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15 Berkeley Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

There’s just something special about eating outside. And since we live in a place that allows for outdoor dining well into the winter, we’ve rounded up 15 Berkeley Restaurants that offer outdoor patios ideal for families. So let the sound of kids rejecting their food drift up into the heavens instead of bouncing off the walls and driving us all crazy. When the air quality is good and social distancing permits, dining al fresco can be a real treat for the whole family!

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Plenty of fresh air and a kid friendly menu at Westbrae Biergarten. | Photo: Anna Azimi

Top Kid-friendly Restaurants in Berkeley with outdoor seating:

Westbrae Biergarten (N. Berkeley)

Located just along the Ohlone Greenway and Gilman, you can easily take a family ride to your lunch or dinner at the Westbrae Biergarten. They offer plenty of outdoor tables and a kid friendly menu. Sandwiches, salads, rice bowls and a cornucopia of beer and cider. Prost! Website >>

Barney’s on Shattuck Ave. (N. Berkeley)

Barney’s outdoor seating is up above street level, providing a view of the bustling Upper Shattuck shopping district. Serving burgers and fries in many flavors, Barney’s has something for everyone, including fresh salads and falafel.  Website >

Crepevine (North Berkeley)

With an overwhelming menu of crepes and other breakfast foods served all day, Crepevine also has pastas and salads and is open for dinner. Inspired by the pandemic, the Upper Shattuck Avenue location features a cute parklet with tons of plants and tables for families. Wikki Sticks are offered to kids for pre-meal entertainment. Website >

Related: Kid-Friendly Outdoor Restaurants in Oakland

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Cafe Leila (W. Berkeley)

On San Pablo, north of University, this casual restaurant produces high-quality, California-style fresh food and a large patio with enough room for dogs and strollers. Service can be slow. Try brunch. Website>>

Jupiter (Downtown Berkeley)

This large and festive patio is filled with students and young families. The pizza and salads are delicious. The central fire pit is not awesome for toddlers, but they can’t get to it without climbing. Located conveniently for meeting a parent hopping off the BART in Downtown Berkeley. Street parking requires tenacity.

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Jupiter’s outdoor patio is a family friendly option in downtown Berkeley | Photo Jupiter Pizza & Beer

La Note (S. Berkeley on Shattuck Ave.)

A traditional French bistro with an authentic vibe and a pretty little patio on Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. For families, La Note is best for breakfast or brunch, with a vast menu of pancakes, French toast, and pastries. Website>> 

Longbranch and Paisan (W. Berkeley)

Sister restaurants next door to each other on San Pablo Ave. near Dwight, they have a twinkly-light-lit back patio available for outdoor dining from 4 pm – 8 pm Sunday – Thursday and 4 pm – 9 pm Friday and Saturday. Limited to parties of 6. Family-friendly pizzas and strawberry shortcake for dessert, yum! Note that this patio is not entirely open-air, so Covid-cautious folks should know it’s pretty enclosed. Website >>

Tacubaya (W. Berkeley on 4th Street)

On Berkeley’s 4th Street, Tacubaya patrons may sit outside with their food on tables shared by Tacubaya and the adjacent Market Hall. Ideal for pulling a stroller up next to your table for a weekend brunch. Feeding a baby or young toddler? A side of pureed beans is on the menu! Website >> Also, see our guide to Fourth Street with Kids >>

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Oceanview Diner (W. Berkeley on 4th Street)

Also on 4th Street, this breakfast and lunch institution is famous for its pancakes, and with good reason. The outdoor seating area offers great people watching right there on the main street, but beware it’ll likely be busy. Bette’s to go is right next door, if you get impatient. Website >> 

Tomate Cafe (W. Berkeley on 5th Street)

Yes, another breakfast/brunch/lunch spot, but isn’t that window of time really the most doable with little kids? Get the French toast. Located in West Berkeley on the corner of Bancroft and 5th Street. Your dog is also welcome. Play at Dream Land after your meal. Website >>

El Patio (W. Berkeley)

The name says it all! This hip spot is truly a great bar with a small but festive patio in the back. They serve tasty tacos, chips, and guac, but convince your kid to be bold and try an arepa, a small South American-style patty stuffed with fillings such as beans or pork. In West Berkeley just south of University. Website >>

Gilman Grill (NW Berkeley)

A local neighborhood favorite for weekend breakfast and brunch. The noise from Gilman is a great cover for your boisterous children. Outdoor tables and umbrellas offer a friendly outdoor space to enjoy your meal. Website >>

Lama Beans Cafe (NW Berkeley)

Also on Gilman, this cafe is another neighborhood favorite with solid breakfast and lunch family options (Nutella stuffed French Toast anyone?). They also offer a 3-course Dinner option that’s great for sharing with littles. Try the buttermilk fried chicken. The outdoor seating is adjacent to a very busy street, so not our strongest rec. Website >>

The Berkeley Boathouse (Marina)

Tucked away in the Berkeley Marina in the Doubletree Hotel, this family-friendly restaurant offers a heated patio overlooking the water and boats. The food is only okay, but the view is special. Website>>

Cornerstone (Downtown Berkeley)

Choose from more than 40 draft beers when you take your family to this brewpub in Downtown Berkeley. As seen in the photo below, the oversized back doors open onto a casual patio. The menu is standard bar food, but, like, Berkeley-style: burgers, club sandwiches, fish & chips, or a superfood salad packed with nutritious goodies like blueberries, avocado, and kale. We love that they serve cheese boards and sausage boards for the whole group to share. Website >>

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17 thoughts on “15 Berkeley Restaurants with Outdoor Seating”

  1. Though I agree that Picante is “not cheap” compared to other taquerias, it seems weird to me that it got that qualifier, but Comal’s super high end fair didn’t garner a mention along those lines. I hear Comal is great and worth the price, but that place CERTAINLY ain’t cheap.

  2. I agree that Comal is a bit of a stretch – both because of cost and ‘fancy’ factor. I haven’t been to Moxy but also have heard that they are trying hard to make it less kid friendly, which is sort of sad. Paisan should be added to the list, I think their patio is outside enough to qualify.

  3. Thank you for this list. SLOW on University has inexpensive tasty food with a beautiful and large rose garden seating in the back.

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  9. Nice list! The only thing is, I don’t think it’s responsible to suggest bringing in other vendors’ food (here, Cheeseboard) to another establishment (Epicurious Garden) unless the owners are okay with it. I frequent both Cheeseboard and Epicurious Garden and the latter really seems to be a private space where it’s understood that you dine there because you bought food there.

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