Lalime's

4.2
2532 reviews
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Since 1985, Lalime’s has been a family run culinary homestead championing locally sourced, organic, sustainable ingredients. It’s a gathering spot where we've seen our community celebrate their successes and family milestones. It's where we have been blessed with loyal staff who maintain the standards of service that are the true bread and butter of any neighborhood venue. And it’s a special place where we have been able to drawing a connecting line between the classic dishes of our ancestors and the contemporary tastes of our Northern California home. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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YM
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So Glad that the Menu now includes their classic Mediterranean dishes!
Lalime's has been a forerunner in Mediterranean cuisine...and for awhile, this was not
on their menu. But they have now returned that to their menu with a great balance in their
menu. We are thrilled, and enjoyed an utmost delightful mix of cuisines - the 5 of us so
enjoyed the meal, savoring every taste!
Kudos, Lalime's Chef and staff!

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c
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly, we don't live in the neighborhood, because this may be the greatest neighborhood restaurant ever. A modern rarity -- easy street parking nearby. The place is quintessential Berkeley, with a rambling dining room that runs back from the street and up past a wonderful bar. The food was composed of high quality ingredients and prepared skillfully. Service was attentive. The room was comfortable and stylish. And, all that, being said, very reasonably priced. We will be back.

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h
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An intimate neighborhood bistro-restaurant that has been around for quite awhile. They have a nice bar and wine list. The service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive; it did not feel slow or rushed. A few Middle East dishes are particularly tasty, I recommend the lamb chops. Parking is generally easy as it is the only restaurant in the immediate vicinity.

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JF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

our first courses were quite good, but both of our mains were under seasoned and uninspiring.

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at Lalimes many times over the past 25+years, but hadn't been for a while. This was the best meal we've had there in quite some time. The food was excellent (if maybe a bit rich), not too fussy, with a well-priced menu. Service was terrific. Bravo for having and not charging extra for (excellent) bread. The wine list could use more bottles under $60, but overall terrific. And even though the restaurant was packed, sound levels were very good.

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F
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I remember going to Lalime’s over 10 years ago, and this was my first time back since then. I love the small, cozy venue, and the food remains very good. But tables are crowded next to each other, making it hard for patrons and waitstaff to get around. The big booth in the middle of the main floor is weird. And the noise level, probably because people are packed in, got steadily louder and less pleasant as tables filled. The biggest disappointment was the service: it seemed disorganized, with multiple people asking for a drink order, then long waits between ordering and courses, coffees delivered at separate times for me and my partner, then a long wait for the check and receipt. All this when there was a line at the door. For Lalime’s to remain truly special in our saturated Bay Area restaurant scene, it needs to figure out its identity and systems a bit better.

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SW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lalime's is a beautiful place to have a meal. Our food was fresh and delicious and the service was excellent. Lovely environment. Great place!

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V
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Lalime’s as the place we would celebrate some good news we had just received. Our choice was spot on! First of all, the choice of table for us was superb: we had a view of the main dining area but were also shielded from the chatter and activity down there. Our server, David W., was superb, so helpful in answering our many questions, attentive but not intrusive, friendly and professional. The rest of the staff were also terrific. A special shout-out to the Maitre D’ for his delicate handling of a personal matter. And then there was the food: creative, delicious, fresh, great portion size, wonderful flavor combinations. All in all, we look forward to returning soon, hopefully celebrating some more good news!

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K
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The portion of fish was smaller than I expected (I had a tail piece, and it looked quite a bit smaller than the portion served to the customer at the next table). Theoleslaw for the spareribs was rather coarsely cut. Overall, we liked the flavor (not too salty) and the vanilla buttermilk cake was very tasty and not too sweet. We'd go back.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent. I especially value the low noise level which even very good restaurants fail to achieve. Waiter was very good as was the food. I had the ribs which were excellent. The sauce for the ribs was disappointing but they were outstanding without sauce. Prices were reasonable considering the quality of food and surroundings.

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CS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at this neighborhood gem. Lalime's has the characteristic of a gourmet restaurant, but the warmth of a neighborhood spot. We love this place!

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s
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Neighborhood Gem for Brunch last Sunday. Delicious deviled egg and lox appetizer. Wonderful cheese burger and tasty omelet with cheese, mushrooms and spinach.
Attentive service and very nice atmosphere.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This has been a wonderful restaurant for several decades. We had an outstanding meal but the service was subpar. When I complained to the manager, in this case the owner, she acknowledged that they were just training the waiter but in my humble opinion he was not trainable. She brought us a lovely apperatif and we paid the bill to her. We never saw the waiter again.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My husband and I hadn't been there in more than 10 years. We went with our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate my husband's 78th birthday--and specifically said so in the reservation. The food was as good as we remembered; maybe even better. We ordered several different appetizers and entrees. The scallop appetizer, carrot and parsnip soup, and the deviled egg were all excellent. The entrees were also delicious. The wine list is very pricey, but we got a decent wine. However, our waitperson was a total dud; perfunctory at best. We had to ask to get service, and later had to find her to order dessert, and then again to get the check. The food was delivered mechanically, but at least there was enough time between courses. When it came time for dessert, I thought my husband's birthday would finally be acknowledged. NOTHING! After we finished eating I talked to the hostess and mentioned that our reservation stated it was a birthday celebration. When I got back to the table, the waitress brought a scoop of ice cream with a candle in it, and plopped it in front of my husband. Not a smile, not a word. In nearly every other restaurant in which we have celebrated an event, the celebrant's dessert has been comped. Not at Lalime's. One other negative: the noise level. It was difficult to carry on conversation. We won't be going back any time soon. There are too many other equally good restaurants in the Bay Area where the service is better, and we can talk and be heard.

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BB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We arrived at LaLime's on time (7PM) and left at 9:30PM. This was due to TERRIBLE service. We ordered salads and they arrived around 7:40 and then we waited and waited for our main courses, which arrived one hour later! (And then one of the orders was messed up; they added mushrooms to one dish even though we had said "no mushrooms.") LaLime's has good food but, due to service, it will be a long time before we go back.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lalime's is a long-established East Bay restaurant that never fails to please - delicious food, great service, and a low-key yet bustling vibe that starts to mellow out after about 8:30 or 9 PM on a weekend night. When we are a small group (3 or less) we try to sit at the bar and enjoy a good conversation with Stacy, long-term bartender who really knows her wine pairings!

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b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love our Lalime’s ! Our go to place for date nights

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FG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We ordered two dishes: steak and Meshi. While the steak was good, Meshi was quite bland and disappointing.

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RN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There seemed to be some changes with an ownership change notice in the window. But overall, Lalime’s remains one of our favorites!

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants - a lovely place to bring family and visitors. We LOVE that you have such a wide variety of vegetarian options. Please continue to increase those, and build solid vegan options as well. They are so good for the planet, the species around us, and our health. Wonderful evening!

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s
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My mussel was quite good. Fresh, tasty, succulent and tender. My wife did not like her dish too much. The scallop was find but she did not like the beans cold. On a cold winter night, I think a hearty hot dish will be more appropriate. Otherwise the dinner was really nice.

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been 30 years since our last visit--and still a fabulous dining experience.

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RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch. Delicious! It has been a while since we have dined at Lalime's. It was like coming home to a good friend. We will be back soon.

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RG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lalime's has always been a favorite dinner spot, but this was my first time for brunch. Highly recommended.

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f
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buzzy Wednesday night at Lalime's. Seated promptly with reservation. Service was good; waiter referred us to host for wine selection, who was knowledgeable about the wines on the list. Crab Toast was quite good - lovely crab; green salad with pears very tasty. Scallops small plate worked well as a small entree. Fettucine with hedgehog mushrooms and pesto not great - pesto was runny, so the dish was messy and not quite intense enough. Apple / pear galette was delightful.

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable and homey-elegant dining room. Our poached egg in the appetizer was too underdone (almost runny whites) but otherwise our plates were great.

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PA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I would not recommend for brunch. The servings were small, and they didn't have several items listed on the menu. Overall, it just seemed like an after-thought.

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C
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please go for week-end brunch before they decide it's not worth staying open for we too few delighted customers. It's really perfect in all ways, including sun streaming into the big front windows.

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HG
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice balance of food, service and ambiance.

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PG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Nice place, pleasant atmosphere, and descent service while very slow,
but food was horrible. I'd better get some frozen food at Trader Joe's and eat at home.

We ordered Duck Breast and Pan seared halibut.
-The Duck Breast was dried and over cooked, and the side endive vegetables were burned.
-The fish has no taste, was over cooked and dry, might have been a frozen fish.

I noticed similar critics on Yelp. The food used to be better in the past and now it's down.
I felt like eating at Denny's, so I would not recommend it.

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i
Indiana
56 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very ordinary food, service was slow and forgetful. Will not return.

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BE
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The best Valentine's Day ever! A leisurely dining experience in one of the quieter nooks. Excellent Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu.

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C
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

It was Valentines, a special menu, limited choices. We were the second ones there at 5:30.
We finally left about 8 pm. Long after others came and went . We had an hour wait between the first two courses. No comment from our waiter. When I finally complained. Everything showed up right after that with a mumble about technical issues. No apology, no comment along the way. It was really a poor treatment on what was supposed to be a special night they set up. And they just walked away. I won’t try them again even though I’ve been there for at least 10 nice meals. They should not treat guests like this.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a local restaurant the has grown from a small counter with a few tables, and one fixed price menu, to an inventive, high-end local gem, guided by the same owners. In Berkeley, but away from the Gourmet Ghetto---so parking is not a great problem. The owners tend to keep their kitchen and wait staff longer than most of the others in their league, which is why the service is so good.
If you have a group and need even more privacy, there is a separate room available. Understated decor with a lot of light (in good weather.)

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Low-key but consistently high quality of food, service, and everything else. We have been dining here for 20 years, or thereabouts, and always look forward to it.

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JR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there for our anniversary brunch right after church on Sunday. Had reservations , got right in and enjoyed a couple Mimoses before having our nice entrees. My cheese omelet was very tasty but no cheese. My wife enjoyed her meal completely. Couple of nice desserts later, we were presented with our bill and the missing-cheese omelet was comped. Overall, a nice time.

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b
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This was the most disappointing meal we've ever had at Lalime's. Our first courses were completely uninteresting: a simple, unimaginative crab salad without much taste, served on soggy toast, and an equally unimaginative dish of sauteed chicken livers (limp instead of being slightly crusty, the way Lalime's has sometimes served excellent sweetbreads) with an overabundance of onions, the whole thing tasting like something a junior high school cafeteria would serve. (I could do a vastly better version myself.) My wife's main dish of duck breast was correctly cooked but uninspiring, as was my main dish of halibut, braised in a pleasant-tasting broth with parsnips and squash, but without much flavor to the fish itself. The best parts of the meal were my dessert and the pinot noir we drank. Service was amateurish, inattentive when it shouldn't have been (in fairness, I should note that the restaurant was packed and the staff was initially overburdened) and intrusive when it shouldn't have been. The room was initially so noisy that it was difficult to converse, though the noise subsided somewhat as clients finished and departed. Our joint impression was that the restaurant has gone downhill markedly.

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K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for Saturday brunch. Nice space, food was good but not outstanding. Great coffee and espresso drinks.

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BB
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stacy at the bar is a gem. Omar is a class act. This is what is meant by a neighborhood gem.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First, I can't tell how to indicate that the noise level was fine. Do I fill in the biggest box meaning noise level was great? or the smallest box indicating that the level was low which was great?
We love Lalime's but when it got busy around 7, the crowd seemed to really overwhelm the wait staff and we felt ignored for long periods of time, for example, needing to grab waiters to remind them that we were still awaiting our coffee.

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