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Bistro Liaison

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1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1865 (Hearst)
+1 510-849-2155
10:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:30
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Berkeley, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am a big fan of Bistro Liaison because of its decidedly traditional menu, wine list, and presentation. In a restaurant world dominated by upscale fusion cuisine, it's nice to have a break once in a while with some traditional fare. And that's what you get at Bistro Liaison near the UC campus in Berkeley. As if it had come... More 

Thank WearybutWileyTravele
San Francisco
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148 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We started celebrating Valentine's Day 2 days early and it was worth it. Had an early dinner before theatre. Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants on Shattuck Ave. Wait staff are really helpful and friendly, always checking that everything is ok. Moules were tasty and tender. Pomme frites are always a must. Add a few more plates and bordeaux... More 

Thank Rogelio1
Oakland, California
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm from NY where you can get great French food all over town. In the Bay Area, not so much, in my opinion. I liked Bistro Liason alot - great decor, old style bistro, my chicken was very good, my husband had a great burger and pomme frites. We went early and were lucky to get in as it was... More 

Thank KMM655
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310 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a queue before 6pm although most had reservations. As we didn't, we sat in a large round common table. Service is good - we had the mussels, I had duck confit and my dinner partner had stuffed sole. The mussels were cooked to perfection but I thought it could have been more flavorul. We each had a glass... More 

Thank EuForia_01
Eugene, Oregon
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414 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good service and great food, what a wonderful place. I noticed an earlier reviewer commented on the trout so I gave that a try. Oh my god was that ever delightful, have to agree that was best trout I've ever tasted.

Thank Charles H
Albany, California
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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Ambience: As with most Berkeley restaurants, the seating is tightly packed. But the decor is fun and warm. Cocktails / Wine: I used to always get wine until my husband introduced me to a French 75. I'm not a lover of gin, but wowzah! I am now a fan of the French 75 - champagne, gin, lemon juice and simple... More 

Thank russandmarti
Oakland, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

This is a go-to restaurant. The food and atmosphere for Christmas Eve was truly amazing. Everyone at our table of nine raved about their meal. The wait staff was so attentive, particularly given a large dining crowd, they made us feel as if we were the only ones there.

Thank 644Steve
Bloomington, Illinois
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A real French bistro with very tasty food that's nicely presented. No refills of drinks but we did get a 10% discount for seeing a show at the Berkeley Rep afterwards.

Thank Sally P
Oakland, California
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502 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

One of my favorite places to go for reliable steak frites, or other French classics. Both the food and the interior are authentic, one feels as though one has been transported to Paris. Good spot for before or after theater.

Thank Thomas V
Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We could only have lunch here on our recent trip, but lunced her 2x becuse it was sooo wonderful: food, service, location, friendliness, everything.

Thank courtneymcglynn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
French, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1865
  • Public Transportation: Downtown BART two blocks South of Bistro
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-849-2155

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