Permanently Closed - Fondue Fred

4.2
45 Reviews
$30 and under
Fondue
This restaurant is permanently closed. Fondue Cuisine experience in Berkeley Since 1958. Fondue Fred's features an intimate interior and a spacious indoor courtyard (covered and heated), perfect for your next gathering!

Groups of 5 more can enjoy our Party package with unlimited food, wine, and chocolate fondue are a great option for your group!
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarinite
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Fondue Fred for 30+ years. Will miss it forever! Thanks for the great food and memories!

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LaurenS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We used to live in Berkeley 40 years ago and this was our go to place on our budget. It was a great place to reminisce and remind ourselves of some wonderful memories of our then new relationship.

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Terry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sadly it is going away like so many other iconic places in the bay area.

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Mark
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

My family has been going for years, so when I heard they were closing I thought I would go one more time to think about the old times. It did have a nostalgic flavor, not much has changed. The fondue is very good and I had a good time.

MG
MelissaG
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were so excited to try something different - what a complete disappointment! It's over priced and completely LAME! Don't waste your time. The staff was pleasant but that's all the positive I can do. If it wasn't for the free 1/2 carafe of wine from the table next to us, we would have left after the salad!

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EvelynG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Fondue Fred and was so disappointed to hear that they are closing along with the neighboring stores. We would have loved to return to Fondue Fred’s many times. The food was great and the experience was fun!! Too bad!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was...interesting.

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vipMmmg00d
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you want a meal that guarantees a communicable table fondue does the trick. If you have a group of five or more they have good group deal. The atmosphere is great and the food is yummy 😋

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Get in before they're gone! :(. The dinner fondues are amazing. Chocolate wasn't that great, but it was good. Tough to go wrong with melted chocolate.

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vipCateycate
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

It was very disappointing. I’m not sure how melted cheese could ever be unappetizing but they managed it. The tray of veggies they provide with the cheese fondue were uncooked and were not presenting in an appetizing way. The bread was fine. The garlic cheese fondue was disappointing but edible. The chicken fondue option was served in a manner we weren’t expecting, but the issue was that the chicken was somehow dry and chewy, even tho it was in a broth/stew. There was only dark chocolate fondue for dessert.

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Bxle
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun to eat fondue, tasty asiago cheese and chocolate.

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This is definitely a hole in the wall place but it’s pretty good! Our server was super busy but still did a great job at making sure we were taken care of. It’s definitely pricey for what you get which is why I think it’s just a good one time thing.

JL
vipJenniferL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Fondue Fred? Fon-don't.
The "Gruyere" cheese was something other than that. (Some kind of Cheddar mix maybe?) The steak fondue was pre-cooked chunks of meat in a thick brown viscous liquid over the flame. Sort of a poor quality stew. And the bread was stale.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Could be a fun place if the food was better. Trader Joe’s fondue is yummier. I think the chocolate ‘fondue’ is just Hershey’s syrup.

JM
JessicaM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This is the second time we have tried a Fondue restaurant and it was not quite what we were expecting. The salad dressing had an overpowering taste of yellow mustard. The Cheese Fondues were good, the beef was a very dry stew type of cut and flavor. The side of vegetables were completely raw and would barely cook in the beef broth.

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Alphorn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Worst cheese fondue we have ever had. It looked and tasted like nacho cheese. The bathroom was beyond disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

A bit disappointing and tired.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went with someone who had fond memories of Fondue Fred’s. I had high expectations as it has been a long time since I have had fondue. I was disappointed with the food. The cheeses were very strong and there was a heavy wine flavor to them (more than necessary in my opinion). We also ordered potatoes which did not have much flavor. The chicken had good flavor but it was over cooked and quite dry.

The chocolate fondue for dessert was fantastic though. I would go back just for that but there is a $13.00 minimum per person charge.

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ValHir
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food terrible, wine disgusting. Made me sick the whole next day. Poor service and very high tip included by default. Never again.

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CariB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy fondue fred's! Our kids request it for birthday dinners. The staff is always very friendly. Such a fun place for a family with kids that offers cuisine much different than the norm!

SG
ShiftyGilbert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Made for a lovely and fun 16th birthday for my kid! Thank you so much for making us all feel so welcomed.

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vipSonia
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Worst restaurant (food wise) I’ve been to in a while.

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LeslieR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Although I really like this restaurant, our visit wasn't up to par. They were out of chicken, which is the only protein on their menu that I eat. Also the bread cubes were too hard, the potatoes were cold, and with such a large group (12 people), it was nearly impossible to enjoy more than the pots right in front of you so I missed out on sampling all the fondues we ordered. Additionally, we ordered the party package at $34 per person and when the bill came it was astronomical. Had we ordered by item it would have been much, much less. The waiter/owner didn't bother to note that to us even though we are repeat customers they recognize because we've been there so many times. I'm not so sure I'll be going back anytime soon after so many problems in a single visit. For the price, I may as well go to The Melting Pot. At least it's upscale in comparison, and it goes along with the amount we were charged. Very disppointed his time.

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KemmaE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience1

We had the restaurant to ourselves which was great, but they don’t really offer much aside from bread and cheese-
The chocolate is not what you should be going their for either. It is very expensive considering what you get.

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LilianeS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had looked up Fondue near me and this one popped up. It wasn't too far away and it was still open so I made a reservation thinking it was going to be busy. Which it wasn't and that's unfortunate because the food and service were so good and the woman serving us was very kind and warm. It's a good find and we are for sure going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Celebrated Mother’s day with my wife, my son, and his girlfriend.

MF
MariaF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and super fun/social way to eat a meal!

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vipLungkong
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pass it over. The food was not good enough. This is tailored more to the college students with mediocre food and average service.

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vipYardley
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a fun meal! We ordered one cheese fondu for my husband and I and our 2 granddaughters. It was delicious and plentiful. The cheese fondu was served with a large order of delicious bread. We also ordered the fresh vegetables and they too were good and a generous amount. For dessert we had one chocolate fondu . It came with an enormous plate of fresh fruit, marshmellows and other goodies that were yummy!

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Goodfoodhunter
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Although I had made a reservation and specified the significance of the date, it being our anniversary, when we got to the restaurant, there was no one there to greet us or sit us down. There was one server who just pointed at a table and that was that. When I mentioned the reservation and the special occasion, nothing was done. I have to say, the food was nice but, over all, I was greatly disappointed in the service, as well as, in the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was pretty horrible. They were not ready for our 10 person reservation event though it was confirmed through open table. The bread was like stale bread. The food was pretty flavorless.

EM
vipEricM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I regret to leave this review. This is the only restaurant in memory that we walked out of before eating. We are huge fans of German and Swiss food, and were looking forward to fondue for NYE dinner. When we arrived, the restaurant was still closed, but opened a few minutes later. Upon being seated, we found that the restaurant was completely disorganized and disheveled. Electric space heaters everywhere, rickety mismatched folding chairs, and old fondue stoves and other kitchen equipment piled up everywhere. I have eaten in many restaurants in developing countries and this is by far below that standard. Surprised the health department allows this place to stay open.

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OuijaBoardFunNight
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was great and our service was awesome! My only issue was that they only had ONE beer on draft and there was no music or anything playing, so it was like awkwardly quiet at times...

CA
vipCAJOREGMO
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Wasn’t what I expected, as I’ve been to other Fondu restaurants. We were a group of 4, and there were only 1 other couple in the restaurant the entire evening.
The cheese Fondu and the dessert Fondu were excellent, however. Not so much the other items we ordered.
Service was very friendly, and courteous.
Very awkward going to the ladies room.
They need help! Pretty dingy

AS
AndrewS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Berkeley institution. Glad it's still here.

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Sonjia
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Fun with friends and food. We had delicious fondue, fresh mushrooms, apples and bread.

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Loisb2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My family and I visited fondue fred for my birthday the place was just as I remember it 20 years ago the food was very yummy The service was excellent and we all had a great time it's a wonderful place to celebrate

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food for the price was less than mediocre. Will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great little place - been there for 50 years. Very quaint. Owner is really nice and the Fondue is good. Decore is very dated, but that is part of the charm. Worth going and we will be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great deal and great food. It was really good fondue completely worth finding parking

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