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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Special Occasion (33)
Fit for Foodies (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Romantic (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Seasonal (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (15)
Healthy (13)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (5)
Organic (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious halibut!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always has been, always will be.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Lalime's has always been a solid go to restaurant but this last visit fell short. Maybe because it was Valentines day and they just didn't seem to be ready for the crowd. We had a 5:30 reservation so you would think the service would be more timely.

They much have added tables to the already crowded main dining area. The wait staff had to struggle to get the food to the tables as there was no room between them.

The five course dinner selections were great but the soup course arrived late and a few degrees below lukewarm. The waiter was way to busy and just seemed interested in just moving the people though, maybe they over booked?

Anyway it was a bit disappointing but we'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Very busy Valentines Day dinner at Lalime’s was not as refined as regular dining usually is.
Descriptions of preset menu options looked delicious. But upon arrival at table, portions were small and dishes were less than described...
Service was very slow unless one had earlier reservations.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

After we were seated out waitress was attentive until we placed our orders for cocktails and dinner. We didn’t see anyone after that for at least twenty minutes. The bartender finally brought our drinks and dinner arrived very soon thereafter. The food was pretty good but the wait and the pacing made it hard to enjoy. The courses came pretty quickly after that all the way through dessert. We were never asked if we’d like coffee or an aperitif. The bill came as soon as we’d finished eating our chocolate cake.

It was very clear that they wanted to get us out of there so they could seat their next guests. This was not a case of us lingering too long, it was more likely a result of them taking so long to initially serve us and then wanting to seat their next guests. Whatever, it was the least satisfying $200+ dining experience we’ve ever had.

This isn’t the first time we’ve been disappointed by LaLimes. But it’s our neighborhood restaurant and we have had positive experiences there in the 30+ years we’ve lived nearby, so we keep giving them another try. But it’ll be a long time before we go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Love the ambiance at Lalime’s. But we were disappointed with the food and wait time for our food. The chicken (with pasta) turned out to be extremely bland. Lamb chops (3 small pieces) were excellent but came with no sides except a few slivers of cabbage. Salads were simple and good quality, but the meal felt over priced. Lastly, we had to wait over an hour for our entrees (literally one hour between our salad course and entree) which was frustrating. I had high hopes for such a cute place and was sad to be disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfect impromptu dinner experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I have been to this restaurant several times and was always very satisfied. This last time, something was off. It took twenty minutes for our order to be taken and another forty minutes to get our food. Twice they brought out the wrong order.. we requested to take leftovers and they forgot that too. The restaurant was very quiet, very few people, no excuse and hardly an apology.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

This is the first time that I have been disappointed at Lalimes. The waiter several times answered that he didn't know when asked a question...and did not try to find out. The rib-eye steak was terrible...fatty and bad texture. The potatoes were dry and over done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very disappointing dinner at Lalime’s! Have eaten there before with good experience, so chose it for a Birthday dinner. Food was entirely lack-luster, boring, marginally tasteless - virtually across the board. And there were 5 of us! The wine was good, the ceviche was tasty, and the rest: salads, halibut, dessert (even dessert was boring, and that’s hard to do!) were uniformly uninteresting.
And then we got the bill!!! Which felt like adding insult to injury. Very expensive boring meal.
When I spoke with the manager to give this feedback, his reply was “Gee, wish we had heard about this earlier.” Which just between you and me, felt like blaming the victim.
We will not be in a hurry to dine at Lalime’s any time soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My wife and I came here on our first date in 2004, and have been coming back for the last 14 years! It's a very special place for us.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Disappointing. Seems like they’ve declined over the past few years. Perhaps they’re trying to do too many things instead of doing anything well. Even the formerly delicious hamburger, a mainstay on their menu, has changed. It tastes like meatloaf now, with nearly raw onions introducing a weird crunch into what used to be an excellent, unctuous, beefy burger. Service is inconsistent. Ambiance remains lovely.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

They showed a seating for four although we had reserved for only two persons, but that was easily rectified. They were out of the mussels....the caesar salad was just average with a paucity of dressing and no anchovies. The glass of wine was expensive and the service was average

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Awesome neighborhood gem!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

They overbook their tables. I can't imagine they did it jsut the time we went. It seems they take too many reservations for the size of the place. We had an 8pm reservation nad did not get seated until 9pm. Their excuse was basically that the people before us on the table they has assigned to us took longer than expected. But everyone else who came in with reservations also waited at least 30 min. After all that, the food was passable- nothing to get excited about.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

While my vegetable lasagna was surprisingly delicious and the mussels were plentiful and tasty, the halibut entree was an embarrassingly tiny and thin square of fish. The plate was not enough food to be called dinner. Disappointed and may eliminate this restaurant. The salads were LARGE. What happened with the fish fish, Lalime?

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very slow service—we went on a Fri night at 6:30. The waiter was good but there was way too much time before ordering and in between courses. And we ordered the swordfish which was such a small portion. I ate it in five minutes—after that long wait.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Professional service, food, and relaxed neighborhood ambience - a great spot to take friends and leave them impressed.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Lalimes is reliably excellent--a relaxed fine dining experience. If you needa convesaton topic, the food is worth the attention. If you are there to enjoy talking with friends, it is
perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good food, good service, pleasant atmosphere and nice wine. Been 15 years since last visit and if it were not so far would be a regular for us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

service and wine list needs to be improved. not enough california wines by the glass

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our second time. Great food, although this time there were fewer vegetarian options. The place was full and the noise level so high one could not easily hear ones tablemates.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Server wasn’t attentive (and I’m not particularly demanding). Steak was undercooked, and the server charged the tip to the wrong credit card.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Power was out but candles were lit on tables, people were eating, and food was being served. We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and were ignored for 10 minutes until we got the bartender's attention and were told someone would be with us shortly. Ten minutes later, after continuing to be ignored, we left.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Power went out in Berkeley and Lalime’s still delivered a great dinner and great service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

As we approached the host's podium, he simply asked us if we had a reservation.
He picked up menus and showed us to a table, and never spoke another word.
At the end of the meal, I asked him why the red wine (Pais) was served ice cold.
He said that it was refrigerated and that was the way it was served.
I never heard of red wine served ice cold.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food at this Chez Panisse wannabe. Owner is lovely, but inattentive staff, alas, don't share her enthusiasm. Very few smiles to be had. In this competitive market, would like to be made to feel more welcome.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I love Lalimes . It was New Year’s Eve and they ran out of some of the Pre Fixe Items. Service was VERY slow but food was delicious
Had to take desert to go as we had been there for 3 hours! Waiter was overwhelmed which was too bad
I will go back but was pretty bummed

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience with the New Years Eve menu. Service was exceptional, even given how busy the establishment was. Will happily return to see what the full menu has to offer.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Normally Lalime’s is wonderful, even on New Year’s Eve, but tonight was a disaster. Thank goodness for good friends and good conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

When we arrived for our prix fixe dinner on New Year's Eve promptly the restaurant wasn't ready for us. Our waiter was indifferent and either knew nothing about the wines that we had paired with our dinner or failed to share or explain what he might have known. The food was okay, but unremarkable at best. After spending over $300 for an indifferent meal with an indifferent waiter we said to each other, "We're never coming back here again."

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food terrific and interesting. Waitress was lovely and knowledgeable.
Door host was cold and unwelcoming, thoroughly off-putting.
Noise level can get intense, but the overall experience as good as ever. Love dining here.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been to our neighborhood restaurant for many years, even before it was Lalime's. It has been our celebratory evening for many occasions. The chef and kitchen and service staff are excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The menu has gotten smaller recently. While the food continues to be good, sometimes it is difficult to find a dish that appeals. The lasy couple of times the service has seemed haphazard--perhaps the servers have too many tables?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We've been devoted to Lalime's for many, many years. We've spent many Christmas Eve dinners here, and we were prepared for a lovely evening. There has clearly been a significant turnover in waitstaff, as the folks who'd served us so well in the past were nowhere to be seen. Our waiter knew nothing about the fix prix main course, and couldn't tell us anything about the wine. One member of our party ordered the most expensive main course entree, the steak, and it was inedible--tough and easily 75% fat (the plate that went back to the kitchen was filled with fat and gristle). We should have sent the steak back to the kitchen, but we'd waited so long to get our food that we didn't want to wait longer before we could leave. We were sorely disappointed, and miss the Lalime's food and service that we once loved.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We let Lalime’s fall out of rotation for awhile, but it was good to be back. We love the food and they have exceptional wines.

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