Berber SF

4.5
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24 Reviews
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$30 and under
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North African

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About

Berber Restaruant presents a standout, provocative dining experience to fully immerse the senses. Featuring the aromatic dishes of traditional North African culture with modernized California flair. Inspired by the warm hospitality of the aboriginal Berbers – also known as the noble, free people – each meal is a shared crowd experience, from the first to the last course. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUPPER CLUB RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE ONLY THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AT www.berbersf.com OR BY PHONE AT 415.800.7767. ALL RESERVATIONS MADE THROUGH OPENTABLE ARE FOR GENERAL DINING ROOM SEATING.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
North African, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 800-7767
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Whether you are planning a festive dinner for 20 or a themed cocktail party for 300, Berber can accommodate your party in one of its dining rooms, or in the privacy of the Mezzanine. Choose any one area, or all of Berber’s restaurant, bar, and Mezzanine to host your private event.
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Private party contact
our Private Dining Coordinator: (877) 648-3394
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Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun entertainment with the dancers and participatin

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very nice place with delicious food. It can get extremely noisy so be prepared. We didn’t want to pay the $15 cover for flamingo dance/music so opted to be sat in the back room. Even with the doors closed it was extremely loud. During the breaks loud dance music was piped in but they turned off our speaker and we could converse a bit. Server was helpful, if not a bit pushy. All in all great food in a very noisy location.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing in every aspect. I think it's incredibly underrated and was sad to see it wasn't jam packed on a Friday night, since it hit the mark in terms of service, ambiance, food, drinks, and value. It would be incredibly sad to see this place not take off. I'm telling all of my friends to go here! It took me straight back to Morocco with an incredibly approachable, fun, and innovative menu. 10/10 will go again!

JG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our first time dining at Berber. We were attracted to the interior design while strolling by weeks before (I'm an architect). It is was fresh and modern, with lots of daylight at this time of year. We rarely eat before 9:00, but expecting a Friday crowd we made a 6:30 reservation. In the 90 minutes we were there, only 4-5 tables were occupied in the main dining room (out of about 30). There were several patrons in the adjacent bar area, but the whole time it was the quietest restaurant we've been to in years. The background music was the loudest element, but was enjoyable. There was a fairly steady stream of customers filing into the back supper club, which has live entertainment and a prix fixe menu. Service was very good - but then the main dining room wasn't too busy. Wine by the glass was expensive. The food was well prepared, though I somehow expected it to be a bit more spicy (I'd only eaten North African cuisine a few times previously, so had nothing to compare it to). Overall it was a pleasant experience, tasty but not amazing, and on the expensive side. I would recommend it to a friend with all these caveats, but probably won't be rushing back too soon. Maybe the private circus is the big draw?

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was bland for Moroccan food. I expected more spices in the ravine and couscous.

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and perfect service. Great wine list but small pours.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambience. Will definitely be back.

I
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and value

EW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Berber is very well decorated, but the food and entertainment was not the best I've had. The food was exciting sounding, but in reality all the things we ate (except for the cocktails and baklava) were pretty bland. The entertainment component was honestly a little awkward. I was there for brunch, and I guess for dinner the entertainment is in another room with a stage and lighting and such, so the dinner experience would probably be better. For brunch, they just had people performing in the front room right next to tables, and I was a bit nervous that I'd get hit by a hula hoop or a sword the whole time. I think it'd be more fun for dinner.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service were both very good. I enjoyed the dancing as well. Thought it was a nice Mother’s Day breakfast. The meat in the steak and eggs was overdone but everything else was delicious! The Bloody Mary was really good!! Just the right amount of spice. Definitely do the pancakes. They were perfect.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Took them 50 min to seat us for our reservation. Then another 15 min to get water after asking 5 times. Drinks were 30 min in and first bite to eat 45 min.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so happy Berber is here.
The main dining room is lovely. High ceilings great lighting with soft sand colored walls. It's open and yet still offers intimate conversion and comfortable seating.
Our service on two recent visits was excellent and enthusiastic. Ricardo was very helpful and knowledgeable and was right on about every suggestion.
Our food was such a fun exploration. We didn't know exactly what to expect and each dish was a surprising delight. My vegan buddy was thrilled as was I.
There is such s a nice balance of meats dishes and vegan items.. and you do not need to be a vegan to enjoy these healthy unique and flavorful dishes.
The wine list was approachable, so we felt free to enjoy more than we usually do with fine/casual city dining pricing.
The cocktails where big and pretty on our first visit.
and the Aperol spritz was beautiful big and glowing on our second visit, so several of those where enjoyed :)
I'm looking forward to hosting a birthday in the dinner theater room in back.
It's looks super fun & sexy back there and we caught a sneak peek of the belly dancers and other performers, More exotic and fresh experiences to check out!
Can't wait.
Cheers Julia

l
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

This restaurant is very beautiful. A true success for the decor and the atmosphere. But... Please, please make authentic Moroccan food using the flavorful Moroccan spices. Make the dishes less bland. We were a party of 5, we shared appetizers and 4 different tagines. We all agreed that all the dishes were ok, but not amazing. We want to love this place since we love Moroccan cuisine and in SF there is not a good Moroccan restaurant. I hope they improve.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super classy and unpretentious restaurant- fine dining experience with personality and excellent ambiance. The staff and the manager were incredible! And if you're lucky enough to get a table in the back room for the show on a Friday or Saturday night, you will not be disappointed!!

C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun front dining hall experience even without the theater option.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The ambiance is incredibly cool but I thought the food was a bit underwhelming and the service a little unattentive.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I worked in Morocco for 18 months and thought the food and ambiance was phenomenal!!! Very authentic

FF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! I can’t stop coming back. Everything is excellent! Ambience, food and service.

K
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Berber just opened a couple of months ago, so of course they will be working to smooth out the service. I’m confident once they get everyone working in sync, it will be wonderful. While it’s still in the works, it’s worth a visit.

Some observations.
-Make reserving the dinner with entertainment more clear. We thought entertainment was part of the general dining experience. We were told you must call the restaurant directly to reserve the tables in the back where the entertainment takes place.
-Make the cushions along the walls a little slimmer. They are so thick they make you sit quite high up over the table. It’s uncomfortable, especially for taller people.
-Lower the music volume just a little. It’s so loud that we watched other patrons leaning across the table to have even a brief conversation with their friends as we had.
- Improve the service. Our waitress was not very responsive. After waiting too long to order drinks, we thought she’d be more attentive to take the main orders. At one point, we tried to get her attention, but she was so engrossed in conversation with the owner/manager by the computer she was not paying attention to her tables. The staff that assist the waiters were much more conscientious about taking our additional orders. I’d give them the waiting job!
The Sommelier was superb. She was spot on with her recommendation. Plus, she pitched in to bring us a couple of our orders that were yet to arrive.

The food was quite good. The lamb was delicious, the semolina bread was very flavorful as were the beets with goat cheese! Friends opined that the saffron chicken was a little too salty and lacked saffron.

Overall we enjoyed the food, desserts and the ambience. We’ll be back in a couple months to enjoy Berber again.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the second time I’m at Berber. First time in the back room for a private party, everything was good. This time in a large party of 8 everything was just perfect. From the welcoming throughout the service was impecable, food came at perfect timing and was delicious and I have to say it was very reasonable. An excellent experience overall.
It is loud but I would call it happening and fun.

SS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend if you like delicious food, knowledgeable service, good music and great ambiance!

FG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Berber is a new restaurant in San Francisco on the corner of Broadway and Van Ness in a nice neighborhood, with fabulous ambiance, dinner & a show option on Saturday nights with musicians and performers. The food is very tasty and unique. I felt transformed into the exotics of North Africa, Tunisia I visited last summer. Very unique, elegant, romantic, relaxing new hot spot in the City. Highly recommend.

l
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The appetizers were good (except for stuffed radishes, which was basically a bland salad), but I really enjoyed the branzino entrée and my friend liked short ribs. The desserts had interesting flavors and were quite unique. What I didn't like was inattentive service. Our server took our drink orders and disappeared for 40 minutes. We had to flag a different server to place our food order. As a result, our dinner lasted 3 hours!

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I was looking forward to trying this place, but the food just wasn't very good.