Berkeley's well-coiffed and well-to-do have taken Cafe Rouge to heart. It's a classic Californian restaurant, complete with all the trappings: organic vegetables and sustainably raised meats, a wood-fired oven, and smooth and efficient service. Chef-owner Marsha McBride and executive chef Rick DeBeaord create deceptively simple food, but imbue even their hamburgers with juicy, meaty love.
Hours: Lunch: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Interim Menu: Tues.-Sat. 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.;Dinner: Tues.–Thurs. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m;Fri.- Sat. 5:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.;Brunch: Sun. 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ;Interim Menu: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm;Dinner: Sunday 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, cash, ATM/Debit
Entertainment: jazz every Tuesday night
Extra Info: Uses sustainably raised meat, and some organic produce, dollar oysters on Wednesday nights. Menu changes every two weeks. Participates in the Community Alliance for Family Farmers' "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" campaign.