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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

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Cozy (20)
Romantic (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Casual (14)
Healthy (14)
Authentic (12)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 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 8, 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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·Dined on January 8, 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 6, 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 January 1, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 31, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 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 25, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had not been here in many years but were very pleased with this return visit. The staff and service were attentive and friendly, appropriate for a family run business. The meal was very good beginning with mixed bites and tasty pardons peppers, followed by a delightful fall salad and a savory tart. The entree we shared was a halibut that was a little lacking in sparkle and taste but good nevertheless. We finished off with a yummy chocolate mousse and a very flavorful apple galette. One of the best parts of the meal was that all entrees were under $30 including a rib-eye steak that we might have next time. We will definitely be back sooner than later.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was good, and the wine was too for the usual $11/glass price range, but the service was odd. Have you ever had a waitress in a somewhat upscale restaurant tell you that she couldn't take your food order because she has another table ahead of you? I mean, the waitress could have taken our appetizer order with our drink order (we weren't visible to the other table anyway), and then put the food orders in any order she liked. Of course, it is often first come, first served, though not always, but it's just crass to mention it, and then to have extensive conversations with two adjacent tables, and apologize for not bringing our dessert menus, because the other table was "regulars." Plus, the loud conversation between the waitress and the "regulars" made the member of our party who is hard of hearing miss our conversation completely, though she was too polite to ask for a repeat of all that she missed. The hostess was odd too, saying that a party that was seated in the entryway waiting for a table (and seemed to be saying they were without a reservation) needed to be seated because they had a baby. Nevermind, that one of our party is elderly and was not comfortable standing in the narrow entryway. We'll think twice about going for a special dinner there again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The four of us applauded the food and service. The cocktails were spot on and the wines excellent from a sparkling rose to a Syrah. The starters ranging from black bean soup and scallops with chanterelles to gem salad with pomegranates were scrumptious. The entrees showed the same outstanding quality. We can’t wait to return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

This has been my wife & mine's favorite restaurant to go on special occasions. It is consistently good and has a pleasant atmosphere. Cannot recommend it enough!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great dinner - just a last minute change of plans - spectacular salad that we split - and we're not salad junkies but it was just about perfect - scallops that were not overcooked - nice wines, I had a good cider - professional wait staff - one of our best meals in 2017...

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place right near Westbrae Biergarten. Really cute building, comfy atmosphere, nice people, great food. Fancy but not too fancy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The plates and food could have been warmer. Had to send food back midmeal to heat up the food. Just a few vegetarian offerings; only pasta. The chocolate mousse dessert was very good, one of us reports. The halibut was good, although it was a small portion. The vegetarian lasagna seemed quite creative. Good fillings. Great texture. We felt pushed to order additional dishes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful, as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A very tasty meal.... server was delightful! (from Poland). Cozy interior...A lovely time!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We have been to Lalime's many times, and it is always a wonderful experience. The food is exceptional, the ambiance is superb and warm, the service is great. Highly recommend Lalime's.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Lalime's is just marvelous! The atmosphere is great, and the food is interesting and delicious. We had salads and vegetarian lasagne, and they were fresh and perfectly seasoned. We had a "granita" dessert that was delicate and rich at the same time. The service was friendly and professional. This was really a great meal!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We lived in the area near Lalimes since getting married in 1979. We now live in Tucson, AZ. We were visiting the area and staying with friends in Hercules. We decided to take them to Lalimes for dinner. They had never been to the restaurant. I have become a vegetarian since my last time to Lalimes. I had the pasta entree, the marinated olives, and the squash soup. My wife had the leek salad. Our dessert was the gallette which was divine. The crust was flaky yet had a distinctive crunch to it. I wanted to have a digestif of cognac but was the driver so no go on that. Thank you to Lalimes for another superb dining experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Spare food portions (left hungry)
Uninspired service
Minimal birthday recognition
Disappointing diversity of staff/clientele

Don't know who I would recommend this place to (or for what).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of the most lovely dining experiences my husband and I have had in a long time. This was my parents favorite place a long time ago and now it is our go to place when we are in town.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent meal, service and ambience. A bit on the pricy side but good for special, intimate occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful lobster dinner special evening on Thanksgiving eve!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our favorite neighborhood and special event restaurant. Their preThanksgiving lobster dinner is the best. We always enjoy being here and always leave smiling and with a happy tummy.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Seasonal, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Me and my husband loved this Restaurant for special occasion specially. The food is delicios

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very good food but I was thankful for the olives and the little sprinkle of parm in my pasta as I was dying for some seasoning. I think being an older person's place the salt is kind of withheld from all the dishes. My husband and I both agreed that everything was under-seasoned. The plain flavor of the food still tasted good. It wasn't bland and gross but I can't help but think how delicious it might have been with just a little bit of salt, or at least some on the table as an option. I ate everything before me though so it was definitely well-prepared.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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