Hal's Office Coffee

1207 Solano Ave, Albany
(510) 527-2326

Recent Reviews

Miles Callan

Hal's over the years has ALWAYS delivered flawless oatmilk mochas. They also have the most beautiful and useful parklet in the entire east bay for you to enjoy the coffee at.

Wendy L.

There are a few cute coffee shop options along this stretch of Solano, and Hal's is my favorite. All of the drinks I've had (chai lattes, regular lattes) have been great and with friendly service. Pre-Covid, they had limited indoor seating and now they have no indoor seating. There is a parklet in front of Hal's and the neighboring frozen yogurt shop which generally has space but can be busy on weekend days. Due to the pandemic, there are additional tables and chairs to provide more seating. Definitely not a cafe at which to work and also no restrooms.

Samantha C.

Pretty good coffee. i got the iced coffee with almond milk and it was decent, probably a 8/10. Almond milk just wasn't amazing. my friend got the iced coffee with oat milk and rated hers 9/10. we all agreed the oat milk was best. My other friend got the iced coffee with whole milk and rated it 7/10, didn't find the coffee that great. however great service!

Alexa A.

Solid latte. Solid service. Love their COVID-friendly set-up :)

Craig Ferrara

You order coffee from the sidewalk and they have a good selection of pastries. The nice part is the seating area along the sidewalk as you wait. You can socialDistance while you wait pretty easily. A contrast from the enclosed area at Highwire up the street.

theo robinson

Handed my card over to the young barista & was about to tip with real money in a separate jar when I noticed she had tipped herself without asking. So I asked for a receipt and I wasn’t incorrect. The two staff members of course deny giving their manager/owners number & the young barista claims she thought she heard me asking her to tip. (This was never in the conversation & as a worker who likes to I couldn’t help but notice it seemed weird)

Theo R.

Handed my card over to the young barista & was about to tip with real money in a separate jar when I noticed she had tipped herself without asking. So I asked for a receipt and I wasn't incorrect. The two staff members of course deny giving their manager/owners number & the young barista claims she thought she heard me asking her to tip. (This was never in the conversation & as a worker who likes to tip, & at time's have worked two jobs to be able to pay for common things, I couldn't help but notice it seemed glaringly weird)

Angela Cheung, OD

EDIT: Owner has rectified situation. Thank you for making this right. Original post below:ATTN 3/2021: CURBSIDE PICKUP NOT AVAILABLE EVEN THOUGH THEIR WEBSITE SAYS OTHERWISETheir website indicates they do curbside pickup as an option during COVID but when I pulled up with 2 small children in my car, the man answering the phone told me in a perfunctory manner that they don't (false advertising). After I informed him of my situation and the error on their site, he simply repeated that they don't do curbside without offering me any other options. I had to do what I have NEVER done in my life and leave my 2 babies unattended in my vehicle and sprint to the window to pickup my order. Dear Hal's Office, please correct your website so it accurately reflects your services. Also strongly consider training your staff so if there is a goof-up and the establishment is at fault, to make it up to the customer in some way. I was offered zero recompense for the trouble your error caused. I will not be returning.

Gemma N.

Amazing coffee shop with great, friendly staff! Love the selection of pastries and the drinks always bring a smile to my face!

Jesse Meria

One of my favorite chill coffee spots in the entire Bay Area ? (and best coffee)

Angela C.

ATTN 3/2021: CURBSIDE PICKUP NOT AVAILABLE EVEN THOUGH THEIR WEBSITE SAYS OTHERWISE I chose this cafe knowing it has solid coffee and because their website indicates curbside pickup as an option during COVID. I pulled up to the cafe with 2 small children in my car and called. The man answering the phone told me in a perfunctory manner that they "don't do" curbside pickup. Ok, I am not clairvoyant. How was I supposed to know this when their website clearly states otherwise? I informed him the website states they do and I had 2 young children in my car and was parked right in front. He had nothing to say. Didn't offer to come out, didn't give me any other options. He simply repeated they don't do curbside. I had to do what I have NEVER done in my life and leave my 2 babies unattended in my vehicle and sprint to the window to pickup my order. Dear Hal's Office, please correct your website so it accurately reflects your services. It is extremely misleading and caused me grief. Also strongly consider training your staff so if there is a goof-up and the establishment is at fault, to make it up to the customer in some way. I was offered zero recompense for the trouble your error caused. I will not be returning.

Jill of All Trades

I have not had a better latte than here. I've been to many coffee places local and around the world, and for some reason their star anise oat milk lattes always taste so rich, creamy and just the right amount of sweet. If I could drink them every day I would, but then I would really be lacking in self control.This will always be my local go to for lattes.

Max Harris

i love this coffee shop. great coffee and great pastries. i only wish they would open earlier so i could go before work

Saba Khan

Best coffee in the area! I was visiting Berkeley and found myself going back to Hal's again and again for an Americano with Oat. And now that I'm back in NYC, I miss Hal's!!Ps - they also have a cute and casual outdoor seating spot for when the weather is good.

Karma K.

It brings me no pleasure to write this.  I have been a very regular customer and I will drive half hour to get my coffee here.  For the last few months I have continued to burn my tongue on a latte that is too hot and burnt.  It compares to Starbucks now which I try to avoid at all cost.  Please please fix this!

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