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Café Rouge ***

 

Cuisine: Mediterranean/American

Description & Atmosphere
Bob and Matt, thanks for introducing us to this wonderful Berkeley bistro. Conveniently located on 4th Street in Berkeley, just minutes from Hwy 80, Café Rouge features a full bar, spacious high-ceiling dining room, meat market and oyster bar (oysters are offered on the half shell).

Food
Famous for its delicious organic fresh meats and charcuterie, and organically-grown fruits and vegetables, it's no wonder that Café Rouge is one of Berkeley's most popular restaurants.



The Mediterranean/Californian menu changes every two weeks. During a recent visit, we enjoyed the Mesquite Grilled, tender juicy Steak Frites with red wine shallot butter and a stack of incredible skinny, crispy French fries — it was worth a trip to Café Rouge for this dish alone!

The bistro's wonderful soups and salads appeal to lighter appetites — Corn Chowder with fried Willapa Bay Oysters is hearty and tasty. And the colorful Shaved Zucchini and Avocado with pistachios and lemon vinaigrette really hits the spot.

For a delicious lunch treat, you can't go wrong with the Niman Ranch Ham Sandwich with heirloom tomato, chevre and salsa verde, Rouge Hamburger and French Fries and the Niman Ranch Hot Dog, with cabbage relish and potato chips.



Outdoor Patio Seating
Heated outdoor patio seating is also available on the plaza, directly in front of the restaurant. Patio dining is especially nice on warm sunny days.

Outdoor Patio Seating at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA

Matt and Bob - outside patio seating at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA

Private Parties
The second floor Mezzanine offers seating for approximately 30 people — fun for private parties, special occasions and corporate events.

Hours
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm
Brunch: Sun 10am-2:30pm
Interim Menu 2:30-4pm

Dinner: Sun 5-9pm
Tues-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm,
Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm

Reservations
Reservations are recommended, esp during peak times.

Parking
Street and lot parking

Service
Friendly and efficient

Prices
Moderate

 


 

Pasta Shop
510-528-1786
Open 10am-6:30pm

After your meal, be sure to visit the Pasta Shop, directly next door to Café Rouge — there's an entrance just off the restaurant, by the Meat Market.

The Pasta Shop features some of the best pasta in Berkeley, unique salads and sandwiches, over 200 varieties of cheeses, delicious deli items, a wonderful selection of chocolates, signature sauces, and specialty items from around the world. It's a great place to buy a special gift for someone who loves food... and cooking :)

Retail Meat Market
The restaurant's Meat Market offers hormone-free dry-aged steaks, sausages, cured meats, pâtés and specialty items, all made in-house.

Open daily 10:30am-6:30pm.

 

More Info
Café Rouge

1782 4th Street
(cross street: Hearst St)
Berkeley
510-525-1440

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Cafe Rouge, 4th Street, Berkeley, East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area, California

Cafe Rouge dining room and view of outdoor patio, Berkeley, CA

View of Cafe Rouge dining room from Mezzanine 2nd floor, Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA

Mesquite Grilled Steak Frites with red wine shallot butter and French Fries - delicious.  Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA

Shaved Zucchini and Avocado Salad with pistachios and lemon vinaigrette - lovely light salad at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley

Delicious 1/2 lb Rouge Hamburger and French Fries - Cafe Rouge, Berkeley

Niman Ranch Ham Sandwich with heirloom tomato, chevre and salsa verde at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA

Corn Chowder with fried Willapa Bay Oysters - at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley

Cafe Rouge at 4th Street Plaza, Berkeley, CA

Cafe Rouge Bar, Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA

Private area Mezzanine level at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley

Kitchen at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley

Retail Meat Market at Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, California

Cafe Rouge's Meat Market offers sausages, cured meats, pâtés and specialty items, all made in-house.

Hormone-free dry-aged steaks at Cafe Rouge and Meat Market, Berkeley, CA

Rabbit Pate at Cafe Rouge Meat Market, Berkeley, CA

 

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