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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.6

ambience

3.8

value

3.2

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Moderate

65% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for a Date (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
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Healthy (5)
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Creative Cuisine (4)
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Notable Wine List (4)
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Hot Spot (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

If you want a $10 cut of meat that costs you $40 this is the place to go. Who doesn't love a chewey ribeye that reminds you of when you were a kid shoving too many pieces of bubble gum in your mouth? How about some flavorless fish atop risotto paste? You betcha. At least you'll be serenaded by all of the middle aged people requesting the Happy Birthday song.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We were a little late for the reservation, so the hostess could not find the reservation. Other than that, it was a wonderful lunch. The food was delicious. Hope to return with family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a group of 20 that shrunk to 16 due to a few last minute issues.

I dropped in to chat with the manager before the group showed up and he made sure it all came together right, including getting timing down so we could attend a Cal hoops game on time.

While we were not quite big enough for a private room, our 2 tables worked well.

Service was very good. Food was done right with only one "timing" glitch on a busy night.

Our Cal group has 45+ years of prior experience with Spenger's and, despite changes over the years and some "complaints" from other people in their online reviews, we were treated right, the food was top notch and we had a great experience, with the staff helping to make that happen.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

THE crab Louie was $28 and had little crab sitting o small bed of lettuce a few cucumber slices, 5 olives and 2 hard boiled eggs sliced and then some tomato wedges. My guest's sand dab entree was cold and had to be sent back. The mussels were good. We ordered a bottle of wine which the waitress poured the first glass but never returned to pour again.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I would recommend this place if it was the only place left for the bread and water. And thats if it came within a reasonable time from when you sat down. We had no utensils no napkins no appetizer plates but food was sitting getting cold. I asked for a pint glass for my beer from three separate people and ended up drinking it out of the bottle.Next time I'll bring my own paper bag. If you want fried fish go to McDonald's. Filet O Fish is half the price and half the wait. The scatter was told to be the captain's platter but instead was worse than all you can eat Red Lobster shrimp and fries from Wendy's. My Jim Beam and Coke looked like cheap whiskey and water and didn't taste much better. I will pay the price for good food but growing up going to this restaurant to seeing what it's become is sad. All other reviewers who know what this place used to be say the same. I would put more money into your service and quality of food instead of changing the look of what was once a great restaurasameBy the way the lingering smell of Pine-Sol throughout the entire restaurant makes it smell like a one star rest home. Stop trying to be what you are not or step your game up. Otherwise tear it dowdown. Perfect location for an In and Out.But f... it. Im sure the other watered down restaurants numbers that also belong to this chain even out Spengers losses. Take note from Dead Fish and Stinkin Rose.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We took our sister for a special birthday dinner. Unfortunately, the menu was limited and the food was not fresh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was spotty, food was luke warm at best. And it took forever to get served in the first place.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant has gotten progressively worse over the years that we have gone there.

The services has gotten particularly bad and we shall never go there again.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I thought the food was a little bit overpriced. I paid $3.75 for a glass of ice tea which was never refilled and sugar was not offered. The shrimp scampi was seven dollars and I got three shrimp which had no garlic on it and they were cold, but it was meant to be a hot dish. The shrimp or cold but the sauce around it was hot. Not good value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had to wait 25 minutes for a table we had reserved in advance. The hostess told us she'd bring us a cocktail menu as she seated us but she never did. The featured wine of the day was not available and we were there at 7:00pm. The french bread they served was stale. Even though we ordered a bottle of wine we had to remind the waitperson to bring it to our table after he delivered our salads. The roasted potatoes were so hard you could barely chew them. One of the wait staff (bus person) left the men's room without washing his hands. A bartender was seen blowing his nose and not washing his hands as he continued to prepare a cocktail.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Just fantastic wait staff is wonderful food was delicious just as expected

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time eating there. It's been there for ages and apparently they were closed for a remodel but the place doesn't appear to have been remodeled? Food was so so. Prices high. Waiter was nice.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner. The variety of the menu choices made everyone’s meal the best hassle free option.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good fish n chips. Mud pie was a bit too strong on the coffee flavor, but the key lime pie is the best in the Bay Area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good news: lots of validated free parking. Bad news: you will be parked for a long, long time. This restaurant recently changed hands and it appears it lost all its wait staff and kitchen staff and bartenders. After being promptly seated and told the server would be right over, we waited over 20 minutes to get bread and water. After our order was taken, it took another 20 minutes for drinks to arrive. Once the food arrived - and it is good food - a refill request on a glass of wine went unfulfilled. The wait staff - one person - had far too many tables. This used to be a good restaurant. No longer. Write if off for good as it is not worth the wait.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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