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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
+1 510-845-7771
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been coming to Spenger's for thirty years. It's still a fun place to visit, with unbelievable displays of naval and maritime artifacts and big marlins all over the walls, but without the adjoining seafood market that was started by Spenger, a fisherman himself,...More

Thank N6619UOelizabethj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Been coming here since I was a teenager. Caught the happy hour. Had very reasonably priced appetizers and drinks. We had clam chowder ( that was the best anywhere ) and stuffed salmon for dinner. It all really good. Service was great...More

Thank Andrea H
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Loated at the noisy bar. Appetizer was good. Clam chowder and shrimp cocktail was also good. Fish and chips was not so great. Chips were overcooked. Service was slow.

Thank Justatraveller_10
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Basic seafood products with a high end price tag. Grinds are competent but ultimately unremarkable. Yes.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Crispy fish and chips, huge tasty scallops, piquant Caesars, good beers on tap. I even got my picky eater to try something new, and she's already begging to go back for more parmesan-crusted chicken with lemon caper butter and fettuccine Alfredo. Super warm reception from...More

Thank Sylvia E
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

I was not impressed with the food. I was very disappointed with food considering the food chain that owns the restaurant. Slow service.

Thank Janie C
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We had read reviews before going to Berkeley and expected service to be sub-par based on that. However, when we waited at a table in the bar for 15 minutes before going up to the bar counter and ordering for ourselves there, then another 30...More

Thank Victoria B
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Passing by at lunchtime & felt like seafood so dropped in for a beverage & a bite to eat. Cavernous space and dripping with sea-faring paraphernalia. Our waiter was lovely & my mojito was delightful but the drinks took an age to arrive. Mr Despot...More

Thank MrandMrsDespot
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Nostalgia made me want to give this 5 stars, but no. Decor is nicely updated in this place that has been a popular sea food restaurant since the time when the owner's went out every morning and caught the fish of the day more than...More

Thank GrandmaM59
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Our family and friends have been eating at Spengers going back to the 60's, but not so much afterit became part of McCormick & Schmicks. After many years of passing it up for our family get together we decided to give it another try. The...More

Thank Diane M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710-1933
    (University Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: We are located a few blocks from many AC Transit Bus lines. The closest Bart stations is about 1 mile away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-845-7771
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