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Paisan Restaurant

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2514 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-2013
+1 510-649-1031
08:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 08:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:30 - 22:00
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so sorry to be writing this review since Paisan has been a favorite of ours for many years. Stopped in for lunch today and, sadly, I was disappointed. Little things that matter didn't seem to..........ie the side greens were over the hill and should never have been on the same plate with the beautiful bruschetta. Waiter was sweet... More 

Thank msaioli
SF Bay Area
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This restaurant is known as, and has been reviewed as, excellent or very good for pizza and pasta and the other three members of our party were not disappointed (1 for pasta, 2 for pizza). However, for those who are not big fans of pizza or pasta, like me, they also offer an oven-roasted 1/2-chicken entree, served over a bed... More 

Thank John S
Peachtree City, Georgia
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121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We enjoyed the laid back atmosphere with some good food. The location is good and we had a nice dinner and caught up with some family.

Thank srlawren11
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9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We returned to this restaurant after dining here 2 years ago. It's not as good as I remember but we were satisfied. We had the green bean salad, Caesar salad and special pizza of arugula and pesto. My Caesar was crisp and fresh but too dry for me - not enough dressing. Switched with the BF's green bean and was... More 

Thank Catie C
Simsbury, CT
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194 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Always a good meal--not great but always good. Dependable. I love their cocktails. Cut Grass is one of the best cocktails I have every had. Pizzas are good.

Thank MendoPOM
Berkeley, California
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393 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Paisan is wonderfully relaxing. it has seating areas that are broken up into 2 sections. when coming in the main street entrance there is the dining room between the walls of the building and at night this area gets a little dark but not bad. out back is an expansive area with plenty of windows with a tree growing in... More 

Thank flashncrash
San Francisco, California
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

Fled the indifference at Hot Italian. Found Paisan after a brief search. Great service. Fried olives ($3.50 happy hour price); yes, and happy hour wine at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday. Will return for the mushroom pizza. Update: been back several times. Still very good. Food is consistent from visit-to-visit, but the service is uneven. Some dysfunction in staff noted.

Thank bardsf
Austin, Texas
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200 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

I love this place and am here as I write this review. Great chicken sandwich (I dream about it!) with pesto and onion. Good wine list. I've had the pizza and meatballs here on prior visits and they're great too. If you are lucky enough to be here when green beans are in season, order the green bean salad. Fantastic.... More 

Thank OaklandBK
Alameda, California
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137 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

My first time here for a business meeting. We had a quiet table for four in a shady spot under a canopy just outside the main dining area. Service was efficient yet unobtrusive with most dishes between $9 (a variety of salads and sandwiches) and $13 pastas and pizzas. We all had something different and were pleased with all.

Thank lancereyn0
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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154 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We were staying in a Berkeley airbnb for just 4 nights and our host recommended Paisan, which was just round the corner. We enjoyed the visit so much, we went back on our last night as well, same waitress, great welcome back and great food again! What we liked - the general ambience was good, lots of people there, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2514 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-2013
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-649-1031
New restaurant, part of local K2 group (TRex, Lalime, Sea Salt)

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?