Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

★★★★☆
  • 1919 4th St

    Berkeley, CA 94710

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  • 510-845-7771

About Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

Hours
Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm : Monday - Thursday, Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00pm-11:00pm Served until 3:30 P.M Mon-Friday 4pm-6pm,Mon-Thu 9pm to Closing, Fri 9:30pm to Closing

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Great place for traditional seafood fare, awesome decor, and excellent drinks.

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★★★★★

Great place for traditional seafood fare, awesome decor, and excellent drinks.

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May have been good in the past but awful now. We had steak and seafood. The steak was Morton's prices and Sizzler quality. The ala carte baked potato was under cooked and the clam chowder wayyy too salty. My fisherman's platter

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★★★★★

May have been good in the past but awful now. We had steak and seafood. The steak was Morton's prices and Sizzler quality. The ala carte baked potato was under cooked and the clam chowder wayyy too salty. My fisherman's platter

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Been here a couple of times and it has not failed me! My family and friends almost always say yes when I invite them to this place. I am a big seafood lover so I can become picky with how seafoods restaurants work. it may be on the pricey

3
★★★★★

Been here a couple of times and it has not failed me! My family and friends almost always say yes when I invite them to this place. I am a big seafood lover so I can become picky with how seafoods restaurants work. it may be on the pricey

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Historical, antiquing, yet a place of great comfort to dine in for great food, drinks and service. The executive chef is very meticulous in his selections of all ingredients, especially seafood. Yum! Even some basic food like New England Clam Chowder is unique, tasteful, and very gourmet. Great place to keep coming back. Also, don't forget to check out a special chef dinner when you have a chance. It goes fast!

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★★★★★

Historical, antiquing, yet a place of great comfort to dine in for great food, drinks and service. The executive chef is very meticulous in his selections of all ingredients, especially seafood. Yum! Even some basic food like New England Clam Chowder is unique, tasteful, and very gourmet. Great place to keep coming back. Also, don't forget to check out a special chef dinner when you have a chance. It goes fast!

Pros: Best seafood in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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A huge burger for $1.95!!!! The entire happy hour menu is super cheap. We filled the table with food for practicaly nothing and all of it was great.

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★★★★★

A huge burger for $1.95!!!! The entire happy hour menu is super cheap. We filled the table with food for practicaly nothing and all of it was great.

Pros: Great Food, Great Happy Hour

Cons: none

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All there is to say is Great Seafood! The Stuffed salmon that I had was outstanding. Los, the bartender was great, he introduced me to the chef. This is my new/old favorite place.

2
★★★★★

All there is to say is Great Seafood! The Stuffed salmon that I had was outstanding. Los, the bartender was great, he introduced me to the chef. This is my new/old favorite place.

Pros: Seafood, Happy Hour and Ambience

Cons: Expensive drinks, but at least balanced by the cheap happy hour food.

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We went to Spenger's for my husband's birthday.There were 7 of us. All of the food was great! We
are all very picky when it comes to food & service because some of our family members are exquisite cooks & some have been waitresses . Our waiter was fantastic. I had crab & shrimp stuffed salmon.Wow! My sister-in-law has had crab cakes everywhere & she said these are the best.

2
★★★★☆

We went to Spenger's for my husband's birthday.There were 7 of us. All of the food was great! We
are all very picky when it comes to food & service because some of our family members are exquisite cooks & some have been waitresses . Our waiter was fantastic. I had crab & shrimp stuffed salmon.Wow! My sister-in-law has had crab cakes everywhere & she said these are the best.

Pros: Service

Cons: none

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This place is a wonderful dining experience. The fish is fresh and flavorful, and the rooms are furnished in dark wood with a nautical theme. Good drinks, and a nice place for a semi-fancy dinner.

4
★★★★☆

This place is a wonderful dining experience. The fish is fresh and flavorful, and the rooms are furnished in dark wood with a nautical theme. Good drinks, and a nice place for a semi-fancy dinner.

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We had to find something to eat and the front desk at our hotel recommended us to go here and it was worth it. There wasn't much of a wait, and it was absolutely delicious. The seafood was fresh and the service was good. A little upscale, but not completely out of reach.

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★★★★★

We had to find something to eat and the front desk at our hotel recommended us to go here and it was worth it. There wasn't much of a wait, and it was absolutely delicious. The seafood was fresh and the service was good. A little upscale, but not completely out of reach.

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They have a great seafood. I love their store connected to the restaurant where you can buy food to go. Their clam chowder and sour dough is the best. They also make a great crab salad sandwich.

5
★★★★★

They have a great seafood. I love their store connected to the restaurant where you can buy food to go. Their clam chowder and sour dough is the best. They also make a great crab salad sandwich.

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On a pleasant Saturday afternoon we wanted an enticing fish salad at Spenger's for which they were always known. Well, let me tell you we were in for a major disappointment. First, the crab cobb salad was served with wilted lettuce at room temperature, a very flat, tasteless experience. Next the bill came charging us $14.95 and $ 10.95 for wine that was listed in the menu for $8.95 and $7.95. I suffer from delayed reactions which means I didn't challenge the outrageous cost of wine, until now. Thus, I write this review in retrospect feeling cheated out of an experience at this venerable Berkeley institution. Furthermore, we went to the fshmarket to take some crab home. We found the shop disheveled smelling badly of fish, which is a sign that you don't buy fish from a market that smells. I don't intend to cross its threshold again. The French bread and butter was good as always.

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★☆☆☆☆

On a pleasant Saturday afternoon we wanted an enticing fish salad at Spenger's for which they were always known. Well, let me tell you we were in for a major disappointment. First, the crab cobb salad was served with wilted lettuce at room temperature, a very flat, tasteless experience. Next the bill came charging us $14.95 and $ 10.95 for wine that was listed in the menu for $8.95 and $7.95. I suffer from delayed reactions which means I didn't challenge the outrageous cost of wine, until now. Thus, I write this review in retrospect feeling cheated out of an experience at this venerable Berkeley institution. Furthermore, we went to the fshmarket to take some crab home. We found the shop disheveled smelling badly of fish, which is a sign that you don't buy fish from a market that smells. I don't intend to cross its threshold again. The French bread and butter was good as always.

Pros: good Bread and butter, parking

Cons: mediocre, tasteless, food, price-gouging wine list

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Spengers is great food, "old school" style atmosphere. They have some really delicious dishes; this is a good place to come with a large party for a special occasion.

5
★★★★★

Spengers is great food, "old school" style atmosphere. They have some really delicious dishes; this is a good place to come with a large party for a special occasion.

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I first ate at Spengers about a month ago. I am a vegetarian and ordered the Astoria Sole. My friend ordered the crabcakes. The Astoria Sole was OUTSTANDING...perfectly cooked. The bread that was served was excellent as well. The crabcakes were so-so. The fish was so good, I could hardly wait to go back, which I did last week on a weekday at about 2:00 p.m. We waited too long for our server, but this time both orders, the barbequed Salmon and the Rex Sole, were EXCELLENT. My friend was so impressed with the flavor of the Salmon, as was I. My Sole was pan seared perfectly with mashed potatoes. The broccoli was a a bit undercooked but delicious. I will make this restaurant one of my regulars! We thoroughly enjoyed these fantastic, fresh fish dinners more than any other fish restaurants in the area!

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★★★★☆

I first ate at Spengers about a month ago. I am a vegetarian and ordered the Astoria Sole. My friend ordered the crabcakes. The Astoria Sole was OUTSTANDING...perfectly cooked. The bread that was served was excellent as well. The crabcakes were so-so. The fish was so good, I could hardly wait to go back, which I did last week on a weekday at about 2:00 p.m. We waited too long for our server, but this time both orders, the barbequed Salmon and the Rex Sole, were EXCELLENT. My friend was so impressed with the flavor of the Salmon, as was I. My Sole was pan seared perfectly with mashed potatoes. The broccoli was a a bit undercooked but delicious. I will make this restaurant one of my regulars! We thoroughly enjoyed these fantastic, fresh fish dinners more than any other fish restaurants in the area!

Pros: Outstandingly fresh, perfectly prepared fish!

Cons: Servers could be a bit more attentive

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Other than airport food I have never been so startled by the gap between the quality of a restaurant's food and the restaurant's prices. Not only did we have to wait 10 minutes for our reservations, but once we got inside we found that there were at least 10 empty tables. Our appetizers were uninspired and not very good. My wife's entree was probably the worst piece of fish either of us have ever been served (airplane food included). It was tough, dry, flavorless and kind of small. My cioppino was fine, but nothing special. For $20+ entrees I expect much, much better, tastier food. The waiter was nice, but the service was incredibly slow.

The place was packed, but I honestly can't figure out why. I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life and have passed Spenger's 1000 times at least, so when my wife told me that she was taking me there for dinner I was really psyched. Tourists and old folks seemed to be into the restaurant, but my wife and I were just so disappointed.

Next time I want good cioppino I'll goto Franchino Restaurant (347 Columbus Ave in SF) or The Old Clam House (299 Bayshore Blvd. in SF). For good seafood in the East Bay I'll stick to

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★☆☆☆☆

Other than airport food I have never been so startled by the gap between the quality of a restaurant's food and the restaurant's prices. Not only did we have to wait 10 minutes for our reservations, but once we got inside we found that there were at least 10 empty tables. Our appetizers were uninspired and not very good. My wife's entree was probably the worst piece of fish either of us have ever been served (airplane food included). It was tough, dry, flavorless and kind of small. My cioppino was fine, but nothing special. For $20+ entrees I expect much, much better, tastier food. The waiter was nice, but the service was incredibly slow.

The place was packed, but I honestly can't figure out why. I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life and have passed Spenger's 1000 times at least, so when my wife told me that she was taking me there for dinner I was really psyched. Tourists and old folks seemed to be into the restaurant, but my wife and I were just so disappointed.

Next time I want good cioppino I'll goto Franchino Restaurant (347 Columbus Ave in SF) or The Old Clam House (299 Bayshore Blvd. in SF). For good seafood in the East Bay I'll stick to

Pros: Casual Atmosphere; Validated Parking

Cons: Bad, Bland Food; Slow Service; Too Expensive given the poor quality of food

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Spenger's is a good restaurant to go to if you like seafood. I've never experienced the bad service that other reviewers talked about. Every time I go, I am always satisfied with the service and food. Just wish it was a little cheaper!

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★★★★☆

Spenger's is a good restaurant to go to if you like seafood. I've never experienced the bad service that other reviewers talked about. Every time I go, I am always satisfied with the service and food. Just wish it was a little cheaper!

Pros: Good seafood and variety

Cons: pricey

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Spenger's is an East Bay landmark.
The "original" restaurant was a great value and had the highest quality seafood, even better than "Fisherman's Wharf" in San Francisco.

However, the original owners (Spenger family) sold out, and now the place has become a "corporate" restaurant. Our recent visit was pleasant, the service was outstanding.

The menu has become a wee bit pricey. We can get a much better deal at "Nick's Lighthouse" on the wharf in SF. That surprised me, because the rent's so much cheaper in Berkeley.......

Don't get me wrong.......Spenger's is still a good seafood place. Their seafood fettucine is still awesome, and the burgers are first rate too. I just think $11 for calamari appetizer is a ripoff, and same with a $4 "Bud Lite." Avoid the appetizers and drinks, just ask for water........and you'll still love Spengers......

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★★★★☆

Spenger's is an East Bay landmark.
The "original" restaurant was a great value and had the highest quality seafood, even better than "Fisherman's Wharf" in San Francisco.

However, the original owners (Spenger family) sold out, and now the place has become a "corporate" restaurant. Our recent visit was pleasant, the service was outstanding.

The menu has become a wee bit pricey. We can get a much better deal at "Nick's Lighthouse" on the wharf in SF. That surprised me, because the rent's so much cheaper in Berkeley.......

Don't get me wrong.......Spenger's is still a good seafood place. Their seafood fettucine is still awesome, and the burgers are first rate too. I just think $11 for calamari appetizer is a ripoff, and same with a $4 "Bud Lite." Avoid the appetizers and drinks, just ask for water........and you'll still love Spengers......

Pros: Seafood fettucine with scallops & shrimp......great cow meat too!

Cons: Corporate ownership now means higher prices than the "Old" Spengers

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I'd been going to Spenger's for 35 yrs + when McCormick and Shmick took ownership. Spenger's was never GREAT; it was what it was -- fried seafood platters, seafood gratins, cioppino, lobster. Though they kept some of the old faves, M&S upscaled, and failed miserably. Mediocre old-school seafood is tolerable and sometimes just what you want; wannabe frou-frou dishes that entirely miss the mark in preparation, freshness and presentation, and high prices just take all the fun out of putting on a lobster bib. The provencal salad doesn't even pretend to have a good piece of tuna in it; it's the stringy end piece you'll find yourself masticating. Spinach salad with bacon dressing is a miracle of heart stopping pig grease. Scooping the spinach aside, desparate to salvage the spinach, the waiter took it away in horror when he saw the grease puddle. Oyster Po' Boys come with cold, overly-crunchy oysters. Raw oysters come out shrivelled, obviously preshucked and in the walk-in. The fisherman's platter and the cioppino are worth sticking around for if you're truly determined. Happy hour specials are a bargain at $1.99, and the drinks are made with fresh juices, and no stinginess in alcohol. Decor is as it always was; a veritable museum of nautical treasures, old weapons and fishing nets. Overall, a good place for drinks and a happy hour app or two, otherwise, the food is realiably poor in preparation and quality. What you're really paying for is the old school ambiance, and even that's missing something, even with the old decor and some (a very few) of the waiters from back in the day. Old man Spenger would be so dissappointed and so am I.

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★★☆☆☆

I'd been going to Spenger's for 35 yrs + when McCormick and Shmick took ownership. Spenger's was never GREAT; it was what it was -- fried seafood platters, seafood gratins, cioppino, lobster. Though they kept some of the old faves, M&S upscaled, and failed miserably. Mediocre old-school seafood is tolerable and sometimes just what you want; wannabe frou-frou dishes that entirely miss the mark in preparation, freshness and presentation, and high prices just take all the fun out of putting on a lobster bib. The provencal salad doesn't even pretend to have a good piece of tuna in it; it's the stringy end piece you'll find yourself masticating. Spinach salad with bacon dressing is a miracle of heart stopping pig grease. Scooping the spinach aside, desparate to salvage the spinach, the waiter took it away in horror when he saw the grease puddle. Oyster Po' Boys come with cold, overly-crunchy oysters. Raw oysters come out shrivelled, obviously preshucked and in the walk-in. The fisherman's platter and the cioppino are worth sticking around for if you're truly determined. Happy hour specials are a bargain at $1.99, and the drinks are made with fresh juices, and no stinginess in alcohol. Decor is as it always was; a veritable museum of nautical treasures, old weapons and fishing nets. Overall, a good place for drinks and a happy hour app or two, otherwise, the food is realiably poor in preparation and quality. What you're really paying for is the old school ambiance, and even that's missing something, even with the old decor and some (a very few) of the waiters from back in the day. Old man Spenger would be so dissappointed and so am I.

Pros: Old-school, eclectic ambiance and decor, easy parking

Cons: Poorly prepared seafood, long wait for seating in peak hours, service can be dismissive

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We were on our way back from Berkeley to SF, decided to drop into Spengers for dinner a few weeks ago. It was a Saturday night, no reservations, but the people at the front desk said we could get a table in about 45min. So we moved into the bar just off the entry.

We ended up sitting in the bar for an hour and 20 minutes. During that entire time, the cocktail waitress NEVER checked to see if we wanted drinks, never even made eye contact. She looked harried and rushed, serving food to people in the bar (the bartender, otoh, was great, once I went up). I checked back with the front desk every 15-20min or so, finally leaning on them a little, whereupon we got a table. Once inside the restaurant, there were obviously empty, set tables. I got the distinct sense we would have been left in the bar until closing if I hadn't gotten pushy.

The menu was reasonably interesting, and the food was OK, though way overpriced for what it was. The vegies that accompianed my entree were steamed and presented without flavoring of any kind. Our server was pleasant enough, though he seemed distracted; I think I asked for something that never arrived. The building is pretty interesting, with a wall of model ships and various other nautical-theme bits hanging from the walls and ceilings.

Maybe rezzies would get you seated reasonably promptly; that would certainly improve the experience. Once seated, though, it's still a corporate restaurant chain that feels focused on maximizing revenue from transient traffic while minimizing costs for food and service. A good place to avoid.

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★★☆☆☆

We were on our way back from Berkeley to SF, decided to drop into Spengers for dinner a few weeks ago. It was a Saturday night, no reservations, but the people at the front desk said we could get a table in about 45min. So we moved into the bar just off the entry.

We ended up sitting in the bar for an hour and 20 minutes. During that entire time, the cocktail waitress NEVER checked to see if we wanted drinks, never even made eye contact. She looked harried and rushed, serving food to people in the bar (the bartender, otoh, was great, once I went up). I checked back with the front desk every 15-20min or so, finally leaning on them a little, whereupon we got a table. Once inside the restaurant, there were obviously empty, set tables. I got the distinct sense we would have been left in the bar until closing if I hadn't gotten pushy.

The menu was reasonably interesting, and the food was OK, though way overpriced for what it was. The vegies that accompianed my entree were steamed and presented without flavoring of any kind. Our server was pleasant enough, though he seemed distracted; I think I asked for something that never arrived. The building is pretty interesting, with a wall of model ships and various other nautical-theme bits hanging from the walls and ceilings.

Maybe rezzies would get you seated reasonably promptly; that would certainly improve the experience. Once seated, though, it's still a corporate restaurant chain that feels focused on maximizing revenue from transient traffic while minimizing costs for food and service. A good place to avoid.

Pros: Historic building, with a 34-caret diamond

Cons: Heartless service, overpriced and uninteresting food

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Its unfortunate when beloved local establishments like Spengers fall victim to generic mediocrity and corporate influence. I remember watching the super bowl in the Oyster Bar, which has since been replaced by booths; I remember the uneven cork ceiling in the cocktail lounge; I remember inexpensive chowder and fish sandwiches to-go in the fish market; I remember lobster thermador; I remember a breakfast menu; blah blah blah. McCormick & Schmick changed its once huge menu to one that is smaller and fussier. In all fairness the food is fresh and not bad; the presentation is aesthetically pleasing, and its not too expensive. If youve never been here before, you wont know what youre missing. For those who remember, prepare to be tortured.

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★★★☆☆

Its unfortunate when beloved local establishments like Spengers fall victim to generic mediocrity and corporate influence. I remember watching the super bowl in the Oyster Bar, which has since been replaced by booths; I remember the uneven cork ceiling in the cocktail lounge; I remember inexpensive chowder and fish sandwiches to-go in the fish market; I remember lobster thermador; I remember a breakfast menu; blah blah blah. McCormick & Schmick changed its once huge menu to one that is smaller and fussier. In all fairness the food is fresh and not bad; the presentation is aesthetically pleasing, and its not too expensive. If youve never been here before, you wont know what youre missing. For those who remember, prepare to be tortured.

Pros: Ambiance, Some fresh fish

Cons: Food not unique, uncrowded, long wait

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A year ago my boy-friend introduced me to Spenger's. H wanted me to eat the best seafood ever. He raved about the ambiance; the service and the food. He was right on target. Our server was so pleasant and very accomodating. The atmosphere was comfortable and very interesting. I have read some of these reviews and I am not sure where they ate but they should try again. People lack patience. so if they found busy, a little patience would have warranted them excellent food. Keep up the good work... We will have the pleasure of taking our parent's to your fine establishment on Father's Day. Thank you
Ps... as for the restaurant being romantic ? ... Who are you with, there is the romance !!!

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★★★★★

A year ago my boy-friend introduced me to Spenger's. H wanted me to eat the best seafood ever. He raved about the ambiance; the service and the food. He was right on target. Our server was so pleasant and very accomodating. The atmosphere was comfortable and very interesting. I have read some of these reviews and I am not sure where they ate but they should try again. People lack patience. so if they found busy, a little patience would have warranted them excellent food. Keep up the good work... We will have the pleasure of taking our parent's to your fine establishment on Father's Day. Thank you
Ps... as for the restaurant being romantic ? ... Who are you with, there is the romance !!!

Pros: Quick service, accomodating, excellent food

Cons: none, none, none

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My family used to be regulars at Spengers back in the day. After hearing of the reopening, I had to give it a try. Got there at 2PM, was told there would be a 10 minute wait. With the parking lots 1/3 full, this seemed odd. Took a walk, found they closed the oyster bar in the rehab, but fould about 12 open tables. There were at least 6 open, but unbussed tables within serving areas. After 15 minutes, we left with no comment from the host and hostess (who were in dire need of personality transplants). They bought the name, but that's it! Sad.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family used to be regulars at Spengers back in the day. After hearing of the reopening, I had to give it a try. Got there at 2PM, was told there would be a 10 minute wait. With the parking lots 1/3 full, this seemed odd. Took a walk, found they closed the oyster bar in the rehab, but fould about 12 open tables. There were at least 6 open, but unbussed tables within serving areas. After 15 minutes, we left with no comment from the host and hostess (who were in dire need of personality transplants). They bought the name, but that's it! Sad.

Pros: Lots of parking.

Cons: Service, Honesty, Staffing

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Ewwww, this place is so overpriced, and the service is lousy. I asked for some warm bread and our waiter came back 3 times and said the kitchen burnt it!!!. If they can't even warm a loaf of bread, i wonder what's going on back there. The day i went it had been raining alot and the place smelled moldy and half the dining room was closed off because of leaks. I felt like i was in the Titanic as it sunk, because this place sure has over the years.

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★★☆☆☆

Ewwww, this place is so overpriced, and the service is lousy. I asked for some warm bread and our waiter came back 3 times and said the kitchen burnt it!!!. If they can't even warm a loaf of bread, i wonder what's going on back there. The day i went it had been raining alot and the place smelled moldy and half the dining room was closed off because of leaks. I felt like i was in the Titanic as it sunk, because this place sure has over the years.

Pros: good fishn chips, good mixed drinks

Cons: service, smelly

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waitress got the order wrong, the food was disappointing.... will probably never go back...

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★☆☆☆☆

waitress got the order wrong, the food was disappointing.... will probably never go back...

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How does this place keep getting customers I have no idea. The service, from the bar tender to the waiters and bus boys are the worse around. After we were seated, the nightmare began. No one came by to say hello or say someone will be with you. We waited 30 to 40 minutes before someone had to stop a waiter to take our order. The waiters were moody and unprofessional. This place is no better than a Denny's on a Sunday. At least Denny's doesn't rob you out of your money for such service.

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★☆☆☆☆

How does this place keep getting customers I have no idea. The service, from the bar tender to the waiters and bus boys are the worse around. After we were seated, the nightmare began. No one came by to say hello or say someone will be with you. We waited 30 to 40 minutes before someone had to stop a waiter to take our order. The waiters were moody and unprofessional. This place is no better than a Denny's on a Sunday. At least Denny's doesn't rob you out of your money for such service.

Pros: Decoration, Portion, History

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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This restaurant is mostly based on history but the food has changed a lot with new management. Some like it and some don't. But the ambience is the same. Menu has some classics and a few twists that you should give a try. The 'fresh list' is alittle daunting but impressive.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant is mostly based on history but the food has changed a lot with new management. Some like it and some don't. But the ambience is the same. Menu has some classics and a few twists that you should give a try. The 'fresh list' is alittle daunting but impressive.

Pros: fresh seafood, large facility, banquet rooms

Cons: service, service, service

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It's too bad that Spenger's took such a nosedive in quality. Yes, for many years it was wonderful. Now it is, to put it simply, a disaster.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's too bad that Spenger's took such a nosedive in quality. Yes, for many years it was wonderful. Now it is, to put it simply, a disaster.

Pros: None

Cons: Food, Service

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My dad took me to Spengers YEARS ago as a boy. Out in about, coming back down from Marin on 580, we decided on seafood. House white wine is not that great. My dinner, rock crab claws in a jalapeno garlic butter was yummy bread dipping good, wife's seafood linguine was tasty as well. Worth the price? I dunno. Let's say it was a helluva lot more adventurous than Red Lobster, but a Bay Area seafood resturaunt that you can wear jeans (shorts, etc) and not have them look down on you. Fine bar & bartenders. I would go back.

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★★★★☆

My dad took me to Spengers YEARS ago as a boy. Out in about, coming back down from Marin on 580, we decided on seafood. House white wine is not that great. My dinner, rock crab claws in a jalapeno garlic butter was yummy bread dipping good, wife's seafood linguine was tasty as well. Worth the price? I dunno. Let's say it was a helluva lot more adventurous than Red Lobster, but a Bay Area seafood resturaunt that you can wear jeans (shorts, etc) and not have them look down on you. Fine bar & bartenders. I would go back.

Pros: bar, cheesy nautical, casual

Cons: crappy house wine

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This sprawling bayside seafood hub with its over-the-top nautical decor has been a Berkeley standby for more than 100 years. Under McCormick & Schmick's management, the warehouse-size space retains plenty of authentic, old-school charm,…

 

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