Chow Down With the College Crowd at these Berkeley Lunch Spots

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Berkeley and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Cheese Board Collective thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat LoCoco's Restaurant & Pizzeria, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great lunch.

If you're on vacation in the Bay Area, you're probably planning on spending a lot of time in San Francisco. But breaking across the Bay, either by the Bay Bridge or by BART, and having a relaxed but sophisticated lunch in Berkeley is a great min-vacation within your vacation. Even though San Francisco isn't as crowded and packed as, say, New York City, you still deserve a break. So head over to Berkeley to find some relaxation  - and some sun!

LoCoco's Restaurant & Pizzeria


Although it's been around for decades, the popularity of this Sicilian eatery hasn't dwindled a bit, in part because of the colorful personalities of the owners. Menu highlights include cheese cannelloni in a flavorful light tomato sauce, and a...  Read More

Bette's Oceanview Diner


Fluffy homemade pancakes and real maple syrup make Bette's Oceanview Diner one of the Bay Area's top breakfast destinations. Located in Berkeley, this diner has patrons lining up to enjoy their famous flapjacks, delicious scones and farm-style...  Read More



Housed in what was once a stable, Jupiter has taken full advantage of its unusual location by creating a unique modern day Gothic ambience. Pews and Gothic-style chandeliers were scavenged from an old church, bronze-colored pressed tin panels...  Read More

La Méditerranée


This casual eatery is perfect for lunch on the run. Quick service ensures that your lunch hour won't stretch to an hour and a half, and the reasonable prices allow you to fill up without emptying your wallet. The baked four different fillo...  Read More



They don't take reservations, so at peak mealtimes a wait is next to impossible to avoid, but Zachary's deep-dish pizzas are so incredible that you won't mind. They start with a layer of dough, followed by heaps of cheese and your choice of 19...  Read More

Cheese Board Collective


Although it was founded as a private business, the Cheese Board philosophy has always been that of a collectively owned and operated enterprise. Each member owns an equal share of the business, contributes an equal number of hours, and has a...  Read More

Barney's Gourmet Hamburger


Favored by a diverse cross section of the bay area population, Barney's serves dozens of burgers, including beef, chicken, turkey, and vegetarian versions. The choice of toppings is amazing, and that's the worst thing about this place – what to...  Read More



What makes Berkeley one of the most popular destinations in the Bay Area is it's long, old habit of staying young and eccentric. Whether it's a party on campus our zaniness on Telegraph, one can never be sure what Berkeley has in store. A great...  Read More

Saul's Deli & Restaurant


Breakfast is served until 2pm at Saul's, so if you find yourself craving an omelet at noon, this is a great option. Try an open face deli omelet with pastrami, corned beef and salami, potato latkes with apple sauce and sour cream, or even...  Read More



It's no secret that San Francisco's Chinatown has some fantastic lunch buffets. From dim sum to ramen to potstickers to egg rolls, you can find just about any kind of Chinese delicacy in this historic and fascinating area. But if you find...  Read More


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