Limewood Bar & Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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4.2
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4.4
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RM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Halibut overcooked. Bland service, very noisy

m
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful setting. Our food was very good but very slow coming out of the kitchen.

L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here several times for brunch, but this was our first time having dinner. It was tasty, and the view is just as spectacular at night as it is during the day. Wine is excellent as are the cocktails.

TR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, view is amazing, and the service is delightful!! Definitely one of my favorite places in the East Bay!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Small selection of dishes, and waiter seemed a bit short with us, not as inviting as I would have liked. Some of the dishes were amazing and some were mediocre.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were seated next to a very noisy table— only four people making enough noise for 10. Would be nice if restaurant had a way of dealing with those who are so inconsiderate. Hostess kindly let us have our coffee in the bar. She was great.

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take a client. The servers during breakfast are lovely and allow you to have a quiet and slower-paced experience if that's what you request.

k
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Limewood has definitely the best view to be had in the Bay Area -- all the way to the Golden Gate. However, we chose to go there for brunch, and the fact that the orange juice wasn't freshly squeezed was the first clue. The menu was aimed at a moneyed crowed ($22 for a burger that wasn't even Wagu?), and there were no omelets, not one, and when we asked, were told they didn't "do" omelets. Settling for eggs and bacon, the food (which did arrive quickly and hot) was good but could be purchased for a quarter of the price elsewhere. But then, of course, there wouldn't be the view. So compromise and choose what's important for your breakfast experience.

E
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

M was so accommodating and helpful. She explained the dishes and coaxed me to try something different and I’m so glad I did. When another waiter noticed we both had on dark slacks, he offered us black napkins.
They made my birthday lunch extra special!!

J
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance with good food and great views, service was okay, will definitely return

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff knowledgeable about food and helped me customize my order.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice time, felt a tad rushed but it was New Year's Day

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, we had a good experience. I’d definitely return again, thanks.

o
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Overpriced and soggy eggs Benedict, obviously reheated in a microwave.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got together with 6 of my young cousins for brunch -
The food was delightful, service efficient and we could actually hear each other talk. Really great time

t
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

There was a VERY limited menu at 1:30 pm. Basically, the only lunch item was a hamburger, everything else was breakfast. Also, it took a long time to be served our food. However the hamburger WAS good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We came for lunch at noon on a Friday to celebrate a birthday. I’ve been there a number of times and have had a great experience, so I was very disappointed to find that the menu was for breakfast items with a small section noted on the menu of only ‘4 items available after 11’ as follows:

* Oysters on the half shell
* A basic green salad
* Pasta
* Burger and fries

That was the extent of the lunch menu. How do you put together a lovely meal with those items? I had brought someone here to celebrate their birthday and was embarrassed by the lack of options. We both eat healthy and neither the burger nor the pasta were a choice we wanted to make.
When I questioned whether they had an actual lunch menu, the server kept pushing chicken and waffles at me for lunch. Really? This is lunch on a Friday; not Sunday brunch. I expect so much more out of the Claremont.
My date and I ended up sharing oysters and he had the burger (which he said was good) and I had the salad (lettuce and small cubes of feta. Pretty tasteless and quite disappointing).

On a positive note, our server gave us very good service. It wasn’t his fault that they have modified their menu in this way. I would really like to see them revisit the decision to go this route. It was weird and made absolutely no sense to me.

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Two visits in less than a week resulted is the same mediocre experience. The restaurants was understaffed resulting in slow initial service that improved once the order was placed.
Food was underwhelming. Everything from soup the main was barely warm. The pasta dish was gluey in consistency and pasta was overcooked.
Given that this is the only dining option in the hotel one would expect things to run more efficiently.
Unruly and noisy children are not the restaurant’s fault -it is that of the “enlightened” parents the don’t control their behavior ...but it spoils the atmosphere and resulted in several diners requesting to move tables.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Stayed for a Christmas staycation, ordered the special, steaks were over cooked. We liked the room service more!

e
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were there at 11:30 so we had both a breakfast menu and a brief lunch menu. I had the most elaborate and delicious french toast I have ever had. The pieces were huge and designed in an overlapping design on my plate. Looking at them I though they might be dry but they were light and most tasteful. I devoured every single bite. My husband also loved his egg dish. The service was excellent. The view looking out the window over into San Francisco was delightful. This is our third time here and we will definitely come back. Also, the prices are reasonable.

PM
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter very attentive and patient with late arriving guests

d
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Had lunch there during Christmas week. I knew it would be busy, but did not expect a couple of things. First, when we got the menu, it was a breakfast or brunch menu. I asked for a lunch menu and was told they did not have one that week. We should have been informed when we made reservations and I could have booked somewhere else. After we received our food, I never saw our waiter come back to check on us. We finished our meal and waited 20 minutes before she came and just gave us our bill, not even asking if we wanted anything else. Very poor service, even for a Christmas week.

S
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our lunch of trout, the hamburger, the pasta dish (which I can't pronounce much less spell!) and beet salad. The beet salad was the 'weakest' of the items. The salad mixture pieces were hard to get into your mouth and there were very few beets. The hamburger was outstanding. Twenty four dollars outstanding... Well... The pasta was excellent, tasty, good portion and filling. The trout was delicious although the teeny layer of dark meat directly under the skin made the dish a little fishy. The presentation on all the items was beautiful!
We enjoyed the view and our servers very much.
As the resturant filled the noise level got pretty high. The two hard of hearing people (one with hearing aides couldn't hear the conversation at our table about halfway through the meal because of the background noise.

S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered artichoke soup and rib-eye steaks. The soup was delicious. The steaks were rare, not medium as ordered, and full of inedible gristle.

TB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was OK very loud and hard to talk. We did not care for the lake of choices for lunch. Very small menu.
Not much to pick from . $21.OO for a hamburger or sandwich.?? We won't b going back. They should of offered soup, pasta, salads with choice of meats or fish.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special touch of a white chocolate happy birthday sign on ice cream was special. Service was great.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a wonderful server. Everything started out great. The glass of wine was fabulous and quite expensive but I knew that when I ordered it. Of corse the view from the Berkeley hills is exquisite. The fog had cleared for an hour or two and it’s a beautiful view. We had a gorgeous light house salad that they split for a fee. But my fried chicken sandwich was so dry that I should have sent it back but I didn’t. I just deconstructed it and eat what I could. I have eaten there before and the food was better. So if you are a tourist and want a great view for lunch this is a great place. I live in the Bay Area and never tire of the view but the lunch menu is very limited.

MA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Christmas celebration with old friends. We stayed forever and they did not hustle us along. Mario, our waiter, was just terrific and the chicken sandwich and burger were fabulous. Definitely a keeper. Thanks!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful view from the Berkeley hills and spectacular food. The perfect place to bring guests.

LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The wine was great. The crab pasta had less than a teaspoon of crabmeat. No exaggeration. We were amazed. Overpriced and very disappointing food. We had a great waiter.

WD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place for a special occasion. Beautiful setting, friendly (but very slow) service. Expect hotel / resort pricing.

I
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous everything!

Menu
Service and care!
Truly a very good night out!

O
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for six. Lunch was very nicely paced and waitress was very attentive. Food was good and we had a lovely time.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Limewood. We frequent this restaurant for brunch or dinner and we are always satisfied with the service, the food and you can’t beat the ambience.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would recommend with caveats. My wife and I celebrated all of our anniversaries for 20 years at Jordan and then the Meritage and both were always beyond excellent in the quality of food and service. Limewood does not meet those standards on any level. The Limewood is a good restaurant with good food with a great view. It is much too noisy to carry on a conversation with anyone that is not immediately next to you. The waiter missed my wine order because he did not hear me. We will be looking elsewhere for future special dinners.

ET
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dinner with lovely service. The view from the window next to me was dreamy.

r
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, but a bit pricey.
It's a good alternative to traditional too big Thanksgiving dinner.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Small portions with descriptions of entree including vegetables But these are simply garnishes . Had to order additional sides. Over priced.

1
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pricey but nice. Views. Ambience and service are excellent.

ML
Mexico City
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Gorgeous view but the food is expensive and quite mediocre. Do not order pasta. The atmosphere feels like a high end chain restaurant.