Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Dining Guide

One of the major attractions of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is the diversity of convenient food options available within walking distance of the main concert venues.

For your convenience, this list was compiled based on proximity to Festival venues, based on reviews of three stars or higher on Yelp and Google at the time of the its creation in April 2022.

Please note that restaurants are constantly subject to change. If you have any additional questions regarding any of dining establishments, please contact the establishments directly.

This list is not intended as an advertisement for any particular restaurant or eatery.

Within “walking distance”

Café Milano

Enjoy a cup of coffee, light snack, or selection of non-alcoholic beverages before an afternoon or evening performance at this eclectic coffee shop.

Monday thru Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

2522 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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The Faculty Club at UC Berkeley (on campus)

Clark Kerr Dining Room
The Kerr Dining Room is our main dining room, and an ideal setting for breakfast (not currently available), lunch ,and dinner. With a wide selection of excellent menu options and wines, the Kerr Dining Room is a favorite of members and the wider community.

Monday thru Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday thru Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Faculty Club Bar
With the same lunch menu as the Kerr Dining Room, and arched windows looking out onto redwoods, oaks, and maples, the Bar offers the same quality and a nice change of scenery. For late afternoons and evenings, the bar is also the place to find spirited groups enjoying cocktails, delicious appetizers and weekly specials from the kitchen and local brews on-tap.

Monday thru Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday thru Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Great Hall Lunch
With a wide range of options from the grill, sandwich station, hot buffet and ever-changing and abundant salad line, many in the campus community regularly meet here, to enjoy great food and great company while dining in the Great Hall or out on the Kerr Deck, under the Japanese maples.

Monday thru Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA 94720


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Gather is a vibrant community hub of organic comfort food, craft cocktails, and fun events. Our market is stocked with local produce, dairy, grab-n-go foods, meal kits, retail items and organic soft serve ice cream. Stop by for a meal or host your next event with us. 

Wednesday thru Friday; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2200 Oxford St Berkeley, CA 94704


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Great China

Great China serves Northern Chinese fare using the best of Northern California’s bountiful land, and offers an award winning wine list, local beers, as well as premium spirits. 

Wednesday thru Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

*closed Tuesdays

2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Henry’s Bar and Restaurant

Relax with a drink and choose from their selection of bar bites at Henry’s, the Graduate Hotel’s lobby-level restaurant and pub.

Daily (Grab & Go Coffee + Pastries): 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday thru Sunday (Full Bar + Light Bites): 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Mezzo is a casual eatery offering salads, sandwiches, and soups all made right in front of you, exactly how you would like it. Known for our homemade ingredients and cheery environment, Mezzo has been here serving up our delicious honey wheat bread and poppyseed dressing since 1983. Mezzo re-opened in June 2017, after burning down in 2011. Since reopening, the restaurant has evolved and updated its name (formerly Cafe Intermezzo), but has kept its menu full of the classics. 

Wednesday thru Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

*Breakfast served until 11:00 a.m.

*Lunch starts at 10:30 a.m.

2442 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704


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The Musical Offering

The Musical Offering has been a Berkeley institution for decades. Since 1977, its music shop has offered a unique curated collection of classical records and CDs, with expert staff on hand to assist customers.

The café, led by Chef Erick Balbuena, serves an excellent variety of food and drink, with daily specials to tempt you.

Everyday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen

Angeline’s brings the flavor and atmosphere of a New Orleans neighborhood restaurant ​to downtown
Berkeley, with great music, libations and the classic dishes invented in the Big Easy’s greatest kitchens.

Tuesday thru Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

*closed Mondays

2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Berkeley Thai House

The Berkeley Thai House has been proud to serve the Berkeley community for over 20 years, bringing authentic food and culture all the way from Thailand.

Tuesday thru Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ; 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

*closed Mondays

2511 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Cancun Sabor Mexicano

Discover the secret that East Bay residents have known for many years. Cancun Sabor Mexicano has long been the East Bay’s favorite for the freshest Mexican food. The restaurant offers more than 40 different salsas of which the vegetables come directly from its organic farm in Sonoma.

Everyday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2134 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Comal is a gathering place located in Berkeley’s bustling Arts District, just north of the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.  The restaurant is housed in a single-story building (circa 1927) and features a lush, secluded rear patio with a full bar, covered dining area, and al fresco beer garden with fire pit.

Executive Chef Matt Gandin creates earthy, modern interpretations of dishes from throughout Mexico, with emphasis on Oaxaca and neighboring coastal regions. Comal offers an “all-Mexican” list of craft cocktails, house-made sangritas paired with its curated collection of agave spirits, and a diverse selection of local beer and wine on tap.

Sunday thru Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday thru Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

2020 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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You can find us located in famous Downtown Berkeley. Discover the Eureka! all-American culture through one-of-a-kind experiences, weekly events such as Steal The Glass, daily “Hoppy” Hour, and an inventive rotating beer and craft beverage program, small-batch whiskeys, and a mouthwatering menu featuring gourmet burgers.

If you’re looking for a place with all-American food, the best craft beer selection and the best whiskey bar in Berkeley, then Eureka!, you’ve found it.

Sunday thru Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

2068 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Freehouse is an accessible gastro pub, featuring local craft beers and classic cocktails in a fun, sharing and festive atmosphere steeped in Berkeley history and flavor. Come join Freehouse around the fire pits, under the heat lamps and stars enjoying good food, good drink and good friends.

Monday thru Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

*closed Saturday and Sunday

2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Fish & Bird

Fish & Bird is a unique Izakaya style restaurant and bar, specializing in modern Japanese cuisine. Chef Asuka Uchida is classically trained in Japanese and French cooking technique. Her modern, sophisticated interpretation of traditional dishes are a reflection of the current trends in Japan.

Thursday thru Monday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2451 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704


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“Wood-fired pizza. Handcrafted beer. The East Bay’s most popular brewhouse.”

Tuesday thru Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

*closed Mondays

2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704


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La Note

La Note is an authentic Provençal restaurant in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Traditional breakfast and lunch bistro fare are combined with rustic Provençal dinners in a warm and charming atmosphere. The restaurant’s owner Dorothée Mitrani, a graduate from UC Berkeley’s Environment design program (1994), won an award in excellence in 1998 for “outstanding storefront improvements” and rehabilitation of its beautiful 1875 building. Her daily goal is to raise her children all the while exposing them and the community to the convivial experience of sharing a wholesome fun and colorful meal reminiscent of her childhood.

Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2377 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Revival Bar + Kitchen

Revival Bar + Kitchen has been a Berkeley staple for over a decade. They are still as passionate about serving high quality food from sustainably sourced ingredients and meats, and are grateful to welcome you for an amazing food experience.

Wednesday and Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

*closed Monday and Tuesday

2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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A little further away


Since Kirala was established in 1989, Kirala has been serving traditional sushi and interesting robata grill specialties that you will not find anywhere else. It has been consistently voted one of the Best Japanese Restaurant where loyal patrons and locals dine frequently, and is an upscale family restaurant.

Tuesday thru Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*closed Mondays

2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Via del Corso

A destination… is really just a place you are going along your way. When you enter Via del Corso, you may feel as if you are in any trattoria in Florence, Rome, or any other place in Italy. In the heart of North Berkeley, we bring you a place to relax, restore, dine and have drinks with family and friends. Leave the outside world outside for a moment. It is our pleasure to welcome you to Via del Corso.

Sunday, Tuesday thru Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

*closed Mondays. Reservations suggested.

1788 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704


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Quick Bits (local “fast food” options that cater to the campus community)

Urbann Turbann

Since June 2010 Urbann Turbann has been serving our modern take on fresh and flavorful Indian cuisine to CAL students, university faculty and North Berkeley residents. At Urbann Turbann we make EVERYTHING from scratch, from its breads and main entrees to its chutneys, samosas, lassis, and chai.  

Monday thru Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

*closed Saturday and Sunday

1870 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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La Val’s Pizza

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and microbrew.

La Val’s is a Berkeley institution and has been a fixture in North Berkeley for decades.

Everyday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Bongo Burger

Over 50 years in Berkeley. Chosen ”Best of Berkeley” in 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018 by “The Daily Californian.”3 branches around U.C. campus.

Northside: Everyday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

1839 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


Center: Sunday thru Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*closed on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.

2154 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704


Southside: Everyday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2505 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Top Dog

They have been cookin’ up quality dogs since 1966 and with three locations around Berkeley and Oakland, they are bound to satisfy more than just your hunger.


Monday thru Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2160 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704



Monday thru Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Wikiwiki Hawaiian BBQ

Although their name means fast, it doesn’t mean you will get mediocre ingredients or high processed food. They pride themselves by cooking up delicious food at a great value, quickly. 
Throughout the years, they have made their recipes better, and tastier. Our goal is to bring the Aloha Spirit to Berkeley by capturing the true flavors without changing the authenticity of the way it is done in Hawaii. We have been told many many times by Hawaiian locals, “this tastes just like the macaroni salad from back home!” – Aloha 

Everyday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

2417 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Savory Kitchen

Truly American breakfast/lunch. Fast and affordable restaurant in Berkeley.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday thru Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2493 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Poke Parlor

Poke Parlor focuses on a fast casual seafood restaurant experience for the health conscious consumer. Aside from the traditional poke, they are putting a unique twist to the cuisine by offering tacos & panini’s (pokenini) to our menu. Their ingredients are 100% sustainably sourced, and their wild-caught seafood is sourced using environmentally friendly fishing methods. The majority of their vegetables are locally soured, organic and non-GMO. They strongly believe in supporting local farmers and suppliers, and they also pride themselves in only serving our food in biodegradable bowls, cups, and utensils.

Everyday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

2485 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Delhi Diner Berkeley

Enjoy fresh Indian street food at the corner of Channing and Telegraph Ave! Owners Subhash Arora and Krishna Arora are bringing a “fresh and affordable menu” with a focus on Indian street food to Berkeley campus students and staff.

Tuesday thru Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

2400 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Gordito Amigos

Monday thru Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2404 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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Thai Noodle 2

At the moment of the big bang, University of Berkeley was created. Two second after that, Thai Noodle II was created. Ever since that moment, they’ve been serving hungry students and their curious parents/tourists from all over the world. With delicious food and affordable pricing born along with the elements, you can say that making you happy one meal at a time is in their DNA. Anyway, it has been 15 seconds from the Big Bang now, and they are still here making awesome food for those of you who can’t go to Thailand. You can say we are the second best thing created by the universe. Anyhow, when you are here, time doesn’t exist. Oh, and the stress of your midterm will be gone … for about half a second. 🙂

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

*closed Monday thru Thursday

2426 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704


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