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) #77 of 565 Restaurants in Berkeley Latin, ,
2042 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1006
+1 510-704-0325
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good27%
  • Average24%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“pupusas” (18 reviews)
“plantains” (4 reviews)
“ensalada” (2 reviews)
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Latin, Salvadoran, Central American, Spanish, South American
2042 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1006
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We've eaten here before and usually have a salad and entree. This time we tried pupusas. They have a lot of dough and not much inside like queso and veggies. The place was busy as usual.

Thank Rogelio1
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I like their pupusas (chicken and cheese) and usually get plantain/black bean/sour cream. My husband likes their chicken soup which comes with a piece of grilled chicken with rice and tortillas. In addition they always have their version of Salvadoran coleslaw and a tomato sauce...More

Thank FarmerRK
Reviewed 15 February 2017

If you crave authentic flavors of Salvador, this pupuseria is the perfect choice. The wide array of pupusa combinations makes this place worth checking out over several days. Great lunch time place to visit with colleagues and friends. Also a good place to host evening...More

Thank Ananda T
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I asked her why? "Because I would not come here on my own and I've never heard of it." Its her 2nd semester and UCB and she hasn't heard of it. lol. We came and we waited because seating was limited. Hostess and waiters alike...More

Thank rvs314159
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We rode the BART to Downtown Berkeley to explore and have dinner, so glad we picked Platano to eat. The restaurant is nothing fancy, but the food and staff are outstanding! Seems like a friendly, family restaurant. Many options on the menu to choose from...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant. I ordered two small plates from their gluten free menu: plateles (deep fried -yum- corn dumplings filled with chicken and veggies) and fried plantains with beans and cream. Both were wonderful. The staff was great. My son, a vegan was happy...More

Thank kjh555
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We went last night, September 2, 2016, for a minor celebration, and we talked around and checked out other nearby restaurants on University Avenue, which has many, many offerings. My friend had never had pupusas before, so we decided that Platano was the best choice....More

Thank pachamamacita
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We went in there by chance, trying to find a place that our family could enjoy. Our waiter was patient and recommended combinations for us, getting french fries for the kids was no problem even though it wasn't on the menu. We had steak and...More

Thank Maths B
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this restaurant. Everything was fresh and so tasty. The service was great and considerate. They brought me a picture menu to help me choose what to get since it was my first time there. I ordered a side of refried beans to go with...More

Thank KPAustin5
Reviewed 5 October 2015

If you're looking for excellent, authentic, homemade-tasting Central American food, at a reasonable price, Platano is the place. Nicely off the beaten path (from Shattuck) on University, this low-key place is busy for a reason. And people with gluten-free needs, like my wife, have good...More

Thank bagnato1
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Response from rvs314159 | Reviewed this property |
They do for large groups. We were a group of 7, luckily my neice called ahead.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Salvadoran, Central American, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2042 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-704-0325
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