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Top Dog Berkeley Southside

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2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
+1 510-843-5967
10:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 02:00
Fri 10:00 - 03:00
Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Oakland, California, United States
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115 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Run in, run out, eat hearty! The Calabrese is tasty; hot, spicy, and fennel-y too. Great with or without sauerkraut or onions; I had two! Lots of mustard choices; if I could have eaten three, I could have tried more. Alas.

Thank OaklandVisit2r
Kyle, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Right around the corner fm where we stayed. Unexpected find that turned out to be a fun place with smart staff. The bratwurst was as good as you get anywhere. Appears there's a loyal following of regulars for good reason. We'll be back when in town.

Thank nancy61004
Singapore, Singapore
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129 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Top Dog serves delicious hotdogs. We chose the first option on the list. It was yum. Dog is succulent in the inside and almost crunchy on the outside. Nice texture. Bread is nicely toasted too. Delicious. The outlet offers sauerkraut and pickles as part of the condiments too

Thank Dawn L
Palo Alto, California
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135 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We were exploring rainy Berkeley and needed a quick treat - I have lived in Germany for a while before so I was keen to get some bratwurst, so we gave Top Dog a try. We were certainly not disappointed, I loved their selection (bratwurst, bockwurst, kielbasa, franks etc etc.) and also vast availability of my beloved sauerkrat! Also you... More 

Thank Zael
Santa Rosa, California
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I started coming here in the 80's. This place is definitely a fixture in Berkeley. The hot dogs have not changed in taste and how it is cooked. I am amazed how the cook/cashier/server can remember everyone's order. The place is small, but don't let that stop you from giving Top Dog a try. My favorite is the Kielbasa. Yum!... More 

Thank Rob G
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The next time you're heading to Berkeley, California stop off at top dog. It was the best hotdog I've ever tried. The uniqueness of how the dogs are grilled and the type of bread they use instead of a bun makes for a very delicious hot dog.

Thank Evan R
Alamo, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The best dogs anywhere. Hands down... the best anywhere. No frills... they are the best. Don't forget to tip the doggie maker

Thank danzdd
Galway, New York
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119 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Always busy with good reason, this is the best place to get hot dogs. It's very small and there's not really anywhere to hang around so it's always busy outside. Deffo a great stop when you're in Berkeley!

Thank pulse16
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I've been going to top dog for over 30 years. This is not a sitdown restaurant; it's a stand up hot dog joint. They have several different types of hotdogs, But my favorite is the garlic a.k.a. the German. I like it with hot Russian mustard and sauerkraut. With chips and a drink, it makes a complete meal, And the... More 

Thank Dave-Emc
Mill Valley, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 September 2016

There is no better hot dog (rather sausage) joint (and it is a joint with no seating) in country. Perennially represents the California Golden Bears in the "Best Of" college campus contests. Atmosphere of the place is the same as when it opened in the 60's and when I was a 2AM regular in the '79-'83 era. In fact I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 10
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-843-5967

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?