Lalime's

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Since 1985, Lalime’s has been a family run culinary homestead championing locally sourced, organic, sustainable ingredients. It’s a gathering spot where we've seen our community celebrate their successes and family milestones. It's where we have been blessed with loyal staff who maintain the standards of service that are the true bread and butter of any neighborhood venue. And it’s a special place where we have been able to drawing a connecting line between the classic dishes of our ancestors and the contemporary tastes of our Northern California home. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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b
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Taste level of food was excellent. Dining Room is small and cozy, so you are quite close to partner tables. Cocktails were creative. Food never disappoints!

JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and friendly staff, the food was amazing- great choice for a lovely dinner date or birthday celebration.

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lalime's is a favorite for personal celebrations or just an especially excellent meal. It has been so for at least a decade, and has gotten better over the last few years.

MG
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real treat. Wonderful service and Ambiance. The price fix MENU was tasty and unique.
Highly recommend for bday or date night. Will impress.

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow we sat for over 30 min before I had to go ask about our server. Been here a few times but this time I don’t know what happened.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Not to busy and fairly quiet the night we were there, but can be quit noisy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we found this hidden gem in Berkeley! Excellent food, perfectly cooked and beautifully plated. Delicious leek salad, and amazing mussels and scallops.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly delicious food. A perfect marriage of quality ingredients and skilled preparation. Our waiter and the owners were all very gracious and genuinely welcoming hosts. A truly wonderful dining experience for my spouse’s birthday.

KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lalime is my "go to" restaurant for special occasions !

L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We revisited Lalime’s after years of not going. Our long-ago impression was that the food had been too rich, the atmosphere too close and loud. We were pleasantly surprised by a quiet ambience (early evening, on a Thursday) and an uncrowded feeling at a table for two. The dinner choices were appealing. We both chose the same bean stew, featuring garbanzos, fava beans, tomatoes, onions and garlic. We agreed it was tasty, but the proportion of garbanzos overwhelmed the pleasantly spicy stew. We ordered the peach pie for dessert and it came, without being warmed up, with ice cream and chantilly. It looked good, but warming it up would have lightened its density and enhanced its flavor. All in all, we enjoyed a pleasant meal with lovely table service. We decided we would return but not order anything we had tried.

WM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was exceptionally gracious and lovely -- went out of his way to bring us a delicious slice of pluot tart with a scoop of ice cream and a small candle to help me celebrate the birthday of a friend I was treating to dinner. We had not asked for this dessert -- but received it anyway. I was very touched. Our meal was quite wonderful. Just as it has been every time I have been to your restaurant for the past 10-15 years.

b
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food (cicchetti with tasty sauces), pleasant environment, reasonable noise level, excellent service. Vastly better than our preceding visit, when Lalime's was surprisingly off its game.

KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious welcome and service, succulent and interesting dishes, lovely surroundings and little noise.

a
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Asked for a seat at the window, but the host had no record of my written request. Then, we waited more than half an hour for our table, after arriving on time at 8.

Staff was polite, friendly, and attentive, and that I did greatly appreciate.

However...my starter, lobster bisque, was simply okay in taste, and served luke warm. The flavor was not fresh and bright; surprisingly, there was a burnt edge to the broth, which was offputting.

Lastly, I ordered the peach pie for dessert, and it was served ice cold, straight from the fridge, with the scoop of ice cream practically melted.

As for my dear friend, she voiced no complaints, but she may have been less critical and more forgiving than me, so as not to put a damper on our special occasion.

For the prices, I sure expected a lot more in terms of flavors. I had studied the menu online, and based on what I read, chose Lalime's out of 4 other restaurants recommended by a friend. The pictures shown were great, as were the discriptions of the items, but the food didn't live up to either.

From Dallas, I was in Okland just overnight, visting a friend of over 60 years, and I really wanted dinner to be a greatly satisfying experience, but it turned out to be only so-so.

KB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our anniversary celebration was supported and enhanced by the service, and the food, we received at Lalime's. Our waitress was extremely considerate and helpful. We felt very good about our choice to honor a special day at Lalime's.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was interesting and flavorful. The service was excellent. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and provided thoughtful recommendations.

SD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All in all it was a mixed baggage. Very busy night, in particular for the service personnel. They tried but had too much to do. Poke and lobster bisque were ok, not memorable. The mushroom pasta was ok, but drowned in butter. The biggest disappointment was the halibut burger. Besides the bun it had nothing to do with a “burger”. It was a piece of halibut topped with “salsa” (both barely seasoned) and some slaw on the side, again not much seasoning. We had a friend visiting and expected so much more. The filet mignon was good. Because I’ve had some really good meals at Lalime’s, I put it under “let’s just forget this one...” I hope the next one will be better.

C
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the risk of letting out this best-kept secret, go for Saturday lunch/brunch. Quiet & delicious.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Although the service was very good, the food was quite disappointing. This was our second meal in a month at Lalime's. I ordered the prawns with a remoulade sauce and fried heirloom tomatoes. There were 5 small prawns and 4 tomatoes deep-fried in a very heavy batter that very much overwhelmed the subtlety of the tomatoes, two of which seemed to be Roma tomatoes--not exactly the heirlooms I had hoped for. The dish was $18.00 My husband had the stuffed squash and eggplant with a vegetarian filling. I've had this dish in Turkey when I was an exchange student and very excited to taste it again. The veggies were all very overcooked and the stuffing had no prominent flavors to define the dish. I would likely not return to Lalime's despite a very lovely setting. The time before, my husband did enjoy his beef filet, so I don't want to totally give up on the restaurant.

j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious .

M
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite east bay restaurants

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to meet with friends for brunch over mimosas and great food, and quiet enough to have a conversation. It’s also a fun to sit at the bar in the evening with steak and fries and a nice glass of red wine.

HD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great bunch place outdoors pretty dining room in doors. Didn’t rush us at all.
Waiter forgot a drink but otherwise excellent service.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kitchen competes with the best there is in Berkeley's "Gourmet Gulch", but i always come away thinking that i wasn't, for once, gouged by outrageous prices.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, as always. I particularly enjoyed the Skookum oysters and the calve's liver.

V
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Lalime’s did not disappoint. The deviled eggs were phenomenal; the halibut and filet mignon were each cooked to perfection; and the chocolate lava cake with ice cream was beyond description. The presentation was in all cases excellent. All of this was enhanced by the remarkably professional and efficient service provided by Matt. We have every intention of returning to Lalime’s in the near future.

NE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere, quaint but in an upscale way. Main course and cocktails were good. The burrata was more of a mozzarella though. The peach pie was a little too heavy on the lemon. I would definitely go again!

KW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely as always with some great new things on the menu.

TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Cocktails arrive mid meal. Short on staff. Food uneven quality.

T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very good experience. Food was delicious. Please note that if you order the whole chicken, it takes an hour to cook. It is not mentioned on the menu. Our waiter had not been informed or knew what was on the menu. The chicken was ordered anyway, worth the wait.

S
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and varied menu. Who knew deviled eggs could be sublime

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was average; the appetizer and main course a bit unimaginatively thrown together. The appetizer (tomato-mozzarella) featured a large piece of mozzarella, while a sliced presentation would have shown care and attention. The main course of lamb kebab similarly contained a lot of green piled on rather carelessly, so that the overall effect and taste was of carelessness and the taste similarly suffered even though the lamb seemed tasty. The affogato dessert also lacked quality in that the ice-cream was already starting to melt that by the time the hot espresso was poured over it it melted to a watery consistency that had to be drunk rather than eaten. This is not the idea. So, overall the impression one has is of an average quality of taste and below average presentation. Fortunately, the prices are reasonable, so that one may be tempted to return, in the hope that next time may be better.

DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After not eating here for many, many years because of one bad experience, we've been here twice recently and think we have found our new favorite restaurant.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, wonderful food. Amazing how the quality has been maintained over the years.

JL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were outside for Sunday Brunch. Great setting. We were private and it was great. Very different
eaters, two 18 year old boys, a vegetarian and a pescatarian. Everyone was delighted with their choices, my salmon was over the top with tomato's and zucchini. One boy said, “Best steak and eggs he had ever had.”
Our waiter not attentive, we had to get up and get salt and pepper. Not enough syrup with french toast.
Had to ask for ketchup for fries... Overall I would definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Waiter/server was very rude. We won’t be back

MS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Brunch. We had the Manoushe -- Flatbread With Lebanese Zaatar (feta, olive and egg option) and the Salmon in spiced tomato sauce. Food was great! Can't wait to go again.

g
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sometimes it is noisy inside this restaurant, but outside seating avoids the noise and also lets us bring a dog. The brunch menu is varied. Our party of 4 had 4 different entrees and we each liked ours - two different omelets, lamb kebab, and smoked salmon on toast with poached eggs and goat cheese. We started with excellent bloody marys and noticed our neighbors with another cocktail that looked good. Three different staff people checked on us frequently. At 11:30 on a Saturday we were the first on the patio - still slight fog above- but by 1 when we were preparing to leave there was a large party on one side and a party of 3 on the other and the sun was out; we were glad to be protected by overhead panels of canvas. Altogether a great experience.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

It was horrendously noisy, coudnt hear husbnd acrosss the table,the food was very mediocre but the wine was excellent and the shared dessert saved the evening

JB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a true " neighborhood gem"..an over used term but applies in this case . Tucked in among homes on a quiet street in Emeryville, it is easy to miss but once inside it is charming, old world and so very friendly.
The food is imaginative and excellent and there is an amazing wine list.

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