Limewood Bar & Restaurant

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591 reviews
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Limewood Bar & Restaurant showcases regionally-sourced cuisine. The menu highlights the best from Northern California's sustainable farmers, ranchers, fishermen, bakers, artisans and vintners.
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Sun - Thu 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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JR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

View is gorgeous. Local cheese plate is yummy but the pasta was just ok

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San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. Our server Wyatt was professional, attentive and friendly. Our party of four enjoyed kale pasta, hamburger, pork shoulder sandwich and fried chicken sandwich.

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JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Yesterday, I took my client and his wife here for brunch. The hostess greeted us and took my club member number and then quickly took us to our table/booth. The first thing we noticed was that the cubicles where we sat were very low and cramped. We then waited approximately 8-10 minutes for our wait person to show up. While waiting we had one wait person say "I'm sorry, and will be with you in a minute", and then 2-3 minutes later had another wait person say the same thing. Unfortunately, both these staff members looked flustered as it was very busy in the restaurant. When that wait person did take our order she was very courteous and attentive. Unfortunately, she had trouble hearing are order as there was a party of approximately 12-14 ladies who were attending a baby shower at the adjacent table. To that end, it was very difficult to have a conversation during our brunch (no effort was made to ask that the party reduce the volume of their conversation). At one point I looked to see if there might be another table available for which we could be moved, but then realized that it was so busy, that there likely was no other space available. As for the menu, I was a bit surprised that there was not just a basic egg dish on the menu. While I realize it's important (and fun) for the chef to show off culinary talents with unique dishes, I saw only two egg dishes that had poached eggs. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I imagine that there are some out-of-town guests (and club members) who would just like to have basic scrambles/omelettes/pan fried eggs. Lastly, the ambiance was of course beautiful, and my guests were impressed with the hotel and the view. Lastly, the cocktails were very good.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Very poor service- seemed understaffed. Also, you don’t need to call guests one minute before the scheduled reservation to confirm they are still coming.....then have them wait 7 minutes to be seated.

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BW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and of course the view! We couldn’t ask for a better expierence

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious - the service is always incredible. The ambiance is great - we just so happened to have an amazing sunny morning so the view was incredible! Always love coming to this location!

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MA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, lovely hotel. Great restaurant with great food, service and view.

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CT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is sooooo much better now, service is impeccable and it’s a beautiful atmosphere!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Em was the best waitress!

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very good. Had the bang mi. Could have had more jalapeno. Was there with a client who was retiring and we were there for over 2 hours. Staff was great with checking in but not trying to get us to leave. The scallops were awesome.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced, but what do you expect here?
Don't order the steak if you actually want a steak. It's just four small strips with some mashed potatoes and broccoli.
The Hamachi appetizer was good but the beet appetizer was bland.
The Bass was good.
The wine list was very limited.
The room was nice but way too noisy for normal conversation.

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S
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The server, Robert, was great. The food was excellent but entree portion of tortellini was quite small given pricing.

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J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service! Poor attention. Very, very noisy. Sounded like a nursery!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view; caring and efficient service; delicious brunch! It was a perfect way to connect with an old friend. Thank you!

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E
San Francisco
177 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Limewood. Great ambiance and service for a special occasion.

The food was beautifully plated and there was a gluten free dessert; I rarely get to have dessert!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We weren’t very impressed with the menu, not much to choose from on a Saturday at brunch.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - fantastic service!

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MW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I feel like the service could have been better for the price tag. Food was great!

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, but the service seemed a little off. The waiter seemed to have a hard time understanding us at points and our cheese and charcuterie plate came without charcuterie and we had to notify the staff in order to receive the complete dish. Overall a good experience but the service could be better.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great girls lunch. Each person found their
lunch delicious. A new favorite

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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous setting. We dined at about 12:30pm on a Sunday. Brunch was the only menu offered. We presumed there would also be a lunch menu at that hour. The brunch menu was very limited and therefore a bit disappointing. The Farmer's Toast appetizer was delicious - thick pieces of bread with ricotta, grilled pear. and prosciutto. I ordered Eggs Benedict. It arrived about two minutes after our appetizer, which we were still eating, so it's delivery was too early. Also, it could not have been cooked to order, given how quickly it came out of the kitchen. By the time I was able to eat it, it was stone cold. It may have been delivered cold, not sure. We ordered the Toffee Pudding cake for dessert. Very disappointing. It was a dry, over-sweetened very small piece of cake. Not recommended.

Our waiter was OK. We had to catch his attention a number of times for service, but he was also very busy. Also, we had a change of waiter during our meal too.

Still, the food was horrible - just OK. That said, the location and setting and views are just stunning, so even though there remains a lot of room for improvement in the food, I will still return for the ambiance.

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SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

When I arrived for my reservation, the hostess said that I had to decide quickly to order breakfast or brunch and if I wanted to do brunch, I had to wait till all the reservations were seated before being seated. WHAAAT ? The customer service was poor at best. That said, once I figured out that the bar was friendly, the wait staff there was very nice and accommodating, and the food was ok. I am not sure if they want customers, but I expect better from Claremont. In the afternoon, they restricted the menu to a superbowl only menu of very fatty unappetizing things. I think for this wonderful spa and hotel they need to reconsider the clientele and the restaurant set up , menu and service.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a wonderful time overall. Greatly appreciated having a table with a view. Food was all very good, and the service was nice.
We had a drink at the bar after dinner, and very much enjoyed talking with the bar tenders, Max and Gerardo

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Mario was the best! The food was delicious. Great date night with our son at a sleepover. Thanks Limewood!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was okay. Service was not! Waiter, John, was unimpressive. Reached around my wife’s shoulder from behind when pouring wine without her knowing. At the end the same waiter made a comment ‘We’ll see if this works when presented with 2 gift cards (one of which was given to us when the same waiter threw away our 20th anniversary wedding cake). Very pretentious around clientele and inability to adapt to clients from different backgrounds. Waiter only able to relate to wealthy diners.

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BH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant interior was really special. Gorgeous view from the window table we sat at. The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was wonderful (wish I could remember his name), and every restaurant employee we interacted with was terrific. I'm sorry I live so far away (400+ miles), or I would dine here as frequently! But I will be back, and I will recommend Limewood to any friends who are traveling to Berkeley.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Bar service is very poor- servers do not know wine list at all. Not friendly service either.

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Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - perfect portions! Recommend the Hamachi crudo and squid ink pasta

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I booked a room with my adult daughter to celebrate my birthday. We had a great lunch of oysters and salad before our spa experience. Later that night we invited a friend to join us for dinner. She had heard good things about Limewood and is a foodie. We ordered the bone marrow, which was outstanding. Also the hamachi and yuzu appetizer. Wonderful! We should have ordered two of them. The grilled see bass was good, but a little strong in the fish flavor. We shared a dessert and talked until 10--late for us! Had a great time.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

While the food and service were outstanding, the noise level was ridiculous! Trying to have dinner next to a lawnmower or leaf blower would be comparable. I would not recommend this restaurant unless you want to shout to be heard.

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful for the ambiance and view but limited menu :)

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R
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Limewood was good for breakfast meeting a friend. My breakfast was ok not outstanding in flavor, portion size or value. For the prices being charged the portions should be better and more offered to customers.

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu. Menu online did not reflect menu on site. Very Disappointed.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Two of us met for lunch and it was important to be able to have a conversation. That worked out great. We requested and received a quiet table. The service was polite and friendly and everything came at a comfortable pace. No complaints. The food was pretty good but I had hoped it would be great. The butternut soup was served piping hot. I liked that. It was good but not as delicious as this soup usually is. I would recommend staying simple. Perhaps it was over spiced. The little gems and farro salad was ok. Better if not served ice cold, as the gems were braised. The dressing was so so. The atmosphere is very nice.

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, with exception of the chicken dish, was excellent and creative, and
the service was friendly and efficient. The Claremont Hotel has a problem
with its parking system -- the exit gate fails to operate and long backups
(seven in line in our case) occur. A new effective system is badly needed.

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place, this location. I used to frequent the old Paragons restaurant years back. Same ambience, but Limewood has a better dinner presentation. The best thing about this location, before it was Limewood was: the ambience, which it has, the balcony, music and lunch. I need to return and see more of Limewood. This dinner was a really nice start.

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A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and fantastic service! The food was delicious as well. It's a great place for a special occasion!

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G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great view, but the food was disappointing. Over-use of salt in everything, chicken was a bit dry, steak was chewy.

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LT
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hotel dining, but unlike hotel dining usually, the food and ambience were excellent. Next time we come to Berkeley this will be a must dining spot.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Had to return one food item maybe it was an off day but overall a decent experience

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