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Utilizing techniques inspired by classic culinary craftsmanship, Gather in downtown Berkeley features organic local produce, pizzas, sustainable seafood, and humanely-raised meats that showcase the unique abundance of Northern California. We have a balance menu of meat and vegetarian offerings, craft cocktails, and local, sustainable wines. The experience is served up in a warm ambiance informed by honey hued reclaimed woods literally “gathered” from the surrounding area. Directly across from the UC campus, it is conveniently located with parking lot beneath the restaurant just 5 minutes from Zellerbach Hall and Berkeley Rep.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Californian, American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Weekday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Monday through Friday
Weekend Brunch: 10 am - 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday
Reservations accepted for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a garage in the building ($4 nighttime, entrance at 2161 Kittredge) and 3 other nearby public lots including the garage at Zellerbach Hall
Downtown Berkeley BART (1 block away!)
AC Transit to Downtown Berkeley
Ample bicycle parking
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Parties of 7-12 may book 1st seating and 2nd seating tables by phone. Groups of 12 to 18 may arrange seasonal prix fixe menus a week or more in advance, Sunday-Wednesday only. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your party size, preferences and budget.
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Gather Ratings and Reviews
Food was good but literally had to 5 minutes to eat despite arriving at 5:20 to a fairly empty restaurant- putting our dinner order in right away, and telling our server we were trying to make a 7 pm theater curtain. Entrees arrived at 6:25. We paid, ate and were out the door by 6:35. That might be a personal record for me...though not how I like to enjoy a meal. Next time I'll know not to have my tickets at Will Call, and I'll probably pick a different place for dinner which is unfortunate because the food was quite good.
Gather has been a restaurant I used for special occasions in the past four years. In terms of food quality, it has never failed me. Yet the lat time I visited there I was disappointed by their service. We waited for a server come to our table for a quite while and didn't get the impression that we were well attended during our stay. I did not blame a particular server for the way we were treated. Rather, I'd like to encourage Gather to pay attention to every customer they have. I will definitely try the restaurant again but hope that I can get a better service next time.
Our third time to this restaurant. So beautifully and
farm to table fresh and lovely dishes.
Food and service really great, but we've noticed
the quantity has gone down drastically. My husband
is a big guy and it's never enough to fill him up for
the price. We can only afford this place on special
occasions and with a light belly.
Took my mother to gather for her 80th birthday. Sat out on the patio where it’s a bit quieter than inside which worked well to hear each other at a table of 5. Awesome food, fantastic service — Mom loved it! “I didn’t know you could cook vegetables that way!”
Location is not the whole story, although it is a plus in many contexts. Having not been there in years I was pleasantly surprised at how good Gather has become. The menus is diverse and interesting and the food is excellent, especially given that proximity to campus does not typically inspire culinary aspirations
food was very good, as usual. the service was slow, and at times a bit inattentive, also as usual in my experiences there. i was surprised that was the case on this occasion because the restaurant was not busy. the food will likely bring me back to gather again - just love the kale salad!
Maybe we hit Gather on an off-night. The guys had pizzas and we women both ordered the halibut, with bruschetta and salads to start. No problem with the starters, but we had been seated 45 minutes and were risking missing our curtain time before the waitperson told us that the pizza oven wasn't working. When the food came, the pizzas were rated good, though toppings included corn and both were undercooked, but it was simply a crime to slather fresh halibut in eggplant and vegetable purees. The restaurant is large and comfortable and quiet ( a real plus if you would like to talk with friends), but the meal was disappointing.
Brunch: French toast was super sweet. Toasted walnuts added a pleasant crunch and contrast to the toast, which was basically cinnamon bread. Good quality bacon, smiley but not overly salty. Eggs Benedict yummy.
great outdoor dining patio.
Friendly and welcoming staff.
Overall this was a very nice dinner. It is true that the menu is quite limited but the preparations and presentation were really outstanding. We came for an early dinner before a show at Berkeley Rep so were able to eat outside in their pleasant patio. Inside the volume would have been too high as there are a lot of hard surfaces and tables are relatively close together. Fritto misto vegetables were tremendously light, crisp and flavorful. Chicken and vegan dinners were very good. Wine list is short but there was something for everybody. Happy with the water service and overall attentiveness. Homemade gelato slightly sweet but good and cappuccinos were very well made too. We would return.
I have eaten lunch at Gather many times and it has always been pleasurable experience. It's in a convenient location and the restaurant is very comfortable and very nicely decorated. The service is always accommodating and attentive. I do wish they would change the lunch menu or add some specials occasionally since it has been the same menu for many years.
Four of us went for a leisurely birthday lunch. Our waiter came right away. We ordered two pizzas and two salads to share. All items were at our crowded table within 5 minutes. Way too rushed! Our waiter didn't ask if we wanted salad first, but we expected a restaurant of Gather's reputation to pace our service leisurely. Pizzas and salads were delicious, but we all agreed that we might not return due to service.
We went there with friends. One of the items my friend wanted from the menu was not available. I wanted to have a glass of Pinot Noir. They had 3 choices on the menu and only one was offered by the glass and they were out of it. So it was a little disappointing, but the pizza we ordered was good.
This was my fourth visit to Gather, so obviously I like the place. However, it was the first time I ordered a handcrafted cocktail, and the last. The salt n peppa rita was so hot my mouth was on fire the whole meal, and I could hardly taste my food. From now on I'm staying away from the handcrafted list.
The vegan pizza was too salty and creamy, but the attempt was valiant! The food was fine, the cocktails delicious and the ambiance lively. Screaming children behind us tried to threaten our time, but they couldn't ruin it. The wait staff was exceptional, attentive, and friendly, and the area is great. Walk to the Pacific Film Archive after! Healthy options made us feel less guilty about a decadent brunch!
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