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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
+1 510-845-7771
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good34%
  • Average21%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (21 reviews)
“salmon” (14 reviews)
“sea bass” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This icon is the oldest restaurant in the east bay of San Francisco. I enjoyed it while a student at Cal. Best clam chowder outside of Boston. If visiting Berkeley why not stay at another icon, The Doubletree Marina. Right on the water. Hornblower yacht...More

Thank jfkson1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the back room and I worried we would be forgotten but service was good and food came out in good timing. Everyone who got salmon enjoyed their meals. Friends who got fish n chips and pasta w clams or scampi didn’t seem...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We were a party of seven ..we made reservations for a Sunday lunch but the place was not crowded ....almost empty The menus was good ...variety and plenty of fish and seafood Everyone enjoyed the meal .. the food was nothing special ...the service was...More

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 6 October 2018

The service was outstanding, although they seemed a little shorthanded when we were there. The food was very good and appealing. The bar left a little to be desired, sent cocktail back twice because they did not know how to prepare it.

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Our server was excellent, apologizing for the delay in receiving our drink orders do to short staff. The room is clean and welcoming with our table comfortable. Our appetizer, fried calamari was excellent although it was a surprise to have it have vegetables include in...More

Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We arrived about ten minutes early for our reservation and there was no hostess to meet us. I finally found her after walking around the restaurant because no one knew where she was. Waiter came to our table 15 minutes later and took our order....More

Thank Annie P
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Years ago, when Spengers sold out to McCormick, I went once and was disappointed. Recently, I went again and was pleasantly surprised. The decor was much the same as in the past, there were many fish dishes on the menu, and my meal was excellent:...More

Thank wrygirl
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

The food is okay here. Not the best but good deals. P. S. Vote to dig up the parking lot next door, it has historical artifacts under it.

Thank Safari798192
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I was here decades ago and loved it! Our visit this weekend left me wondering if I should have left it in my memories. The crab cakes and clam chowder were just "meh," and our waitress, who was slow to start with, just disappeared! After...More

1  Thank Lucille M
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I'm 78. Spenger's has been around since before me as we used to eat there occasionally when I was a child. I used to love eating there. They have virtually anything from the sea around us...that is the west coast in particular. Our we3dding dinner...More

Thank asiasolo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
    (University Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-845-7771
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