There are a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, and markets nearby OCSC. Below are just a few of our recommendations for you to choose from depending on your mood and transportation options.
Within the Berkeley Marina:
Skates on the Bay, Berkeley Marina
Skates on the Bay offers elegant bayside dining and is located just on the other side of the Berkeley Marina, about a 15- minute walk from OCSC.
The Bay Grille at the Doubletree Hotel, Berkeley Marina
The Bay Grille is a short walk from OCSC and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with a waterfront view.
Hs. Lordships, Berkeley Marina
Enjoy dining with a view of the Bay so you can be entertained by sailboats and windsurfers right outside the window. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and offers a spectacular champagne brunch on Sundays. The menu offers a variety of continental entrée selections and specializes in steaks and fresh seafood. Hs. Lordships is about a 15-minute walk from OCSC.
Delicatessens and Markets:
Seabreeze is open Tuesday - Sunday, 6 am - 7 pm (closed Mondays). Located just off the freeway, at the entrance into the Berkeley Marina, it's a friendly and convenient stop for sandwiches and other snacks.
The Pasta Shop offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts everyday.
This is the spot for fresh diner food in lively surroundings. Food is good and breakfast is great: excellent eggs and buttermilk pancakes, though you'll have to wait a good long time for a table during weekend brunch. 1807 Fourth Street.
Phone: 510. 644.3230
Chez Panisse is an elegant neighborhood bistro that serves dinner like an elegant home dinner party. The menu changes every night and is designed to be appropriate to the season. Chez Panisse is world-renowned for its cuisine and dedication to using local, organic ingredients.
Defiant in the face of any PC squeamishness, this restaurant is so focused on meat, it has a butcher's counter inside. It's billed as a bistro, with a definite California approach. 1782 Fourth Street.
The real star here is the chef. After 16 years at Chez Panisse, Christopher Lee has gone out on his own. Northern Italian in flavor, Northern California in seasonality. 1820 Fourth Street.
Café Gratitude serves all organic, vegan, and mostly live foods in a fun, friendly, and welcoming environment. The café is located near the University of California, Berkeley campus.
Across University Avenue in another world. You order at the counter, and the food comes on paper plates. But what food! Dirt cheap and extraordinary, it's mainly various combinations of potatoes, garbanzos, yogurt, mint, tamarind and curry. One meat and one vegetarian special are offered daily. Wonderful mango lassi (kind of like a smoothie) and a huge selection of Indian sweets. 724 Allston Way.
Lanesplitter offers great beers, real New York-style pizza, and vegan and vegetarian friendly pizzas in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Dine-in, delivery, and take-out available.
Popular Chicago-style pizza. Award-winning stuffed, deep dish and thin crust pizza. Upper Solano Avenue
At this cool sushi bar and sake bar, you’ll find one-of-a-kind sushi creations and delicious specialties from a robata grill that you will not find anywhere else.
The Pyramid Alehouse sits just a few miles from the University of California at Berkeley campus. This renovated warehouse space is both a brewery and a gathering place that's become an East Bay landmark.