Agrodolce

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$30 and under
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Italian
Due to COVID-19 closings, we are forced to reduce our operations to offer only take-out or delivery. Please call us at 510-848-8748 to place an order. Our menu is available here: https://www.agrodolceberkeley.com/menu.

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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WendyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lamb shanks. Great waiters. Lovely.

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BarbaraK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had tasteless cefalu salad and an excellent side of meatballs. My dining partner had a sardine/anchovy dish with pasta, which was mushy and very bland.

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janett
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is in a charming building and the welcome was warm. The menu is extensive and very Italian. On Saturday night, the place became very crowded and was so lively it was difficult to converse at times. As the restaurant filled up, the service and kitchen seemed overburdened by the crowd. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the experience (the leisurely pace of the service also felt Italian) and we will certainly go back. The food is very reasonably priced too. It would be a great place for a family dinner because the lively atmosphere would accommodate children comfortably and the kids and adults could find things on the menu to enjoy.

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vipScottF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food fantastic.
Service hit and miss- please come prepared
The owner guy should refrain from derogatory comments to his staff as some of know enough Italian to know what’s being said right next to our table.

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vipLise
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every meal is delicious here. The service is sometimes slow, only because it gets so packed. Having said that, slow down and relax and enjoy your meal! The servers really want you to enjoy your time there.

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TMarino
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Place, I will be going back. The food was awesome.

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1Doctor
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Walking distance from Berkeley Rep, excellent dinner choice!

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Discerningdiner
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The food here is excellent. I want it to succeed, as it does a really credible job with authentic Sicilian cuisine. The service is always poor, however, and was absolutely abysmal last time we dined. The kitchen and the dining room appear to be seriously understaffed. To make matter worse, the owner is always yelling at the poor overworked staff. It is not their fault, it is his trying to cut corners to maximize profit. He needs to bite the bullet and hire enough staff to cook and provide the excellent fare that is being completely compromised by the poor service.

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treker
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The homemade mushroom ravioli is exceptional! The menu offers a nice variety of items.

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TexanInCalifornia
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time here with my significant other, and we enjoyed the food just as much as the last time. I got the minestrone and porchetta (which I discovered is pronounced por-quetta/ketta), he got the ravioli (he liked it so much last time he decided to get it again) and we split a panna cotta. Everything was really quite delicious and well-executed even though the restaurant was incredibly busy with peak dinner hour on a Saturday night.

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MaryM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Unfortunately, the restaurant was very busy and they were short staff. The staff was great, but the waits took away from the experience.

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aliceP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We went at 6:00 on a Saturday night. By all means , make a reservation! But get there early as they seem to take more reservations than tables. They also squeeze people in. We were a party of 5, so they just added a place setting at a table for 4.

There were not enough waiters, and not enough cooks. We had to get to the theater and were seriously wondering if we would.

But the food was fantastic ( except the fish) and the portions were large. We had two kinds of risetto and an order of mushroom ravioli. We will go back, but not on a weekend or when we have to go somewhere.

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Judy
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We had a very good meal there, marred only by the service. The wait staff was friendly but very disorganized, bringing dishes to the incorrect tables, taking a long time to bring certain items, etc. Particularly problematic was that there was more than a 10 minute delay between when the first person and the last person at our table received their entrees. There wasn't much of an explanation for this delay (or any of the others) and just the most casual of apologies. No attempt to make it right by comping a dish or anything else to indicate that this was out of the ordinary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic southern Italian restaurant in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food not tasty, eg, gravy on pork chop bland. Service lagged, eg, didn’t seem organized, didn’t give bill till I went up to waiter.

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BigSteve
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had malanzane appetizer that could have been cooked a bit more, was a little tough, but flavorful, could also have been two slices rather than one. . . minimal additional cost to them.
Generally good food, moderate prices for the bay area.

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vipStorm
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

I am rating this restaurant poorly for 2 reasons. From the moment we arrived we found the owner berating and shouting at the staff, who appeared quite frightened of him. They tried their best and I think could have provided much better service if the owner backed off. They were even afraid to seat us where we requested, because "the owner will get mad". Really?!! I just returned from Sicily so was anxious to try the food. It was nothing like Sicilian food. The caponata which had every day for 2 weeks is completely different in Sicily. So I will definitely not be returning there!

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vipMarciaZ
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was, as always, delicious.

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PatrickW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was busy and fun! The staff was very friendly and treated everybody very well. The food was delicious! We will plan to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Date night

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EvaW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the interior, especially the movie projected on the wall. Fun music! The place was packed, the owner knew many patrons and greeted them as they came in. Food is very tasty. Service spotty and we waited a long time for our order to be taken. Easier to wait if have drink and some bread in hand! Overall looking forward to a return visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst meal that I can recall.
Should have left instead of waiting 45min past our reservation.
Just went downhill from there.
A complete disappointment.

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vipGreat
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a great dinner in a truly family restaurant

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viptonil
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentines Day dinner at Agrodolce! We were attended by the chef personally, and every course was innovative and delicious. We especially enjoyed the ravioli, even asking for more bread to sop up the delectable sauce! The wine pairing suggested by the chef was a perfect accompaniment to the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I recommend the swordfish. Prices reasonable compared to Brooklyn

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Authentic food and service

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vipMarciaZ
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food here has always been delicious, but sometimes getting what you ordered has been slow, so we had not been back fir a while. It was a busy Saturday night, but we were seated immediately, and got our food promptly.

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vipCarolynT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went the last night of Restaurant Week so it was not a surprise that the restaurant was swamped. Except for our waiter disappearing for a half-hour for a smoke (and a charming back-up on his first day on the job picking up the slack), the evening was spectacular. My sister’s butternut squash risotto was so scrumptious, I ordered a second helping to take home.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Don’t accept Open Table reservations, so we had to wait an additional 30 minutes before being seated. Initial seating was a very small table meant for 4 max, though they tried to fit all 5 of us. However, the waiter noticed our space issue and helped us move to a larger table. The service was great after the initial poor reception, and the food was amazing.

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KarineH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic birthday celebration at Agrodolce. It took a little while to take our order but the restaurant was packed and the waiter apologized. After taking our order, everything went very smoothly. The food was very tasty, the attention from the staff incredible, we had a fantastic night. On top of that our table was in a corner, which made it even more special. I did requested a nice table when I made the reservation and I appreciated that they honored my request. We will definitively go back!

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zippppp
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I think they were understaffed. The service appeared slow for everyone in the restaurant. I felt bad for the waiters.

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vipCharlesB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We took advantage of a fixed menu and restaurant week with a table of 8. Both menus were delicious and well cooked. The mushroom ravioli was the top dish by vote. Ambience is difficult due to noise and confines.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and quality food. Will be back :)

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Francis
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loud! But in a good way. Owner was waiting tables and had a fun gregarious personality. He enthusiastically answered all of our questions about the food.

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RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food and fun lively atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed.

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JamieU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We recently went to Agrodolce with another couple on a Saturday during restaurant week. They were clearly not quite fully staffed when we arrived at 5:15 for our 5:30 reservation. We were seated in a few minuites, however it took awhile until clearly one of the owners saw that we hadn't been asked if he could take our drink order. From then on service was great. We all ordered from the fix prix "reataurant week menu" consisting of 5 courses for 40 dollars. Some of the dishes were better than others, so overall I would rate the food as good . The pasta ragu dish was absolutly delicious as was the cannoli served as the the dessert. Ambiance is casual with a hip typical berkely neighboor vibe . The placed was packed by the time we left at 8:15 with lots of millenials waiting for their table (we were all seniors that dinned early , of course) . Good selection on the cocktails and the house red was very good. Overall a 4 star evening and would definately visit again ! We had been to their sister restaurant a couple of times: Tattortila(spelling) on college which is also great.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great great great food.

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Roxana
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a RSVP at 730 pm and we were in our table an hour after. The wait was totally worth it, the food was delicious and then service was really fast after we were seated. Definitely coming back

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Kirsten
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Superb Sicilian food, lively ambience, and decent, friendly service. It's extremely popular, so always crowded, and they've jammed the place with tables. Noise level is extremely high. But good food in crowded, noisy spaces is authentically Sicilian, right? This is one of my favorite spots in Berkeley.

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MasterZilla
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was great. Went on restaurant week so it was extra busy, extra loud in the back room and a little cramped. Kept getting jostled by the staff trying to serve in tight quarters. Food was beautifully prepared southern Italian. True to the essence of Italy. Would try again (in the front room) on a less busy night.

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Agrodolce is rated 4.1 stars by 726 OpenTable diners.

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