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About Lalime's

Lalime's strives to maintain a sustainable and enticing menu based on seasonal and local produce and meats. We focus on creating a special evening for each individual that walks through our door and hope you will have a wonderful evening you will remember always. Bon Appétit!

1329 Gilman
Berkeley, CA 94706
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, French

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

We are closed Mondays
July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Cross Street:
Northside

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 527-9838

Website:
http://www.lalimes.com/

Parking Details:
There is ample street parking.

Public Transit:
Ten minute walk from North Berkeley Bart

Executive Chef:
Anthony Paone

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Lalime's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (42)
Special Occasion (31)
Fit for Foodies (25)
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Creative Cuisine (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (21)
Romantic (21)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Healthy (17)
Authentic (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Seasonal (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fun (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Organic (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Ate there for first time 2 nights ago. Visiting from east coast and liked it so much, we returned last night. Delightful in every way. Creative menu and attentive staff combine for a "winner"!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Have known about it for ages, but don't often get to Berkeley for dinner. The occasion presented itself Sunday and we were NOT disappointed. Marvelous ingredients, creatively prepared and well presented in a warm and friendly environment. We WILL return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was very good as usual. Service was slow, and the kitchen was slow in getting out our entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Very fresh and tasty food, my friend had the rib eye steak, he said it was cooked just the way he
requested, I had salmon and it was perfect, dessert was o.k. Service was outstanding,
will go back for more. Lights went out while dining - made ambiance even better. My tequila
cocktail was one of the best I've had.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Two notable features, the food was very good and you could converse in a normal voice. The latter is even more unusual than the former and particularly to be celebrated by seniors like me.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We really like lalimes. We have been going there for years decades but Friday it was utterly spectacular

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great service, pleasant staff, great bartender, excellent food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

LaLimes is getting very popular, we must have had the last place at 6:30, as it was completely full. One needs to make a reservation longer in advance than I did. I was surprised that Open Table did not tell me that the restaurant was not even open on Mondays, merely saying that no reservation closer than 2.5 hours (to 6:30) was possible for "Monday 6th", which was why I made it for the preceding day.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

the service and general welcoming atmosphere was lacking on this occasion. mentioned that we are celebrating a birthday in my opentable reservation. that seemed to have been overlooked.

i really think that lalimes is unique and very special. unfortunately on this occasion i was quite disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

An old time restaurant that maintains it's freshness
Good food, good service, easy parking

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful as always...we both had seafood, and a delicious rose to accompany.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a lovely meal to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Service and food were quite nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Berkeley and we have been coming here over some decades. Always happy to be here. It's also nice because of the low noise level.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

While we have had good experiences at Lalime’s on many occasions over the years, this was definitely not one of them. It started off on a bad note when the host was obviously unhappy to find one of our party of 5 was our 18 month old granddaughter. The wait staff, on the other hand, was very pleasant. More important, the food was uneven. The lamb tongue appitizer

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have dined at Lalime's every few months for many years. The food is fresh and prep allows the true favors to emerge. Atmosphere and service is casual cool. A relaxing and pleasant meal always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of our all-time favorite restauants in the East Bay. Wonderful food, great ambience and friendly people.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant that has maintained its quality for over 30 years. I remember it well when it was a hole-in-the-wall on Solano Avenue. It is like a fine wine; it has aged well!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Lalime’s is our go to place for any occasion. It’s the first “Fancy” restaurant that we took our daughter to and has never let u last down.

A nice wine list and a wonderful menu. Although the dessert menu this time lacked chocolate, it was a delightful meal.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

For our 57th Anniversary we had another couple join us. The table I requested (quiet corner) was spot on. Service was impeccable. Our shared two appetizers were simply delicious. Each of us loved our entrees as well. The end of the evening we, again, shared two desserts. Yumtious!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Innovative dishes that will tantalize, unique attention to quality, beautiful presentation, fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious food and drinks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Two of us are vegetarians, and all were pleased with the options, even though somewhat limited. The service was attentive, and the waitress got one dish wrong so she comped it, which was generous. There is an interesting combination of an informal menu with a fairly formal but comfortable feel to the restaurant, which we all liked.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Lovely restaurant with a varied menu. We especially enjoyed the vegetable tart and lamb and pita sandwich when we shared several dishes. Lalime also offers a nice selection of wine by the glass.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I love Lalime's. It is so quaint looking from the outside, like just another cute little home in the neighborhood. Once inside, it is a pleasant surprise how elegant and cozy. The menu is seasonal, always something different, but something for all pallets. It is always delicious, perfectly prepared, and beautifully presented. The unique custom cocktails are fun to try. Save a little room for dessert, because they are another delightful surprise, even if you are like me and don't usually care about the dessert. They are perfect.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I hadn't been to Lalime's in a while and I have to say that I was underwhelmed by the food. Nothing wrong with it but unexciting.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Been going to Lalimes for years. This is a neighborhood gem...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had early dinner after a saturday football game. We were seated in a separate room next to the bar which was perfect for our group of 10. Our waiter was great and the food was very good. Everybody really enjoyed their meal. My wife and I had been here before but most of the rest of our group had not. All agreed LaLime was a very good choice for our dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent service, seasonal fresh cuisine. Small plates too. European ambience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I invited family for a birthday celebration. We were eight people, including a toddler. and sat at a long table with a cloth divider on both sides of the table. The service was superb and the food lovely. The restaurant never got noisy! We had a great experience. All my guests were happy, including the well behaved toddler.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We are pleased to have such a good restaurant in our neighborhood. We have yet to order a dish we did not care for. It's always relaxing and pleasant at Lalimes.
Our friends enjoyed the dining experience as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Lalime's was great as always. We have been going there for years. This time we brought our 10 month old daughter and her grandmother. All 4 of us were very happy with our experience. Great food, Great staff, wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have been to Lalime's a few times in the past for special occasions. This time the food was just okay. We consider this restaurant in the fine dine category. The padron pepper appetizer lacked flavor, my salmon dish lacked flavor with the lemon cucumbers topping was a good idea but, it wasn't the best, and my date's rib-eye was just okay extraordinarily fatty, and we know rib-eye steaks must have some fat so that wasn't it. For dessert we ordered the fig tart with vanilla ice cream- that was outstanding. I am probably not returning because there are just too many restaurants in the surrounding area that do a better job.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food tonight was pretty good. But sadly, the service at this visit was atrocious. Not at all up to the usual standards at Lalime's. Our server was loud and brusque, poured our water like she was slopping pigs - after practically grabbing it out of our hands because SHE wanted to do the pouring (she even said so)-, then huffed and ran off when we weren't completely ready to order (that alone would be fine, we did need a few more minutes, but no need to be rude about it!), and didn't even look at us when she was taking our orders. And in the end, every single item that came out was served to the wrong person (there were four of us). For every course, including wine and coffee. Also - she never asked whether anyone wanted another glass of wine - just whisked the glass away and ran off as soon as it was set down.

I'm hoping she just had a bad day, or perhaps several coworkers called in sick and she was majorly overworked, but at this type of restaurant, I do expect a little more professional service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The service was terrible on our last visit. Did not take a drink order until 15 minutes after we arrived. 20 to 30 minutes between each course. The food was very good but not as warm as it should be if it had been delivered right after it was prepared. This was the first time we had such a bad experience at this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

once again, a family outing that was relaxed, augmented by fine food and good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Lalimes has long been a favorite standby and I've had great, memorable meals here but I have to say this one was a bit disappointing. the service was uncharacteristically off, with our initial drink order taking quite some time, perhaps 15 minutes to arrive. our first course (simple, a dozen oysters) took another few min to arrive after that. our mains, all ordered together, arrived about 5 minutes apart, with our wine order arriving another 5 min after that. the oysters were delicious, my dinner date's main was also, but mine (a steak) was undercooked, and overly salty.

For what it's worth, our first round of drinks (the one that really took forever) was comped, and that's much appreciated. But my standards for Lalimes are deservedly high and this meal didn't quite reach them.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The service was slow. The wine was excellent, the salads were very good. Unfortunately, my halibut entree was very bland, almost tasteless. We decided not to have desserts. It will be sometime before we go back.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

A quiet neighborhood restaurant, with excellent service, good but not exceptional food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A long time favorite

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been dining at lalimes for years... often a go-to for anniversaries and Birthdays. Our experience this week was underwhelming. The service was not as it used to be, even after explaining it was my husband's birthday no special acknowledgement, took a long time to take our order and spotty service with times where it Felt like they forgot about us. The food was good, not great, and we bought a bottle of wine. It was not even crowded but lacked the old touches it used to bring. Underwhelming would be the perfect word to describe our experience and we won't be back anytime soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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