Cafe Rouge

★★★★★
  • 1782 Fourth St

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    Cross street: Between Delaware and Hearst, Around Town

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  • 510-525-1440

About Cafe Rouge

Hours
Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm, Interim Menu Tue- Sat 3pm - 4:30 : Tue - Thu: 5:30pm - 9:30, Fri - Sat: 5:30pm - 10 Sun 5:00pm - 9:30 : Sun 10am - 2:30pm, Interim Menu 2:30pm - 4
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We were excited to enjoy our first brunch here in their outdoor area. While our server was helpful and nice, we ultimately left frustrated and disappointed. At first, we were seated promptly for our 11AM reservation slot. However, after we

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We were excited to enjoy our first brunch here in their outdoor area. While our server was helpful and nice, we ultimately left frustrated and disappointed. At first, we were seated promptly for our 11AM reservation slot. However, after we

Pros: Nice outdoor seating area

Cons: Poor kitchen order management

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I'm appalled at some of the nasty reviews given for Cafe Rouge; my husband an I have been going there for years and have always had a lovely experience. The bartenders in particular are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and the food

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I'm appalled at some of the nasty reviews given for Cafe Rouge; my husband an I have been going there for years and have always had a lovely experience. The bartenders in particular are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and the food

Pros: great food, wonderful service/owner/manager

Cons: noisy

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I had very high hopes for this ideally situated bistro in the middle of Fourth St, Berkeley. It has a great ambiance on a sunny weekend with outdoor seating. I had great expectations with the raspberry lemonade running $5 and the average

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I had very high hopes for this ideally situated bistro in the middle of Fourth St, Berkeley. It has a great ambiance on a sunny weekend with outdoor seating. I had great expectations with the raspberry lemonade running $5 and the average

Pros: allows dogs in outdoor area, patio seating - nice ambiance on sunny day

Cons: staff not knowledgeable, poor customer service, despite pricey lunch - HAIR IN FOOD

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I had very high hopes for this ideally situated bistro in the middle of Fourth St, Berkeley. It has a great ambiance on a sunny weekend with outdoor seating. I had great expectations with the raspberry lemonade running $5 and the average main dish costing between $15-$20. I ordered the Steak Frites ($18, I could pay that much for a dinner entree in the city) and wine, my husband ordered spaghetti (which was fabulous) and one of three Belgium beers. The staff had not been educated on the beers and had no knowledge at all on any of the foreign beers served so when asked for a recommendation he merely gave a shrug. Anyway, my steak fritte arrived and it was fantastic! Cooked as ordered at medium with a side of pomme frittes. I was thoroughly enjoying my meal when I saw a HAIR!!! I'm not one to complain usually, but I took this opportunity to send it back. After half an hour of waiting (my husband already finished his meal) they served another Steak Frittes. No Hair this time, BUT it was overcooked. This was well done and dry. The first one having been perfect (save the stray hair) served as a point of reference so I was very disappointed. I finished what I could and discreetly mentioned to the server that again, the first meal had been delicious (despite the hair) but the replacement had been overcooked and not served as requested. I received an apology, but was disappointed to receive a bill for the full price of our meal. Not sure if it's a lot to expect that a restaurant would comp a meal that was served unacceptably wrong twice in a row. I'm sorely disappointed that such a promising meal went so awry and am sad to say that I could not trust going to this establishment again.

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I had very high hopes for this ideally situated bistro in the middle of Fourth St, Berkeley. It has a great ambiance on a sunny weekend with outdoor seating. I had great expectations with the raspberry lemonade running $5 and the average main dish costing between $15-$20. I ordered the Steak Frites ($18, I could pay that much for a dinner entree in the city) and wine, my husband ordered spaghetti (which was fabulous) and one of three Belgium beers. The staff had not been educated on the beers and had no knowledge at all on any of the foreign beers served so when asked for a recommendation he merely gave a shrug. Anyway, my steak fritte arrived and it was fantastic! Cooked as ordered at medium with a side of pomme frittes. I was thoroughly enjoying my meal when I saw a HAIR!!! I'm not one to complain usually, but I took this opportunity to send it back. After half an hour of waiting (my husband already finished his meal) they served another Steak Frittes. No Hair this time, BUT it was overcooked. This was well done and dry. The first one having been perfect (save the stray hair) served as a point of reference so I was very disappointed. I finished what I could and discreetly mentioned to the server that again, the first meal had been delicious (despite the hair) but the replacement had been overcooked and not served as requested. I received an apology, but was disappointed to receive a bill for the full price of our meal. Not sure if it's a lot to expect that a restaurant would comp a meal that was served unacceptably wrong twice in a row. I'm sorely disappointed that such a promising meal went so awry and am sad to say that I could not trust going to this establishment again.

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I have never writen a review and signed up just to write this \r
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BAD service - I'm still shocked at the rudness of the hostess.\r
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The food was does not stand out at all there are thousands of way better places with way better food

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I have never writen a review and signed up just to write this \r
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BAD service - I'm still shocked at the rudness of the hostess.\r
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The food was does not stand out at all there are thousands of way better places with way better food

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We go here for their hamburger and french fries! The quality of the meat is top-notch and their fries are delicious and I don't like french fries otherwise. They have great seasonal salads as well...I once had a avocado, lemon vinaigrette and pistachio salad. That is all that was in it and it was absolutely amazing. I wish they always had it! The location of this place is great too...it's right in the heart of fourth street. A perfect place for a leisure lunch to sit outside on their patio area!
***We have have always had nothing but excellent service here...it is relaxed not slow (don't go in a rush...enjoy it!!!)

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We go here for their hamburger and french fries! The quality of the meat is top-notch and their fries are delicious and I don't like french fries otherwise. They have great seasonal salads as well...I once had a avocado, lemon vinaigrette and pistachio salad. That is all that was in it and it was absolutely amazing. I wish they always had it! The location of this place is great too...it's right in the heart of fourth street. A perfect place for a leisure lunch to sit outside on their patio area!
***We have have always had nothing but excellent service here...it is relaxed not slow (don't go in a rush...enjoy it!!!)

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I found the food to be ok but the services was slow. we waited there for awhile and there nothing to do but drink.maybe they plan it this way. I would not recommend cafe rouge. They need to work on costumers services skills.

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I found the food to be ok but the services was slow. we waited there for awhile and there nothing to do but drink.maybe they plan it this way. I would not recommend cafe rouge. They need to work on costumers services skills.

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Service has deteriorated...while my lunch companions finished their meals today, I waited for over 1/2 hour for 6 oysters to be shucked. I finally cancelled, but there was no apology. I left hungry and $90 poorer. I am a regular customer

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Service has deteriorated...while my lunch companions finished their meals today, I waited for over 1/2 hour for 6 oysters to be shucked. I finally cancelled, but there was no apology. I left hungry and $90 poorer. I am a regular customer

Pros: Location

Cons: Service

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We chose this restaurant last minute, so didn't get a chance to read the reviews- I probably may not have gone. Our experience was nice, but it is a loud place with lots of people. I didn't think the servers were rude, but thought the

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We chose this restaurant last minute, so didn't get a chance to read the reviews- I probably may not have gone. Our experience was nice, but it is a loud place with lots of people. I didn't think the servers were rude, but thought the

Pros: quality

Cons: not quiet, crowded along the wall tables

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my mom and i stumbled on this restaurant accidentally when we were looking for a place to eat, so we weren't expecting much. but, we left more than satisfied - i've been back more times than i probably should, considering i'm supposed to

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my mom and i stumbled on this restaurant accidentally when we were looking for a place to eat, so we weren't expecting much. but, we left more than satisfied - i've been back more times than i probably should, considering i'm supposed to

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There are a few long-term servers who seem to hate the customers, oh maybe they're nice to Kermit Lynch, but not very nice to me. Frankly, the poor service attitude isn't why I stopped eating in the dining room. But the main reason was

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There are a few long-term servers who seem to hate the customers, oh maybe they're nice to Kermit Lynch, but not very nice to me. Frankly, the poor service attitude isn't why I stopped eating in the dining room. But the main reason was

Pros: The bar and barstaff. Nice atmosphere, great oyster/shellfish bar, some outdoor seating

Cons: Some hostile/indifferent servers, menu lacks innovation, upstairs seating too hot.

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I HAVE NEVER LEFT A RESTAURANT BEFORE, AND HAVE NEVER BEEN TREATED THIS BADLY ANYWHERE, NOT EVEN IN PARIS!!!!!!\r
WE SAT FOR OVER AN HOUR TO GET OUR FOOD. AFTER 1 HOUR AND 20 MINUTES OF SITTING IN THE RESTAURANT WAITING FOR THE SALAD WE

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I HAVE NEVER LEFT A RESTAURANT BEFORE, AND HAVE NEVER BEEN TREATED THIS BADLY ANYWHERE, NOT EVEN IN PARIS!!!!!!\r
WE SAT FOR OVER AN HOUR TO GET OUR FOOD. AFTER 1 HOUR AND 20 MINUTES OF SITTING IN THE RESTAURANT WAITING FOR THE SALAD WE

Pros: YOU CAN LEAVE

Cons: YOU MAY GET SCOLDED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET FOR DOING SO

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I guess we were lucky on the day we went because the wait staff was friendly but the dish I ordered was bland. The salad was great however. I ended up running next door to Tacubayu \r
for a much more delicous and affordable take out meal

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I guess we were lucky on the day we went because the wait staff was friendly but the dish I ordered was bland. The salad was great however. I ended up running next door to Tacubayu \r
for a much more delicous and affordable take out meal

Pros: We actually had friendly staff

Cons: bland food and over priced for the quality

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My husband and I have been dining at Cafe Rouge for about 7 years and have always enjoyed it. The selection of fresh oysters is always fantastic and Robbie (the oyster shucker/bartender) is wonderful and very knowledgeable. We like to

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My husband and I have been dining at Cafe Rouge for about 7 years and have always enjoyed it. The selection of fresh oysters is always fantastic and Robbie (the oyster shucker/bartender) is wonderful and very knowledgeable. We like to

Pros: Oysters, Robbie, Drinks

Cons: Upstairs (hot)

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On a recent busy saturday night, We walked into Cafe Rouge without reservations and we were greeted by a very pleasant host, who apologized for the wait but seated us only after 10 minutes. We dined on a meal of wonderfully fresh oysters,

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On a recent busy saturday night, We walked into Cafe Rouge without reservations and we were greeted by a very pleasant host, who apologized for the wait but seated us only after 10 minutes. We dined on a meal of wonderfully fresh oysters,

Pros: food, reasonable prices, nice ambience

Cons: bit noisy

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The meat market at Cafe Rouge is excellent and even more so now that a new butcher has arrived. I was treated so graciously by a gentleman named Karl that I thought I had returned to the days when everyone knew your name and said hello

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The meat market at Cafe Rouge is excellent and even more so now that a new butcher has arrived. I was treated so graciously by a gentleman named Karl that I thought I had returned to the days when everyone knew your name and said hello

Pros: Meat Market

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I'm in the hospitality industry and eat out 3-4 times a week, and work with restaurants as a consultant. I had a birthday dinner there recently and by the time the whole wretched experience was over with, my blood pressure had gone up

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I'm in the hospitality industry and eat out 3-4 times a week, and work with restaurants as a consultant. I had a birthday dinner there recently and by the time the whole wretched experience was over with, my blood pressure had gone up

Pros: Ok design, Spacious

Cons: Rude, Indifferent, Slow

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This place is unbelievable. They got the order wrong, and then complained to us about it. They made snide remarks. They were pushy. At these HIGH prices this is not what one normally expects.

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★★★★★

This place is unbelievable. They got the order wrong, and then complained to us about it. They made snide remarks. They were pushy. At these HIGH prices this is not what one normally expects.

Pros: meat

Cons: jerk

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I had lunch here recently with a friend and her mother. My friend wanted to order Steak Frites, and asked whether it came as a sandwich. Since the answer was no, she requested a roll of some kind, offering to pay extra, and, to utter

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★★★★★

I had lunch here recently with a friend and her mother. My friend wanted to order Steak Frites, and asked whether it came as a sandwich. Since the answer was no, she requested a roll of some kind, offering to pay extra, and, to utter

Pros: Approachable menu, good location, yummy fries

Cons: , slow to get going

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Being a regular Rouger, I have to admit the staff can be indifferent, but service has never been poor or rude. And anyway, I don't like hovering wait staff. At CR, the staff is very knowledgeable about the food and wines offered. The food

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★★★★★

Being a regular Rouger, I have to admit the staff can be indifferent, but service has never been poor or rude. And anyway, I don't like hovering wait staff. At CR, the staff is very knowledgeable about the food and wines offered. The food

Pros: not too loud, good ambiance, reasonable prices

Cons: can be hard to park, tables close together, need new menus

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not sure why reviewers say the service is poor. at worst it's indifferent, but i almost always eat at the bar where the service is awesome. bartenders are more than willing to let you taste anything by the glass.

the food is

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not sure why reviewers say the service is poor. at worst it's indifferent, but i almost always eat at the bar where the service is awesome. bartenders are more than willing to let you taste anything by the glass.

the food is

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I am puzzled by the bad reviews. While some servers may be indifferent at best, we have been eating at Cafe Rouge for years and have never had a bad experience. The bartenders in particular are quite nice and attentive whetheer you are

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I am puzzled by the bad reviews. While some servers may be indifferent at best, we have been eating at Cafe Rouge for years and have never had a bad experience. The bartenders in particular are quite nice and attentive whetheer you are

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I've been shopping at Cafe Rouge's butcher shop for a couple of years. It's the only place I know in the area where you can buy freshly made duck confit, foie gras, etc., many of which they make themselves.

I've been so impressed with

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I've been shopping at Cafe Rouge's butcher shop for a couple of years. It's the only place I know in the area where you can buy freshly made duck confit, foie gras, etc., many of which they make themselves.

I've been so impressed with

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My husband and I are puzzled by the responses by the six reviewers. We have dined frequently at CR for several years (mainly for lunch) and although we agree that the service has gone downhill the food remains consistently good. The salads

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My husband and I are puzzled by the responses by the six reviewers. We have dined frequently at CR for several years (mainly for lunch) and although we agree that the service has gone downhill the food remains consistently good. The salads

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Not only the food is bad but the service is exceptionally rude too. The host guy is looking at you with a "why did you come here?" attitude. Bad bad place.

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Not only the food is bad but the service is exceptionally rude too. The host guy is looking at you with a "why did you come here?" attitude. Bad bad place.

Cons: bad service

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This place is lack of service. By the time you enter the restaurant, an ice cold hostess greets you and throw you into your seat. Then waiter slaps you with his arrogance. Food, that is another story. When you look at the menu, you think

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★★★★★

This place is lack of service. By the time you enter the restaurant, an ice cold hostess greets you and throw you into your seat. Then waiter slaps you with his arrogance. Food, that is another story. When you look at the menu, you think

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Good food but very rude service. We will not go back.

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★★★★★

Good food but very rude service. We will not go back.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Poor Service

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At the center of Berkeley's thriving Fourth Street area, this spot offers rousing, pan-European dishes that deliver clever flavor combinations. All charcuterie is house-made, dry-aged steaks are as well-prepared as any around, and all of…

 

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