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Berkeley restaurant week menus show creativity, tasty value

Pizzas in the wood-fire oven at Lucia’s Pizzeria in downtown Berkeley: one of many restaurants participating in Berkeley Restaurant Week, Jan. 19-29. Photo: Courtesy Visit Berkeley

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The fifth annual Berkeley Restaurant Week (#BRW17) is here, with special-value lunch and dinner menus now through Sunday, Jan. 29 at Berkeley restaurants citywide.

Visitors and Bay Area locals will have a 10-day run to try a new restaurant or revisit a favorite from more than 25 restaurants. And the incentive is clear: Berkeley Restaurant Week will feature prix-fixe lunch menus for $20, and dinners for $25 or $35.

Just a few menu highlights (all menus, and reservations via Open Table, can be found at BerkeleyRestaurantWeek.com):

La Marcha’s $25 per person tasting menu offers nine selections of delicious tapas cuisine.


Gaumenkitzel dishes a superfresh take on German/Cali fusion with a choice of Vegetable Strudel ($25) or Winter’s Goulash of Wild Boar ($35), plus appetizer and dessert.

FIVE’s $20 lunch scores with Orzo Mac and Cheese or soup, Buttermilk Fried Chicken or Grits, and a butterscotch pudding finish.

Lunch and dinner menus at Easy Creole are built for two guests and bon temps, and super-value priced at $20/lunch and $25/dinner.

Discover Nico’s Hideaway for its $35 dinner menu spiked with garlic rolls, calamari, burrata, Caesar salad, Chicken Parm, hanger steak, salmon and more.

Julia’s at the Berkeley City Club has $20 lunch and $35 dinner menus that showcase the Franco-fornia freshness of Chef Alaun Grimaud’s cuisine


Longbranch is way out on a limb with not three, but four dinner courses on offer for $35

Zut! Tavern on Fourth Street starts strong with a choice of Chenel Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, Seared Pork Belly or Baby Kale Salad, with equally difficult decisions for main and dessert courses for $35. Alas, “all of the above” is not an option!

Comal in downtown Berkeley is one of the restaurants offering a special-value menu during Berkeley Restaurant Week. Photo: Courtesy Visit Berkeley

Presented by Visit Berkeley, Berkeley Restaurant Week spans a world of flavors from Japan, Italy, Mexico, France, Yemen, Germany, India, Africa and the Mediterranean, as well as locally sourced, seasonal American cuisine.

Berkeley Restaurant Week is featured in California Restaurant Month, a statewide initiative designated by Visit California. Visit Berkeley is partnering with Open Table to offer easy #BRW17 reservations at www.BerkeleyRestaurantWeek.com, with menumodo for online menu display and with BARTable as supporting media sponsor.

Berkeley Restaurant Week venues and menus
Ajanta
AKEMI
Bay Grille & Bar
B&B Kitchen & Bar
Bistro Liaison
Comal
Easy Creole
FIVE
Gather
Gaumenkitzel
Hs Lordships
Julia’s at Berkeley City Club
La Marcha Berkeley
La Mediterranée Café
Longbranch Saloon
Lucia’s Pizzeria
Mission Heirloom
Nico’s Hideaway
Revival Bar + Kitchen
Riva Cucina
Saha
Skates On The Bay
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto
Saul’s Restaurant & Deli
Faculty Club, UC Berkeley
Townie
Zut Tavern


This story is written and sponsored by Visit Berkeley, the destination marketing organization for Berkeley, Calif. Visit Berkeley markets Berkeley as a destination for small conventions, meetings, events and leisure travel.