Wanted Restaurant

1160 University Ave, Berkeley
(862) 304-2223

Recent Reviews

Raahim Sattar

The food there is amazing! The service is amazing! And it's clean and small and just all around no negatives.

Tairy Fadel

The best food I taste in my life!! I love kufta kabab platter and the chicken shawarma, nice service and all fresh. I will back!!!

A. M.

The place was pretty neat. The food was good. The owners were personable. I'm going back for sure.

Beth A.

Had mix platter. Came with all 3 kinds of meat, rice, salad, and pita. Good and tasty, I like their sauces. But the single use plastic container and plastic forks are excessive and wasteful. They don't even have a recycle bin

Tim M.

Friendly service, delicious chicken shawarma, generous portions. It will definitely be a regular go-to for me. Next time I think I'll try the cheesesteak.

Maria S.

Really delicious food and great customer service! It's not fast food, they make everything fresh so it takes a while for the food to be ready but it's so worth it! We've had their platters which are honestly better than Halal Guys lol. Their cheesesteaks are also really good. And I love their battered fries!

Ulysses G.

Driving through Berkeley and decided to stop by for lunch. Small interior with maybe 4 tables but it was nice and clean inside. I ordered the chicken plate which was amazing! The two sauces provided were both super tasty. I'd definitely come back to this place if I'm ever in the area.

Ardees R.

I was craving a Philly Cheesesteak on Saturday night so I found Wanted on Yelp. It was so delicious & the fries were amazing. I'm here again today to try the Chicken Shawerma combo. It did not disappoint...so flavorful & the white garlic sauce is everything! So happy to find a go-to restaurant near my house.

Eric Haar

Great kufta kebab wrap with hummus in it. The meat was seasoned well. Got a big helping of fries with the combo but would be interested to see if the wrap was a bit bigger without the combo. Will definitely go back.

A_Braikan Alharbi

The most delicious food I have ever had in Berekeley♡

Razaa A.

I've had my eyes on this place for quite some time, and I finally got a chance to give it a try. The menu had more options than I was expecting, and the inside was smaller than what I expected as well. They offer a full halal menu, which is great and convenient. I checked yelp while inside, and I saw several folks posting about the philly cheese and also the beef shawarma. Those are the two items I ordered. The combo includes fries and a soft drink. In summary, the philly cheese was better than the beef shawarma, but I wasn't really impressed with either. The beef shawarma felt very small, and that by itself without fries is definitely not enough for a meal for most. The philly cheese was tasty, but I was not impressed by the type of bread used. Next time I will try a platter, but I wasn't impressed by the sandwiches. It doesn't seem like the other items are all that popular. I give this a 4/5 due to service and quality, but the tastiness and bread type is what kept it from a 5/5.

Eyad K.

Just walked in here with my family. Haven't gotten the food yet but immediate 5 stars regardless... Place is packed although small. Kind lady at register. Super clean. Hope food is as awesome as everything else. Regardless A plus. Masha Allah and may Allah increase for you

Kyan Tang

Good value for the price. Food is good. Fries are bomb with perfect crunch and size

Azeem Jiva

Good food, with a hip vibe. Owners are super nice and friendly

Jamez X.

Good food and great customer service. That's all I ask for when trying out a new spot. Very filling as well, plenty of left overs for dinner. Tried the philly cheesesteak, kid had the cheese burger, and wife had the chicken schewarma I believe. All pleasing to the taste buds.

Christine N.

3.75/5 Mixed feelings. I'd go out of my way to go back for the fries. They make them just like I like em. Not too big like a wedge, but bigger than a regular fry. Soft yet crispy :) Ordered the Philly cheesesteak and beef shwarma. It was cooked fresh, took about 20 minutes to get the food. Portion size of the sandwiches were a little bit on the smaller side. The shwarma wrap I'm used to in a much bigger and fluffier wrap. Paid $10 for the Philly cheesesteak and $11 for the shwarma... so pricing for the size wasn't the worse. I was full at the end so I'm happy, may have been because of all the fries they gave. Cute little sit down location. Great customer service, super friendly.

Aamir A.

Went for a dinner with some friends. cannot overstate how excellent this is. if you want good halal cheesesteak/burger etc. this is the place. if you dont care about halal and jsut want a great cheesesteak, burger, shawarma etc. THIS IS THE PLACE STILL. also, very crispy tasty fries. usually hard to find! excellent food, excellent service. very nice folks stayed open very late for us. I'm a picky food reviewer, and very picky about this kind of food. the cheesesteak compares favorably to saad's in philly (I still give saad's the nod, but this is by far and away the best cheesesteak ive had on the west coast).

Bree B.

Finally found a new spot around work. Me and my cousin split a chicken and steak philly. Great people. Delicious food. A must try

chanyu1

Had lunch here with a friend. Arrived before 12 noon and found the restaurant relatively empty which is not a good sign. But shortly after, diners started arriving but even at 12:30, the restaurant was only 40% full. This is surprising because the restaurant is clean, bright and relatively quiet, plus the food pretty good. We ordered the pickled cherry tomato for appetizer which was pickled just right and not overwhelming so your appetite is enhanced. We also ordered the Ma Po tofu and the Tonkatsu ramen which were just the right portion for 2 people. The tofu was spicy but the spiciness did not take away from the flavorful black bean sauce and the tofu was fresh and spongy. The ramen noodle was just the right texture, not mushy or too firm. All in all, a very good meal...

Melissa Danae

Everything I've had is amazing! Super friendly and helpful staff. Good prices for the amount of food:)

Tasmin Ahmad

Great halal food for a good price! Nice friendly staff.

Bobby Eddins

I liked it very,very much grest food !!!!

Fedi A.

Most of the reviews were good so I decided to give it a try! SO GLAD that I did! I got the Philly cheese steak and it was delicious! So much flavor the price was more than fair! I opted out of ketchup and mayo on the sandwich. I read a review about the wait time and the quality. Tbh the quality was better than some cheese steaks places I've been to in the Bay Area. As far as the wait, I waited about 10-15 minutes.

Bernadette R.

The beef shawarma with fries are excellent. They have a good selection of food. Burger, chicken strips, but definitely go for their Shawarmas & Rice plates. Cute little place, clean, nice staff. Service is awesome! Definitely recommend this place when you're around Berkeley. Can't wait to go back again!

Yavuz K.

Came here with 4 other friends yesterday for iftar (total 5 people). 4 of us ordered the family platter to split and 1 of us ordered a separate order of burger combo. If you do come here with friends or family, the family platter is very very good value. My friend who ordered a separate burger combo was also happy, as he said the burger was also very tasty and filling. I wasn't expecting much before coming here and wasn't sure if I was going to be full eating a family platter with 3 other people, especially since we were all basically as hungry as it gets after a long day of fasting in the middle of finals week... ***IT WAS PERFECT!*** All of us were beyond satisfied with everything (which to make 5 starving college students who happen to be very capable eaters happy for iftar I'd imagine is not easy). The owner (probably) took our order and told us there might not be enough rice for a family platter. We asked if he could include fries with whatever rice there was, which he gladly accepted (which turned out to be better than if we had just gotten rice.) Eventually, after a little bit of confusion about whether there were water cups, the owner generously offered to give us bottled water or any drinks we choose on the house for free. Throughout our time there, the owner was so extremely nice and routinely checked up on us and asked if we needed anything. He also offered us dates as he must've figured we were breaking our fast. He also later offered us more fries for free. The whole time, he was very nice and there was just a nice, warm, generous atmosphere. So for the family platter, there was rice, salad, fries on the bottom and a good portion of lamb and chicken on the top as well as a good amount of pita bread on the side with two different sauces. (Also, the lamb here is GOOD, it's not store-bought/pre-cooked or mixed with beef.) And like I said, our friend who ordered separately also really liked the food, so I'm sure that the individual menu items are also very good. Everything was amazing thanks to the two people there. I will definitely be back here many times and I would highly highly recommend this place to anyone, especially those eating with family and/or friends.

Usman P.

Delicious, halal, fairly priced, huge portions, fantastic and friendly customer service. I had a Philly BBQ Cheesesteak Sandwich and it really hit the spot. Will come here again every time I happen to pass by Berkeley.

Ronnie A.

Wanted to try something new for lunch so while browsing yelp i came across this place which isn't to far from where i work. Being on university i was hesitant to drive because of parking, however there were several spots open on the block of the restaurant. Walked in and place was clean and they had a few patrons there. The workers there were friendly and funny. You can tell they enjoyed being there. I ordered a Philly cheesesteak meal. Meat tasted great and roll was nice and soft. what you get for the price you pay is very fair. They are very generous on the fries as well. fries were cooked perfectly. Coworker got a chicken cheesesteak and another got something else but they both had no complaints. We definitely agreed to comeback again. I encourage everyone to try this new place out.

Gregory Taylor

Shish kabab was great.

Makena M.

I tried a platter of shish tawook (boneless grilled chicken, rice garden salad, pita bread, sauce) and expected a Middle Eastern version of a Chipotle bowl. The cost was $12.99. I'm not familiar with the food. I will return. I saw others eating burger, which was HUGE! I rather have a bowl or platter over the burger. They also sell Philly cheesesteaks. The fries looked great. My platter was filling and healthy.

Christopher C.

The guy behind the register was very very nice and offered me advice on what to order along with any sauces of my choosing and a free drink being my first time and all. The food was great. I had the shish kabab sandwich which was plain but really good and also some chicken wings which also rocked!

Hasan Zahid

Got the BLT sandwich and mix plater. Legit food, friendly staff. Family owned. Must try!!

Albert L.

When Hasnia closed I thought that would be the end for mediterranean food. Little did I know WANTED would take over. Never heard of WANTED, but I got curious. Bust a U-turn and park right out front luckily University ave isn't like what it use to be as parking is a lot better now. Small mirror space with tables to sit at least ten. Kitchen operation is done behind counter out of public view and that got me thinking twice. You really don't need to be thinking what to get because menu has four category to go on, it's either sandwich combo, fry lunch & dinner, platters, and fresh salad. I went with shish kabab platter with everything. Wait time was about ten minutes being at height of lunch time. There's no station to get your utensil or water because utensil packet comes with each order and water is only bottle for purchase only. My platter was good and filling just wish meat wasn't that chewy with enough fatty tissue that I can use for the flossing. Romaine lettuce had tiny crescent shape browning a sign that it had tipburn will unpleasant taste. Nevertheless, it's a copy version of the more famous chain eatery on Center street hopefully they'll work it out and become successful.

Victor G.

"Wanted Halal & Tasty" replaces Crepes A go-go/Hasnia. Wanted is a 5 table eatery. the name isn't a bad joke/pun. it really suffers from an inadequate displayed menu that's short on marketing smarts. best to start at the bottom or the top right, not the americanized menu at the top left. or one can blindly literally throw a dart. anything u hit will be a gourmet hit. i went with the lst non american entree seen. i'm lazy. small print got too fuzzy.... offerings: sandwich combos, salads, fry lunch & "diner", platters eats: chicken shawarma(6.99) wrap only -tender, grilled chicken pieces mixed with lettuce, pickles, white sauce, garlic in lavash wrap. sides of olives, pickled vegetables, petite jalepeno peppers -chicken shawarma was so unique tasting. not loaded with veggies, just essentials with extra white sauce on the side. -price ultra reasonable for what's offered. -1/2 hour wait time problematic. take outs: -menu poorly designed, doesn't highlight rich variety of middle east entrees available. also doesn't indicate combo +3 includes drink & fries- -pics on window/somewhere would be helpful -passing out numbers for every order would be helpful to avoid giving wrong food to customers

Abu Yasin

I went yesterday. the atmosphere is amazing oh, this is a very chill spot. customer service very friendly. also like that it's not too far from the Berkeley Marina and the food was great and well-seasoned

Andrew H

Z&Y Bistro is a spinoff from the well regarded Z&Y Restaurant less than a block away, across the street. The Bistro features a pruned down menu of the restaurants favorite dishes. There is enough to interest you but it isn’t anywhere as dynamic. The Edamame (5 USD) was just OK. The six dumplings (9 USD) in spicy sauce were superb. If you forgo the spicy sauce you get two more at the same price. The Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper (19 USD), about 12 pieces of not so crispy chicken nuggets topped with an overflowing mound of red chillies, was a disappointment. It reminded me of Chicken McNuggets that have been sitting around for a while. The only redeeming feature was the tiny shards of lemongrass in the breading but at four times the McDonalds price hardly worth it. They tell me the leftover inedible red chillies (more for presentation than flavor) are usually boxed up for cook-at-home customers. So, if you are one of them it may be worth ordering. Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Forget it. They have no deserts. The California-centric wine list is below average. The few French selections are decent but over-priced. I’d stick with Sake or beer, which is more appropriate here anyway. Service is very good and they take the Bistro concept literally. You can easily complete three courses with 2 drinks in 60 minutes. The atmosphere hovers above “dinerish”. The best two-top at the front corner wall across the bar counter suffers from a glaring LED scanner light every time the register is engaged. Your eating partner facing away from the bar will think it’s intimate but I doubt you will. Otherwise, any other table will do. There is also a six seat counter for walk-ins; though the scanner light is more obnoxious there. I came away from Z&Y Bistro with mixed feelings – if only I had ordered something else. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking that at 75 USD (tax and tip included) it would be a superior experience.

Tony S

We had dinner on a Friday night. Dumplings, seafood hot pot, asparagus yakitori & chicken yakitori. All excellent, and nicely presented. The flavors were well balanced & the spicing right for us (we stuck with mild). It’s well worth a visit

hkc806

I am amazed by Z&Y Bistro, originally we want to go to Z&Y restaurant, but there were an hour wait, so we went to their sister restaurant, Z&Y Bistro, OMG, they have the best Sichuan food in San Francisco, the restaurant itself is beautiful, brick wall, soft lighting, good music, a romantic atmosphere, which is not very common in Chinatown. And the food! Oh the food! Where do I begin... You really can’t go wrong with any item on the menu, we took the suggestion from the owner, Monica, she is so accommodating and goes out of her way to make sure everything is perfect, and she has a lot of knowledge of pairing food with wine, she suggested we should have a glass of pinot noir, which turn out to be perfect with all the big and bold flavor, we started with the duck yakitori, it was delicious, but the pork collar yakitori was spectacular, the marbling of the meat and fat makes it incredibly juicy, follow by yakitori chicken gizzard and chicken liver, my husband and I could not decide which is our favor, they are just all so tasty. Monica suggest that we order the cherry tomato which has a sweet and sour dressing on it, we have it in between each yakitori, it almost act as a palate cleanser, so everything taste better. And then we order the spicy fish with chili oil in clear broth, this is a little difference then the usual chili oil fish, usually they are full of red chili on top, this one has a clear broth with chili pepper and cucumber, we love the Sichuan pepper that makes your mouth a little numb, just enough to make you wanting more of it, and still able to taste the fish, the fish is poach in this numbing spicy chili oil, it is so tender and moist. And then we had the Lanzhou beef ramen, the 7 hours broth is rich but not heavy, and the beef shank is perfectly tender, the noodle has good texture, everything was done to perfection. We could not be happier to stumble upon this little gem in Chinatown, we are already planning to come back with friends next weekend.

cesarlau2009

The food there is authentic Sichuan Chinese food! Hot and numb favor. Sister restaurant of Z & Y Restaurant. Usually long line for Z&Y restaurant, just go across and down a few steps. Modern decor, friendly people, great vibes. If you like Sichuan, have to try Z & Y, Highly recommended. Try the Spicy Fish W/ Flaming Chili oil.

bamboola

We ordered some appetizers, a spicy seafood hotpot, and a pork ramen to share. The spicy hotpot indicated a 'spicy sauce'. This sauce turned out to be just whole peppercorns. Nothing special.

Jean K.

Very tiny place: bargain-basement-decor, simple short menu. This is Algerian food, similar to its neighbors but a milder version than you may be used to. The owners are friendly, napkins are paper, flatware is lightweight. This is a long way from Zaytoon or Saha, both in atmosphere and pricing. Hasnia is basic starch-and-meat cooking at a very reasonable price. I agree, much of the food seems reheated. No, that's not a sin; it's how most restaurants cook. If you don't know that, you've never worked in a restaurant kitchen. Couscous Royale: a nice mix of meats with couscous, served with a bowl of lamb broth. DH used it all, tasty stuff. Couscous was mixed with chickpeas and some veggies (carrots, zucchini, etc.). Meats, including the merguez lamb sausage, are mildly seasoned. Algerian, remember? Chicken tadzine. Good-sized hunks of chicken breast poached in saffron broth. Very moist, saffron-tinted rice cooked in the flavorful broth. It's covered - and I repeat, covered - in those pimento-stuffed green olives. Now, I don't normally like that stale briny flavor. But these had been stewed in the broth, and were pretty tasty! A pleasant surprise. The Algerian salad was good. Two little spoonfuls of a mellow garlic paste were an unexpected delight in a basic salad of crisp chopped romaine and cherry tomatoes with a sharp vinaigrette. This is not amazing, farm-to-table, gourmet food. This is simple, mild, North African home-style cooking. The Bay Area has many elaborate and sophisticated Mediterranean restaurants with lovely decor and upscale dishes, along with appropriately upscaled prices. If you want a romantic place to impress a date, visit Tannourine/SMateo or Marrakech/SF, which are excellent. Honest, don't bring a large group here. 8 people would necessitate somebody sitting in front of the bathroom door. These are tight quarters!