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June 13, 2006



I agree that they don't have the best service, and I'm not a huge fan of how close the tables are together, either. The food, particularly in the spring/summer is excellent.

Having lived across the street for 2+ years (and in the neighborhood longer than that), though, there have been less-than-wonderful meals, too. The restaurant is so seasonal that even though you can find fresh off-season stuff being grown in CA, they don't use it. This isn't a bad thing, but it is a bit boring to find a menu that is all barley and root veggies when you're expecting something dramatic in the winter. Granted, it's still good, but I try to make the disclaimer to friends who are thinking of eating there.

(Thanks for letting me rant about it here, Reid!)


We made our one and only trip to Berkeley to eat there. The food was very good, purist and seasonal. I still remember the meal well.


i agree with nic, I was also living across the street from CP for 2 years and subsequently in the vincinity of this restaurant, and I have to say the food is uneven for me. The first time at the Cafe, I was super impressed. The second time, downstairs restaurant, WOW that was an epiphany. Then another time at the cafe, not too impressed. Another cafe trip, not too impressed. Another time downstairs, kinda like it OK, but for the $$$ I paid, not too impressed. Another time a bit impressed but not THAT impressed. Then back to the cafe, pretty good, but Venus does that just as well and for less $$ too. I'm still waiting for the "wow" feeling to return, because the food was really that good near Xmas of 2001.

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