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Fax: (510) 644-3209

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Ocean View, West Berkeley
Coffee Shops, Delicatessens, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, American Restaurants, Sandwich Shops, Health Food Restaurants, Hot Dog Stands & Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Deli, Burgers, American, Sandwiches, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Greatest breakfasts anywhere!

I have read some weird reviews about this place!
This is the best breakfast diner anywhere! I drive 30 miles several times a year to eat there. Their Lemon Ricotta pancakes are superb, & sausages top-of-the line! The wait staff is FAST & EFFICIENT, & the host is QUICK, pleasant & accomodating. I cannot underStand ANYONE not being happy to eat there!

Peter H.


Hands down the best breakfast ...

Hands down the best breakfast place in the Bay Area! People in this area tend to take their breakfast pretty seriously, so Bette's faces strong competition from the likes of old standards such as La Note on Berkeley or Zazie's in SF's Cole Valley, but IMHO Bette's takes the cake. Offering up American breakfast standards, Bette's distinguishes itself not by seeing how crazy or original they can make their dishes, but by doing simple things like eggs and pancakes better than anyone else.

Highly recommended and worth the wait. That said, the wait is nothing to scoff at - a party of two faces a wait as long as 45 minutes on Saturdays. If you're looking for faster seating, consider coming alone and sitting at the counter -- drink a cup of their top-notch coffee and wake up eggs, pancakes, and the morning paper.

Robin F.


Unparallel scrambles

I love Bette's! Whether I get there early to beat the crowds or later from a lazy get-out-of-bed hunger, Bette's never disappoints. I like the basics.....scrambled eggs done to perfection, breakfast potatoes that aren't boring and don't overwhelm, and good ole pancakes.....once in awhile, some breakfast meat or the salmon scramble......If you have to wait, get a cup of coffee next door, and it's free refills in the restaurant. Oh yeah, if you wait and really need to eat, get a pastry.....a scone or a morning bun. You'll still clean your plate when you are served!!! I always walk out with a smile because nothin' tastes as good as Bette's breakfasts.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice omelet

Ola! Well on a whim I decided to try this place out. It was Saturday morn and it was busy. But I got lucky and was able to park IFO ( in front of) the place. There was list and a wait of 45 minutes. A couple said they were told 45 mins. too,but waited 20. So we sat in our car and waited. It was a balmy 70, clear skies a bit of wind but a beautiful day. A lot of people decided to not wait. I got impatient at 40 minutes went to ask and they gave me a table on the sidewalk. So I am a happy troop-per. The waiter was very fast nice and reeled off the specials. But I decided against them and my wifey , Andreia, stayed with her mundane pic, LOL.

I read the menu and was curious about their 3 egg omelet with country potatoes .sour cream and scones. Wifey had short stack and scrambled eggs ,hard cook.
2.25 for one egg 2.75 for two eggs I told her go for the two.
short stack 4.95

My breakfast was 7 or 8.95 ham and cheese omelet .
Well whoop my bunda and put me out to dry. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BREAKFAST I have ever. OUTSTANDING.
It is cooked ,per the menu ,in a french style. The eggs were creamy to the mouth and cheese was great. Ham was fine not too overwhelming.

I always pepper and hot pepper my egg. This time very little. and only a dash of salt. out of habit I think.
So I will be back for dinner and lunch. It is worth the wait and I am a impatient person



Provided by Citysearch - 
Really good pancakes

I have to say Bette's makes the best pancakes in town. I had the banana sour cream pancake and it was screaming good. I went there with my 9 months old little boy and he was ready to stick his hands in the plate. Overall, the wait was a little long. But the pancake really made my day. :)



Provided by Citysearch - 

Bette's has fantastic Breakfasts. The Lox and Eggs are fantastic. The portions are a little small and the prices are a little high, but the quality makes up for the negatives. The long lines exist because so many people agree that the food is wonderful. I dislike going to the snooty, corporate 4th Street area, but I'll venture there any morning for Bette's breakfast.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Slow, boring, cramped but great if you like burnt food

This place is WAY overrated and should be avoided. Long waits for, at best, mediocre food. Blueberry pancakes were nothing special and burnt. Toast was burnt, polenta that came with daily special was completely charred on the bottom but it was replaced after about 10 minutes of trying to get the attention of a server. Our server was actually very nice but the host made a point of coming to our table to chastise us because we had evidentally heard the wrong name called and were seated when somebody else was supposed to be (which we certainly did not do intentionally) We also had the same thing happen that somebody else has mentioned regarding a beverage brought in from outside. Our friend was given a glass to put his drink in but when he explained that it came from Bette's To Go (right next door), he was allowed to keep it in the plastic cup. GET REAL!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not Going Back There

For long waits, cramped atmosphere and pretentious policies, Bettes is the place to go.

Been there three times:

First, not so bad.

Second, after waiting thirty minutes to be seated, the waitress spilled a latte on my wool jacket: probably due to overly difficult maneuvering in the cramped interior. All that was offered was an apology and a wet towel.

Third, after waiting forty minutes and getting some coffee with my girlfriend at Peets across the street, we were seated. The waiter told us twice to pour the Peets coffee into plain glasses he provided, the reason being we were at Bettes now, not at Peets. We cancelled our order and left.

Not going back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bette's is the best breakfast

Great breakfast; slow seating due to the crowds, but well worth the wait



Provided by Citysearch - 
Creative Food

Food is fantastic. Had to wait, but there were right on in terms of the length of time it was going to be.



Provided by Citysearch - 
oldie but goodie

Outstanding food! Excellent value. The decor and the ambience make breakfast an occasion rather than just another meal.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Breakfast heaven

If you don't mind schlepping over to Fourth Ave in Berkeley, this is the place to go for breakfast on weekends. Order the Farmer's breakfast - you won't be disappointed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Diner with gourmet food

Bettis Diner on Fourth Street, Berkeley has the best breakfast and lunch. They have taken the diner cuisine to new heights. All food is fresh, fast and perfectly cooked in an atmosphere that hip and cool and accessible to all age groups.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Decadent Beginning to the Day

The souffle pancakes are reason enough to wait for a table, then wait another forty minutes for breakfast. Rich, yet light and fluffy, it's not like any pancake I've ever had anywhere else. The berry-filled and chocolate-chip pancake are equally good. The savory breakfast fareomelets, hash browns, and the likeare well made and very tasty, but for my money nothing comes close to those sweet pancakes.

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