Warm welcome, excellent wine and food, attractive decor, warm
experience on a cold night 😋
For years I have respected the owners of this restaurant
and was sad to experience its current disappointing
state. On a Thursday night, it was almost empty, and our
food was very mediocre. There are so many good choices
in Berkeley that I doubt Lalime's will be long on the scene.
We've been eating at Lalimes a few times a year for thirty years, delight in the varying menus, and this was one of the best. Every dish we four tasted was perfect. The server was extraordinary: patient with our slow and soft-spoken 90 year old friend. When asked if a vegetable side dish might be available though not on the menu she arranged with the chef to provide the kale and squash side that would ordinarily only have been served with a specific meat dish on the menu. We'll keep coming
We dined at Lalime about two years ago and the food was fair. However, the service was horrible. So we hadn't returned. We decided recently to give them another try and it was a disappointment! First it was a cold and windy day so naturally we were dressed for the cold weather. When we arrived and were about to be led to our table no one offered to take our heavy overcoats hats and scarves. My wife ordered a caesar salad which had no croutons and one slice of anchovy and it turned out to have NO dressing, none. I had to remind the waiter to bring my glass of wine I requested to arrive with my dinner. Needles to say we are crossing Lalime off our list. This is sad because Lalime used to be such a great dining experience.
Wonderful dining experience every time! Great cocktails, nice wine by the glass options. The winter salad had nice contrasts with the bitterness of the lettuces and the mild sweetness of the vinaigrette. The beef was done perfectly with a fantastic sauce and perfectly cooked vegetables and potatoes. We finished our meal with the apple galette with vanilla bean ice cream which had a nice sour creme fraiche base under it. Overall a delight, and besides, its a great place to see Mark and Joann Roberts!
We were seated on time and service was spotty. It was very busy and loud on a Saturday night. Food was good, cocktails/wine were okay. Came here for the happy reviews and healthy side food and agree.
Past meals at Lalime's were delicious. This timethe food came out cold for one of us — it happens.
More significantly there were only small amounts of food with rather bland taste. Server was inexperienced and not very helpful with questions. All in all, a disappointing dinner. Maybe it was just an off night for everyone.
lalimes is always fun, always first rate, frequently unusually excellent and occasionally out of this world. the cocktails are always a treat. and they have a very unteresting wine list.
Lalime's is one of the best places to eat when you want to have space to talk...and not listen to loud music! Food is excellent, bar is great, staff always helpful and friends. A neighborhood gem.