Cafe Mattina

★★★★☆
  • 2442 Telegraph Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94704

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  • 510-849-4592

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Monday To Sunday From 08:00 AM To 09:00 PM

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Okay, so the title maybe should read "The deliciousness formerly known as Caf Intermezzo." Now called Caf Mattina, one naturally must ask why a place worthy of the Good Grub change it's name anyways? Isn't it obvious? To try to keep the line down to 20 people at a time. And who could blame them? This place is somewhat of a hallmark of the great food that UC Berkeley has to offer. Join the massive line, and start to plan out your attack on the plethora (thank you El Guapo) of deliciousness this place has to offer. For me, there are only two things you need to know ... honey wheat bread and poppy seed dressing. Add those to anything and you can't go wrong. Let it be known, the salads will be larger than you'll know what to do with, so remember the buddy system. Better yet, go with the combo and let your taste buds rejoice. To add to the great food, this place is just damn cool. It has a cassette-growing tree right in the middle of it (if you tell me it's fake, I don't like you) and a painting with a sweet old lady making bread in a window (if you don't like sweet old ladies making bread, I really don't like you). Just remember that while you're doing a little dance in line, staring up at the giant menu of greatness, trying to crunch the numbers on how this place can serve up so much delicious food for like 7 bucks, that life is good and the grub is even better. See more at www.thegoodgrub.weebly. com

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★★★★★

Okay, so the title maybe should read "The deliciousness formerly known as Caf Intermezzo." Now called Caf Mattina, one naturally must ask why a place worthy of the Good Grub change it's name anyways? Isn't it obvious? To try to keep the line down to 20 people at a time. And who could blame them? This place is somewhat of a hallmark of the great food that UC Berkeley has to offer. Join the massive line, and start to plan out your attack on the plethora (thank you El Guapo) of deliciousness this place has to offer. For me, there are only two things you need to know ... honey wheat bread and poppy seed dressing. Add those to anything and you can't go wrong. Let it be known, the salads will be larger than you'll know what to do with, so remember the buddy system. Better yet, go with the combo and let your taste buds rejoice. To add to the great food, this place is just damn cool. It has a cassette-growing tree right in the middle of it (if you tell me it's fake, I don't like you) and a painting with a sweet old lady making bread in a window (if you don't like sweet old ladies making bread, I really don't like you). Just remember that while you're doing a little dance in line, staring up at the giant menu of greatness, trying to crunch the numbers on how this place can serve up so much delicious food for like 7 bucks, that life is good and the grub is even better. See more at www.thegoodgrub.weebly. com

Pros: Grubalicious

Cons: Nada

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The salads here are huge and come with thick slices of the most delicious wheat bread you'll ever taste. The bread seedy and dark like wheat bread, but also very sweet. You have to taste it. I usually get a half-salad-half-sandwich combo and bring one thing home. The BLTA is the best thing on the menu.

4
★★★★☆

The salads here are huge and come with thick slices of the most delicious wheat bread you'll ever taste. The bread seedy and dark like wheat bread, but also very sweet. You have to taste it. I usually get a half-salad-half-sandwich combo and bring one thing home. The BLTA is the best thing on the menu.

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isn't great a great word? Their food is delicious and comes in large portions. Sandwiches, soups, and salads are all really good - can't really go wrong. The only problem here is that it is ALWAYS PACKED. Long lines so if you come with someone else you might as well expect to get it to go and eat elsewhere. Takes a while to get your food too, but if you're willing to put up with that your stomach will be pleased.

4
★★★★☆

isn't great a great word? Their food is delicious and comes in large portions. Sandwiches, soups, and salads are all really good - can't really go wrong. The only problem here is that it is ALWAYS PACKED. Long lines so if you come with someone else you might as well expect to get it to go and eat elsewhere. Takes a while to get your food too, but if you're willing to put up with that your stomach will be pleased.

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Caf Intermezzo is the perfect soup, salad and sandwich restaurant for students. Not only is it located conveniently on Telegraph Ave., the service is efficient, the portions are HUGE, the price is cheap (between $5-7), and the atmosphere is very student friendly. It is easy to get discouraged by the long lines at lunch hours, however the line moves fairly quickly and seating continuously opens up. Intermezzo is namely well known for their famous ??poppyseed dressing?? and ??honey wheat bread?? in addition to their enormous portions. Though I typically opt for a salad, my BF raves about their BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado sandwiches), which is mounted with layers and layers of crispy bacon, ripe avocados and on their honey wheat bread. The drinks are also great, my favorites being strawberry lemonade and strawberry sangria. The only downside is that sometimes I feel the vegetables are not as fresh as they could be but I can??t complain for the price! Also, though I imagine that the majority of students walk, parking is extremely difficult to find near Telegraph and beware, meter maids are constantly driving around- I got a parking ticket outside Intermezzo last week!

4
★★★★☆

Caf Intermezzo is the perfect soup, salad and sandwich restaurant for students. Not only is it located conveniently on Telegraph Ave., the service is efficient, the portions are HUGE, the price is cheap (between $5-7), and the atmosphere is very student friendly. It is easy to get discouraged by the long lines at lunch hours, however the line moves fairly quickly and seating continuously opens up. Intermezzo is namely well known for their famous ??poppyseed dressing?? and ??honey wheat bread?? in addition to their enormous portions. Though I typically opt for a salad, my BF raves about their BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado sandwiches), which is mounted with layers and layers of crispy bacon, ripe avocados and on their honey wheat bread. The drinks are also great, my favorites being strawberry lemonade and strawberry sangria. The only downside is that sometimes I feel the vegetables are not as fresh as they could be but I can??t complain for the price! Also, though I imagine that the majority of students walk, parking is extremely difficult to find near Telegraph and beware, meter maids are constantly driving around- I got a parking ticket outside Intermezzo last week!

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I have been to Cafe Intermezzo every time I have visited Berkeley for years. Now that I live in Los Angeles, I am asking them to ship me their herbal vinigarette so I can close my eyes and pretend I am in the bustle of the cafe itself. The fresh baked bread is worth every carb, and if you ask nice, and you come at the right time, they very well may let you buy a loaf for home! If you are within 50 miles of this place, drive there now and eat a salad, sandwich or soup. If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for me!!

2
★★★★★

I have been to Cafe Intermezzo every time I have visited Berkeley for years. Now that I live in Los Angeles, I am asking them to ship me their herbal vinigarette so I can close my eyes and pretend I am in the bustle of the cafe itself. The fresh baked bread is worth every carb, and if you ask nice, and you come at the right time, they very well may let you buy a loaf for home! If you are within 50 miles of this place, drive there now and eat a salad, sandwich or soup. If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for me!!

Pros: Amazing salads, to die for bread

Cons: Long lines ( but worth the wait!!)

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This place is only good for students on a budget. Other than that, the quality is not that great. The place is kinda dirty and the salads are always too much food and soggy. The sanitation of the place needs to change. Especially since its on telegraph, which is so old and dingy.

1
★★☆☆☆

This place is only good for students on a budget. Other than that, the quality is not that great. The place is kinda dirty and the salads are always too much food and soggy. The sanitation of the place needs to change. Especially since its on telegraph, which is so old and dingy.

Pros: Cheap eats

Cons: cleanliness, presentation

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this place makes the biggest salads I have ever seen. You have to share one and you'll still have leftovers. I love the chef salad with salami or bacon and the poppyseed dressing is great. Sometimes it's crowded, but worth the short wait. Only downfall is that it's on Telegraph.

4
★★★★☆

this place makes the biggest salads I have ever seen. You have to share one and you'll still have leftovers. I love the chef salad with salami or bacon and the poppyseed dressing is great. Sometimes it's crowded, but worth the short wait. Only downfall is that it's on Telegraph.

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Yes, the portions are huge. But so what? When I ordered onion soup, it came cold and tasted bland. The sandwhiches are nothing special. The salads are gigantic but uncreative. The food isn't bad, it's just very basic. Given a couple minutes at home, I could definitely make a better soup, salad, or sandwhich myself. If you are in a rush and havea big appetite, Cafe Intermezzo could provide an adequate meal that won't break the bank. But then again, there's always that long line! Not worth the wait. There are plenty of other (and better) cheap eats in the neighborhood that you won't have to stand in line for.

1
★★☆☆☆

Yes, the portions are huge. But so what? When I ordered onion soup, it came cold and tasted bland. The sandwhiches are nothing special. The salads are gigantic but uncreative. The food isn't bad, it's just very basic. Given a couple minutes at home, I could definitely make a better soup, salad, or sandwhich myself. If you are in a rush and havea big appetite, Cafe Intermezzo could provide an adequate meal that won't break the bank. But then again, there's always that long line! Not worth the wait. There are plenty of other (and better) cheap eats in the neighborhood that you won't have to stand in line for.

Pros: huge portions; not expensive

Cons: bland, boring, basic. and a long line to boot.

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There's plenty of selections for sandwiches, salads, and soups that come in hearty proportions. Everything I have had there is tasty and filling. The line's are always long, and for a reason, so if you have the time, it's a healthy meal to have on telegraph. The service isn't the best, they'll sometimes mess up your order and they were out of some items a couple of times.

2
★★★★★

There's plenty of selections for sandwiches, salads, and soups that come in hearty proportions. Everything I have had there is tasty and filling. The line's are always long, and for a reason, so if you have the time, it's a healthy meal to have on telegraph. The service isn't the best, they'll sometimes mess up your order and they were out of some items a couple of times.

Pros: Selection, quality, and proportions.

Cons: the line, crowded so it's hard to find a spot to sit

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The food is usually good and a fair value but the people they hire are consistently inaccurate! It never fails that we leave there only to discover that an item in our order has been screwed up again!! We won't be returning, especially since the staff is always lackadaisical about the problem.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is usually good and a fair value but the people they hire are consistently inaccurate! It never fails that we leave there only to discover that an item in our order has been screwed up again!! We won't be returning, especially since the staff is always lackadaisical about the problem.

Pros: Ok food

Cons: Terrible service, always!

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Went here for the first time after walking by about a thousand times and drooling over the huge salads and sandwiches people were eating. I had the Chef Salad with Turkey and the Poppyseed dressing. It was sooo much food! The veggies were all crisp and had lots of flavor so I didn't have to use hardly any dressing. The bread is awesome and you get a huge piece. This is definitely a great place to go if you are on a tight budget...two people could easily share a salad for about $5. The downside is the place is busy and the staff isn't the nicest. But hey it is Berkeley and everyone knows that Cal kids are always cooler than you are!

2
★★★★☆

Went here for the first time after walking by about a thousand times and drooling over the huge salads and sandwiches people were eating. I had the Chef Salad with Turkey and the Poppyseed dressing. It was sooo much food! The veggies were all crisp and had lots of flavor so I didn't have to use hardly any dressing. The bread is awesome and you get a huge piece. This is definitely a great place to go if you are on a tight budget...two people could easily share a salad for about $5. The downside is the place is busy and the staff isn't the nicest. But hey it is Berkeley and everyone knows that Cal kids are always cooler than you are!

Pros: Cheap, good and Healthy!!

Cons: Busy, staff not so nice.

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All the campus kiddies come out at the stroke of noon, resulting in a line out the door. If you get there just a few minutes early, you can beat the rush. For $6-7 this place rocks! I had been there a couple times before I started to really like it and I think it was the discovery of the poppy seed dressing. Which, for the record, is much more of a creamy vinaigrette with poppy seeds present. The sandwiches and salads are huge, I've never had a conflict with the staff. (Perhaps due to my pre-rush arrival before they've doubled the number of gray hairs atop their heads!) If you're expecting fancy-schmancy gourmet food at this portion size for the price they charge, you'll be sorely disappointed. Otherwise-- Enjoy! I recommend the 1/2 salad (poppyseed dressing) + 1/2 turkey sandwich.

2
★★★★★

All the campus kiddies come out at the stroke of noon, resulting in a line out the door. If you get there just a few minutes early, you can beat the rush. For $6-7 this place rocks! I had been there a couple times before I started to really like it and I think it was the discovery of the poppy seed dressing. Which, for the record, is much more of a creamy vinaigrette with poppy seeds present. The sandwiches and salads are huge, I've never had a conflict with the staff. (Perhaps due to my pre-rush arrival before they've doubled the number of gray hairs atop their heads!) If you're expecting fancy-schmancy gourmet food at this portion size for the price they charge, you'll be sorely disappointed. Otherwise-- Enjoy! I recommend the 1/2 salad (poppyseed dressing) + 1/2 turkey sandwich.

Pros: Value

Cons: Crowded at lunch time

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This place has fantastic sandwiches and salads and the value is great. The portions are huge so you always end up with leftovers for later! The long lines only attest to the great food there. The freshly-baked honey wheat bread is delicious and the vegetables are always fresh. I would highly recommend this place, it is delicious!

2
★★★★★

This place has fantastic sandwiches and salads and the value is great. The portions are huge so you always end up with leftovers for later! The long lines only attest to the great food there. The freshly-baked honey wheat bread is delicious and the vegetables are always fresh. I would highly recommend this place, it is delicious!

Pros: great food, inexpensive

Cons: crowded

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If you're looking for huge portions for a great value, then Intermezzo is thee place to go for great sandwiches. The honey wheat bread is by far the best I've tasted. I recommend trying the combination half sandwich half salad with of course...Poppy Seed Dressing!!! The lines are long and they are always busy, but definitely well worth the wait. I'm from So. California and I go up to the Bay specifically for Intermezzo. I haven't found anything like it yet.

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for huge portions for a great value, then Intermezzo is thee place to go for great sandwiches. The honey wheat bread is by far the best I've tasted. I recommend trying the combination half sandwich half salad with of course...Poppy Seed Dressing!!! The lines are long and they are always busy, but definitely well worth the wait. I'm from So. California and I go up to the Bay specifically for Intermezzo. I haven't found anything like it yet.

Pros: good value, tasty

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As a Berkeley native, I've loved Cafe Intermezzo for year. Yeah, the lines are long, but there's a reason for that - the sandwiches and salads are huge, and the salads are big enough for lunch and dinner. The bread and poppy seed dressing are particularly wonderful. Despite other users' complaints about the service, I've never once had any of the staff be rude to me after going there for years.

2
★★★★★

As a Berkeley native, I've loved Cafe Intermezzo for year. Yeah, the lines are long, but there's a reason for that - the sandwiches and salads are huge, and the salads are big enough for lunch and dinner. The bread and poppy seed dressing are particularly wonderful. Despite other users' complaints about the service, I've never once had any of the staff be rude to me after going there for years.

Pros: cheap, great bread, massive portions

Cons: long lines, crowded seating

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I kid you not, three of us share the salad and sometimes we can't finish it! Salad and 1/2 sandwich combination means you'll be taking salad home. All of this for under $10.

2
★★★★★

I kid you not, three of us share the salad and sometimes we can't finish it! Salad and 1/2 sandwich combination means you'll be taking salad home. All of this for under $10.

 

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