Food was very good and creative with Cal Med Italian flavors. The merguez pizza was delicious and spicy, grilled calamari was tender, delicious beet salad with citrus, and wonderful pasta. Must save room for dessert too - the carrot cake with cardamom gelato was amazing. Great ambiance and very thoughtful design. This is a neighborhood gem and a destination too! We will definitely be back.
I had a friend in town who wanted lamb and I knew Creekwood has lamb shank on the menu from our previous visit. We arrived and greeted nicely by host and seated. Waiter immediately greeted us and offered us menus and took drink orders.
My friend ordered the lamb. It had great flavor but arrived barely warm. She never spoke up though and told them. When I asked for a taste, I couldn’t believe how cold it was. A shank needs to be served hot so the fat doesn’t congeal. When we ordered it two nights ago it was perfect. So, I think that is going to be the point of my review; inconsistency.
Last time we were there the little gems was perfect, This time it was under dressed and lacking flavor. Last time the squid appetizer barely had any squid on the plate. This visit, the plate was full of beautiful cooked Monterey Bay squid. It was delicious.
Maybe they are training line cooks? But I want to be able to count on a restaurant for consistently putting out good food. I think they do this with their pasta. I will keep coming back. I think Creekwood seems worth it.
Another thing to note is Creekwood has an excellent wine list.
The pizza oven was temporarily out of service, so we tried salad and pasta. Delicious. Lovely little place very near our home. We’ll be back soon to try the pizza.
This was our first time there and we will definitely go back. The food was excellent. The wait staff felt like they were newbies in the job. A little rough. Cutlery was thrown down hard and loud when replacing. Timing of food was off. Our main wait person disappeared a lot and we had to ask for her. None of this would stop us from coming back. Food was excellent.
Little Gems salad with the buttermilk dressing was tangy and had texture with crunchy croutons. Homemade pasta was cooked perfect and sauce coated each bite. Beet salad was yummy. Squid starter was very good. Would have liked a little more squid, but that because it was so good. Another standout was the Ribeye. We ordered medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. I want to come back and try the other pasta dishes and the chicken.
It was fantastic. Service and food were incredible! Definitely coming back!
Great place, great food and wonderful staff. Looking forward to going back!
Yummy! Everything ordered was very good. Grilled calamari salad was great!
While the service was good, and the wine was an excellent value, the pizza crust arrived burnt (and the burnt taste dominated); the grilled squid was not to be found (maybe my partner got' em all), the rigatoni was the best dish by far, and the carrot cake with cardamom ice-cream was generous. Final verdict; my partner, who chose this restaurant for their birthday dinner, enjoyed the experience very much.
Our meal was very good. The squid was excellent. The pasta with mushrooms delicious but on the salty side. The chicken was excellent too - very moist and flavorful.
Great service, delicious food. Parking can be tricky, but definitely worth going out of your way for.
Food is excellent and service outstanding. This is a family friendly place and little kids can be loud. So if that bothers you, go later in the evening, after most kiddies’ bedtime. We love this place, and will often return, early or late, for the food overwhelms any distractions.
Great food! The place is fantastic
Solid menu. Will be back.
Wonderful service and good wine. The meatballs, which many reviewers rave about as soft and delicious, were dry, overcooked and not at all soft. The sauce was delicious so the overcooking was really a shame. Similarly, the pork in the ragu was dry and overcooked. Also a shame since the pasta was perfectly al dente and the sauce flavorful. Too expensive to not take care with the meat.
Excellent food, excellent service, but prepare for a loud environment. The management is very accommodating. We had reservations for 4, but showed up with 6 people. They were able to make some adjustments and seated us within minutes. The pizza was great as was the risotto, meatball appetizers. The dessert... my oh my... delicious flourless chocolate cake. We will be back!
Very good food done expertly. Wine list was excellent probably the best experience I’ve had in Berkeley besides Chez Panisse.
Pizza oven wasn’t working (sad) so we chose other items on the menu which were good to outstanding. Highly recommend the gnudi, little gems salad and the lamb shank.
Service was excellent and friendly. Only complaints are that it was very loud, and that was when the restaurant was not even full. Bad acoustics (design flaw) and a lot of noise coming from the kitchen. The other problem is with Open Table. We were unable to reserve anything between 5:15 and 8:00, but there were LOTS of tables available at 6 pm. What’s up with that? Our waitress suggested next time just call.
Great food and service, little difficult to find, sign is small and not well light, so use gps
Second time coming here. We will definitely be back. The pizza is perfect. The pasta is fresh. The service is attentive. The location is on the right side of the bridge to avoid all that traffic going into SF.
Exceptional food! Great space! Only downside was that it was on the noisy side. Definitely will return.😊
Creekwood is a nice looking restaurant and the booth we sat in was comfortable. Our server was excellent. The table clearing was a little over-zealous. Some of the food we had was terrific: a little gem salad, huge, varied ingredients, enough to split 3 ways!; and the grilled squid, same description. Those are what I would get if I went back. The pizzas were good, good crust, but the speck pizza I ordered said olives and artichokes and there was almost none of either, lots of speck, but little veg. The people I went with enjoyed their pasta a lot. The farro side dish was not well liked. The one problem with Creekwood is the noise level. By the end of the meal I felt kind of stunned by the noise and was more than ready to leave, though I liked everything else about the experience. Rattan or bamboo coverings for some of the walls, maybe? Or something to absorb sound. I'm on the fence about returning because of the noise level. Otherwise, it is a nice place with good food.
Fantastic food, great service! It was a little warm in the restaurant and the waitress we had was kind enough to bring me an ice water even though I didn’t think to ask for that. We cleaned all our plates and although we were full, we enjoyed dessert! A welcome addition to the neighborhood for sure.
food excellent - beet appetizer! lamb shank! risotto! Chocolate flourless cake a little dry, but good carmel ice cream. Not a lot of specifically vegan choices but they were happy to accomodate. wait staff very friendly and service excellent. Noisy but not that bad. Attractive interior. Would defiinitely go back.
Creekwood is a very nice local restaurant. The food is hearty and plentiful. The ambiance is nice, but quite noisy. Is it just me? Or do most people prefer to be able to talk across a table without yelling? My food review is based on only one visit, so you can take it with a grain of salt. The pasta dish was under-cooked and pasty, although the seasoning was very tasty. My side of Brussel sprouts was undercooked, although once again quite tasty. The restaurant philosophy is "al dente". But pasta should not be thick, doughy, and slightly grainy; and Brussel sprouts should not be raw in the middle. Ever tasted a raw Brussel sprout? It's bitter as heck. Did the chef actually taste these dishes? My wife and I are picky eaters, and we judge food harshly. We think that when you spend good money, every dish should be perfect. That was not the case at Creekwood. I would not, however, discourage people from trying it. You may have a different experience.
Absolutely delightful evening. Very friendly owner, rehab of old bike shop felt so comfortable, food was both beautiful and close to the best pasta et al ever. Nice crowd. Service perfect. Go.
The pizza was done really well. The crust was crisp but also packed with flavor.
I am a purist, this will have to say that the meatballs dish is not by my taste.
Three things why:
1. The size - they were way too small, 1 inch in diameter.
2. The seasoning - way too tasty which overpowered the rest of the spices.
3. Cooking style - By far the most important drawback. I will take a good guess here and say that the meatballs were fried, and then a small amount of tomato sauce was added in the cast iron pan, the meatballs on top and shave a bit of parmesan.
By the time they were brought to the table, the meatballs absorbed half of the sauce so it looked more like tomato puree , rather than a rich flavorful tomato sauce.
Also the young man kept elbowing me throughout the whole dinner while he was pouring water for the guests at the next table.
Restaurant needs a bit of refinement still.
Silverware on wrong side
Steak texture too soft
From the moment we walked in we felt like this was going up be a friendly place. The waiter was through in describing the menu items. Timing from drinks to main course was comfortable and not rushed. Food was delicious and well cooked. Will plan to go back again soon.
Great food and service for our special occasion dinner
We loved Creekwood. The owners are incredibly warm and friendly. The food was delicious and the service was great. Can't wait to come back again!
Outstanding food, friendly, efficient service, sparkly new restaurant. Owner present to oversee.
Our first visit to Creekwood. Enjoyed the ambience very much. Hip, modern feel. The host and server were gracious and prompt. We were there early, before 6. The restaurant was surprisingly busy for that time, and it was full by the time we left. I did not find the noise level to be too high. Though pleasingly presented, the food fell flat. We had the Fried Gnocchi (they were out of the Gnudi) and Beet Salad. Appetizers should pack some flavor punch; both were bland. The Little Gem salad was tastier but not sophisticated flavors. It was quite sizable, easy to share for 4 people. I enjoyed my Lamb Shank. My dinner partners were ok with their choices but not excited. Overall, a pleasant experience but I had hoped for something more.
All was really nice and relaxed. Good food, nice wine, great people. My only complaint was the noise level... about half way thru dinner, we could barely hear each other. Sorry!
Warm, friendly and professional service in a simple, elegant, natural space. Really delicious and beautifully prepared food. Great wine and beer choices.
Great pizza and pasta.
This was our first time at Creekwood and it was good, but has a lot of potential to be better. When we arrived, our host greeted us and we were promptly seated. They have some tables outside with heaters which would be great when the weather improves. We were seated inside where there’s plenty of light from the windows that line the length of the front. They have an open kitchen so you can see the line cooks working as you enter. There are some bar seats in front of the kitchen which is nice if you come alone or if you and a friend want to meet for a drink. There is a lot of flat surfaces in the restaurant so it can get loud. Servers need some grooming. A little more personality and better care. We weren’t greeted by our server for 5-10 minutes. I don’t think she mentioned her name and instead of asking if we would like to start with something to drink she just asked for our whole dinner order. Our wine didn’t arrive for 10 minutes. I just think the crew is a little unorganized. The bussers/water servers were great. Always filling our glasses or taking empty dishes away. We ordered the little gem salad which was very good. The grilled Monterey squid was good, but there just wasn’t enough squid. The fried ngudi with marinara and brown butter was not as tasty as I thought it would be. Couldn’t taste the elements in the dish. Oh, and they changed the gnudi into gnocchi. The gnocchi itself were good. We ordered a mushroom pizza which was tasty, but again, not enough mushrooms. They have a wood fired oven so it was cooked well. We ordered a pasta dish but not enough flavor. The desserts were good. Vanilla ice cream and creme brulee.
The overall experience was okay. I don’t think I would recommend it to friends, but I might give it another chance a little later.
This is our local restaurant, also now a city favorite. All of our dishes were delicious, absolutely flavorful. A great place for the family or a date night. I highly recommend the cauliflower, lamb shank, steak, salads.
The waiter walked by us about 30 times without acknowledging us. It was like we had done something to offend him. But when he did finally take our order, the food came out pretty quickly and it was great.
Great pizza and appetizers were very good; especially the squid and gnudi. Owner was welcoming and service was good. Nice casual atmosphere and very reasonably priced.
Overpriced food. Fettuccini was hand made but much more like hand pulled Chinese noodles than proper fettuccini. flavors a little unsophisticated felt like butter and fat used to mask some technique flaws
The food was great. Would have liked a pick of Sauvignon Blanc in the white wine choices. We came early so the noise level was fine until about half way through. Then really too loud.