Longbranch Saloon

2512 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
(510) 984-0518

Recent Reviews

Monroe W.

Really tasty, well-priced food, well made drinks, very decent wines by the glass, and lovely outdoor seating. I'm happy this place is so close to my house and hit it up a couple times a month:)

Shannon Alene Hale

Great food great service highly recommend

Anthony M.

My first time here. I had the cheese curds, ribeye (med-rare, substituting a buttered pasta side [$5 extra] for potatoes and requesting sour cream, for which they substituted creme fresh) and nectarine cornmeal cake, with a KetelOne Martini and an on tap stout. Sadly, the pasta was way overcooked, but still delicious....how can butter and olive oil go wrong. The homemade sauces with the curds were amazing, particularly the jam, which they should bottle. The steak was perfectly cooked. The dessert could use more nectarines and creme fresh, or better yet ice cream, and was excellent. The stout was nice, but I'd like the martini in a traditional glass and a bit more volume and chill. All in all, I would come back and try more menu items. I was sad they didn't have the Saturday happy hour anymore. The servers were very attentive and pleasant.

Ashley Inokuchi

I was hungry and looking for a light dinner. I ended up with a seasonal heirloom tomato salad. A healthy portion fresh burrata, lots of toasted bread and of course heirloom tomatoes dressed with oil, pesto and I think lemon over a bed of baby greens. It was perfect.

Chi L.

I have been to this restaurant multiple times before pandemic. I went last night again. 1) Food is very good 2) Covered patio area is very nice 3) Waiter/waitress are super nice. Highly recommended. Will go again.

Eric Winokur

The drinks and whiskey selection were top notch. The bartender was great. The food server again great. The food however left a lot to be desired. With a little more effort it would be 5 stars. Chicken sandwich was inedible as a sandwich with 2 small fried pieces of thigh meat. It's a fried chicken sandwich use white meat for crying out loud. Not cheap thigh. The ceaser salad had about as much inspiration as a concrete wall. Anybody can throw chopped lettuce and premade dressing together and slap it on a plate. Do better. The pizzas were almost exciting but with a flat crust and meager toppings they resembled nothing Italy has ever produced.All in all it's a good joint. Just lacking effort and creativity in the food department.

Little dRagon LD

Fantastic food. Wonderful service. Beautiful dining experience. Indoor or out available.

Ray B.

I love that we can still discover new places close to home, and experience the taste of something new. Longbranch made me happy with a unique pasta dish and 2 amazing desserts. From the look of the other dishes exiting the kitchen, I can't wait to return and try something new. BB

Tatiana T.

The food was amazing, drinks were great! The reason for my review was specifically for the service. The staff was so friendly. A server - who wasn't serving my table - noticed i was wiping a stain on my shirt while dining and brought soda water, salt and a cloth to help. i was SHOCKED by the courtesy, plus it removed the stain!

Angie R.

I had the fried chicken sandwich and it was battered like fish...I only ate about half of it because it was so greasy. I ended up having stomach problems later that night. :-/ My husband had the burger and it was edible. Giving 3 stars for the atmosphere and staff that were super friendly. I'm sure you could have fun here but just don't come expecting a culinary delight.

Colin Ransdell

Friendly helpful staff. Great food and drinks. Highly recommend the fried olives.

Monika F.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Longbranch and their conjoined-twin restaurant Paisan (next door, with a shared patio). I've been going to Paisan since I moved to the neighborhood in 2013 (Longbranch opened a few years later). Their chill professionalism and attention to detail makes them appropriate for all occasions - fancy date-night, happy hour, raucous brunch, quick casual lunch, elaborate celebration, coffee+pasty+WiFi, bring-your-own-boardgame and cocktails... whatever you need, Longbranch and Paisan are there for you! Everything from the food to the cocktails to the service is approached with care, love, and exquisite professionalism. The food is simplistic perfection, with a bit of decadence - Paisan has historically focused on a California-inspired Italian cuisine highlighting local ingredients at the peak of their season, while Longbranch is more focused on rich meats cooked to perfection and an impressive whiskey collection. My favorite menu items: - Anchovy-stuffed fried olives!!! (a must-have!) - Cocktails! Cocktails! Cocktails! - their bartenders are delicious magicians! - The Burger (one of the best burgers in the East Bay!) - Green Bean Salad (seasonal, but it's my hands-down my favorite salad ever) ...you really can't go wrong, everything they serve is pure joy!

Cynthia M.

This place was absolutely wonderful. We originally planned to eat somewhere else, but walked by Long Branch Saloon and their menu caught our eye. We decided to go in for a couple of drinks and appetizers to feel the place out. I had the Cut Grass Martini and hubby had the Mr. Ryeside. The drinks were absolutely delicious! Then we ordered some Fried Olives and Japanese Sweet Potatoes. The potatoes were so amazing, we asked for a 2nd order. At this point, the food and service was excellent that we decided to stay and have dinner. The server from bar (7/26 @4pm) was so fun to talk with, and gave us incredible service. We feel lucky to have find this place by chance, and can't wait to go back. Ps. If you are a whiskey/bourbon lover, you definitely have to check out there selection.

Hope And Jones Media _.

Ready for some mouthwatering food in a mellow, comfortable, high-quality atmosphere? Then Longbranch restaurant is the place! The neutral colors and abstract cloth-textured canvases will leave you feeling like you're in Calabasas. Floors and tables are made of bright, warm, yellowy wood, and the lighting is divine (pretty twinkly lights extend the bliss felt from holiday season). Seating is so comfortable you have to fight slouching over and unbuttoning your pants at the end of your meal, so come prepared. The restaurant is divided in two - complete with totally different dining experiences - but a little tight for disability accessibility. GOOD THING THE FOOD WAS HOT! We each ordered a 3-course meal. We shared the Warm Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad, the Brioche Tart, the Duck Confit Risotto, the Burgundy Braised Beef, the Mason Jar Sundae, and the Caramelized Pear Cake. Let's start with the Brioche Tart... I never even liked mushrooms until I had this tart... and I could've easily eaten two of them! When Lena bit into the tart her eyes bolded up and she started frantically nodding her head "YES!" The Brussels Sprout Salad had an unexpectedly sweet, smoky taste topped with a surprise burst of refreshing fruit juice! It was SO delish we could've fought over drinking the dressing!!!! Be prepared for a bold jus in the Burgundy Braised Beef. There is so much beef, so much beefy wine, that just falls straight off the bone. The beef was so perfectly soft it was hard to keep on the fork! The Duck Confit Risotto was below average. The texture was weird and the meat felt a little slimy - in a pretty gnarly way. That being said, the veggies were good and the goat cheese was powerful! The Caramelized Pear Cake, on the other hand, was out of this world. We weren't sure if we even actually ate the cake because each bite just melted in our mouths like butter! It arrived to the table warm and sweet, not too sweet, and the ice cream made us want to run away to a private island to be alone with it. The Mason Jar Sundae was perfection. It was crunchy and warm on the outside, then soft and smooth on the inside. There was definitely too much whip cream.... But we still ate the entire dish without blinking! Music was more diverse than the staff, spanning Kanye West, Billie Eilish, and a long set of Jazz Funk. The host wasn't very nice, our server wasn't very friendly, and the staff seemed to pretty much keep to themselves/act neutrally towards each other. The bathrooms are small and clean, but nothing special. A bit of traveling noise from the bar, but you can definitely still hear each other around the table. No dogs allowed - boo!

Gourmet Jones _.

Ready for some mouthwatering food in a mellow, comfortable, high-quality atmosphere? Then Longbranch restaurant is the place! The neutral colors and abstract cloth-textured canvases will leave you feeling like you're in Calabasas. Floors and tables are made of bright, warm, yellowy wood, and the lighting is divine (pretty twinkly lights extend the bliss felt from holiday season). Seating is so comfortable you have to fight slouching over and unbuttoning your pants at the end of your meal, so come prepared. The restaurant is divided in two - complete with totally different dining experiences - but a little tight for disability accessibility. GOOD THING THE FOOD WAS HOT! We each ordered a 3-course meal. We shared the Warm Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad, the Brioche Tart, the Duck Confit Risotto, the Burgundy Braised Beef, the Mason Jar Sundae, and the Caramelized Pear Cake. Let's start with the Brioche Tart... I never even liked mushrooms until I had this tart... and I could've easily eaten two of them! When Lena bit into the tart her eyes bolded up and she started frantically nodding her head "YES!" The Brussels Sprout Salad had an unexpectedly sweet, smoky taste topped with a surprise burst of refreshing fruit juice! It was SO delish we could've fought over drinking the dressing!!!! Be prepared for a bold jus in the Burgundy Braised Beef. There is so much beef, so much beefy wine, that just falls straight off the bone. The beef was so perfectly soft it was hard to keep on the fork! The Duck Confit Risotto was below average. The texture was weird and the meat felt a little slimy - in a pretty gnarly way. That being said, the veggies were good and the goat cheese was powerful! The Caramelized Pear Cake, on the other hand, was out of this world. We weren't sure if we even actually ate the cake because each bite just melted in our mouths like butter! It arrived to the table warm and sweet, not too sweet, and the ice cream made us want to run away to a private island to be alone with it. The Mason Jar Sundae was perfection. It was crunchy and warm on the outside, then soft and smooth on the inside. There was definitely too much whip cream.... But we still ate the entire dish without blinking! Music was more diverse than the staff, spanning Kanye West, Billie Eilish, and a long set of Jazz Funk. The host wasn't very nice, our server wasn't very friendly, and the staff seemed to pretty much keep to themselves/act neutrally towards each other. The bathrooms are small and clean, but nothing special. A bit of traveling noise from the bar, but you can definitely still hear each other around the table. No dogs allowed - boo!

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