2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
Great people and charming unique atmosphere
Stunning throwback to a kinder, gentler era of slower food and drink, and nicer people, Le Bateau Ivre, has a purity of intention, that dates back to the culinary revolution of the 60's and 70's, and holds forth with a simple, almost rustic menu, especially in the breakfast department, where they really shine.Their recipe for Hollandaise sauce is the stuff of local legend, still executed with tasteful mastery, and the way they put it all together in their eggs Benedict with home fries, and a small mixed fruit side, is exactly what the weary soul, lost in a sea of foodie choices, desperately needs.This is real french home food. And I am in love with the place, and the people.BONUS:The decor and surroundings are to die for, and LBI is THE place for an intimate date.And if all of that wasn't enough, they are incredibly economical. (So please leave them a nice tip, and help keep this historic place open!)Treat yourself!P.I.
We've been sitting outside and having lunch on the patio every weekend and the food has been phenomenal. Telegraph can be a little erratic but the food and service are excellent. The portions, generous.
This restaurant is extraordinarily delicious I every taste bud Rejoice with your pleasure top of the line quality service and food,, if I could I would eat here every day I would recommend this restaurant to the president to the world I give them a thousand stars I can actually stay this food is a to-die-for food
I had brunch here and it was wonderful the food was delicious and the staff and owner are incredibly nice and welcoming!
I'm a regular here and the food is always a treat and the staff is always so lovely.
We went for brunch and had a great time. Food was reasonably priced and portions were more than enough. Service was great as was the food. Would definitely come back on return trips to Berkeley. Go Bears!
What a cute place. It feels like someplace you would go with your grandparents. The patrons were definitely older (grannies and grandpas) who were in groups chatting about their day, current events etc. The service was wonderful! Our server was very attentive and sweet. The food was good! We shared the salmon cake benedict and the classic ham benedict and both were yummy. It came with potatoes that were also good and some mixed fruit that was sadly a bit soggy but I salvaged the grapes ;) Overall nice brunch. We will go back if in the area.
This place is as wonderful as I remembered. Got together with old friends and we had a relaxed brunch and could actually hear each other talk. The service was attentive but not pushy, we were comfortable sipping our coffee and chatting after we had eaten. The brunch menu is lovely (we had 3 different egg preparations and it was all perfectly prepared and yummy) and the coffee was great. I highly recommend this spot for a moderately priced, relaxing and delicious brunch. I will plan to go back for the dinner menu soon.
Hands down the best breakfast food I've ever had! Highly recommend the eggs with potatos and the french toast.
Loved this place. The atmosphere is totally romantic and the food tasted amazing. Service was excellent all around including the host, waiter, and even the bus boys.
The staff is hanging onto a self image of an old style french restaurant that does not appeal anymore, and now that the veil is lifted, the food is sub-par too. Long waits, and bad decor
Great service and simple menu. Good dessert selection.
Nice atmosphere, great food , awesome dessert and excellent wine.
Ladies' night at Le Bateau Ivre was a 5/5 success! Some fellow grad students and I came here for the restaurant week dinner menu ($30/person prix fixe) and had a lovely time, enjoying decadent French food that we otherwise would not have ordered during a non-restaurant-week special... Ambiance/service: 5/5 all the way. This place has a cozy, highly personalized feel -- perfect for, let's say, a lovely dinner date on Valentine's Day. The service was also very professional and warm. We could not have asked for more. Food: 5/5 1. Caesar Salad: I have a tree nut allergy so couldn't try the butter lettuce, but my friends all got that and said it was delicious. We were served very large salads which was fantastic. The caesar salad was not very special, but was dressed perfectly and had just the right amount of fresh parmesan. 2. The beef bourguignon was very very good! I've had this once before, and was comparing the two dishes. The beef stew + rich wine sauce was superb and the mushrooms were perfect. There was a lot of beef in the dish too. The only details that didn't sit well were 1) the shallots which were slightly undercooked -- they didn't melt in your mouth and 2) the beef was slightly overcooked because it was dry. But I honestly can't complain because the quality and quantity were both home runs here. 3. Our table ended up sampling quite the spread of desserts because Le Bateau Ivre ran out of the chocolate mousse entirely....(very sad). But it was not a big deal because the kitchen provided an array of other dessert options. We had chocolate cake, ice cream sundae, caramel custard, and a creme brulee. Our favorite was the creme brulee (which had a perfectly burnt glaze with rich vanilla custard) and the ice cream sundae (the vanilla with hardened fudge sauce reminded me that THIS is the real deal and to forget about klondike bars). I would get these two over the caramel custard even though the caramel custard was also quite delicious. Overall we had a wonderful evening filled with great food and very warm service.
2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704