The Butcher’s Son

1954 University Ave, Berkeley
(510) 984-0818

Recent Reviews

Tara O.

The food was EXCELLENT and quick. Staff were super friendly! Highly recommend for brunch! We got the Fried Chicken Bagelwich, the #ThisIsMyAddiction, and the pancake. Everything we got was 10/10. We'll definitely be back!

Trina B.

Once again another amazing trip to the Butchers Son. I got the grilled cheese sandwich on the kids menu, 2 glazed doughnuts, and a salted chocolate cookie. The glazed doughnuts are only available on the weekends. a brunch weekend special. They have 2 flavors glazed or chocolate glazed. Best glazed vegan doughnuts I've had.

Leica G.

My recent experience wasn't as stellar as previous ones. Sad to not see see the meatball mozz and grinder on the menu, but it's been a while and I appreciate newly added items. We decided to try the fried chicken sandwich with bacon and blue cheese. The chicken was good, the bacon was very ok. Not crispy as one would imagine. But, overall the sandwich had good flavor. It could've been GREAT but there was barely any blue cheese on it. We couldn't even taste it. Bummer. Next up is the highly praised Rueben which was our biggest let down. -the grilled onions weren't really grilled. Closer to uncooked. Once again BARELY any dressing on it. I think they forgot the Swiss cheese too. The meat texture is very okay. I was expecting to be blown away. The best vegan rueben I've ever had still doesn't compare to Mendocino Farms Mrs. Goldfarb Rueben made of beets and chickpeas. Hands down, the best and probably exceptionally difficult to beat. We're likely to return here as a supporter of small business and vegan establishments. I just hope Butcher's son refocuses on quality.

Lizette G.

FAVORITE VEGAN SANDWICH SPOT! Food is amazing, so many great options to choose from. Any of their fried chicken sandwiches are a good choice. Also love their little market, can't ever leave without trying a few items from the market.

Taylor S.

Love to see vegan businesses thriving especially when it is deserved. I loved trying this place today. Great service and friendly employees. I appreciate how they do not up-charge for GF bread. The portions are huge!! We left feeling stuffed and happy. Will definitely be back

Savanah L.

This place was on my list for a long time because I'm vegetarian. I got the steak Banh mi and chicken tenders and they were seriously so good. The tenders were some of the best vegan ones I've had. I can't wait to go back and try more

Rob Vieira

Be prepared for a wait, but it's worth it...We stopped by The Butcher's Son during the winter of Covid. They were only serving takeout, and all orders needed to be done online. Despite it being an off hour time (around 1:45), they were still reasonably busy, and our order gave us an estimated 30 minutes - it was done when we went in a few minutes early.My wife an I had separate dishes. She is on a plant-based diet, so she was feeling the anticipation of what she might get from a place with so many high reviews. I'm a meat eater, but am focused on good food a lot more than what it's made out of. Neither of us were disappointed.Each of us easily found many items that sounded like a great first choice, and both of our meals were delicious. Portion sizes are great, and prices are reasonable. The staff is friendly. There is limited seating out front, so, given how busy they are, don't count on finding a seat. There is no wait service.You don't have to be someone on a vegan diet to appreciate this place. Good food and good people. Definitely recommended.

Catalina D.

If you're thinking of spending your money here, you might be more satisfied supporting these other vegan shops instead: Souley Vegan, Timeless Coffee, and an all time favorite, The Veg Hub. I was thrilled to try The Butchers Son as I've heard rave reviews about it over the years. I always look forward to supporting vegan businesses (though I am not vegan) because I am an ally to health, wellness, and cruelty free practices. Before I provide a review on the quality of the food, I'd like to highlight the pretentious and unfriendly attitudes of staff. This is unlike any other vegan business I have supported previously. Staff are unwelcoming; harsh tones, aggressive body languages, and short responses to my questions made me feel very uncomfortable while I ordered. I am BIG on customer service and I believe the customer is also responsible to be kind - nothing feels more disheartening than treating servers with kindness without it being reciprocated back to you. Okay, let's talk about the star of the show - the food. Unfortunately, this was not a 5 star meal. I ordered the Reuben and it is inedible. I assumed the rave reviews and the steep price point would leave my tastebuds craving more but I did not even take more than 2 bites of my sandwich. It was messy, cold, and lacking flavor. My boyfriend ordered the BLT and had the same experience with his food. We spent about $30 to be treated poorly and leave hungry. Never again.

Daniela R.

OH MY GOD! Stay away from these psychopaths. I hope this is only going to help me prove my point about the aggression displayed by this horrible business. Don't let Reena T. near your food. It was probably her hair which Explains why she's so pissed. And the woman clearly said she was the manager. I am SO relieved that you have video cameras all over the place, because I am not going to be called a liar. So go back, watch the video and reevaluate the people that you have working for you.

Adam S.

I am confused with customer service, specifically the attitude of Reena T. towards my girlfriend; I asked her to return the meal she ordered for me because I spotted hairs twice and got disgusted. Somehow we are being attacked by the manager that we are lying, I don't understand why we would have any motive when we had 3 orders and only complained about one order (Steak Bagn-mi) because of hairs on it. This is very unprofessional and unacceptable treatment of customer service!

Thomas Borawski

Best spot to go for vegan food in the SF Bay Area. Their buffalo chkn salad is gigantic and amazing. We've taken a bunch of omnivores here and every one of them loves it. The patio out back is a great place to enjoy lunch.

edwin liu

Not what I expected. Food was cold even though it mentions a 45 minute wait for online order. Customer service was bad provided by the white guy with long hair and glasses. He proceeded to tell me to wait in line for online order pick up which I did. He then proceeds to ask other people if their picking up while I'm standing in line. Not sure what I did to offend him. But I don't tolerate this kind of behavior, especially if your in customer service.

Rosey G.

Came here on a Sunday noon and was surprised there's not much a long line. The pickup process is efficiently. They use online ordering system, and took about 15 mins to get the order ready for pickup. Fresh ingredients, generous portion size, and full of flavor. I'm surprised the Something Healthy salad has a little bit of something that well complimented each other as a whole. You can add vegan BBQ pork, chicken, steak, tofu in addition, but the salad itself is fulfilling already. The cheese sticks on the other hand, has good flavor and texture, but I was a bit disappointed not seeing the cheese pull. Overall, I would come again when I'm in the neighborhood.

Sarah K.

If you're looking for delicious, QUALITY vegan food, fair prices, and large quantities, look no further! I tried this place today with my meat eating boyfriend (who i always drag with me to get vegan food) and we were BOTH beyond pleased with our meals! Also there was seating out front, and it was really nice. Note: you order online and then let the staff know you're there so they know to call your name. I didnt know and waited around for a while.. but the wait was worth it!!

Skyler Wities

One of the best lunch spots in Berkeley. I'm always satisfied by their large portions of vegan comfort food. The restaurant and outdoor patio was very nice spot for lunch or brunch with friends. Now during Covid stay at home orders, their online takeout orders are super convenient for pickup

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