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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto


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Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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steamed black mussels
paprika tomatoes, white wine
chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail
cocktail sauce
shrimp kiss
pepper jack cheese, crispy bacon wrapped
lump blue crab dip
crispy pita chips
toasted cheesy garlic bread
crispy fried calamari frito misto
with‎ lemon aioli
steamed manila clams
paprika tomatoes, white wine
ahi tuna seared “rare”
dungeness crab and shrimp cake
roasted corn salsa
peel and eat shrimp
old bay white wine sauce
cup $6.25
bowl $7.25
new england clam chowder or manhattan clam chowder
served in a bread bowl
lobster bisque
garlic croutons
bay shrimp $17.99
dungeness crab $26.99
bay shrimp and dungeness crab $23.99
classic louis salad
walnut mixed greens
candied walnuts, blue cheese
caesar salad
garlic crouton, parmesan cheese
the iceberg wedge
blue cheese, bacon, diced tomatoes
arugula and roasted beet salad
pumpkinseed vinaigrette, manchego
chopped salad
blue cheese, tomatoes, green olives
mussel and clam black pepper fettuccini
roasted tomatoes, basil, and boursin crostini
shrimp and andouille
“mac and cheese” four cheese sauce
seafood and black pepper fettuccini
lemon‎ dill cream sauce
salmon rigatoni
asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, pesto cream
blackened chicken fettuccini
mushrooms, bell peppers, cajun cream sauce
classic shrimp scampi
linguini, garlic, white wine, fresh herbs
fish and chips
battered and breaded, cole slaw
parmesan crusted sole
capers, lemon butter
crispy cornmeal catfish
sweet potato fries, remoulade sauce
seared yellowfin ahi tuna
seared “rare”, wasabi, wakame cucumber salad
stuffed atlantic salmon
Fresh crab, bay shrimp and Brie cheese
grilled salmon filet
Over sundried tomato Orzo
pan seared sand dabs
tartar‎ sauce
beef medallions and stuffed shrimp
bordelaise sauce
shrimp trilogy
stuffed, scampi and fried shrimp
beef medallions and roasted lobster tail
drawn butter, roasted potatoes
buttermilk fried shrimp
cocktail sauce
captain’s platter
flash‎ fried oysters, scatter shrimp, cod
salmon and mushroom saute
with roasted hazelnuts cream sauce
stuffed shrimp
lump crab stuffed, red pepper white cheddar mash
cedar roasted salmon
roasted mixed potatoes, berry reduction
the “scatter”
A true Spenger’s original
one and a half pound king crab legs
with corn cobb, roasted potatoes
spenger’s famous cioppino
dungeness crab, mussels, clams, shrimp, scallop
seared sea scallops
with crab potato hash, sautéed spinach
shrimp scampi (4pc)
crab and lemon top
crab stuffed shrimp
beef medallions bordelaise
with spinach mushroom saute
top sirloin steak (9oz)
6oz $29.99
8oz $37.99
house center cut filet mignon
u.s.d.a. choice new york strip (13 oz)
dry rubbed black angus ribeye steak
(13 oz) center cut
flame broiled cheese burger fries
tuscan kale salad
green apple, pecan, feta, romaine with warm apple-bacon vinaigrette
oregon rockfish
cajun seared with lump blue crab, lemon butter
grilled pacific swordfish
Fingerling potatoes, cippolini onions, Brussel sprouts and pancetta
whole dungeness crab
steamed with oven roasted potatoes, drawn butter
st simon oysters
New Brunswick, Canada
Sammish bay, Washington
Hammersly inlet, Washington
nootka sound
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
calm cove
Hammersly inlet, Washington
Deep bay, British Columbia
crispy fried willapa bay washington oysters
with‎ lemon aioli
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
American, Seafood
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Food and service were outstanding as always. Spenger's went through a slump but is back better than ever... definitely one of the gems of berkeley again!

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank davidmL4609SD
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We were recommended to Spenger's by the concierge at our hotel in Berkeley. He even gave us a coupon for a free appetizer, which we enjoyed a delicious shrimp cocktail. Our food was good. The fish and chips were fresh and tasty. The restaurant was...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank hrhvictoria
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Unlike its glory days, Spenger's is in serious decline when it comes to food and service. My friends and I have been there several times over the last two years and each time we have waited and waited for someone to take our order and...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Mary Ann S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We have been eating at Spenger's for many, many years but something has drastically changed. Have you ever made reservations only to find you have walked into an empty restaurant and felt like a fool? That was the case. I got a waiter who obviously...More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We have been coming to Spenger's for thirty years. It's still a fun place to visit, with unbelievable displays of naval and maritime artifacts and big marlins all over the walls, but without the adjoining seafood market that was started by Spenger, a fisherman himself,...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank N6619UOelizabethj
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Been coming here since I was a teenager. Caught the happy hour. Had very reasonably priced appetizers and drinks. We had clam chowder ( that was the best anywhere ) and stuffed salmon for dinner. It all really good. Service was great...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Andrea H
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Loated at the noisy bar. Appetizer was good. Clam chowder and shrimp cocktail was also good. Fish and chips was not so great. Chips were overcooked. Service was slow.

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Justatraveller_10
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Crispy fish and chips, huge tasty scallops, piquant Caesars, good beers on tap. I even got my picky eater to try something new, and she's already begging to go back for more parmesan-crusted chicken with lemon caper butter and fettuccine Alfredo. Super warm reception from...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank 811sylviae
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I was not impressed with the food. I was very disappointed with food considering the food chain that owns the restaurant. Slow service.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Janie C
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We had read reviews before going to Berkeley and expected service to be sub-par based on that. However, when we waited at a table in the bar for 15 minutes before going up to the bar counter and ordering for ourselves there, then another 30...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Victoria B
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