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Berkeley Bowl

Berkeley Bowl

Supermarket and Grocery Store
South Berkeley, Berkeley
89 Tips and reviews
  • organic food
  • great selection of produce
  • sushi
  • burritos
  • hidden gem
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  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WanApril 23
    the hidden gem is on-site geta sushi: onigiri, tonkatsu, and nigiri.
    Upvoted May 21
  • Mortiche W.
    Mortiche WongFebruary 5
    Been here 10+ times
    The parking lot situation is still crazy here despite them opening up the West location on Heinz. Still my favorite stores to shop for organic, out-of-the-ordinary produce and sundries.
  • Barbara Y.
    Barbara YangJanuary 7
    Cheapest produce in the bay! Good selection of international food too
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserDecember 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you find a problem with a purchase, call them right away. They are not great with returns.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeMay 3, 2016
    Not really sure if it's worth the price
  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoApril 8, 2016
    The best supermarket around! Has a lot of variety, great great great fruits and vegetables and very cheap in comparison with some around.
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesMarch 8, 2016
    The product is fine. The amount of people in here is unbearable.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonFebruary 23, 2016
    The ice cream that's just "Berkeley Bowl" branded is amazing!
  • Erin K.
    Erin KJanuary 13, 2016
    Parking lot is usually insane.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroJanuary 8, 2016
    Produce, chilies, beer.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettJanuary 3, 2016
    The best grocery store anywhere. Buy all the produce and don't miss their honey roasted peanut butter.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyDecember 15, 2015
    The selection of bottled drinks is really nice. More local coffee than I've ever seen.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgNovember 27, 2015
    Crazy long lines. But it's worth it for the bulk bins and heavy produce
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserNovember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the mushroom and bulk sections.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserNovember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go at a time when its not busy. The aisles are too small and the carts are too big.
  • Tiago F.
    Tiago FerreiraNovember 9, 2015
    It's like the local version of Whole Foods but cheaper. Loved the prepared food there.
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa ChackoOctober 5, 2015
    Great selection of produce and bulk goods. Don't forget to BYOB (bring your own bags)
  • Ally M.
    Ally MSeptember 12, 2015
    Amazing array of produce and snacks.
  • Zoe W.
    Zoe WongApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Produce heaven!! Make sure to stop by the bargain section to see what discounted produce you can buy ;)
  • joel r.
    joel rambaudMarch 5, 2015
    yes the original Berkeley bowl was in a converted bowling alley , I do have what is most likely the last pin from that bowling alley , an example of good business
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussDecember 22, 2014
    It's really hard to beat the produce, meat, fish, and cheese selections. Excellent ethnic staples and bulk sections too. Good prices. Heavily trafficked by the patchouli set.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WangOctober 13, 2014
    Produce here is amazeballs. They were selling melons for 39¢ a pound! What!?
  • Ken O.
    Ken OrvickSeptember 25, 2014
    Go to the bulk section and find some great deals on dried fruit, grains, and so much more.
  • Noelle M.
    Noelle McReynoldsSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The fact that there has never been a mass murder in this parking lot is nothing short of a miracle
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilsonSeptember 11, 2014
    This grocery store is so good, it has ruined grocery shopping for me ... everywhere else ... forever.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BoboAugust 19, 2014
    Avoid this place on Sundays!! The vultures come out. Don't forget to take a number when ordering at the counters or else you will be shunned by all of the wannabe hipsters. Cheap with lots of options.
  • Taka T.
    Taka TAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The best grocery store in the bay. Even non organic stuff is fresh and can be much cheaper than other stores. Look for good deals.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    My favorite grocery store in the Bay. I miss it constantly. Predates Whole Foods; so named because it's located in an old bowling alley. Insanely cheap, plentiful produce. Other items are $$ though.
  • Lynn W.
    Lynn WangApril 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the sushi burrito
  • TraX A.
    TraX ActionsMarch 16, 2014
    Go early as it gets hectic there, cheese samples and made to order burritos!
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneFebruary 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Park on the street if you can. The lot is brutal. Also, be polite to your fellow aisle-mates - it's close quarters here.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesDecember 28, 2013
    Why is it called Berkeley Bowl? When I first shopped at Berkeley Bowl, they were at 2777 Shattuck Avenue ... a converted Bowling Alley! That's now Any Mountain sporting goods (nice deco facade too!)
    Upvoted May 21
  • Marie S.
    Marie ShinDecember 24, 2013
    The ugly side of hippie. So dirty. Wouldn't sample from bulk bins.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GioiaDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the significantly better of the two stores, but it is easier to park and move around at the new West store. You'll find more stuff and better quality produce here
  • scott m.
    scott mDecember 10, 2013
    Street parking is often easier than navigating the parking lot.
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrNovember 4, 2013
    Flight the urge to park at Walgreens unless you have a receipt from there (if you do, put it on the dash). There is a security officer patrolling the area for infringers.
  • Lindsey J.
    Lindsey JohnsonOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a great, large organic section.
  • Why-L W.
    Why-L WeltonSeptember 4, 2013
    So much kosher goodness!!!yummerz!!
  • Tori S.
    Tori SteffanAugust 11, 2013
    The best selection of kombucha I've ever seen.
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WalkerJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheapest produce in the east bay! I refuse to go anywhere else.
  • Merry R.
    Merry RichterJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sushi that's reasonably priced!
  • Joshua R.
    Joshua RosenzweigApril 20, 2013
    Pretty much always packed and parking sucks
  • Rosemarie M.
    Rosemarie McKeonApril 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Just Squeezed 100% FRESH Blood Orange Juice - delicious!
  • Ashley F.
    Ashley FullerMarch 28, 2013
    If your in the mood to get a instant headache and deal with the most ass nine parking, you found your place. People everywhere and parking lot is the size of my pinky. Have fun.
  • Mercy
    MercyMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    You're first stop should always be the bargain bin, located in the conventional produce section. 7 mangos for $1.39=#winning!
  • D@n S.
    D@n S.March 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    don't drive angry
  • Truman B.
    Truman BurkeMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here before 5 on a week day and fugghetaboutit on the weekends.
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey MotyFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Afternoon on Saturday, it is super packed
  • Meredith H.
    Meredith HolmesDecember 28, 2012
    For displaced NYers: they have half-sour pickles!!!
  • Verlasso Salmon
    Verlasso SalmonNovember 7, 2012
    Not only is the Verlasso Salmon sustainable, but it also has better texture, flavor, and fat content than regular farm raised salmon. Give it a try! Read more
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic T.October 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The selection of fruit here is unparalleled!
  • Joy G.
    Joy GhanekarJuly 29, 2012
    Best selection of produce at any grocery store I've been to.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FongJune 24, 2012
    The largest, most diverse selection of produce I have ever seen. There were at least 12 different types of citrus fruit, 10 different plums, etc.
  • George S.
    George SylvainJune 13, 2012
    More freaks and people on drugs here than even Phoenix airport
  • Grace B.
    Grace BartlettMay 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The new configuration is awesome! I never even realized that they had bulk dried herbs and spices.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WoodwardMay 16, 2012
    This is the best place to buy groceries in the Bay area. BB 4 life.
  • Danika L.
    Danika LandersMay 7, 2012
    Great selection of produce, meats, dairy and more. I'd say this is on my list of top grocery stores I've been too. I just wish I lived closer!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RonnerMay 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Redesigned produce section. More spacious and ease of selection.
  • Margaret
    MargaretApril 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You cant go wrong with any of the fresh fruit.
  • Rita P.
    Rita ParadaApril 1, 2012
    the produce selection is fantastic and they have some ethnic food ingredients too.
  • Shaina N.
    Shaina NachmanMarch 27, 2012
    Prepare to enter Portlandia!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BorysewiczFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the veggies but never a good place to come for a hot dinner
  • Paul
    PaulJanuary 14, 2012
    This is not a bowling alley
  • Tom M.
    Tom MJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Agave nectar gummy bears.
  • Kellen F.
    Kellen FreemanJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to shop, but there are so many people with their heads so far up their asses.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PainterJanuary 1, 2012
    If you happen to have plastic bags from variety of places, you can recycle them here by the door. Reduce your carbon foot print and recycle
  • Brandon V.
    Brandon VedDecember 13, 2011
    I bet I'm the only one listening to wu-tang here while They are shopping
  • Mae F.
    Mae FreyNovember 29, 2011
    9am, best time to go!
  • David S.
    David SangerNovember 22, 2011
    they must have a hundred type of apples. amazing, check it out
  • Jerry H.
    Jerry HongNovember 18, 2011
    Great place to find unique organic foods!
  • Eugene R.
    Eugene RinehartOctober 22, 2011
    Buy produce here for super cheap, but processed foods can be expensive.
  • Gian P.
    Gian PepeOctober 16, 2011
    Fresh Produce
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SicolaOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It's always crazy-busy in here. Make sure you are kind to your fellow shoppers and staff.
  • Tamra E.
    Tamra EngleSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best to hit the store in the am before the afternoon crowds turn this in to a sea of humanity with veggies tossed in!
  • Dorothy D.
    Dorothy DJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't go here if you're in a bad mood. It's crowded and people can get on your nerves with the carts and baby strollers. the parking is difficult and street parking is now metered. never the less, i l
  • Dorothy D.
    Dorothy DJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always crowded. Go when ur n a good mood. Best produce in the east bay. Parking lot is crazy and the city now charges for street parking. Better parking at the new Berkeley Bowl West.
  • Roberto D.
    Roberto DelgadoJune 24, 2011
    If you know how to make Seitan. Check out the buy-in-bulk section where you can buy Vital Wheat Gluten by the pound.
  • Kyle
    KyleApril 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Come by and check out our vast selection of wine and beer. And feel free to say hi to the bearded guy who works there, I won't bite.
  • MJ F.
    MJ FisherApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I mean, yeah, it's full of yuppies and the elderly of Berkeley who feel entitled as hell, but the sandwiches are really great and the girls are fine.
  • Renee S.
    Renee S.January 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early, by 9:15am there usually one or two parking spots left. Best time to get here is 20min before opening, 1hr. before closing and never on the weekends.
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesDecember 6, 2010
    great deals here! The morning bun I want to marry.
  • Nkechi K.
    Nkechi KasimuOctober 27, 2010
    Be courteous. It's crowded and some aisles are narrow. A smile and an "Excuse me." go a long way.
  • Donovan S.
    Donovan SungJuly 11, 2010
    Try out the white peaches!
  • Tom J.
    Tom JanciMay 16, 2010
    All the bulk granola you can eat! Try the cashew coconut granola.
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LeightMay 16, 2010
    Holy cow do they have a lot of incredible food options!
  • P-Raw P.
    P-Raw Patricia RoseMarch 23, 2010
    My closest grossery.
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea McLaughlinJuly 12, 2009
    Old Berkeley Bowl is nicer now that there's another BB - in west Berkeley. Less crowded, same wide variety of produce.
  • George K.
    George KellyMay 8, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Go to the produce aisle. Freely ogle fruit and vegetables on display. Treat fellow shoppers with slightly more care and reticence. Get burrito with chips to go.
  • Alan-Arthur A.
    Good supermarket, tons of produce. But a disappointing international section. Love the Asian food selection, but the Indian food and any other region is severely lacking.
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