Maison Bleue Berkeley

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52 reviews
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We are bringing a little taste of France to Berkeley, making authentic French food with fresh local ingredients. Maison Bleue is warm, welcoming and modern with its reclaimed wood tables and wall installations (all hand made by the owners), cozy sunken space, open kitchen and marble countertop bar. On the menu are Sweet Crepes, Savory Galettes (Buckwheat Crepe), Omelets, Croque-Monsieur, French Dog and more. To wash it down, we have coffees made with beans from a local roaster (Roast Co in Oakland), Cider, Beer and French Wines. Come sit at the bar or on our outdoor patio and enjoy yourself. Santé! Chef-Owner Patrice has partnered with his long time friend Fadhly to bring you a modern French cafe and creperie. Located in downtown Berkeley next to the Public Library, across the street from Habitot Children's Museum and 2 blocks from the downtown Berkeley BART station, Maison Bleue offers the neighborhood a family owned, locally sourced French cafe.
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JS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty crepes with variety of presentations. The scrambled eggs with onion confit was delicious. Bananas not typically Foster-served on crepe with almonds, still good to eat. Outdoor shaded tables, very pleasant; indoor a bit dark.

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o
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food, fun casual bistro-like with a short but very good wine list and even a French beer or two. Not much on ambience but one we'll return to again especially when we're in downtown Berkeley.

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

Good experience!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but I thought the side salad could have been dressed up a little. I made a reservation and was delighted to have a table reserved. The ten minute wait to reach the register to order and then sit down was a surprise. I will visit again but not for a special lunch. This is more of a coffee shop with food than a sit down cafe. Cute little place just not what I was expecting for a place that takes reservations.

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JC
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love the food. Indoors has only a few tables and loud acoustics. Best when weather permits dining on lovely patio next to Berkeley's main library.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Crepe was cold and crunchy. Didn’t appear to be freshly made, but if it was.... sat way too long.

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BS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent crepes.

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f
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It was smaller than I thought it was. The food was greasy.

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E
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a great location for downtown Berkeley. Perfect place to catch a bite to eat before the afternoon show at the Berkeley Rep. Busy place, probably because the food is good and the staff is friendly. We hit an especially busy time, so it was pretty noisy. The outside area would be great in nice weather.

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BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent crepes... with buckwheat for savory ones

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Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

cozy restaurant serving yummy crepes, I would love to go back in the spring and sit on the large patio!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was good but serving delays were unaaceptable.

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BM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was extraordinary - the staff was super friendly - but two of our entrees simply got lost in the shuffle. There was very little "how is everything?" follow up with the waitstaff. It only really materialized after we walked to the counter and asked why everyone else in our party had finished their meals - where were the other two. The food was excellent - but there seemed to be a lot of friendly chatter going on in the kitchen rather than making sure entrees came out on time and were hot when they were delivered. (particularly since once of the entrees was a warmed slice of premade bread pudding)

Our waiter was very friendly and a great compliment to our food - once they'd actually made contact with us. Great food - but ya'll need to work on your execution a little bit for you to get top stars.

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EV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very creative menu. We had breakfast crepe with buckwheat pancakes. Service was slow. Didn't seem to have enough help. Had reservations, but had to wait in line while those without reaervations placed order. Had to find own table. Service should improve with additional help. Food is great now.

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SF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok. Cappuccino small and disappointing but what I really objected to was having a reservation and then having to wait in a long line to order food. There is no host or hostess. What’s the point of making a reservation and then waiting in line with everyone who just shows up. They need to either honor reservations or take themselves off Open Table.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There are savory and sweet crepe options. Enjoyed the vegetarian filling with a buckwheat crepe. There was indoor and outdoor seating available. There was an extensive list of beverages. Our choice was a delicious rose. Parking garage is adjacent with a tunnel to the restaurant. Metered street parking is also available. Our server was friendly and helpful.

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l
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor seating, in lovely Berkeley and maybe this was an off day for the cook staff but the "pan Perdue" was completely inedible, it was like trying to eat a brick. The Croque madame was verging on burnt. The egg on top was lovely, but the rest of the sandwich was dry and inedible. The wait staff was very sweet, very efficient. Too bad the cooks couldn't match their proficiency. I will try them again, and maybe just stick to the baked goods.

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M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I like this cute little place a lot. However, this experience was disappointing. We arrived with a reservation. Waited quite some time just to get drink orders taken. No ice, so had to change order. Again, another 5 mintues or so of waiting. 45 minutes in, we were still waiting for our entree. Meanwhile, the couple next to us, who had arrived almost 10 minutes later, were almost done eating.

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RJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the Complète which was very tasty, the Salade du Sud +bacon and a large cider. As others have mentioned it was order at the counter and be seated. The total came to $30. It was a good, authentic dinner. I plan to return.

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HP
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and fab savory crepes. Worth a visit

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and authentic French crepes!

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CM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor seating! Staff was so nice. Had savory crepes and bubbles- was perfect date night.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a very informal place with a few tables inside and several outside. It’s counter service with the staff bringing your meal. For such a small place, our order took longer than expected. My wife had a buckwheat crepe which she said was good, although the chicken filling was not very flavorful. I had the Croque Monsieur - which was good. Nothing fancy. I would probably go back if I’m in the area and have a desert crepe. Would not go there for dinner again - lunch maybe or desert - yes.

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RK
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We discovered this place because our theater tickets entitled us to a free lemon-sugar crepe, but the buckwheat gallettes we had were really delicious. Good French beer, too. Service was really friendly, and the atmosphere was casual. Will definitely coem back for a quick pre-theater dinner again. It's not really obvious from the street, so they might not get enough walk-by business, but look for it and you won't regret it.

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

1/3 or menu items were available. Service very slow

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AI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French fare— simple crepes, cheese and charcuterie— at an unhurried pace. Service was excellent; we were allowed to sit and luxuriate. The wine list is also quite thoughtful, and I recommend this place for a languid evening (there’s only one person in the kitchen, so don’t go if you’re in a rush).

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the service was exceptional as well.

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JK
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our cappachinos and our galettes and our frambree banana crepe. So delicious. The place was rather small. I had made a reservation but were not seated when we checked in. There was no reservation sign on any of the tables. We asked after waiting 10 minutes if we could choose any table. He said go ahead. Oh well, I guess he was too busy with the take out orders. He could have just gestured for us to choose any table. This was the only drawback. There were people studying and also some on their computers. So it was more like a Starbucks in that respect than a Bistro.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice, will absolutely go back!

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Coffee was delicious!

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service and attention to detail!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My partner went for the first time to this restaurant for this valentine's day. Musician who played was FANTASTIC, food was delicious, service was super attentive and kind. Def coming back!

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o
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazingly great mix of lovely food and friendly staff. The coffee and food were excellent, and perfect for an informal brunch

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B
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an update to an earlier review that was in response to a scheduling error between OpenTable and Maison Bleue Berkeley. After my first review with the comment that I wished I could have tried the food, but the restaurant was closed (even though OpenTable allowed me to book a New Year's Day brunch for my wife and I). Promptly after my review was posted, I was contacted by the manager of Maison Bleue Berkeley. Patrice deeply apologized for the mix up and offered to send me a gift card for the inconvenience caused. After the gift card arrived in the mail, my wife and I took them up on their offer for a weekend brunch. The food was amazing (we had the croque madame and carnivore omelet) , the coffee was rich and delicious and the best part of the whole experience was the staff. They very friendly and welcoming as we made our orders and even gave us a refill on the coffee (I don't think the menu says that they are bottomless).

In short, great food, great location, amazing staff & management. We'll be back again soon!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Saturday brunch. So glad we found this neighborhood bistro gem. Great coffee. Great food.

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BD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent; especially the vegetable soup. The service was also very good; we had a nice long lunch and never felt hurried.

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CL
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner at Maison Bleue after a hike in Tilden Park. The service was exceptional. Very friendly and informative. You could tell that the waiter really enjoyed his work and the food that he was serving. The crepes were very tasty and presented in an artistic manner. We had a variety of savory crepes and all were excellent. We topped it off with a delicious salted caramel sweet crepe for dessert. We will definitely return and recommend this gem to our friends.

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F
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Wish they had table service...food is excellent

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OT
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great spot for a quick meal before Berkeley Rep performances. The crepes -- both the buckwheat galettes and the sweet dessert crepes -- were delicious. There is also a small but very appealing list of wines, beer, and ciders. We especially loved the dessert crepe with housemade caramel. The atmosphere is cozy and our server was friendly, efficient and charming.

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B
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I wish they would have updated their hours for opentable. They took our reservation via opentable and confirmed it, but when we got to the restaurant, there was a sign saying there were closed for the next few days.

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