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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!
Berkeley, CA 94706
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
$31 to $50
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There is ample street parking.
Ten minute walk from North Berkeley Bart
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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