Bay Area — No. California
Café Rouge ***
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).
Famous for its delicious organic fresh meats and
charcuterie, and organically-grown
fruits and vegetables, it's no wonder that Café Rouge
of Berkeley's most popular restaurants.
Mediterranean/Californian menu changes every two weeks. During
a recent visit, we enjoyed the Mesquite Grilled, tender juicy
with red wine shallot
a stack of incredible skinny, crispy French fries — it
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
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,
French Fries and the Niman Ranch Hot Dog, with cabbage relish
and potato chips.
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.
The second floor Mezzanine offers seating for approximately 30
people — fun for private parties, special
occasions and corporate events.
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm
Brunch: Sun 10am-2:30pm
Interim Menu 2:30-4pm
Dinner: Sun 5-9pm
Reservations are recommended, esp during peak times.
Street and lot parking
Friendly and efficient
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
and specialty items, all made in-house.
Open daily 10:30am-6:30pm.
1782 4th Street
(cross street: Hearst St)
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