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About Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

A historic landmark since opening our doors in 1890, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto features antique stained glass and porthole windows to give you the nautical dining experience. Enjoy your lunch, dinner or happy hour while browsing century old salvaged maritime artifacts that adorn the reconstituted teak walls. Delight in viewing the "Star of Denmark" Canary Diamond and 6 foot Ming Vase in our main dining room.

Conveniently located in the trendy 4th Street shopping district in Berkeley, CA. Spenger's is famous in the San Francisco Bay Area for impeccable cuisine, an inviting atmosphere and superior service.

Planning a Private Event or Corporate Meeting? Spenger's offers unique Event Rooms for 15 to 200 guests. Our Event Manager will work with you to create a unique menu, perfect for your group. Make your next event a one of a kind, stress free experience.

1919 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
BRUNCH: Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm
LUNCH: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-3:00pm
DINNER: Monday-Thursday: 3:00pm-9:30pm | Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-10:00pm | Sunday 3:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
University Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 845-7771

Website:
http://www.spengers.com/

Parking Details:
We validate for parking in the lot located across the street from the restaurant. 1 1/2 hours free before 5pm, 3 hours free after 5pm.

Public Transit:
We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.

Executive Chef:
Patrick Kehler

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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An historic landmark since opening our doors in 1890, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto features antique stained glass and porthole windows. Enjoy your Private Event while browsing century old salvaged maritime artifacts, adorning reconstituted teak walls.

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

service

3.8

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3.9

value

3.4

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Authentic (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Business Meals (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Healthy (5)
Waterfront (5)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

Late Sunday afternoon dining. Seated in what was the old Spenger's bar. Not busy but service was terrible barely ever refilled water and didn't check on meals until we were done. I understand there was a very recent change in ownership and I am hopeful the new owners will be able to restore the food and service levels.

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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Glad we went there. Have noticed it on 4th Street for years, but had never gone. Enjoyed seafood, of course. Just a nice restaurant-not fine dining, but what we were ready for that evening.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed the flexible Happy Hour in the bar, with a good assortment of reasonably priced bar food, modestly priced beverages, and the option of ordering from the main menu as well. The service was slow but better than it used to be and our waiter pleasant but over-burdened. Two bars were open--it would be nice is one were quiet and sports-free. By some miracle, my nice sand dabs and the accompanying vegetables were not overly salted, but the chef had not compensated adequately by using other seasoning, and the vegetables were not just al dente but undercooked and cold. All in all, we enjoyed the ambience.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The food remains delicious and a good value. The service was strange--over 30 minutes from ordering soup and salad starters until they arrived. The warm bread delivered when we were seated was cold by the time the food came. The entrees were attractively plated, served hot, and very tasty. It took a long time to get the check. This was for a Friday lunch and they were not at all busy. One whole dining room was not in use.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

We went to Spengers for a birthday dinner. Two of the five dinners ordered were wrong. One of our party ordered scallops and pasta and was given fried shrimp and french fries instead. One of our party ordered chicken and was given fish instead. The restaurant was not busy and I do not understand was two of our orders were wrong. The overall bill was $165.00 plus %18 tip which seemed high for 5 meals, two of which were wrong. Will not be returning.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

I little bit too expensive, too small amounts, drinks expensive

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very good place for a quality casual meal, yet would be good for a special occasion. A rare place that works the whole day.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was okay could of been a lot better. We had to ask for more water. Server never came by after food was brought to see if everything was good or if we needed anything. After meal had to try and catch server to ask for dessert menu. Had to wait 20 minutes for dessert. Server walked by twice never contacted us on update about dessert. Had to catch server again for check. Waited 10 minutes for server to pick up check then had to find him again. Based on the service I would not eat here again. Poor service for price. I could maybe understand if the place was packed but there were several open tables.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food but service lacking and a bit pricey. We had an early reservation on a Friday night to beat the rush and our server seemed rushed and made mistakes with the order that he was quick to blame on the kitchen. We won’t be going back.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I did not particularly like this restaurant. It was dark and a bit depressing in ambiance. The food was mediocre but the prices were quite reasonable

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

My husband and I are both veterans and really enjoyed our dinner. The waiter was very attentive and cordial.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I went to dinner for Veterans Day. They always recognize it the Sunday before the hoilday. My meal was free and so was my spouse!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were a group of three veterans making our annual pilgrimage to their Veteran's Day special. We were quickly seated but not in the main dining room. A table of 5 ladies were next to us and had a loud and lively conversation the whole time we were there. Fortunately, we ordered appetizers because the entrees took what seemed to be a very long time. My fish and chips had a generous portion of fish (4 pieces) - too bad it was overcooked and dry. I've been coming to Spengers since 1974 and this was my least favorite visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great server, Kristy, highly efficient server got everything right including special requests. Food presentation decent considering how busy the restaurant was. Food arrived piping hot, excellent portions and NOT too salty. Kudos to manager on duty.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a pleasure to take in this historic site! No bells and whistles, a simple traditional place to enjoy lunch.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is a good place to go with a group because there is space and you can make reservations. The ambiance is classic and unchanged for decades, like an old fisherman's hang out. Lots of wood and portals and relics from a fishing era. However, the lunch menu is limited, the food is average, and the prices are very high for what you get. Best when you care more about hanging out than how much you will spend. Definitely not a bargain.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went for Veteran's day celebration. I appreciate their free meal for Veterans. However, I was surprised that they didn't have a lunch menu for guests that were not veterans like they have in the past. My guest had to order off of the dinner menu. My meal was good and so was the service.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Spenger's honored the veterans again and we all liked the food and service very much. Will love to go back next year.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The hostess is not friendly - why? The waitress was wonderful. They don't like to give extra plates and utensils when we were sharing some plate, we had to ask the server every time. Food was great! I will go back there.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice place. Berkeley institution. The waitress did fine but took too long to get to us.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

First off, there was literally a bug in my water. The food had no seasoning, needed salt on everything in order to eat it. There were NO crablegs, and the service was sloooooowwwww...oh and if u bring children (5 years old) they'll sit u in the back, even though the restaurant had plenty on tables.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is an old place we've gone to for over 50 years. The food has always been a family favorite, but it was exceptional this time. After we got our doggy bag I realized it is now part of McCormick and Schmicks...quality! Our server was good at the beginning... and then did everything she could to ignore us... including turning her shoulders away from us and NEVER making eye contact! We had to literally go get her!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food is ok and the potion is smaller than others. The total meal took 2 hours and 20 minutes. The wait staff didn't appear until 20 minutes passed after we were seated.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I asked to have a medium rare steak and it was well done with a small amount of vegetables and no mash potatoes. So I would say that the food portions were sparse but good. We all loved the atmosphere which was not only nostalgic but beautiful and the service was the absolute best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I went to Spengers again despite the fact the last 2 visits were disappointing largely due to the slow service. I thought maybe that was because both visits were during the happy hour. This time it was Sunday lunch. The place was not busy but still it took 10 minutes before we were able to order drink and food. I really think they need to hire more servers.
I want to be fair to my server; I believe she did her BEST to take care of us. While the food was nothing spectacular, they did accommodate my request to swap creamy pesto with plain marinara sauce for less calories.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good service and the swordfish was very nicely prepared. Even the calamari and crab/shrimp cake appetizers were particularly well done this time, not overcooked in the least. The manager should take note of how cool the dining room can be. Fortunately, our wait staff, Richard, noticed we were shivering and managed to ameliorate the situation. Glad to see they now have white mousse-filled chocolate bag like what you find at Jake's (Portland, OR). This was very good and the apple pie, a big favourite of my spouse, was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always love coming here when my Queen and I are in the Bay Area during Football Season. At least once during the season.

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Coming here since 1971. Been a bit disappointed in recent visits, especially for the price. the Dungeness Crab Tower appetizer with avocado, mango, orange vinaigrette for $17 taseted fishly and not like fresh crab. I Had the swordfish (it was very good) $30 and mushroom risotto (way too much and dry oatmeal type of lumpiness) with a tomato confit that overwhelmed the fish - I scrapped it off and the fish tasted much better. Grilled asparagus $8 was good and firm. Spouse had a very good and generous sized crusted halibut. But the vegetables had too many quartered golden potatoes. The worst experience was that my spouse ordered an espresso and it came very light and watered-down. The barresta must have made it with ground coffee used from a previous espresso! We did not request a reorder. The main hostess was very nice and the server pleasantly did his best to serve us but seemed new and uncertain about the menu. I did not expect it to be the same as it once was (the busiest restaurant in the U.S. in the mid 1970s), with a strong Italian seafood menu, but even then, we will not be back as it was not worth the expense.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was so slow, we honestly thought they forgot we were seated, food was moderate at best, apparently chef is new and very strict with his dishes!!! no one can substitute any item when ordering?? asked for blackened got seared.

The place was almost empty, but felt like all the workers busy doing... nothing.

Sad, since I used to consider this place my FAV.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Experience was terrible! Went on a Sunday night for bday dinner. Looking forward to it. Have been going since I was young. They were out of everything we tried to order! Our waiter was very good though. But manager was not! Will not go back for quite awhile, if at all.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great location.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We had the special Scottish Salmon which was very good and also the Sand Dabs which is an old time entree that we like and was delicious. Spenger's Fish Grotto is a place from the past but love the sea faring decor and feels like home. Went on a Monday night when it was quiet and charming.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have been going to Spencer's for decades and still love it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

A couple of things on the Menu were not available. We have been to the restaurant since the 60's
We used to come thru the back door. It was always a big deal to go to Spenger's Fish Grotto. This was my Mom's and Dad's place to go. It was my Mom's 84th Birthday. She really appreciated the Crème Brulee.
Don't lose the Historic value.

Thank you

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have fond memories of spengers great fish, having been raised in the Bay area, so I took my husband to Spengers on our anniversary getaway. The hostess didnt want to seat us at a quiet table to the side upon request because it wasnt set yet. 2 minutes later she sat a couple with kids at the table. We sat at a noisy table, had great lobster bisque and clam chowder, hard stale french bread that didnt soften in the soup!, mediocre hard fish n chips, better sandabs with tasteless mash potaties & dry hard veggies, a bored but polite unattentive waiter. We left with indigestion and convinced we wouldnt come back again unless we had grandkids with us who wanted clam chowder. Noisy. Nostalgic. Medoicre food and service. Great soup and still fun nostalgic atmosphere. We would go elsewhere next time for a special getaway dinner. Was disappointed. Sorry

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This isn't my first time going to Spenger's ,my wife and I have been going there since we were small children so disappointed ,The service was terrible , the bread when we got it was stale half way through our meal, wasn't even warm , the server didn't get to our table until after 10mins of sitting at our table, getting refills for our Ice Tea and coke took for ever , I get better service at Taco Bell and better food and funny thing was there was hardly anyone in the place what a joke they should close the doors....and dirty gross.....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful! Experience!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good was good, service, fair but overpriced. Too many others to chose from.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We waited for 10 minutes before seeing a waiter. He took forever to check in on us through the meal. Other than that this place was awesome. Pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Must have been a very off night. From the fish to the vegetables everything was over cooked. Our server was very nice but truly over worked by having too many tables and diners.

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