Quality Inn University
1761 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 841-4242
Fax: (510) 649-8100
Udupi is a small town in southern India famous for entrepreuners who have opened several restaurants around India. Now it's Berkeley's turn! Udupi Palace serves all the dishes expected from a typical 'Udupi Hotel' which is basically South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Try the Dosai which is like thin pancake made from fermented rice batter. For a complete meal, order the Thali which has rice, vegetables, lentil soups like Sambhar and Rasam as well as Chapathis. Make sure you have enough room left for Payasam, vermicelli cooked in flavored milk.
A long time favorite of students in search of the perfect place to study, it is a haven for those looking for a wooden-tabled coffee house that is open late and does not get too raucous. Despite its roomy interior, the dark wood and rustle of lecture notes will put you at peace and allow you to hunker down with a mocha and focus on that 19th-century tome. In addition to the many caffeinated choices and standard pastries, it also offers soups and sandwiches throughout the day, and a selection of gourmet desserts.
Experience Hofbrau style barbecue and watch your order being prepared at Perdition Smokehouse. All delicacies served are prepared with dry rubs and sauces made in house can be added by diners at their tables. Meat smoked for several hours offers an amazing flavor. Try Black Angus Brisket, St Louis Pork Ribs or Mary's Chicken, all served with bread and pickle. Pair your delicacies with local craft beer for a memorable barbecue experience.
Comal attracts young and stylish patrons who come to enjoy the tangy Mexican food, cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant interiors are stylish with a wood-decked ceiling, walls and flooring. It also boasts a magnificent patio and garden for al fresco dining and offers a separate room for family gatherings. The focus is on recipes from the coastal regions of Oaxaca, a Mexican state, and liquors derived from agave such as Mezcal, Tequila, Bacanora and Sotol. Typical menu items include Fresh Picked Dungeness Crab, Chicken-Chile Verde Soup and Midnight Black Beans de Olla. Try cocktails such as Jack Satan with hibiscus extracts, and flights like Valle de Tequila Lowland Flight and Mezcal de Alipus Flight, which combine various Mexican liquors.
No visit to Berkeley is complete without checking out its local culinary style, and what better place than Revival Bar & Kitchen to do the same! Dig into its various carefully prepared dishes and experience each flavor seep into the conscience as one is caught up in a tangle of finger-licking delight. Savor delightful cocktails like the Revival Sazerac and Gin Blossom that are fruity and potent. The Grilled Opah kebab made from potatoes and pomegranate is a good choice, while the country pate is irresistible. Other striking dishes are the Revival Choucroute and Roasted Liberty Duck Breast and Confit Leg.
Within a grand hall-like atmosphere with dozens and dozens of tables, and beautiful traditional art on the walls, waft the smells of tandoori and curry and naan. The delights of both Northern and Southern cuisine are made fresh from the kitchen, and are different every day but usually include a variety of meat and vegetable samosas and pakoras. There are also tandoori dishes, and a variety of kormas, saags, masalas and vindaloos with chicken, lamb and fish. And for a few dollars more includes dal, soup, breads and dessert. It goes down well with Indian beer.
From the outside, the bright pink neon may seem blinding, and upon entering you will be transported back to the 80s. The light is bright and music slightly retro (Gary Numan, Duran Duran), but this restaurant offers quick and inexpensive Thai cuisine. The best part is the late hours, so you can easily sate your midnight satay cravings. Try said satay with a noodle dish such as Yen Ta Fo, Pad Thai or one of the many rice plates, and wash it down with a Far East beer. For dessert, there is sticky rice with mango.
Located inside the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, FIVE offers a contemporary take on traditional American cuisine. Though people seem to either love or hate the decor, most will agree that FIVE could possibly be the classiest place to enjoy happy hour with your co-workers. Enjoy a flight of beer, wine, or bourbon if you can't decide what to order. Popular cocktails include the Shattuck Sour and the Moscow Mule, which is served in the a traditional copper cup. FIVE supports local, organic & sustainable farms and produce, so you won't need to feel too guilty for dining so lavishly. Street parking can be tricky, so consider parking in the parking structure across the street, or taking public transportation.
Hankerin' for some traditional Japanese food in Downtown Berkeley? Duck into this small, blink-and-you-will-miss-it nook for fresh and delicious sushi, flawless tempura and quick bento box lunches. Its quiet setting is perfect for couples seeking intimate conversation, or for casual business meetings (you will always find a few here during the lunch hour). A la carte sushi includes the traditional selections of salmon, tuna, octopus, bean curd and roe. Try a bento box for a tasty lunch, or their tempura or donburi dishes. There are also decent choices for vegetarians.
This restaurant brings back memories of those grand Chinese restaurants from yore. The kind where you walk in and find a water pond and wild foliage to one side, dark wood walls to another, well worn red booths, golden dragons observing you as you dine and waiters in smart red vests with embroidery. Not many of these gems left, for those who consider them gems. Enjoy Northern Chinese and Mandarin cuisine here. Entrees include Bean Curd Beef, General Tsao's Chicken and Sea Cucumber with Pork, and Calamari with Black Bean Sauce. Many vegetarian selections are also available.
This corner restaurant is stark and simple, but with the greetings all accompanied with a smile, you will feel right at home. You can order prepared dishes and combination plates at the small buffet up front, and either sit down or take it to go. Depending on how many items you have (that change daily) you can fill up on the assortment of fried rolls, noodle and vegetable dishes, buttery fried rice with pork, or whatever else is set out that day. The beef dishes, such as Oyster Beef, are also particularly good. House beer and wine are available by the glass. Sit-down service is also available.
If a quick lunch or a relaxed dinner is what you want when in downtown Berkley, a good choice would be La Rose Bistro. A friendly and warm environment accompanies your meal and the unique murals on the walls will pleasantly surprise you. The menu is creative and adventurous with appetizers such as Pear Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese USD7, and main courses such as Duck Confit with Port Wine Sauce USD18. Reservations are accepted.