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For 2
Thu, 2/22
9:30 PM
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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1947 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Steak, American
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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
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Phone number
(510) 845-7771
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Patrick Kehler
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Cross street
University Ave.
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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.
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Public transit
We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
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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.

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What 1947 People Are Saying
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3.6  based on recent ratings
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The lobster and steak medallions were delicious as was everything else. Want to try the fish and chips next time!!

vipEna1 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was good but they didn’t count my open table reservation at first. There were very few people there yet the waiter seemed to be really busy.

vipCHeretic (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Classic local landmark. Good food. Great service. Booths available for quiet conversation.

RogerB (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

My parents used to bring me here and it was such a great place. Sad to see that Spengers has descended into pricey mediocrity. Our waiter couldn’t tell me if the English sole was petrale or dover, then compared it to tilapia. Wow. I was surprised there were no specials. Very small portions. I had the sea scallops which were tasteless and uninspired. Also, there were only 4 scallops on the plate. FOUR !? For $33 !! Really ??

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The restaurant under the McCormick and Schmidt management has lost its flair. They just kept the Spenger’s name but everything else has changed. The food is just average and the cost is to high. A very limited menu selection for dinner. The menu doesn’t list what actually comes with the entree. I ended up ordering extra sides that just inflated the bill. I have been going to Spengers for about 45 years and expected more during this visit.

Dlynch2121 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a very nice drink in the bar first and then a beautiful dinner after! We were really looking forward to our evening and you did not disappoint! We have gone to the McCormick and Schmidt in Irvine several times while my daughter was in school there and every visit was better than the next! Hoping that will be the same here!

kate21 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very, very disappointing. Menu never changes.Will not be back.

vipkaboolie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a great dinner and this was our first time. It would be fun to bring a bunch of friends! So many choices so we had a hard time deciding. Our waiter was very helpful and came back to check on us which is always important for good service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Since we had a reservation, we were seated as soon as we arrived. No waiting! Enjoyed the fish and boat decor. Shrimp Scatter was delicious as usual. There weren't as many shrimp as there used to be but they were larger. Meal was pricey but for a special occasion was well worth it.

BayBrenda (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

You can't go home...We celebrated my father's 88th birthday at Spenger's after confirming they still had the shrimp scatter platter. Well, the recipe used by McCormick and Schmicks today is NOT Frank Spengers and was disappointing. One review said it was right up there with Sizzler and I would agree.

They are understaffed but our server met all our demands especially considering we had 5 children under the age of 7 with us. The bar staff was REALLY bad took our order first and served my father last...I understand she serves regulars first but WOW we were the 1st two people in the bar.

Overall, it was a nice drive and a walk down memory lane for my dad but I wouldn't recommend this restaurant - it is not even up to McCormick and Schmick's standards. It is convenient to 4th Street so if you are out shopping and want to grab lunch it would be fine.