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2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-3320
+1 510-849-1100
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a Berkeley hidden gem. I have always loved the atmosphere of this place. The front half of the house, the cafe, has an old world feel that is very formal (candle light, classical music, etc) but also is a good place to work... with wifi and no one scoffing at you for taking out your laptop. After a... More 

Thank Dennis G
Orinda, California
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I used to come here in college many years ago and loved the quiet bistro atmosphere. Tonight happened to be in Berkeley and called to see if they had availability which they did! Had very good rustic leek and potato soup to start. I had steak au poivre and my son had pasta with mushrooms, green onions and feta. Generous... More 

Thank nametaken5
Northport, New York
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Le Gateau Ivre is an quiet, underappreciated gem in Berkeley. Cozy, comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, excellent food, reasonable prices. Arlene runs the restaurant as a labor of love and it is reflected in the experience. Live entertainment on selected evenings.

Thank RG B
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212 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This place "thinks" it is a French restaurant, but not only it is not serve French food, what it does serve is not good by any standard! A quick look at the menu shows how far it is from France. Serving Tapas for appetizer and gnocchi and lasagna for mains, maybe EU ?! The tapas are unrelated to any tapas... More 

Thank YM2000
Tauranga, New Zealand
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75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Quaint old world atmosphere. Food ok and reasonably priced. Quick friendly service. Had the quesadilla with melon. Would go back.

Thank cafeboy49
Napa, California
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138 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

This Inviting French restaurant with a cottage like setting having several small areas for dining including a room with a fireplace and patio view has a restful and quiet area for dinning. The menu has tempting French dishes and there is a menu du jour which was even more tempting. We had a delicious ravioli with topping of asparagus and... More 

Thank 764pwa
Long Beach, CA
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is a wonderful jewel box of a restaurant nestled within walking distance from the University. I have enjoyed every meal I have ever gotten here, from breakfast to coffee in the afternoon to a later dinner. Long live Le Bateau Ivre!

Thank Janina72
Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Le Bateau Ivre Back Room was perfect for the Rehearsal Dinner before our son's wedding. We loved the atmosphere - brick walls, candles and fire in fireplace on a chilly, rainy evening. Service was excellent. All enjoyed the dinners we had selected. Classical music and an unhurried evening. I especially appreciated the ease with which this dinner was arranged. I... More 

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34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

I ordered the SUPREME DE VOLAILLE A LA CREME. The chicken was raw where I most defiantly would of gotten sick if I ate it. I cut it and could tell right away that it was still raw. Handed it right back to the server and stuck with sharing my husband's mushroom ravioli which wasn't that bad. Service was slow... More 

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Berkeley, California
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

We have been patronizing Le Bateau Ivre for years, so have a bit of difficulty understanding some of the poor reviews. I think that someone who is a foodie or is looking for a bar experience has the wrong expectations for what is basically a Berkeley coffee house that happens to provide well prepared, reasonably priced food & beverages (beer,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-3320
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-849-1100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?