Garden Variety

1966 University Ave, Berkeley
(510) 647-8251

Recent Reviews

Manning Sutton

Hands down, they make the best crispy chicken on brioche sandwiches anywhere! Soups are kinda amazing - share a sandwich and order a bowel of soup. Had the Thai, lemon grass, chicken soup today and it was delicious. The owner and chef is friendly, and provides great customer service - just talk with him for a couple of minutes, and you'll know what I mean.

Wei Wei

Quality food, prepared well. Lovely spot to pick up a healthy lunch or to eat in the outdoor rose garden out back. And their cookies are delicious!


I legitimately don't think you'll find a better chicken sandwich anywhere else. It was incredibly juicy (thankfully they give lots of napkins!) and the breading is super crunchy, not soggy at all! They don't really have indoor seating, but the back patio has lots of space.

Kelly Niland

Fresh & seasonal ingredients, creative & savory plant-forward menu, and lovely interior & backyard garden have made this my new go-to lunch spot in downtown Berkeley.

Darren McAffee

SO GOOD. Love the fried rice and chicken sandwich.


SO GOOD. Love the fried rice and chicken sandwich.

Luke Andreassen

This place is an amazing addition to the Berkeley food scene. The chicken sandwich is especially amazing. No hyperbole, the best chicken sandwich I've ever eaten. The entire family loved their food. The cookies and orzo salad are also my favorites. You can see the remnants of the chicken sandwich! Come stop by and order from here.

The Stouts

This place is great! I highly recommend it, especially their chocolate tahini cookie.

Jessica Penny

The food was delicious and the owner was incredibly kind! We had the chance to try the banana nut cookie and chocolate chip tahini cookie—let me tell you, I’ll be back for another one of those choc chip cookies! AMAZING. Please stop by and eat in the rose garden out back.

leanne shamszad

Always fresh and delicious. I try something different every time, and I'm never disappointed!

Corinne Carlson

Amazingly tasty food and super friendly staff. Garden Variety is everything I'm looking for in a lunch spot!

Craig Compton

Three of us shared three items -- Fontina and Black Forest Ham grilled cheese sandwich, Fried Chicken sandwich, and one of the salads. Everything was fresh and delicious. The chef then pulled out three tahini chocolate chip cookies out of the oven that were amazing. Reasonably priced and great outdoor sitting behind the restaurant. A great addition to the Berkeley lunch options.

Andy Peay

amazing chicken sandwich. juicy, crisp, yummy. superb music selection (early 90s hip hop, 70s soul) and a chill area to hang in back. great find.

Jeronimo Martin

My kids loved it; the noodles and especially the fresh baked cookies! Great tasty salads and soups that actually satisfy a hungry guy. I've been a few times now, and its cool to see the addition of new seasonal items. As others have said, the back garden is a well kept and quiet sanctuary off the busy street!

Rachel R Hulburd

Our lunch here was delicious! Fresh ingredients, many healthy options, and creative menu. It has one of the best outdoor dining areas in the area. The owner is extremely friendly and passionate, and made our experience truly wonderful. Last but not least, the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies were the most incredible thing to ever happen to me - second to getting married a few months ago of course!

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