Café Tibet

2020 University Ave, Berkeley
(510) 548-5553

Recent Reviews

Krystyna Holder

Such delicious and healthy food with exceptional service. We will be returning!

Mielle Sullivan

This place is very close to my heart. I have been coming here for about 15 years and the food is always flavorful and soothing. Cafe Tibet is very much a family run eatery, so don't expect especially fast service, especially if they are busy. I promise the food is worth the (sometimes) slightly longer wait.

Justin D.

Delicious! We ordered the Dhooloma Sha-tsel (Eggplan sautéed with beef) and Sha Momo (Chicken) the first time coming here. Generous portions at pretty good prices. Definitely coming back!

Sabine S.

I've only been to this restaurant twice but it's really good. The chai is super delicious and the owner/head cook always has suggestions if you don't know what to order. It's a cozy date spot and they have great lunch specials. They make everything really quickly in the little kitchen and the decorations are a lot more tasteful than in a lot of other restaurants.

Mark R

Consistently great food and very friendly owners! Cafe Tibet was closed for a couple of months but has re-opened and is offering takeout from 5PM - 8:30PM, Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays).


Yaks are bulls, Dri are Tibetan cows, so the famous Tibetan tea isn't "Yak butter tea", but this is served very delicately and I could drink a small bucket of it. Not icky sweet, which is refreshing. If you like your hot sauce (to go with momos) blistering hot, I highly recommend. The owner is an award winning desert chef (from Jeremiah Tower's Stars in SF) so when she serves creme brulee, I always order it. Very tasty. There's something for everyone. My vegetarian friends always have more than enough choices to eat, and I like all the traditional Tibetan dishes (opportunivor). Highly recommend. Friendly, relaxed, special. If you like to make your own tsampa, her barley flower is roasted and ground traditionally and is superb. You can buy it by the pound.

D J.

YUMMY!As of July 8th 2020, they have reopened for takeout for dinner, 5-8:30pm. Not sure if those hours will be expanding to include lunch, but they are open for dinner as of now. GOOD FOR VEGANS. I love the sweet potato noodles (available in the gluten-free section of their menu). And also love anything with eggplant and the tofu momos. Call them to place your order!

Jamie Z.

The service from the owner is a little daunting but you can tell they are serious about their food. I really enjoyed the beef Momos. Everything else was okay. I come back every week for those dang Momos. I think about them all the time ahaha. Would definitely suggest coming here and trying them. They didn't have the eggplant special dish that I ordered so I wasn't able to try the other entre of my choice. Now it would just seem dumb to not get the Momos & they're definitely filling enough for me to just get one order and nothing else (small-ish college student with a decent appetite)

Gaya G.

Here at Cafe Tibet, you will feel the essence of being in Tibet. From the music to the decor, not to mention the delicious food, and welcoming wait staff, the vibe here is traditional, comfortable and serene. Hands down the best Momo's in the Bay Area. We also enjoy their lentil soup. Plus, they serve an organic menu with a bomb veggie noodle stir fry. Cafe Tibet is one of my regular joints, and it's always excellent.

Vishwanathan Rajaraman

Momos were delicate and flavorful! The yogurt sauce could have been a little thicker and richer to elevate the dish further.

Fionna L.

A seriously lovely and authentic little Tibetan cafe in the heart of downtown Berkeley. From their website, Cafe Tibet was the first Tibetan restaurant in the entire Bay Area!! We were the only ones there right when they opened for lunch on a quiet Thursday. The owner was kind and respectful, even offering us kapse (Tibetan losar pastries) in the middle of our meal. - Chicken Sha Momo: $11.99: incredibly beautiful and deliciously savory dumplings, with a subtly sweet, spiced sauce at the bottom and a light vinegar salad garnish. They were steaming, juicy but not soupey, and filled to the brim with flavorful chicken. Perfect to share. Momos are a must-try! - Then-thuk with tofu (amdo special): $10.99: this was a huge bowl of lightly salted soup teeming with hand-pulled flat noodles, thinly sliced daikon radish, tomatoes, and medium chewy tofu. Consistency got thicker as the pasta slowly dissolved. It didn't have a super strong flavor, but was reminiscent of homecooked comfort food. Refer to the menu on their website for updated prices. They also have sections of curries, special organic and gluten free dishes, organic macrobiotic vegan sol-dher, and organic green tea. A large selection of high quality dishes! We left with full bellies and a larger appreciation for Tibetan culture and cuisine.

Sondra Alexis S.

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Berkeley. The food is flavorful and fresh, the service is friendly, and the rice wine is super tasty. My favorite thing is the soup with Momo in it (the mushroom and cheese Momo in particular).

Olga Gaidarenko

Amazing! One of my favorites. The food is ridiculously good, the ambiance incredibly tranquil, and the service wonderful. A gem!

Jessica D.

This was my absolutely favorite place to eat when I lived in the Bay. The atmosphere is wonderful and transports you to Tibet. The food is amazing. But my favorite part of the restaurant is the owner Samten! She is so kind and I love asking her about her history and culture. I highly recommend this place. Next time I'm in Berkeley, I'm definitely going here. Tip: Order as much as you can and share with your party. If you're alone, still order as much as you can! :-D

James W.

This is the littlest, cutest hole-in-the-wall in Berkeley, and maybe my favorite spot for a quiet dinner in the whole bay. Delicious food and intimate setting. I was apprehensive about trying the tsampa but it was amazing.

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