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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
+1 510-845-7771
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
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“salmon” (13 reviews)
“sea bass” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My colleague and I wanted a comfortable place for lunch and a chat. Our booth was just right. Lunch menu offered many appealing options. We each got long time favorites: fish + chips on the one hand and chowder and salad on the other. Delicious...More

Thank SuzanneG123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch here. The food was ok-just. The fish in the fish and chips was ok. French fries were lukewarm. Coleslaw was swimming in dressing. The restaurant was far from full but the service was painfully slow. Ask for more water and 10-15 minutes...More

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 12 February 2018

We have eaten here before and have always enjoyed the great selection of fresh seafood. We went to the bar area for a drinks and appetizers before dinner and the service here was excellent. We sat here for an hour and enjoyed the music and...More

Thank DeWanz
Reviewed 30 January 2018

On our way back to the East Bay from SF, we stopped in Berkeley to get lunch at a fish place that Jennifer remembered from the past. The place was really cool inside, with a massive amount of nautical décor and old world charm. From...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 23 January 2018

My parents first took me here in the 70's. What was once a great place has descended to high priced mediocrity. I asked the waiter if the parmesan crusted sole was petrale or dover and he said "it's english sole" which he then compared to...More

Thank Roger B
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Spencer's has been around forever. When you walk in, it's as if you are stepping back in time, with the dark wood, booths and memorabilia. Our waitress was delightful and the food was good. We had the clam chowder which was chock full of clams...More

Thank legsbell
Reviewed 14 December 2017

The area around the restaurant is industrial and not inviting, however when you come inside it is a different world of beautiful place and good food. Full bar with great drinks is a plus too.

Thank Maria M
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Smooth, buttery and chunks of lobster. I guess it was my lucky day. The sea bass was good but I've had better. The crab cakes were delicious. I would go back and try something different the next time.

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

It has been years since I have eaten here. In many ways it has not changed a bit. I love the ambiance. We started with shrimp and crab cakes. I could eat meal after meal of these delicious cakes. The cakes came with a spectacular...More

Thank Gregory S
Reviewed 30 October 2017

There is so much wrong with out dinner experience. It was miss after miss. We asked ahead of time for a quiet table given my mother's hearing aids. They initially sat us under one of the speakers for the music. We needed to walk the...More

Thank ChessHiker
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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