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1799 University Ave. (Grant St.) Send to Phone
510-356-4903 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Central Berkeley's version of a friendly, classic neighborhood pub.
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Breakfast & Lunch daily, Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Townie Restaurant Review

: Outfitted with Art Deco-style chandeliers, salvaged-wood furniture, a zinc-topped bar and polished concrete floor, and offering Bulleit shots, pork belly banh mi and a stone fruit dessert entailing mascarpone, peanuts and absinthe, Townie is as close as Berkeley gets to a neighborhood pub. That means it's very big and exuberantly friendly and that it serves sophisticated versions of classic small plates from a seasonal grilled Caesar salad to Serrano-manchego potato croquettes. A braised pork croque madame and brioche french toast are brunch favorites. Lead bartender Diana Krell has curated an interesting international beer and wine list. Cocktails include La FloraciĆ³n (tequila, mezcal, lime juice, chamomile liqueur) and the Barley Flower (Bols Genever, Lillet Blanc, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, cherry).

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