The Berkeley Boathouse

4.2
208 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Enjoy a diversified and innovative menu prepared by Chef Matthew Thomas highlighting fresh, local ingredients paying tribute to purveyors from California and the Bay Area. With an emphasis on contemporary California cuisine, the Boathouse menu is inspired by the Berkeley waterfront offering the classic california dishes infused with global influences in an artful presentation to amuse your senses. Designed for sharing, our well-balanced menu consists of a selection of small plates, flatbreads, sides, composed salads, and main entrées.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Daily 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:15PM - 9:15PM

What 208 people are saying
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Doug
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Over priced. $15 cocktails were good but overpriced. Ordered steak medium but came Medium Rare. Place was virtualy empty yet our server was more interested in the game on TV than checking back with us. $195 for two is pretty steep for a place like this.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded 5 days ago

Doug, thank you for sharing your experience with us, as it's helpful to see how we are meeting your needs and how we can improve. We can't help but feel disappointed by your comments regarding our service and food as providing efficient, pleasant hospitality and delicious food is how we are known. We will review your feedback internally and hope to have another chance to win you over completely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Went for NYE. We were seated in a back room with a few other guests. The wait staff was clearly overwhelmed and did not check on us at all. We had to get up to request refills three times. We ordered promptly to ensure our food would be out quickly. It still took 45 minutes with no one checking on us. Food arrived and was missing two items. Very bad experience. Will never go back.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on January 3, 2022

Dear Valued Guest, thank you for sharing your experience with us, as it's helpful to see how we are meeting your needs and how we can improve. We can't help but feel disappointed by your comments regarding our service as providing efficient, pleasant hospitality is how we are known. We will review your feedback internally and hope to have another chance to win you over completely.

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Geralda
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoors dining was amazing nice in cozy area by the fire pit I will highly recommend outside dining

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Justvisiting
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, but not for the cost. It was not a good value. Service was okay. The waitress was very nice, but not always available. Not sure if I would go back.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded 5 days ago

Dear valued Guest, thank you for sharing your experience with us, as it's helpful to see how we are meeting your needs and expectations and how we can improve. We can't help but feel disappointed by your comments regarding our service and food as providing efficient, pleasant hospitality and delicious food is how we are known. We will definitely review your feedback internally and hope to have another chance to win you over .

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LivMT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner exceeded our expectations! Everything was amazing. Thank you for being open on Christmas Day!!

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you so much LivMT, for taking a moment to share your thoughts about your recent visit on Christmas day to the Boathouse Restaurant at Doubletree Berkeley Marina! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit and we'd would like to thank you for choosing us as your destination. We appreciate your five-star rating and we look forward to another chance to welcome you back!

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PaulaT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

You advertised the prime rib. It was great. It came medium rare just as we ordered. I was allowed to substitute for the mashed potatoes. The waiter was great.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you PaulaT, for choosing to dine with us at the Boathouse Restaurant at Doubletree Berkeley Marina! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your delicious meal and wonderful service. We hope you'll visit us again soon for another beautiful dining experience.

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JudyeH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place for holidays tho kind of sterile looking.paricularly at night

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vipRobin
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was great.

Service was weird... not friendly and rushing us even though the restaurant was only 1/3 full...
We are eating and they asked us if we were done. WHAT? We're eating...

The 2ndary person (water/busser) seemed like he just started that day...

They placed a dish on our table, which wasn't ours so instead of asking us if we wanted it, they took it away. Etiquette calls for not picking up a dish from a table, even if it was wrong...

Did they put it on someone's table???

Management should inservice and train for better customer service.

Service could definitely improve from hostess stand to end...

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on January 2, 2022

Robin, we are truly disheartened to hear that your visit failed to reflect the exceptional hospitality we aim to offer our guests and we are deeply sorry for your frustration. We will be reviewing your comments with the team to see how we can make improvements to the guest experience. Thank you for sharing your input.

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ClaudiaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Pésimo lamentablemente nos toco un mesero súper grosero y que pena por que es un buen restaurante y buena comida y buena vista que lastima que por gente ignorante no vayamos a volver Ojo aL MANAGER entrene bien a su personal dígale que es una falta de Respeto regresar a la mesa y exigir más propina que la que se le proporciona (ellos tienen un sueldo base ) la propina es algo extra que ellos reciben Si entiendo se considera o recomienda un porcentaje pero es sumamente grosero y nefasto que el mesero regrese a molestar a los comensales por que no le agrado su propina pésimo de verdad y hasta acoso sentimos por parte de ese señor que falta de respeto

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The menu was significantly reduced from the online menu. my steak was undercooked and cold.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on December 20, 2021

Susan, thank you for sharing your experience with us, as it's helpful to see how we are meeting your needs and how we can improve. We can't help but feel disappointed by your comments regarding our menu and service as providing efficient, pleasant hospitality with delicious meal is how we are known. We will review your feedback internally and hope to have another chance to win you over completely.

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LouisD
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Little too cold inside. Because they had diners outside, the door kept opening as the servers took food outside. This made the room cold and when my food arrived, it cooled off quickly. Will want until Spring before going again.

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whereislucytoday
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing waiter, beautiful sunset, warm from the heaters on the patio. It was a perfect night for us!

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on December 7, 2021

Thank you so much for taking a moment to share your thoughts about your visit to the Boathouse Restaurant at Doubletree Berkeley Marina! We're so glad that you enjoyed our delicious cuisine, lovely setting & environment, and attentive service. We appreciate your five-star rating and we look forward to another chance to welcome you back!

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vipThienO
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Outstanding views of the setting sun. We sat on the patio. Arrive no later than 4 pm.
Coupled with outdoor warmers, gas powered fireplaces, and the occasional view of rowers and sailboats for a mini-getaway from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on December 7, 2021

Thank you ThienO, for choosing to dine with us at the Boathouse Restaurant at Doubletree Berkeley Marina! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our outdoor setting. We hope you'll visit us again soon for another four-star experience!

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yaquelinv
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had the worst experience from entering the restaurant to leaving the restaurant. Poor communication, only fun and social staff was the bar tender. The host /manager was rude. I was embarrassed for the staff when my friends had to speak to manager. I still left a tip, I hope that the staff change it get training. Not sure if I can consider recommending or even going there again.

The Berkeley Boathouse
Responded on December 7, 2021

Yaquelinv, we are truly disheartened to hear that your visit failed to reflect the exceptional hospitality we aim to offer our guests and we are deeply sorry for your frustration. We will be reviewing your comments with the team to see how we can make improvements to the guest experience. Thank you for sharing your input.

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vipNichelleT
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was my birthday! A great time was had by all.

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DavidH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had to ask for some bread, then what they brought was pretty boring white rolls, but otherwise the dinner was enjoyable, good dishes and attentive staff. We were on the patio after dark, great location if you enjoy col breezes.

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vipdajm
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time@ Berkeley Boathouse and the experience was excellent!! Loved food and the overall environment. Will definitely visit again.

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McSherry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, friendly service and excellent food. Beautiful setting on the water.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the outdoor patio

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vipJhenie
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful experience the menu very limited in choice very attentive staff and very helpful I ordered hamburger and my friend order shrimp & crab roll with both crispy French fries both entrees are perfect for our taste plus they gave me free cheesecake for my birthday with candles too. View was fantastic with sunset parking is free with validation overall I am glad that I celebrate my 70th birthday I am looking forward for another special occasion gem in the neighborhood

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Roger is great. Good delicious. Directions/parking a problem

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JosephE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a very pleasant place for a light meal and/or drinks, especially in weather when you can sit outside. The waitress we have had each time we have eaten there is outstanding and the food was very good.

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TFuV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The outside eating area at the Berkeley Boathouse was wonderful. We mostly chose the restaurant based on that and were very happy with it. We sat next to a beautiful fire and there were several heaters around us. It was quiet, but felt lively. My husband was able to see the baseball game playing at the bar, which was a nice touch.
The food was nothing to write home about, but it was perfectly fine. Prices are fare for what it is. It would be great to come back for brunch or lunch when we can enjoy the view.
The sever was wonderful and personable. It seemed like there were repeat customers who had been able to get to know her, which is always a good sign.
Note that parking is at the hotel is validated by the restaurant.

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vipPeterF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

I did not know the restaurant was in the Hilton hotel. It was not marked on the street and there was no 200 Marina sign either. Two separate couples wasted over 30 minutes looking for the Boathouse driving by several times. We finally stopped at the Hilton to see if they knew where the Berkeley Boathouse Restaurant was.

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Skov
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Slightly pricey,but fine cuisine and attractive room......worth the visit

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Kataiko
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is slow but perfect for us as we were there to have a nice visit with out of town friends. Menu is limited, on the small side but everything we ordered was well prepared.

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BethC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The curry seafood soup was amazing.

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FabioG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We went before sunset and it was beautiful to be close to the marina celebrating our 5-year wedding anniversary. We have at least 3 people servicing ours and other tables all the time besides some reviews I read about service being slow. It was just as one would expect. Of course not a lot of servers is the place was packed, but everything is getting back to normal with pandemic almost stable. Would definitely recommend and go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner and view from the waterfront. Would return often if we lived there!

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside and it was a little chilly in the evening, but there were heat lamps and a small fire pit. The staff was wonderful and the food was great!

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vipMailander
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely meal and service was excellent. Unsure when we pulled in -- did not realize it was a hotel restaurant. Everyone was on their A game. We were in a rare meat mood and the steak was served with a fresh corn compote with a sweet corn puree beneath a perfectly prepared sweet corn, crisp green bean and red pepper compote with dead on medium rare beef and perfectly prepared fingerling potatoes. The highlight for me was the baby artichokes. I traded my son a few pieces of my steak for his artichokes. They were that good. Paired with a very nice Davis Pinot. The setting was also lovely. We booked for outdoors but the temps dropped and -- despite fire pits and heaters outside -- we didn't come prepared with sweaters. Opted for inside and it was just lovely. Will go back again. And we are foodies who enjoy exploring just about every cuisine and price point.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was great. The drinks were great. The server that we had may need more experience. Brought out a wrong meal, forgot one drink, forgot to pick up our food so others got served first. Denied us dessert as he said the kitchen was closed but others received dessert moments later. I was Accustomed to being served for the entire meal all the way to dessert. It seems someone could have cut a slice of cake to make a customer happy. I hope in time things will improve. Remember, this was only one server as the rest of them seemed very good.

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vipChrissyH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Service was the absolute worst

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vipLarryK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not a very interesting menu. Ridiculous cocktail list—both poorly designed and poorly executed. No espresso machine.

Overall, a second- or third-tier restaurant at best. Might fool some high school or very young college students, but no one that likes good food from chefs that know what they’re doing.

One and done, sadly. Never going back.

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JoannaB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and a nice view! I recommend the salmon dish. Service can be a little slow so make sure to have plenty of time for your meal.

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vipSheriC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is beautifully placed near the water. There are nice indoor and outdoor spaces. The food was delicious and the service was great. I will definitely be back!

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rbwwsu
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait staff were excellent ! Dawa was awesome !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Seeing our nephew

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I’ve had much better service there before. This time the server we had was not attentive at all. In fact almost ignored us. We would have left no tip at all except the food was good.

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vipJohn
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The hostess was very nice, but the server was not welcoming and rude. The menu was small not many options for dinner. The Flat iron steak tasted like it was made 30 mins before I arrived.

FAQs

The Berkeley Boathouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 665-7171.

The Berkeley Boathouse is rated 4.2 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.