Berkeley Social Club

4.3
109 reviews
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$30 and under
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Korean
Berkeley Social Club offers contemporary interpretation of Korean cuisine for dinner and some lunch menus. American-influenced breakfast and brunch.

Vibrant selection of up to 40 local and nationally-acclaimed craft beers on tap.
Open and inviting interior with both large tables and intimate spaces .
Outside patio warmed with heaters and a cozy fireplace--ideal for an event or to enjoy a beautiful outdoor meal.
Excellent views of large TVs from all seats.
Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Happy hour seven days a week.
Open wifi for customers.
Bar seating ideal for singles, couples or just watching the game.
Tables for parties of any size.
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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All food was great, very good draft beer selection. Staff is always pleasant, efficient and friendly.

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DB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Eclectic interesting menu with a tasty variety of foods and drinks well prepared, beautifully presented and well-priced. We highly recommend the Sludgehammer cocktail made with beet juice, rosemary and gin! And the gorgeous seafood platter.
The room itself is too big and bare to provide a cozy charming dinner setting. And of course, the big room unpadded by furnishings and niceties like tablecloths and seat cushions make the room extra clatteringly noisy.
But for a flavorful dinner before the movies or a play at nearby theaters, the Berkeley Social Club strikes a good middle note between low-end Berkeley student grub and high-end Berkeley gourmet preciousness.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting Korea-meets-hipster menu. Service could have been more attentive (it took a while to get refills and to get our check). Portions are large— consider sharing.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Oh my God, the Club Moco bested any Loco Moco I have ever eaten in the Islands! Great job!!!

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m
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was referred by some close friends. Thank you!
This place had super good food!! I had the Ahi Bene. AWESOME!! My hubby had the Pajun pancake with poached egg. Now This dish was AMAZING! A must try~

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BW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I shared the appetizer platter at happy hour for $18 and it was enough food for the two of us. Very tasty!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Would not go back. Very expensive for what you get. $18 for 2 eggs scramble with little vegetables. They tried to fill up your plate with toast and potatoes. Service was lacking and I had to ask for coffee and water refill. There are better breakfast places in the area for less.

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were excellent! Would definitely go back.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at this restaurant! Made a reservation for 11 which they easily accepted. The food was unique and delicious, out quickly and well done. Our server was adorable, working hard to ensure all of our needs were met.
Would definitely recommend- and plan to visit again.

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j
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pork bowl was a bit overseasoned for my taste, and the ground seaweed on top ruined the taste. I had to try to scoop it off. Mom really enjoyed her chicken salad. The noise level was very loud - so much so that we often couldn't communicate at all.

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JM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Noisy large place w/insufficient servers. Unremarkable Korean food.

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d
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

everything was good, unfortunately there was a strange miscommunication about a gluten free order. The order came. A server came back to retrieve it (I dont believe you got gluten free), minutes later the same plate was re-delivered (oh, yes, you got the gluten free.) We actually did not get the gluten free, and it took a 3rd server visit to confirm this. We liked all the food and they were pleasant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Horribly slow service!

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KE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

The Berkeley Social Club is the place to go for excellent and excellently presented food. The only problem I have with it is the noise. I wish there was something to be done about that.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific atmosphere and great food!

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, ambiance, service and value! I had the Japjae noodles w/bulgolgi and added a runny egg on top! It was by far the favorite out of all 5 of our entrees; ) The sampler appetizer plate was also very good and would recommend that as well. Thank you BSC!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really fun with delicious food. Felt Hawaiian Korean😁

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a
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The location is very good, but it's very noisy and the service is only ok. It seems that there wasn't enough workers as they needed for a Friday night and we had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated when we had a reservation. Food service was also slow. The food was pretty good though.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I booked this place for a dinner date with my boyfriend on a Friday evening. It was quite noisy but I didn’t mind that because it seemed like the place to be. My boyfriend mentioned he wanted a quieter place to converse so keep that in mind if you go during busy hours. The cocktails took a while to arrive to our table but they were the highlight of the meal. The food was underwhelming. I perused the menu beforehand and it looked delicious but unfortunately the actual food did not deliver. Also to note there are a lot of spicy dishes. The server described a seafood dish I was looking at as 7-8 out of 10 as spicy. The spicy pork is 5 out of 10 spicy which is what I ended up going with. That was pretty true to his description.

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b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service for a pre-theatre dinner, despite the place being almost full. Bulgogi tacos were delicious. Nice selection of apps and wine/beer on happy hour menu. Cheesy corn was tasty but needs more Cheetos.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant expirence. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great and the staff was very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Korean fusion, fun spot to hang out on a date or with friends. Service was fast too!

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious! Service was a little slow, but the food was amazing. Generous portions!

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L
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was my second visit and we were all pretty unimpressed with the food. KFC Caesar Salad has almost no chicken (and way too many croutons) and is pretty boring, the bulgogi tacos were ok but the meat is not great quality and there wasn't much to them. Drinks were so-so. With so many great food options in the neighborhood we probably won't return.

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h
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food portion s were great and tasty even for restaurant week special deal... We were able to choose from 3 groups of items for both the $25 and $35 fixed price menu. I don't like spicy, my husband does and both our choices were very very tasty. Interesting and good cocktails and beer selection. Very courteous waiters. Never felt rushed

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from the time we arrived. All of the staff was incredibly attentive. The food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommend for a nicer lunch spot.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is great, but service super spotty. An appetizer we ordered never arrived and the server ran away too fast for us to even ask about it.

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L
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We ordered and it took about 35 minutes to get our food and there was only two other parties in the whole place and they had already eaten and were just finishing up.

I finally had to ask where is our food and it came out 10 minutes later.

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JD
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The environment was comfortable and welcoming. We enjoyed the food, particularly the Dino foot appetizer.

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

BSC is best for breakfast. Dinner was a disappointment.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the burgers

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ZE
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and very reasonably priced.

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JB
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wide variety of Excellent Korean food. Good service and fun ambiance. Love it!

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g
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, energetic vibe. Service was pretty slow, and it was pretty loud. My fourth time there; lots of interesting menu choices and fun vibe makes it a solid choice, even if it is not always the most amazing service experience.

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BM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

the food was excellent. the service was a little slow - perhaps because they were understaffed. and at 5pm in the evening the place was so dark we couldn't see our food.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining with a large party before a performance on UC Berkeley campus, our waiter helped us get our food quickly and out in time to make it to the show. We had a great time and would have stayed longer given the chance. Fried chicken was great, dolsolot was good. Some of our group had salads and they looked good as well. Would go again and try other Korean food.

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t
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good options nice crossover btw asian dishes and western palate. Nice looking place good layout great service

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KU
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place!

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D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quite pricy for what you get. For $16 a dish, I did not expect to see so much white rice on the plate. There are many other places that serve similar food for much cheaper. While the food was good, I felt like we were paying for the decor, hype, and ambiance as opposed to quality of food.

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HL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Dino app was very tasty. KFC fine but not amazing. Dolsot was not dolsot at all. The rice wasn’t crispy at all. It felt like they were just using the stone platter for presentation, not for cooking.

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