad. That happened twice in a row, once when the restaurant was extremely busy and once when it was hardly busy at all. There seems to be just one waiter covering inside and outside with support from two others, who deliver food and bus dishes. It's very hard to get attention. We wanted an extra soup spoon, and it took forever to get someone's attention and then forever again to get the spoon to the table. We sat a long time waiting for someone to come and take our payment, and we finally went inside to pay. Everything, just everything seems to take a long, long time. Still, the food can't be beat.
Our server was great and the food was very good too...
Great food, friendly service. Only reason it wasn’t a “5” star on service was that it was pretty slow to receive our food once ordered. No way is that a deal breaker- as I rated everything overall was excellent
Usually love the food here. I ordered the swordfish and was disappointed to see the skinny piece of fish. Canolis were amazing though.
The eggplant melanzana (appetizer) is one of my favorites from this place. Paired it with the linguini with clams and a nice glass of Sicilian white wine on my last visit, and it was DE-LICIOUS. Love this place. A local gem for sure!
The mushroom ravioli was delicious. The recommended Sangiovese red wine by the glass was also great.
A totally great experience. Lots of accommodation, good food, good wine, and over-the-top friendly service.
My pasta was half cooked and they brought our dinners out at different times. The staff was unprofessional and they didn’t know about the the wine.
As always, even in a pandemic Angelo and his staff shine. Great food, fresh, tasty and a sweet vibe🙏
The best restaurant in the East Bay hands down. If you want fresh Sicilian food... here you go. Love the staff and ambiance is incredible. Wines are too notch.
The food was excellent! The service was excellent.
Wonderful patio / parklet experience for a date night. They have heat lamps that reach each table and the food/service is fantastic. They even had a live jazz band playing outside.
The food is amazing. Everything I’ve had there is delicious. To the point where I need to go with a party of six so I can eat off all their plates.
Owner does a great job of making sure everything is running smooth
Love Agrodulce's food and people! I have been going for several years. Just recently it reopened for outdoor eating. Because the tables were in a parklet next to street, it was a tad noisier, but perfectly acceptable. They started up a heater as we were being seated, which was welcome on a fast-cooling evening. Lots of attention from the servers. One server recommended my husband's choice for the evening's main course, and he enjoyed it very much. I was very happy about our celebratory evening out, a first for a long time—complete success.
Staff were rude, pulled down masks multiple times to yell to each other while standing directly next to customers, tables were extremely close together with no regard for social distancing.
It felt rushed, they seem understaffed and stressed out. Definitely not within Covid restriction of 6ft or more between seats- felt crammed.
Ate outdoors on an atypical warmish February evening. Heaters not turned on (or having tanks). Best to sit closer to building away from traffic noise. Until warmer we happily will go back to takeout here to truly enjoy their food.
Nice ambience and warmth for outdoor dining, and fantastic to have live music from the jazz combo, they were fantastic.
The food was delicious as always and we really appreciated the great service. We were accidentally brought the wrong risotto and we were willing to just keep it if it was easier. Not only did the team bring the right one but they let us keep the other free of charge. And they brought free cannoli for my husband’s birthday. It was really nice and unexpected.
Excellent friendly service and food was great. They have set up a warm and welcoming outdoor dining area.
Service was utterly atrocious, particularly given that it was Valentine's Day, so the expectation for great service and a special experience was heightened. Our server was inattentive and suuuper forgetful. Forgot to bring out my date's dinner twice as my dish sat on the table getting cold. Had to ask him thrice for our check, that was after spending nearly 20 minutes trying to find him and get his attention.
Great food and service. Outdoor music was pleasant.
What a great experience! We went for Valentines Day. Would go back.
Just keep in mind the place is an event not a dinner. It will be at least two hours.
They were understaffed and a bit disorganized as they were slammed on a Saturday night. Wait staff didn’t have time to go through the menu items with the guests. “Which is better question” was followed by “they are both good”. We wouldn’t have ordered the sea bass had we known it was served whole. Lamb shank a bit over done. Garlic overpowered the savory. Chilly, windy dining on the curb. To be fair, I’m sure it was tough night for them, but don’t think we will be back.
The food was underwhelming to say the least. We made a reservation and were seated away from the heaters. I understand this is a hard time but the food could have at least been good.
Restaurant staff were focused on filling orders for take-out and food delievery services. As a result, it took 20 mins for a waiter to arrive at our table and another 30 mins to get our food/drinks, which came all at once. That being said, food was very good and the ambience was nice.
Agrodolce does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.
Agrodolce is rated 4.3 stars by 844 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.