Lalime's

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$31 to $50
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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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2722 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Upon arriving from a rain storm the young Lady confirming our reservation was extremely dry and unwelcoming, barley looking up. After being seated we waited a full 15 minutes before being offered water and another 15 minutes before the waiter took our order. She, however was very apologetic as she needed to cover several other tables.

I’ve had several visits to Lalime’s over the years and this by far was the worse, including the meal itself, which I won’t get into at this point.

M
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very nice and the service was excellent.

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lalimes may be overlooked because of its exterior, but the interior is great.

The menu is limited because of its effort to provide only the most recent available sources.

The service is fantastic.

While not cheap, it is a value for what is delivered.

DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great neighborhood place with an excellent bar. The Templeton Rye Manhattan hit the spot on a rainy evening.

M
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son is a senior at Cal. I live in DC. For four years now I have taken my son to Lalime’s for dinner several times a year. We have had nearly everything on their core menu. And I have to say that every occasion has been special, the food has been incredible, and the staff has been wonderful. Every dish, every drink, every waitress or waiter, has been special. In the Berkeley city limits, this is the place to celebrate, to return to and to remember. I am going to be sad when my son graduates and the tradition of going to Lalime’s comes to it’s natural end. We recently dined there on Sunday, December 8. There were three of us. We started with craft cocktails, shared the tuna tartare, the autumn lettuces, the lamb, the special chicken and finally shared the crepe brûlée tort. We had the most endearing server I can imagine. I think she was from the Ukraine. The host, who has been there for years, even dropped down to serve us our drinks on a slow Sunday night. I hope many people read this review, support this restaurant, keep it strong, and tip generously. You cannot order a bad meal here, whatever course, and whatever good preference you may have. I promise you.

HC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated my friend's birthday. We had excellent service and the atmosphere was very convivial and warm. Lovely!

N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed a variety of food and delicious wine with a group of six people on Monday 2 December 2019. We were seated in our own little section which was a lovely touch. I do enjoy the steak as my entree each time I come here. Also love the prawns in lettuce cups. -Nina

OT
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

NA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time for the Thanksgiving Eve Lobster Dinner. Delicious! Our waitress was very warm & gracious.

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food well presented in a beautiful but noisy place

CB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was so so. My husband had the fish stew and my mother the salmon, which were good. I had the chicken, which looked huge but had very little meat on it. The cauliflower that came with was mushy and tasted bland. For what it was, the food was overpriced. Our waitress was wonderful, but the host who seated us was super unfriendly. We felt unwelcome. We live right around the corner, but I don’t think we will be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good at Lalime. Quality seasonal ingredients and interesting twists on classic dishes.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely the worst experience we’ve ever had! Please save yourself and just say no. The food was horrible, the menu pathetic and way over-priced and service was a joke. This place used to be iconic but has totally gone downhill. Predict it won’t be around next year unless they wake up and make drastic changes. So very sad!

RF
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent restaurant! From ambiance to food to comfort to service and to price. Perfect in every way, even very kid friendly with crayons and paper. We loved it for our family brunch. THANK YOU

EA
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Bisque was interesting, Scallops were outstanding, Lamb was tasty and tender, Filet and Mushrooms was excellent. Tito's and Belvedere at the bar was on point, as was the Tempranillo. A very good night made better by Adrian our wait person.

d
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Lalimes - however it was really noisy on Saturday night

LK
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance was excellent. It was the perfect Saturday morning brunch. It was both elegant and casual. And I always enjoy my spontaneous conversations with Cindy Lalime. It was a lovely experience.

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The only problem is the noise, which has always been the only problem--but it gets worse as the population ages. Terrific food.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel fortunate that Lalime's is a short walk from my house. It is an elegant space, the food and service are always great, and I can mostly hear to have a conversation. I have complicated hearing issues so I appreciate that there is no background musc! When the room is full I do have trouble hearing but the whole experience is worth it. And the bar makes an excellent kir royal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

For the second time in consecutive visits, everyone else was served, but my food was seriously delayed, this time (maybe last time too) because another guest was served my meal.

K
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience! Thank you 😊

A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lalime's has been a reliably great restaurant for such a long time. It's an old friend.

f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch/lunch with our friends at Lalime's on a Sunday. It was delightful...many food choices, beautifully prepared and delicious. The dining room is open and has lots of natural light and the seating and space is attractive and comfortable. Great service, great food, great time. We'll be back!!

OT
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not impressed!

V
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Lalime and what a lovely surprise it was. The ambience was warm, the service quick and helpful but not hovering and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back again.

LS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Mediterranean menu. Warm ambiance in a craftsman style bungalow. Friendly and attentive service.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We have come here over the years and our visit this Sunday will be our last. In the past this has been a restaurant with good food, service, and atmosphere. No longer. Service was beyond awful. We ordered a salad and two entrees. The Caeser's salad lettuce was very old but otherwise the salad was good. I ordered the halibut burger which was awful. The halibut was not fresh and the breading was terrible. I asked for a glass of wine with the halibut three times and it never appeared. On the third occasion our waitress showed up finally for the third time during our one hour and fourth five minute dinner and asked if there was anything else we needed. I noted nicely I
had asked for a glass of wine on each of her appearances at our table and asked if I might have it. She was very apologetic a d rushed off (presumably to get it?) but after 20 minutes still no wine. She finally walked by our table and I asked for our check and containers for our leftovers. She complied but when she appeared we asked her for the container with the rest of the salad. Again she apologized and told us she had thrown it out! In fairness she offered to have the kitchen make us a new salad. We made the judgement that we didn't have another hour to kill, paid our bill, and left. The waitress was truly very pleasant but either overwhelmed (didn't look like it however) or incredibly incompetant. Not going back. Ever.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great setting and excellent food; service was a tad slow, but not bad... highly recommended!

RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My party arrived 20 minutes late, but the restaurant accommodated us quickly and things went smoothly. We had a good table so the noise was moderate. The food and wine excellent, and we were the last patrons out the door. The place was busy, and we had an attentive waiter.

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Berkeley establishment. highly recommended.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine list- why do you leave this out from a review...
But LaLimes provided a totally outstanding dining evening for us
Good to see them totally on their game

PH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, went for our 26th anniversary, might well go back for 27, 28, 29 and 30 should we be so fortunate! Thanks!

J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Lalime's has become a shadow of its former glorious self.

h
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caesar salad way delicious and enough to share with three salad lovers. Halibut "burger" also yummy. Service was professional and attentive. Very loud, but it was full of diners. Lights doing something weird - dimming and rising. Not sure why; server seemed vexed by this too. It's my neighborhood restaurant (I can walk) and seems like a very good deal for a special occasion like a birthday. Glad it's still here!

TO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming to Lalime's for almost 16 years. It's our first date and wedding anniversary place!

EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Wevhave been going to Lalimes for many many years. Went there for a birthday celebration the other night and was sorely disappointed. I ordered a lamb chop and was served four thin quarter sized slices that were so badly burnt on the edges that all I could taste was grit. My daughter said her hamburger tasted like it came from Denny’s and my husband was just as disappointed in his meal. Will not be back!

DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere is very “Berkeley” , food is okay.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Lalime's and I have used the restaurant a number of times in the past. This time however there was one disappointment. No oysters!! I always order oysters..... Otherwise it was once again very nice.

s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a 7:00 reservation, and were seated at 7:30. It took about 10 minutes for anybody to approach us. We had to ask for water and for bread. We ordered as soon as the waiter came over since we didn't want to wait until the drinks were delivered to order food ; he was very nice but not sure if they were understaffed or this is just how it is. The lettuce in the Caesar salad was old - you know how when you have old romaine it turns red and brown? It was red and brown. Asked for another one and waiter apologized and said this was the only lettuce they had. You really SHOULD NOT serve a salad like that. That is the stuff I throw out at home. Two people in our party had the filet. Both said it was both chewy and burned, it depended on what part of the filet you were eating. Not a good piece of meat. My daughter said the salmon was good and my pasta was fine but unremarkable. I had really wanted to like this place; the bill was $200 for four of us and I think you can find somewhere else to dine.

m
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

great meal, lovely server, but a little slow in bringing us our wine and main course, which it really a small thing. we also found the maitre d' to be terse. seems to me it's an important thing to have warmth when one walks into a restaurant. the food was great though. perfect greens, lovely baba ganoush, main course too, beautifully plated. we'll be back.

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