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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, 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.
$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, 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 email@example.com for inquiries
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Gather Ratings and Reviews
We come here a few times a year and always enjoy the seasonal offerings. And the bartenders make excellent cocktails. This visit we shared the burrata small plate with beets, almonds, delicata squash, citrus and mint - excellent. I had the fettucini with mushrooms and butternut squash - also excellent, though somewhat over-salted. My husband had the Mt Lassen trout which was also excellent. For dessert we shared the olive oil cake - a flavor sensation. Service was great. Our only issue was that they need to be a bit lighter with the salt.
We were looking for a spot to dine with friends before a show at Freight & Salvage. It was the best meal we’ve had in downtown Berkeley. The duck was excellent. But more than anything, the service was great. It was our first visit and I will definitely return.
This was a great experience- the food was executed perfectly, they were very accommodating of my gluten free and lactose intolerant, and no solid consumption friends. The wait-staff was very knowledgeable and her suggestions were on point. Will definitely be returning.
Upon arrival we were seated promplty within the warmly lit ambience. I had been here before but it was my dates first time so it was a joy to watch his face light up with each bite. I can still imagine the harmonic flavors of the locally caught trout, I think the chickpea fritters brought a tear to his eye...it was just perfect. The housemade cocktails and desserts are a encouraged addition to the meal. The plating is artful and I really appreciate the intention put into the orchestration of each dish.
Good homemade pasta, great service, lovely atmosphere, fresh food thoughtfully prepared - a reliable friendly gratifying place to have a good dinner. I especially like the lighting- it seems to cast a golden glow over the whole room, which is spacious. And although we were seated right next to another table, there was a glass wall between our tables, so we had complete privacy. Service is easy and perfect, not pretentious, hurried, or overly friendly.
The great Kale Salad is gone from the menu. There was very little for us as vegans when we visited recently. The Brussels sprouts portion was tiny, and we struggled to find anything to order. We left hungry...
The service was indifferent.
We will not go back.
Table of 3 for dinner. Roast chicken was moist and well seasoned with nice sides. Pork cheeks with grits/polenta and sauteed greens was delicious. A bit larger and it would have been a great entree. Teamed with salad, it was a good meal. Service was friendly and attentive. They were able to make several modifications to fit dietary restrictions. Olive oil cake was a bit small, but tasty. Overall, a very nice dining experience for 3 very different diners.
Gather used to be one of our favorite restaurants, and the pizza is still really good, except that we had time to gobble down only one piece. The "House Punch" was uninteresting and totally disappointing. They used to have a great cocktail called "The Bee Sting" - but no longer. It took nearly an hour for our first course to come out, then another 20 minutes for the remainder. Meanwhile, the music was too loud to have a conversation. We left much of our dinner on the table in order to make the movie for which we had already bought tickets. Really disappointing - we will not be back.
My sister wanted to go here for her birthday. The food was fine, no complaints. The decor was lovely, and the wait staff very nice. We told our waiter we needed to be 3 blocks away at 7pm, and this was at 5:15pm. 1.5hours for dinner should be plenty but at 6:55pm, we still hadn't been offered dessert so we sang happy birthday over the water glasses. I was so disappointed and won't come here again, but not for lack of good food. It was just a bummer when we had given plenty of warning and there was plenty of time to eat dinner and dessert.
We went to Gather before a theater performance and the waitress was friendly and professional. The tables were not too close but the furnishings were plain and not very welcoming. The ice cream was good but the rest of the food was uniformly awful. Over-complicated mixtures with a lot of pickled components. The taste of the ingredients was totally overwhelmed. New and adventurous chefs should produce excellent dishes by understanding what they are doing and why. Different and new does not equate to success. They even managed to ruin a burrata and beet dish, the pork cheeks were awful and a starter of beef crackling stuck to your teeth whilst the powdered malt vinegar made you cough. They claim to reflect the bounty of Northern California it was totally obscured on our visit.
We almost fell backwards in our chairs when we took a bite out of the Brussels' sprouts on the menu for dinner. They were divine. The kale salad was a total treat and the mussels and farm egg with Gigante beans were both fantastic. THose 4 dishes were enough for our whole dinner and we even felt a bit stuffed. Sitting outside was totally delightful and our server was a joy. We came back for brunch the next day and were not quite as excited by the omelette which was perfectly fine, but not quite as transcendental of an experience as those damn brussels' sprouts. The crispy potatoes were pretty dry and lackluster and the salad got a little brambly, but our server, again was an upbeat and nonstop smiling joyful fellow. We are so happy we discovered this joint.
We are mostly vegan and we loved our food choices. The pizza was awesome! We arrived late for our reservation due to traffic and they were very accommodating in seating us as soon as possible. We also let them know we had en evening event to go to and they took our complete order in one and delivered all in perfect timing, getting us out with plenty of time to make our event. Still savoring the food.
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