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The 10 Best Romantic Restaurants Near Berkeley

Updated: October 6, 2021

Date night and you don’t know where to go? These are our picks of Berkeley's most romantic restaurants. We scoured top blogs and publications and incorporated millions of reviews for the most romantic venues in Berkeley. Treat your special someone to a delectable meal, good wine, and great ambiance at one of these date-worthy venues.

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Chez Panisse

American, $$$$, BerkeleyAmerican, $$$$Berkeley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater

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Donato & Co

Italian, $$, BerkeleyItalian, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat

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La Marcha Tapas Bar

Spanish, $$, BerkeleySpanish, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater

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Tigerlily Berkeley

Indian, $$, BerkeleyIndian, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Ajanta

Indian, $$, BerkeleyIndian, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat

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AKEMI Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, $$, BerkeleyJapanese, $$Berkeley
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Juanita & Maude

New American, $$, AlbanyNew American, $$Albany, West Washington
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Marzano

Italian, $$, OaklandItalian, $$Oakland, Glenview
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Belotti Ristorante E Bottega

Italian, $$, OaklandItalian, $$Oakland, Shafter
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Shakewell

Mediterranean, $$, OaklandMediterranean, $$Oakland, Lakeshore
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

How was this list created?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. We pored over ratings for 28808 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 restaurant reviews in Berkeley and 1901 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Michelin Guide and Eater had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019), Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Rockridge and Eater - The 38 Essential East Bay Restaurants. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

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