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Don't let the college vibe fool you, Berkeley is full of amazing things to do and places to eat. In fact, Berkeley has become something of a culinary destination in its own right (hello, Chez Panisse) with some of the best chefs from the Bay Area and abroad looking to find a hungry audience near campus. Our list of the best restaurants in Berkeley spans established eateries and recent transplants and cuisines from Italian and Japanese to French and 'za. Use them as fuel as you explore the best things to do in the Bay Area.
Our experts scour the city for great dishes, great value and insider info. So, the EAT List is a unique, authentic snapshot of Berkeley's ever-evolving dining experience right now: we update it regularly, whenever somewhere we think is truly spectacular opens. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a pop-up-turned-permanent joint in a shipping container: if it’s on the list we think it’s terrific, and reckon you will too.
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