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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, Farm-to-table, 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

Executive Chef:
Anthony Lee

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We can take parties up to 16 people at the start or end of dinner service Mon-Thurs, and parties up to 12 at the start of service Fri-Sun.
Groups of 12 or more may arrange seasonal prix-fixe menus a week or more in advance.

Exceptions are sometimes possible based upon availability, so please call the host desk or email danny@gatherrestaurant.com for inquiries

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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

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (51)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Healthy (47)
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Local Ingredients (40)
Creative Cuisine (34)
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Seasonal (30)
Good for a Date (29)
Authentic (27)
Gluten Free Options (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Organic (24)
Special Occasion (20)
Vegan (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Fun (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
People Watching (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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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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 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was quite good.

BUT we had a reservation and were left to wait a long time before being seated. Then we waited a long time before our food came. And those wooden chairs are amazingly uncomfortable !!!

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Solid as always. Had the special tuna salad sandwich. As expected a high end tuna salad sandwich, but nonetheless a tuna salad sandwich!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very fresh, delicious food! Service was great too.

Tags: Organic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I recently went low carb and low sugar, so I ordered the kale salad to share and the burger, no bun with a salad, not fries. I was disappointed that the burger came with no tomatoes and no pickles. The server borught me a pickle upon request, so that was nice.
However, the burger was delicious and cooked to perfection. The cheese was a nice touch too.
Next time, I will order the mussels.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Always great, service is amazing and food is superb!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We always have a good time. Venus #2 gin martinis are highly recommended. Service is very friendly and attentive. Sweet potato and maple syrup ice cream is a great dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

The staff let us in even before they opened so we could be in out of the heat. We were treated promptly and Danny, our server, was the right amount of attentive. Of course, the food was delicious and the ambience is friendly. Thank you so much for an all around wonderful experience!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Casual, Business Meals, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food is absolutely delicious ! People working there are adorable. My friends and I had a great experience ! I'll definitely come back with my husband for a romantique dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food... Great cocktails and great environment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Service wonderful, food /quality adequate, espresso drinks good.
Too noisy for comfortable conversation

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Admittedly, I have avoided Gather because of the noise level INSIDE. However, my guest and I ate OUTSIDE and that was great! Service was absolutely top notch. Food was delish except that there were too many mushrooms on the pizza. But we really enjoyed everything about it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was our first time back at Gather in about two years. The main reason why there is only 3 stars for the food was that our kale salad looked like it came out of a can, not real appetizing, very soggy in texture. On the other hand, our guest had plenty of choices for her gluten-free needs, and our main course and dessert (halibut and the Halvah Sundae) were excellent, but the less-than-fresh-looking kale was the first impression for my wife and me, and it wasn't a good one. Even our guest commented that the kale didn't look fresh. A different salad plate would have been a solution (our guest had the beet salad, which looked marvelous, and she said it was as tasty as it was beautiful). Service was top-notch from our server, and they didn't rush us out of there, since there were open tables on a weeknight. My wife and I will be back, but we'll opt for a different salad course next time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The current iteration of this popular downtown eatery is maintaining its place as a go-to spot for casual lunch or dinner. Ingredients are excellent, flavors bright, technique solid (if simple), with capable service, and mature ambience. The value proposition is perhaps a bit off, given the range of choices in the market today, but the location might make up for that for most.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful service from Fernando.
Great brunch choices.
We had two service dogs with us. They brought them water in a dog dish.
I love Gathers!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We chose Gather based on its reputation for local and healthy food, and its location was convenient for a trip to Berkeley. We ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and the kale salad. The grilled cheese was ok but not exceptional. The kale salad was dreadful. Essentially, it is not kale salad. It is a huge mound of kale leaves (not even cut into bite-size pieces) that have been cooked - maybe boiled? - and then chilled. I could taste lemon but I couldn't really identify any other dressing flavor. There were a few chunks of nice roasted carrots and a few pumpkin seeds and a small sprinkling of cheese. I went back later and checked reviews and noted that other diners had the same issue - I guess I should have read all the reviews. It seems like an attractive restaurant and the service was good. Just don't order the kale salad.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Lovely dinner at Gather. After several years, it seems settled into itself, with a good combination of inventive vegetarian options and some meat for the meat-eaters. Service is friendly and correct; dishes can be a little slow coming out, but worth the wait.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great spot in heart of Berkeley. Food and service was superb! Locally grown and food for foodies and all others. A must try lunch menu.

Tags: Organic, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We've been there many times and we will return. It's a classic.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The food was good we had tapas and chicken and it was all tasty, service ok too. The problem was acoustics - the restaurant was very noisy and it was just people talking to each other - no music or other disturbance. It was so noisy we really didn't feel like staying any longer than we had too. One of our party pitied the staff who had to work in that environment an entire shift. Not everyone cares about this as much as we do but because of the noise we would not eat there again. I strongly suggest a sound engineer to fix the acoustics.

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We love Gather for its farm-to-table approach and ingenious combinations. They serve some of the most innovative vegetarian food we have ever enjoyed. The service is friendly, helpful, delightful. Overall great vibe, exceptional food! Try the chickpea panisse!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Fun, Healthy
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