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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
+1 510-845-7771
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
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1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Spengers has been around forever and they make you wait forever for service. Not the first time either. But you have to love the place for its old authenticity and history. As to the food, it's average. Calamari was decent, if not a bit overbreaded....More

Thank jtull55
Reviewed 19 February 2017

New owner, service slow but staff was friendly. Salad and soup was great. Lobster bisque was fabulous. Quality and freshness is the same.

Thank Rosa B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Spengers (currently part of the Landrys restaurant group) has been in business for decades and for a good reason - it's excellent fish dishes! This restaurant has several heart-healthy grilled fish selections now such as succulent king salmon, atlantic, seabass, ahi, rockfish, as well as...More

Thank kmp7h1
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I've lived in the bay area for 13 years. This is my 5th visit to this disappointing spot. The last time I went my husband wouldn't stay past the drink order. He thought it was dirty and the service staff not only slow but rude....More

Thank swngdncer
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I go once a year for lunch with a friend who loves Spengers. It is definitely an old school seafood restaurant. The food is OK... not bad, not great. Dark wood, booths, quiet. Good place for a business lunch if the description fits the style...More

Thank Marty R
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I went to Spenger's for many decades. I met folks there for work and for socializing. The food is always better than average and fresh. This is a veritable fixture in Berkeley and one you just cannot miss if you are a tourist. Spenders predates...More

Thank TravelPlenty5
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Went for dinner with my daughter starting at Cal. I read the previous "up & down" reviews, but figured to go with an open mind. Spenger's is a "McCormick & Schmick's" affiliate so your Landry's Select Club card is good. I made a reservation and...More

Thank Bandit331
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a birthday lunch at an old family favorite. Outside looked bad with construction around building, but the inside was nice. Many people there for an early New Years Day lunch. Service was great. Appetizer of calamari was good especially with aioli. "Scattered platter" was...More

Thank Dana K
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Meet college roommate for dinner with our families. Wanted to relive some great time we had here. The food was below average. The scampi shrimp had NO flavors. The potions were super small and it was an expensive evening. Do yourself a favor and find...More

Thank DebMey11
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Sad to say, this iconic Berkeley landmark restaurant has seen better times. It has been through a few ownership changes and is now owned by the corporate parent of Chart House. The charm has been completely sucked out and all that remains is the skeleton...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
    (University Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-845-7771
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