Berkeley Rep thanks the following restaurants and caterers for their generous in-kind support of the Theatre. Please take note of the wonderful subscriber and general ticket holder discounts they offer!
After a multi-million dollar renovation, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has returned! Berkeley’s first hotel is now a ‘newly historic,’ upscale boutique hotel located across the street from the BART station and two blocks from UC Berkeley. The landmark venue offers 199 renovated guestrooms and nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of event space. FIVE, a modern American bistro featuring Executive Chef Banks White, will provide a unique culinary experience. As the official hotel of Berkeley Rep, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza invites theatre staff, performers and guests to visit this vibrant addition to the community. The Hotel Shattuck Plaza…History Reinvented. www.hotelshattuckplaza.com and www.five-berkeley.com.
2086 Allston Way (at Shattuck)
Combining artisanal tradition with contemporary possibility, Belli features a Northern Italian-inspired rotating menu of generously-filled, hand-folded ravioli made of the day’s fresh and vibrant ingredients—squid ink, salmon belly confit, cacao, caramelized figs. In addition to ravioli, Belli’s specialties include confits and braised meats served on creamy polenta, house-made salumi, Panini on home-baked focaccia, fresh salads and a variety of seasonal chef’s specials.
2016 Shattuck Avenue (near Addison)
Bobby G’s Pizzeria is a gourmet pizza, pasta and panini restaurant located in the heart of downtown Berkeley. They serve signature pizzas made with only the freshest possible ingredients, including organic house-made pizza dough, Bobby G’s fresh organic tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, fresh whole milk mozzarella and aged parmesan cheese. Bobby G’s is committed to providing high quality food, a comfortable dining atmosphere and superb customer service.
2072 University Avenue (near Shattuck)
Newly re-opened at its new location right next to the main library in downtown Berkeley, Café Clem mixes urban chic with the soothing warmth of Parisian cafés. Owner Dorothée Mitrani-Bell is also the owner of the famed Berkeley brunch spot, La Note. Serving breakfast all day and lunch after 10:30am, Café Clem offers a variety of homemade pastries, fresh baguettes and delicious sandwiches.
2020 Kittredge Street (near Milvia)
At Cyprus Restaurant, every dish is made with love. We want you to enjoy the delicious and healthy food of the Mediterranean and Persia, affordably. We use an abundance of fresh vegetables, grains, including our pasta. And cook with, only, olive oil and vegetable oil. The Mediterranean diet has definite health benefits and we want to promote healthy eating habits.
81 Shattuck Avenue (at Addison)
Donkey & Goat Winery is a family owned and operated winery located in Berkeley, California. Tracey and Jared Brandt craft their natural wines from Rhône varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge and the undiscovered El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills. Named one of five “Winemakers to Watch for 2011” by Jon Bonée at the San Francisco Chronicle, Tracey and Jared trained in France, and their maverick winemaking has helped pave the way for the natural wine movement. Tasting room open Friday–Sunday, 2–6pm.
1340 5th Street (near Gilman)
Voted Best New Restaurant in the East Bay Express in 2010, Gather is located just two blocks southeast of Berkeley Rep. Gather offers peak season farm fare, a West coast wine list and an all organic bar. Sand and honey-hued colors blend with re-used leather and rough-hewn woods to assure a beautiful and comfortable environment. The space is adorned with reclaimed wood and other materials that have literally been “gathered” from around the Bay Area. The innovative menu, delicious options for both vegetarians and omnivores and support of local farmers have earned Gather glowing reviews in The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. Gather is open seven days a week for dinner and drinks from 5pm to 10pm, for full sit down lunch service on weekdays from 11:30am to 2:30pm and for Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10am to 2:30pm. Reservations accepted.
2200 Oxford Street (at Allston)
Gecko Gecko, Thai-California Eatery is a local, non-corporate, family-owned enterprise that is the result of a creativeness and inventiveness that we longed for and wanted to bring to Thai, and southeast Asian, cooking. While we shy away from the “fusion” nomenclature and prefer not to delve into “Thai Nachos” or “Thai-talian Spaghetti,” our goal is to bring the fresh California flavors and ingredients that we love, introducing them to our Asian dishes and making them more uniquely modern—giving them a twist. (Okay, we may have stretched it a bit with feta cheese on our Ultimate Pad Thai, but you really should taste it!)
2101 Milvia Street (at Addison)
This southern French restaurant is known for rustic bistro fare at lunch and dinner, but at breakfast rumpled locals come in droves to relax over inspired egg dishes, toasted brioche with lavender honey and oatmeal raspberry or creme fraiche pancakes accompanied by cafe au lait served in bowls so big it’s almost hard to find room for them on the little wooden tables. Charming details—the chunky Provencal pottery, French-country table linens, bowls of jam and brown sugar cubes—make this the next best thing to being in France.
2377 Shattuck Avenue (near Durant)
Tucked into the wooded hillside of the Oakland Hills, Montclair Bistro is a California Mediterranean restaurant with French influence. Helmed by Chef/Owner Henry Vortriede, the restaurant celebrates metrix cuisine, a synergistic blending of cultures expressed through the food on the table, the art on the walls and the ambiance of the restaurant.
6118 Medau Place (near Moraga)
At Phil’s Sliders, the decisions are easy! Visit their new restaurant on Shattuck—just around the corner from Berkeley Rep—and sample their organic and sustainable menu: sliders (mini hamburgers) made with Marin Sun Farms grass-fed beef, special sauce, cheddar and organic lettuce, vegetarian portabello mushroom sliders, potato tots, poppyseed cole slaw, homemade s’mores bars, shakes and sodas. It’s a great place to have a meal or just a quick snack. Draft beer and Sangria too, and new outdoor seating! And they are open until 12am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday…
2024 Shattuck Avenue (near Addison)
Picante is an expression of love for Mexico. A celebration of real Mexican cuisine, not of those imposters that are poured out of cans. Love is why we grind corn daily for our tortillas, import Mexican herbs, spices and chiles and have local artisans craft cheese that replicate the nuances of fresh Mexican cheeses. Love also explains everything from the naturally raised meats we grill, simmer and stew for some of our dishes, to the Mexican folk art we sleuth out for our walls. Now, the traditional food at Picante may not be coming from a grandmother’s kitchen somewhere in Mexico. But, judging from the reactions we get, it’s pretty close.
1328 6th Street (near Gilman)
Located just across Shattuck Avenue from the Theatre, PIQ (Pane Italiano Qualità) serves fresh Italian house-made breads, salads and sandwiches, all overseen by PIQ’s head baker, Rugo Verga, a retired soccer star who played on Italian team in the 1991 Olympics. Stop by for an espresso and pastry, or a freshly made pizza before a show and savor this little piece of Italy in downtown Berkeley!
91 Shattuck Avenue (near Addison)
From snout to tail, from root to shoot, from toes to nose, Revival Bar + Kitchen is going whole-hog on local, sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine. Why whole-hog? Why not just cherry-pick ingredients labeled “organic” or “hormone-free” and call it a day? Because at Revival, we recognize that those labels don’t tell the whole story, and we like stories. So we cultivate relationships with producers—farmers, ranchers, coffee-roasters and winemakers—who are passionate about their products and have a good sense of how they fit in the community. We’re excited to be part of Downtown Berkeley’s comeback, and we’re bringing the best of what we love—the revelation in a bite of house-cured bacon, the piquancy of a pickled piquillo pepper—to get that revival revved up. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned fermentation to get a community in a ferment. And by complementing our menu with biodynamic wines from innovative local vintners and a seasonal selection of cocktails (traditional, original and traditional-with-a-twist), we’re all about showing just how exciting sustainability can be.
2102 Shattuck Avenue (at Addison)
Sweet Adeline is a neighborhood bakeshop. Everything is made here in small batches; this means we run out of some items on some days. We experiment with desserts until we find out what our customers want. Some of our ingredients are organic and local. We buy much of our fruit from farmers who sell at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Our dairy is Clover. Our chocolate is German, Belgian and Californian. There is a great deal of effort and love put into everything we make. What else is the point of a neighborhood bakeshop? Many of our customers are also our friends. It has been a wonderful day in the neighborhood.
3350 Adeline Street (at 63rd)
For nine years, Venus Restaurant has served distinctive, seasonal fare in a “polished casual” setting. A favorite dinner spot for theatre-goers, Venus uses the highest quality seasonal produce to create a unique, healthy and delicious dining experience. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic and sustainably farmed grapes, and a “New World” style of winemaking. A recent remodel of Venus’ boutique-style dining space is focused towards a chocolate and plum color scheme. A glance through our glass facade reveals a (new) comfortable banquette, which will be accompanied by acoustic improvements, new artwork and several improvements. All of which compliment a tastefully hip, urban setting.
2327 Shattuck Avenue (near Bancroft)
Zut! offers regional Mediterranean dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients by Executive Chef Jim Wimborough. Among the notable offerings at Zut! are fried squash blossoms, local squid stuffed with savory chorizo and braised white beans with roasted peppers and goat cheese, wood burning rotisserie Watson Ranch lamb, mesquite-grilled whole fish of the day and slow-cooked tagines. For dessert, diners can enjoy seasonal fresh fruit granita, spiced apple fritters with Pernod or crostata using house-made plum jam. Not to be missed are the restaurant’s oven-fresh flatbreads, focaccia and pizzas infused with the flavors of tomatoes, olives, lemon and herbs.
1820 4th Street (near Hearst)
Authentic Itaiian gelato, using farm fresh ingredients that transport you to summer along the coast of Italy.
2170 Shattuck Avenue (near Center)
A New Orleans-style restaurant, bringing the classic dishes and flavors of the Big Easy to downtown Berkeley.
2261 Shattuck Avenue (at Kittredge)
Located a few blocks from Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Bistro Liaison serves traditional French cuisine in a warm and friendly ambience.
1849 Shattuck Avenue (at Hearst)
Serving fair trade coffee, tea and other beverages, along with a breakfast and lunch menu.
1797-A Shattuck Avenue (near Delaware)
A changing menu featuring house-made soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as beer, wine, espresso and desserts.
2087 Addison Street (near Shattuck)
Featuring daily specials that highlight seasonal produce from the local markets. Loyal customers will enjoy their favorite dishes from the restaurant’s former incarnation Cioccolata Di Vino.
1801 Shattuck Avenue, Suite C (near Delaware)
Festive Italian dining, just a short walk to Berkeley Rep.
1799 University Avenue (at Grant)
* Restaurant discounts exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity; valid only at locations listed above.
** Hotel discount valid only when you present a ticket for a performance during your stay; ticket must be presented upon check-in or check-out.