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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My meat could have been hot instead of warm. I think the restaurant precooked the steak. It was still very good. The service was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Anniversary

SL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was exceptionally good. However, the service felt rushed. We had a glass of champagne before lunch and our entrée was served almost immediately. We were halfway done with our meal before our waiter realized we’d been served and asked us if we wanted any bread.It was our anniversary and we were anticipating a leisurely lunch. Even with dessert and espresso, we were done and the bill was paid in under an hour. On the plus side, staff I realized it was our anniversary and wished us a happy one. When our dessert was served, it came with a complementary piece of white chocolate on which happy anniversary had been written.

OM
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was amazing, personable, and attentive. We went for drinks and dessert. The pot de creme was excellent, cheesecake good. Two desserts, two glasses of wine, tax & tip was around $70. Very nice ambiance for a pre-Valentine's Day outing.

b
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and loved the variety the addition of the bar menu provided. Great service.

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good food and service but if you pay $700 for dinner they should discount you parking by more than $2 buck. Just cover it. That kind of thing annoys all sorts of people

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and customer service! And very tasty choices ...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not so great service. Wasn’t impressed with the food

BS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu and food. Price point on the higher end. Friendly staff and good service. Great view from the restaurant.

AC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We used to come to the Claremont Bar and Restaurant for years for the ambiance and great views more than the food. But recently, the new design has even taken that away. This is on top of the fact that food is incredibly overpriced, underwhelming, and limited in option. Cocktail was well done and server was fine but shocked that any non-corporate purchase card buyer who would willing throw money away for a subpar restaurant masquerading to be a high-end establishment. Now diners can not even see the views of the city anymore when the patio is closed due to the paneling and types of windows in place. Sadly, this is a huge disappointment now and do not expect to return.

G
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forgot to remind server, would have thought it would be in our reservation notes

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday party. Excellent experience!

LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food was delicious and drinks were really good!!!
Place was BEAUTIFUL AND VIEW AMAZING!!!

RM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Halibut overcooked. Bland service, very noisy

m
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
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
20 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
39 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
4 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
3 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.