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2503 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1121
+1 510-843-1241
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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18:00 - 23:00
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102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This place hasn't changed at all since my college days. My favorite today is still the Kielbasa on their special roll with deli mustard, onions, relish and kraut. My only complaint is that they've decreased the size of the dog and roll through the years. It's still the tiny place I remember with only seating only for 3-4?? There's only... More 

Thank gordyc48
Berkeley, California
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was a go to lunch place... you had your choice of a dozen different types of dogs on ultra fresh buns with excellent sauerkraut, diced onions and several styles of mustard. Unfortunately, it is now a pizza place. Alas and alack...

Thank mrosen456
Breda, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Great dogs! Slightly surly (in a good way) service. Nice variety, too. Honestly, I'd take a Top Dog over Gray's Papaya any day of the week! Having lived in New York City and Chicago, not to mention some of the "worst" eating spots of Europe, Top Dog is well worth the visit. Basically unchanged in the twenty (plus) years since... More 

Thank Charlie H
Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was recommended to me at a giants game. I got a chicken dog and veggie wiener dog. Veggie dog is a tad spicy which is good! The staff is nice. Characters hanging out there interesting. Condiment bar awesome with kraut, relish, and mustard. It's great if you are a hot dog aficionado by all means go!

Thank wanderkitty
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Top Dog was one of my favorite restaurants as a student from 1982-1986. Nothing has changed in 30 years. I go back every chance I get. The hot dogs are amazing. I always order the Top Dog and the Hot Link. Both are grilled to perfection and are served in an incredible bun. I load them up with mustard and... More 

Thank RandS_TX
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Great hot dogs and sausages serving generations of Berkeley visitors. In my opinion they served the Best dogs in town!

Thank HenryDurant
Paranaque, Philippines
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

As good as described by a friend :) A must visit when in Berkeley. Price was reasonable as well. Odd thing tho was it shared a door with a smoothie place beside it and wanted to use the restroom but wasn't allowed to by the smoothie place coz I was a TopDog customer

Thank SY J
Richmond, California
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216 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015

6 different kinds of wurst and then some. Hot dogs don't get better than this. A drink, a dog and a bag of chips for 5 bucks! It doesn't get better than this!

Thank Jim B
Fremont, California
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5,161 reviews
1,535 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,631 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2015

Top Dog is a Berkeley tradition. Its one of those places students go after studying for a late night study break. We have visited a fair number of times and their hot dogs and aausages are the best. The conversation is lively; service is good. The sauerkraut is to put on the dogs is good as well. It is affordable... More 

Thank mini
Pleasanton, California
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2014 via mobile

If you are ever in Berkeley go to one of the Hot Dog locations! Great selection of "Dogs" and other treats. A real Berkeley Icon. I've been going to Top Dog since 1968 and have never had a bad experience. Highly recommended!

Thank Bill F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2503 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-843-1241

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?