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About Gather

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.

2200 Oxford Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Allston Way

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 809-0400

Website:
http://www.gatherrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
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

Public Transit:
Downtown Berkeley BART (1 block away!)
AC Transit to Downtown Berkeley
Ample bicycle parking

Additional:
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 info@gatherrestaurant.com with your party size, preferences and budget.

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Gather Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Healthy (67)
Fit for Foodies (62)
Good Vegetarian Options (52)
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Creative Cuisine (46)
Local Ingredients (45)
Casual (41)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Good for a Date (33)
Organic (31)
Seasonal (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Vegan (29)
Gluten Free Options (27)
Authentic (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Fun (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Business Meals (14)
Cozy (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Disabled Access (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Romantic (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place, very cozy and relaxed ambiance. Had the pancakes and they were delicious!

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was okay. It came highly recommended, but food was just okay. Heavily salted. Hip looking spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best Brussels sprouts I've ever eaten! Great burgers and fish.

Service was slow, but in this case we had time.

Did not care for dessert offerings or our selection but the salads, veggies and main courses are superb.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was just wonderful. There's currently a beet dish that uses a combination of flavors that just melted in my mouth. So good!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Gather never disappoints. The food was incredible and I love the new cocktail menu.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good quality food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food is so good and unusual. Great wine, waters, bar drinks, inside and outside on terrace seating. Really worth a dinner before theater or conserts.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food is fresh and tasty but menu is limited. They have small plates and 4 entrees for dinner. Less should they run out of an entree. Would have liked more options.

Tags: Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellente nourriture et service sympathique et courtois. Ambiance conviviale et chaleureuse. Beau décor rustique et moderne à la fois.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place for pre/post Berkeley Rep show.
I loved the spicy tomato pizza: interesting flavors
Also loved the grilled brussel sprouts
Interesting cocktail choices on the menu, and they made a very good Sazerac.
Friendly and helpful service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Gather met our expectations, with good food and a comfortable outdoor eating space. The service was a little mommy/bossy, but otherwise competent.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Think Berkeley's restaurants are mostly overrated - resting on old laurels.....but Gather
food was exceptional. Delicious. Beautifully presented.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I really enjoyed the food, and the service did their best. I would add another star if we didn't wait an hour for small plates watching others get their food before us.

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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!”

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Vegan
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love Gather! I'm vegan, and we did several small plates that pleased vegans and omnivores alike. Standouts were the beets and brussels sprouts. Also the cocktails were well-balanced, unique and tasty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Brunch menu was better than I expected.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Gather has a terrific menu of wine, food, and bar drinks. The food is unusual for standard restaurant fare, well prepared, and always interesting. Try a bunch of different vegetable, meats, drinks, etc.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

wonderful food, great service...Chrissie was amazing and her suggestions were spot on...nice sized portions as well...great and different tastes

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Healthy, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I liked the concept of eating local food, but was disappointed when our brunch dishes were 2/3 covered in potatoes and toast, with only a small portion of the actual food ordered.

Tags: Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Gather always seems to create dishes that enliven the tastebuds. Great GF/V options.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Healthy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food came before drinks. Menu a bit limited. Some mussels were not open. Asked for separate checks not divide in half.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had the grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Tasty with mushrooms and dijon mustard. $15.00 grilled cheese sandwich?? Good service and good food! Will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

While the overall experience was OK, we will not be returning. Limited menu. The salad was excellent; the best part of the meal. We both had the hamburger, while it was good - at $16.00 each it should have been outstanding.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Everything about this place is perfect! Delicious food, great service. My new favorite!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We were all disappointed with the portion sizes and thought the food was over priced. Not as many options available as I would have liked. First time I was there 2 years ago the food was much better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Organic, Vegan, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Gather before the play at Berkeley Rep. We arrived earlier than our reservation time, but they took us right in. The waiter was excellent, could answer all of our questions. The food was very good. Thanks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Really excellent. The mussels were perfect. A great wine list. Attentive service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly
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