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“Busy place but fun spot worth checking out”

Bette's Oceanview Diner
Ranked #6 of 720 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 1 - US$ 20
Cuisines: Diner, Delicatessen
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Super atmosphere, pancakes were wonderful and the mexican breakfast option (homemade chorizo, black beans, scrambled eggs with salsa, sr cream and tortilla) was great! Coffee was hot and just an FYI - they scramble their eggs REALLY soft.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

It's just a couple blocks off the Eastshore Freeway (I-80), so it's great as a drive-by, but it's also great as a destination on its own.

The neighborhood is completely charming with fun shops up and down the road. Of course, don't be tricked by the name--there is no ocean view. But the food is amazing. These are Guy Fieri's original stomping grounds, so it's No Surprise At All that Bette's showed up on Diners Drive Ins and Dives.

We stopped in for lunch, but Bette's is all about breakfast, so that's what we had. And we were rewarded: Just amazing. (Plus, the service couldn't be friendlier.) The scramble was spicy, the omelette was delectable, but all of that was just warmups for the main attraction: The astonishing souffle pancake.

Seriously. The souffle pancakes are a food group all their own. Travel the country, follow your foodie trails, and you won't find anything like this ... anywhere. Light. Fluffy. Filled with fruit. Pour some syrup on it. Indulge. DON'T feel that you have to finish it. Unless you brought a group. It's worth the drive, it's worth the wait, it justifies the entire trip to Bette's.

One hint: This place is REALLY crowded at prime lunch and breakfast times. But it clears out completely if you're not tied to a particular schedule.

Second hint: Plenty of street parking, but it's all parking meters. No credit cards--bring your quarters. If you forget, the guy at the cash register will give you change, but it's easier if you have your change with you already.

Even if you have the lunch, Do not skip the souffle pancake.

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1  Thank 4allisons
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

The food and service are good. It's always packed on weekends.

1  Thank Livia E
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Best breakfast ever. Had the Mexican scrambler wife had the Salmon hash special. Both were incredible. Worth the wait in line will go again before we leave CA.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I was so looking forward to a yummy breakfast this morning. Bette's Diner had horrible service and the breakfast I make at home taste better than the breakfast I ate this morning. The only thing Bette's has going for it is the location. You should cross this one off of your list.

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