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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

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1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933 (University Ave.)
+1 510-845-7771
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the mood for very good (if not great) seafood, take a quick trip over the BayBridge into Berkeley and dine at Spenger's. A Berkeley staple for years, the menu is great, the service is topnotch, and the food will make you happy you took the trip. Free parking across the street from their establishment, being a... More 

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Thank Robert B
Alameda, California
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Years since the last visit, my memory that it was not so expensive then. If I had read the description, I would have paid more for grilled fish. Otherwise, comfortable and clean.

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Thank teddybeeear
Kamloops, Canada
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78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Older and a pleasant surprise. Menu was fantastic. Food was prepared wonderfully. Only negative was being upsold to a dinner portion of the Sea Bass & getting more rice but being charged more than double the price. Left us disappointed in the experience. I would return & love being a Landry's member.

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Thank Rita C
Waynesboro, Virginia
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68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

After spending a week in the area, we ate here 3 times! All appetizers were great! Good drink selection. Daily specials, definitely go on Tuesdays for fish tacos, you'll thank me! My party of 4 tried several different dinners and was very pleased. Service is slightly better in the dinning room. Will visit again if in the area!

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Thank Jeff M
San Francisco, California
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Spengers has been around forever and they make you wait forever for service. Not the first time either. But you have to love the place for its old authenticity and history. As to the food, it's average. Calamari was decent, if not a bit overbreaded. The tuna melt was not served warm as it should be. Cheese was barely melted... More 

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Thank jtull55
Oakland, California
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110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

New owner, service slow but staff was friendly. Salad and soup was great. Lobster bisque was fabulous. Quality and freshness is the same.

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Thank Rosa B
Danville, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Spengers (currently part of the Landrys restaurant group) has been in business for decades and for a good reason - it's excellent fish dishes! This restaurant has several heart-healthy grilled fish selections now such as succulent king salmon, atlantic, seabass, ahi, rockfish, as well as scrumptious cioppino and crab entrée choices. This visit we tried Spenger's king salmon and atlantic... More 

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Thank kmp7h1
California
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I've lived in the bay area for 13 years. This is my 5th visit to this disappointing spot. The last time I went my husband wouldn't stay past the drink order. He thought it was dirty and the service staff not only slow but rude. That was probably about a year ago. My friends were shopping on 4th Street downtown... More 

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Thank swngdncer
Berkeley, California
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I go once a year for lunch with a friend who loves Spengers. It is definitely an old school seafood restaurant. The food is OK... not bad, not great. Dark wood, booths, quiet. Good place for a business lunch if the description fits the style of the person you are meeting. Free parking with validation in the lot across the... More 

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Thank mrosen456
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I went to Spenger's for many decades. I met folks there for work and for socializing. The food is always better than average and fresh. This is a veritable fixture in Berkeley and one you just cannot miss if you are a tourist. Spenders predates the 4th Street shopping area by decades, although Bette's Diner is another fixture. The train... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Cuisine
American, Soups, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
    (University Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-845-7771

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