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.
We came to Agrodolce to celebrate my birthday because my wife had had an excellent experience all around the last time she ate here. Unfortunately this experience left much to be desired. Before we moved tables we were seated in a room just across from where the dishes were prepared and picked up by the wait staff - really noisy and busy. The wait staff seemed very stressed by the crowd (spilled water on the table and didn’t clean it up - we had to ask) and all dishes were mediocre at best - all were heavily salted and oily; the end of the meal espressos were served in espresso cups without saucers. That said, the staff was accommodating for the birthday and friendly. Too bad - we were looking forward to a better experience.
Food was very good once it was served. The waiter was very busy but failed to communicate that service would be slow. It was a major issue That the owners should address with the wait staff. Otherwise, this is a very good restaurant.
Great Southern Italian/Sicilian dishes and Italian wine list.
Food and wine choices are the best! Doing the best they can with COVID. Sat outside along Shattuck, Heaters keep area comfortable at night.
Service is a little choppy, new people?
Food overcomes this and the occasional bus. Wine list reminds you of when we could sit inside, watch old Italian movies, and enjoy.
GO! You deserve the experience and they need us.
For authentic Sicilian cuisine, AgroDolce can't be beat! They offer many wonderful dishes, but for us the all-star's all-star is the "bucatini chi finucchiede," which is commonly called "pasta con le sarde" (past with sardines) in Sicily. Instead of a tomato sauce, this dish bathes bucatini (which looks like a thick spaghetti, only with a hole/tube down the center) in an unusual--and scrumptious--mix of sardines, anchovies, pine nuts, fennel, sweet onion, currants, and saffron. It's so irresistible that even after ordering it dozens of times, and telling ourselves "this time, we have to order something else," we order it anyway. Then we eat it, and we want to eat it again. The staff at AgroDolce are always very warm and helpful, and every visit there feels like coming home.
It was a cold night, so we ate inside the restaurant versus at their outdoor table. We would have preferred to dine outside due to Covid. The restaurant checked our vaccination cards and had tables spread out, we felt safe dining indoors. The food was very delicious. We will come back again.
Great food with friends
The pacing from the kitchen was awful. Our 3 entrees arrived separately over a 10 minute period.
The busboy was the best part of the service. He interacted with us and was happy to help when we had to ask for a serving spoon, share plates, refills, etc. The waitress and waiter would say sure but never came back! There was a suuuper long wait to see the dessert menu as well as getting the check. The busboy basically took care of us.
We sat outside on a warm night and that was nice. The table spacing was good. Some plates were delicious and others just so-so.
I wish the busboy well but we won’t be coming back any time soon!
Offers Sicilian dishes not generally found in standard Italian restos. From the bread, with herbed olive oil dipping to dessert, we enjoyed it all. Regulars now
Love this place! Local gem with great food and a festive yet pleasant atmosphere. It has become our go-to spot in Berkeley. Great for dates, entertaining out of town guests, and also a nice family dinner.
We were celebrating my sons’ 25th birthday. I understand being short staffed, but one entree arrived 15 minutes after the other entrees. No one came to check on us after our food was delivered. No ones asked if we’d like another cocktail. No one came to reassure us that our last entree would arrive soon. One of the side dishes, kale with pine nuts, wasn’t good and when I mentioned it the waitress she was silent. She back a few minutes later with the check having not asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. Again , we were there to celebrate my sons 25th bday! Our other waiter returned and made sure that dessert was delivered with happy birthday song but it was stressful getting there. The entrees were all superb but it was an overall stressful experience.
The service wasn't that great but the food was really good.
Food was delicious
Food took a considerable amount of time to come out, and none of the entrees came out together.
So the food was delicious as always. And the wait staff kind and efficient. Why the negative review on service? Well first off I never leave reviews but I’m finally feeling compelled. We’ve dined here on many occasions and every single time I’m struck by how truly horrific the manager is. He moves around through the restaurant verbally berating his wait staff and being “angry guy” in general. When I’m paying to go out and enjoy a nice meal with my husband, I prefer not to be subjected to his rants and raves. This last time, he walked into the restaurant as I was waiting to use the restroom. He literally shouted something like “Gary, get those two people out of table to now. They’re just sitting there listening to the jazz music!” Um not how you speak about your patrons. And if you must flip the table, quietly communicate that to your staff. Very off putting. That guy is a huge buzz kill
Love this place
Owners are super friendly and food is so authentic and amazing!
Tried this restaurant for the first time and was very pleased with the food and the service was amazing! Our server (I’m sorry I didn’t catch his name), was extraordinary. My husband’s pasta wasn’t quite what he was expecting and our server offered to bring him something else and was very apologetic. We had some great appetizers and bread with their awesome olive oil dipping sauce so he wasn’t too hungry and kindly declined a second dish. The rest of our group’s dinners were great!! Polpette, Ravioli & Porchetta were fabulous. Then after we finished our dinner, he came by with a complimentary tiramisu which was outstanding. When the bill came, there was no charge for the pasta either… that to me deserved a huge tip!! We will be back for sure!! Buonissimo!!
Everything was delicious! We always order too much its hard to choose. You can make a full meal out of a few appetizers and maybe share a main. Lots of great choices, authentic and tasty!
Great food. Crazy ambience, and service is a bit chaotic. Be patient and enjoy. Outside is less noisy.
Great pastas and excellent staff! My new go-to spot!
It was a birthday lunch that didnt feel special at all. Guess waitress didn’t notice even though it was on the reservation. Apparently brunch menu is served on Saturdays so limited options to order. The food was just ok. We had 4 different pasta dishes and none were memorable. the caico e pepe dish was bland and the sun dried tomatoes pesto dish didnt have the bright and bold flavors I was hoping. Maybe there wasn’t enough sauce or garlic? I added more salt and it still was bland just saltier.
Delicious food. Great service!
We sat in a nice outside area with heaters. Was perfect.
I had the lasagna- it was wonderful!
My husband had the Risotto. Also delicious.
Will definitely return.
Great food, attentive welcoming staff, Angelo gracious charming true Italian!
We waited for more than an hour and a half for your food to arrive. Not even our appetizers arrived. We just left. This has happened twice now.
When we finally got the food it was absolutely delicious. But they actually forgot about our order and we were there for almost an hour and a half before we got our food. And then it was close to closing time and we were all tired and fading after a long day, so it was somewhat suboptimal.
Fabulous food and the service is fantastic.
Excellent experience overall the food was great and the service was very helpful and friendly. It was a little cold outside but that’s not something that could be avoided. They forgot to bring out an appetizer but we were not charged for it and we had plenty of food on the table, which is why we didn’t bother about it.
I decided to try Agrodolce after driving by on a Saturday and seeing that it's outdoor patio was packed and inviting. With respect to the food alone, I would give this restaurant a solid rating. We ordered three dishes (antipasto, pasta and a main). The antipasto and pasta were both very good, while the main course -- braised pork shoulder (described as "porchetta" by the waiter) -- was dry, under seasoned, and played in a pool oily jus.
Unfortunately, despite the decent food and ambiance, the service was plain poor. It wasn't that our server wasn't "nice," but they simply were not professionally attentive and available. Initial contact was slow; they did not advocate for anything on the menu at the time our order was taken; beverages arrived at a snail's pace; check-ins were late and purely perfunctory. We still tipped, of course, however the service felt like a complete after thought and on account of this I would definitely not return. The experience was average at best a d that was a disappointment.
Very busy understaffed
Excellent food in a welcoming, family atmosphere.
We had a reservation for Mother’s Day and a birthday. We were not greeted, but told to “hold on”. We were then not seated for 10/15 minutes. They clearly overbooked. It was okay, maybe if the service was better we would have enjoyed the food and wine a bit more.
First Mother’s Day Brunch in over a year. Food and service were very good, only problem was noise level.
Agrodolce has a large patio with all the great food and friendly service you remember from before COVID. It's definitely time to go back!
We were seated 45 mins after the time of our reservation. The food was not that great, too many people and it wasn't a very pleasant experience. I was expecting something better.
the food quality was pretty bad, servers were constantly forgetful and not paying attention.
Food is DELICIOUS and the atmosphere is beyond lovely. The live jazz was heavenly. Definitely going to be back.
Agrodolce does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.
Agrodolce is rated 4.4 stars by 906 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.