Café Blue Door

2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
(510) 665-6000

Recent Reviews

Ed U.

** The following review reflects my experience prior to the shelter-in-place order currently in effect. ** Hey, I need a place to hang while Jamie W. gets his haircut, and it needs to be quick 'cause he doesn't have that much hair to cut. Don't tell him I said that. Anyway, this relatively cavernous space is ideal for the student laptopper as there were a lot of them at individual tables. You can get a proper lunch here - salads, sandwiches, bagels - but I've only had the $4.40 Double Cafe au Lait which they fill right to the lip (photo: Students like a deal, I imagine. And I've yet to have lunch here 'cause remember, I'm just waiting for Jamie and his trimmed scalp. No time to hang, dude. COFFEE - 4 get a lotta lait in an au lait AMBIANCE - 3.5 stars...a lotta tables in here SERVICE - 3 stars...a bit impersonal but certainly efficient TOTAL - 4 stars...comes down to the lait RELATED - Exploring Berkeley? Here's a collection of places I've visited and reviewed:

Sancesca DeSouza

Good food! Good service!

Natalia A.

Not to be confused with Cafe Red door, Cafe Blue Door is oh so much more than sandwiches. The open layout houses rows and rows of studious students of Berkeley sipping, munching, typing, and texting. The work flow game is serious in here. Almost as serious as the menu. First things first, I'll get the Nutella Hot Chocolate even it's 70 degrees outside. I mean, come on. It's Berkeley. It never really gets hot here. The array of breakfast bagels is phenomenal. I went for a classic lox bagel this fine morn and boy, was I pleased. The bagel was soft and doughy, with a fine amount of salmon piled on top, but not too overwhelming. The ratio of cream cheese and salmon was just right. You gotta love a place that gets it. It was easy to eat and minimally messy. Super tasty bagels. I'll definitely be back. I overestimated my hunger because I figured I'd pick up lunch while getting breakfast only to find that the bagel sandwich was enough to keep me full the rest of the day. By the time I ate my chicken sandwich it was cold, but that didnt take away from the flavor. The focaccia bread was super soft with a lovely layer of pesto on each slice. It housed juicy chicken strips, tomato, onions with pickles on the side. It was a great early bird dinner! And to top it off, I got all three items for $20. Pretty impressive, Blue Door. Prettaaayyy pretttaaayyy pretttayyy impressive.

Leah D.

This place was amazing! I am visiting UCBerkeley from Texas and stumbled upon this spot. You've got to try the bagel with bacon, egg, and cheese and any of the coffee options!

Mike Callan

I love this place for a number of reasons but dislike their sustainability practices. The food is significantly better than most other cafes, the WiFi is great, and there are a ton of outlets and plenty of space which draws in a large university crowd.

Roop K.

A solid spot near campus for studying or catching up with friends. Their almond croissants are one of the best in the area as the outer layer is very soft and easy to bite into with a decent filling. The WiFi does not ever work for me no matter how many times I try so that's just something to be aware of. As far as coffee goes, you can't go wrong with an americano or regular coffee -- I rarely buy lattes, mochas, etc near campus as I don't find them strong enough. One drink I do recommend specific to blue door for a warm day is their iced chocolate chai. I would never think those two flavors would ever go together but it works!

Yen Ting Liu

Good service, good coffee.

Jennifer Zilliac

Blue Door is a spacious cafe near UC Berkeley campus with a classic wooden-table, lots-of-students vibe. The food is good, classic cafe food -- salads, sandwiches, pastries. You can get a nice dark-roast coffee, which is my preference. I enjoy my visits to Café Blue Door. We usually find ourselves there when we get haircuts at La Petite Hair Salon around the corner.

Selena L.

Came here to study one day. The drink was decent, and the vibe was nice, but my biggest gripe was that the service was SO slow, as was the WiFi.

Siddharth Gupta

Great ambience and perfect for coffee chats and meeting people. Can become very crowded during student exam season and peak hours, so be sure to have alternative locations planned in mind if you need to be at a coffee shop!

Shreyas Bhayana

Nice little spot to work with a cup of delicious Nutella hot chocolate on a cold day

Nicole Ulakovic

Could be a nice place to get work done

Richard Murray

Excellent cafe, food, and atmosphere.

Aidan Evans

Ordered an egg sandwich and got a sandwich with cucumber cream cheese and red onion?

Peter Mui

Has Linux and Raspberry Pi meetings almost every Sunday noon to 3pm


Nice place to wait around for class or take a break after class and enjoy a cup of coffee

Anna F.

I've only ever ordered the egg cheese & avocado on an everything bagel, and that's because it's so good I keep ordering it. They serve good coffee in pretty big mugs, which is also nice. The wait time for food is often less than 5 minutes, and they have their own WiFi so it's a great place to work. There's tons of seating too.

pj Smith

Great place to eat and good food, friendly people. You need to come to Ames,Iowa as we have Iowa State University there. Your Restaurant would do grat there.

Yesenia Cisneros

Nice place to wait around for class or take a break after class and enjoy a cup of coffee

Kathy Gade

I really want to like this place because it is walking distance from my work and the wifi is great with so many wall outlets!

Jae Yeon K.

I love the folks who are running this nice and cozy cafe. The employees here are really friendly and appreciate their customers. The food and drink are solid. If you need to finish your paper, I recommend this place.

Catherine R.

Cute coffee shop vibe with a full menu of delicious food. I've tried the BLTA and Turkey Pesto. Both were soo yummy. This is a nice, somewhat quiet place to study.

Nadia S.

Visiting from Los Angeles, the service was great!Manuel and Wyatt were AMAZING, they were very attentive. Our group of 8 really enjoyed our brunch!

Hevatib Mehmood

Blue Door is my favorite cafe in Berkeley. The ambiance is nice and cozy, they serve coffee in actual mugs, seating is comfortable and customer service is great. The coffee itself is some of my favorite, and their lox bagel is amazing. It is a little bit on the expensive side, but well worth it because of the high quality of ingredients and good customer service.

Ben Sayawat

Great place to study, good WiFi, lots of seating, affordable menu

Jessica S.

A solid cafe if you're looking to study. Lots of tables with pretty good wifi! A wide variety of food and drinks. If you're looking for a comfy or more luxurious place look somewhere else. Tables/ chairs are rickety and space gets crowded quick. This place is great if you're looking for a quick spot to get some stuff done. Note: Can get quite crowded on weekend afternoons - come EARLY if you want space!! Another note: hours can vary and it's not necessarily what it says on yelp. I would highly recommend calling beforehand if you plan on staying past 7 ish.

Kitty W.

The food and drinks are a little on the pricey side but they're decent and filling, and sizes are fair as well. I come here often because the indoor lighting and natural lighting are both quality for studying, and there's many tables for you to find one! The music is playing and it's a little noisy, but that's typical cafe background noise for you! The only complaint I have (specifically this visit but also other times) is that the service is a bit lacking, or cold! They get the job done but they're not particularly pleasant about it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ On the brighter side! Free WiFi and outlets are plenty!

Jeff S.

This is a great place to write/study/research. It was comfortable inside even though the weather was quite cold outside, and my Americano in a ceramic mug and good bagel/egg sandwich were reasonably priced and good. There were a lot of places to sit, and many of them had outlets. Wi-fi was reasonably fast. Music was good and the volume low enough to not distract from conversation and/or working. By keeping the volume low, people can converse in normal voices, avoiding the vicious circle of talking over loud music making a place noisier and noisier. I really love this place, my new favorite office away from home. Huge variety of pastries and cookies, too!

Amrit Parida

Tons of seating and outlets along with a cozy vibe make this an excellent spot to study or hangout. Coffee is pretty good and not too expensive, and overall it's a pretty spacious Cafe compared to other in Berkeley. Recommend!

Raja Ramakrishnan

Nice little coffee shop right across the Berkeley recreation center with great egg bagel sandwich.

Rocky R.

The coffee and food is amazing for the price!! Great spot to get work done!

Neehar B.

Cozy coffee shop near the Berkeley campus. Their Berkeley fog was recommended to me, and I really enjoyed it. It was essentially a sweeter London fog. Their bagel sandwiches were yummy and a pretty reasonable price--only complaint is that they cube the meat before putting it in the sandwich, which makes it difficult to eat. The shop itself is pretty large and has many tables and outlets. I could easily see myself coming here to study if I were ever back in the area!

Brittany L.

My husband grabs coffee several days a week and lunch several time a month here. I stop by with him occasionally and am a big fan of their cobb salad.

William Robertson

Great coffee and food, good atmosphere. Okay prices.

Umang Sharaf

Cozy but can feel too dark in the evening. Try the Chocolate Chai!

Tammy W.

Great cafe to sit in and study for a few hours, or come to for a chat with a friend for a little while. The cafe is a little messy and crowded with chairs and tables everywhere, but it oddly gives off a cozy vibe. The yellow tinted lights give intimacy to the setting. Their coffee is AMAZING. I love how frothy their lattes are! They fill your mug to the brim with deliciousness. I ordered a sandwich here, which I thought was mediocre. Their cookies are huge, and they're satisfactory. I think only their coffees are exceptional here. The noise level is moderate due to the background chatter of people in the cafe that becomes white noise. The serving size and price range is reasonable for their items. I was just slightly disappointed by their sandwich...

Joseph O.

This place is a great place to study for hours and not have anyone disturb you most days! However, other days it'll be so full that you can't find any spots. The tables are large, but there are quite a few of them so it becomes a little cramped sometimes. They have great breakfast items and I love getting a pot of tea with every order. Their breakfast bagels are also pretty good value for the price. My only issue is that sometimes it feels as though the tables and the floor aren't the cleanest. Highly recommend going in the afternoon, during the week!

Kelly H.

Found this place on Yelp while looking for a quick bite on a Sunday morning. I think this would be a great place to study. It's quiet, and it looked like a lot of people were getting ready to hunker down for a few hours. The food was good. We had a couple of bagels-- the lox bagel was a good balance of flavors with capers, sliced tomato and cream cheese. I was disappointed by the service. The staff at the counter was inpatient and didn't explain that half of the menu (all of the sandwiches) weren't available until 11 am. When they called my number, I was missing my coffee--which apparently was sitting on another counter. I'd be willing to give this place another try.

Hannah P.

the au lait was really bitter, but with a couple sugars was better (: the study environment is really nice and calm, convinced me to skip my lecture. definitely would come back and maybe try a different drink !

Tal S.

I had their english breakfast sandwich, and it was so soft and buttery, and I loved it The cafe is super cute and a great place to study.