The Berkeley Boathouse

4.1
162 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

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Vincenza
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Most of the food was OK, but the hamburgers were the worst ever. Truly horrible - two paddies each about a quarter inch deep, overcooked, dry, tasteless. Service very slow - I got my glass of wine 2/3rds through my dinner (and we had appetizers, too, so really slow). Music made me want to scream. View is very nice though and the heaters worked well when the temperature cooled.

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MelR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had a great bday dinner sitting in the outdoor patio area. Really great service from Roger and other servers attending to us diligently. Really appreciate that kind of service especially during a bday celebration. Roger went above and beyond to make sure my bday experience was great. A big thanks to him & fellow servers.

The ambiance was really nice too for their newly renovated outdoor patio dining. Definitely a good recommend to friends + family!

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vipTerryW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

When we arrived for our 7 PM reservation, they told us that they did not have a table available on the patio, which was what we made a reservation for. We insisted on waiting at the bar for a table on the patio, and 10 minutes later we were given a table. We were told that there would be a bit of a wait until our server came because he was backed up. 30 minutes later (!!!) I went and told the host we had yet to have a waiter come to our table. There had been miscommunication and our server was not know aware he had our table. Needless to say, it was poorly run.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We both had a bowl of Clam Chowder, good but heavy on the Bacon. Gail had the Boathouse Cobb Salad, I had the Caesar, both salads were good. We then both had the side Salmon which had crispy skin and was NOT overcooked. Shared the Creme Brulee Cheesecake, (best dish of the night). Gail had Margarita, I had Tito's. This was my second visit only because the first visit SUCKED and I felt they could do better.

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JulieJ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. The service was a little slow, but not compared to most restaurants these days due to lack of servers everywhere. We loved the atmosphere and the new remodel (they elevated the deck, so now there's a view). It's one of very few places where you can eat outside by the water in Berkeley. With heat lamps and fire tables, it's a cozy spot to splurge for a night/afternoon out.

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vipMayaU
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The location seemed promising. It is right on the marina. It is a quiet and nice area. The service was non-existent. We waited and waited to order, we waited for our food, and we waited over 30 minutes after ordering a beer once the food arrived. We were sitting 10 feet from the bar tap, and even the bartender would not serve the beer, saying it needed to be ordered by the waiter. She ordered it and stopped by 20 minutes later to say the bartender was "working on it". It was surreal. They were short staffed, and the staff was very inexperienced. There was one very personable and desperate table-busser, but she was on her own.
The food was very underwhelming. Absolutely nothing special or flavorful or interesting. The menu was a minimal. The food was poorly cooked (vegetables very undercooked, and meat very over-cooked). The french fries were fine. Sadly, we will never go there again.

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encantaespana
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated at a table next to where the dishes were thrown after a meal, noise
totally unacceptable, we requested another table..which was okay...
Had Korean glazed wings, this was very good, management should take note to supply guests who order this to give hot towels or wipes, it's very messy..ended up dipping my cloth napkin in water to clean off hands....rest of meal was bland and disappointing...brussel sprouts were black, mushy and not appealing, Crab Shrimp Roll, dripping with dressing, which made bread soggy, bland, Panna Cotta was the worst I've eaten, and all this for just $80 not including tip...must say our waitress,
Dawa, was remarkable...

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vipNichelleT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love this place, found this restaurant during COVID and it was one of the very few places that actually allowed you to sit at the bar. I missed going to bars during the lockdown and when I came here I thought it was everything. Try have great service and TV’s.

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monaC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great, need to go early for better choices of food dishes! The chicken wing was delicious but a little pricey for the portion! French fries was crispy.

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JanJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It's a lovely place for a relaxed dinner overlooking the marina.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the mussels and French fries. Melley our server was very attentive

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JoMa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We went for our anniversary. They forgot about us. Three groups sat after us got served first and got their food. We waited for over 40 mins for our food to arrive. Wagyu burger was overcooked and cold with a side of cold fries. Best thing is their drinks, which we would’ve ordered more if they gave us the time of day. There was a family of 5 that were checked on at least 7 times, while our waitress was only there to take our order and drop food at our table. Disappointed and not worth going out of our way to go here especially for an anniversary dinner. We were also trying to scout the place out as a wedding venue as well but that’s definitely no going to happen.

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LynnB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal outside. everyone here was friendly and kind. We moved to a table with better heat outside and they even provided a blanket for one of our party. The oyster po boy sliders for a starter were great. We also had the crab and shrimp sandwich and the fried chicken sandwich, both tasty, with delicious fries. Drinks were specialties from the menu, generous pours. We will be back again.

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vipMichael
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just a very average experience in what might be a nice setting.

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vipNichelleT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little disappointed because they were out of St. Germain and I couldn’t have a Monkey Business, which is a featured drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had to wait 30 minutes even with our reservation. The menu has only 4 entrees . Also the waiter to a long period of time to serve us even water . The menu is not specific enough because they served me a cold shrimp and crab sandwich but it did not indicate it wa supposed to be cold.

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LisaW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place to dine without too much noise so you can hear each other talk. Good sized portions and nice views of the harbor.

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SofiaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The menus found *Online* are NOT their actual menu. They have downsized to just a one page menu.
Nowhere online does it indicate that the *three page* menu shown there is no longer offered.
This is a nice setting for *drinks* and snacks, but not for a meal.

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LishaunF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great location. Good food. A little pricey for the level of service, I might go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced for the quality of food. Unnecessarily loud TV and buzzing sound from overhead speakers affected the relaxing ambience of the marina.

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McSherry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view and gracious service. Small menu, but we all found something we liked. Nice wine and beer selection.

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Lab56
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son had the risotto and loved it. I had the salmon dinner which was very tasty. We also ordered a side of the asparagus and it was ok but some pieces had no flavor. The servers were all amazing, so friendly and great servers! The setting is beautiful either outside or inside dining. If you do eat outside I would suggest everyone have a jacket or some sort as when the wind blows it gets cold, even with the warmers turned on. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals on a breezy deck.

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vipNichelleT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Cold outside on the deck but we were promptly moved inside when we asked.

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Frannie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view. Very attentive and helpful staff.

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SarahS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the view was beautiful, and food and drinks were delish! The wait staff were attentive, funny and kind. Great experience!

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vipNancy
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated two friend’s birthdays. It was a joyous occasion and The Berkeley Boathouse was great for celebrating. We each ordered something different; the fried chicken sandwich with fries, the crab and shrimp roll and I subbed the fries for a green salad, and the flatbread with roasted vegetables , all deliciously prepared. Our server Mele was very attentive and friendly. We sat outdoors with our food and wine and enjoyed the beautiful view. We all felt like we are on vacation. A great place with tasty and well prepared dishes. We look forward to going again.

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StuartC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful spit outside with fire pits and heaters though still bring a jacket! Vegetarian Beet Reuben was shockingly good and even my carnivore wife loved it and ate half. Fries top notch crispy. Cocktails are a bit pricey for $15 but you are paying for the nice view. Well worth it. I live in Berkeley, a place with sad outdoor eating options, so will tell all my friends about the boathouse.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We started with Iced Tea (good); Bay Blues (too Sweet); Tried the Brussel Sprouts (burned); and Garlic Alfredo Flat Bread (Tasty but soggy); She had the Side Salmon (over cooked but tasty) I had the Fried Chicken Sandwich (over cooked and dry, put lots of slaw to try and make it moist) and the Truffle Fries (very good), sent out regular fries when I ordered Truffle, wait person offered to bring garlic on the side, I insisted on getting what I ordered. Shared the Creme Brulee Cheesecake (Really Good),
Will try them again cause the setup is Fantastic and maybe the fry oil was just too hot.

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vipdavidc
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Power was out but they seated us with a glass of wine.

The manager was the best

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vipNichelleT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Roger was exceptional during our experience. Host provided us with a nice fireplace. First time here and my girlfriend really like it. Since it is close to home, we are planning to make it our date night spot.

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DANAAF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was so kind and friendly and very welcoming to our group. Checked in on us frequently to see how we were doing. Our waitress Melanie was so kind and thoughtful. Totally catered to all of our needs. Was super helpful with making decisions about our orders. My son was so happy with how he spent his 9th birthday. The food was amazing. I definitely will come back here again, whenever I am in town. Thank you to the Boathouse staff for an amazing experience.

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RichardF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Boathouse is a great place for a family dinner with small children. The menu is limited but the food is good. Eating outside on a warm night was good. There is inside seating but the chairs have only a small back and are not comfortable for all. Parking is free for 3 hours or unlimited on the street.

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

¡Magnifique! 😍

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MarcosV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was decent, service was ok, no sense of urgency. Glad we tried it, beautiful views

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DyannaC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great views on the patio. Fire pit features are nice. Great drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just great!!! Chef Mat knows how to please everyone taste … Great staff. Awesome and flavorful Cocktails. It’s always good to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful with the menu! Food was delicious. Ordred the risotto, wagyu burger, fried chicken wings, and several desserts. Everything was made well.
The restaurant itself had plenty of indoor and outdoor space, with masking and social distancing in effect so it was perfect for us to dine there ( with a 3.5 year old, and being 30+ weeks pregnant and high risk). Will dine again!

FAQs

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

The Berkeley Boathouse is rated 4.1 stars by 162 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.