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Bette's Oceanview Diner

Diner, American Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Berkeley
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  • Heather R.
    "The soufflé pancakes are delicious!"(13 Tips)
    Pacific Union
    "The Maryland and California breakfasts are both delicious!"(4 Tips)
    Meredith
    "You must try the souffle pancakes!"(3 Tips)
    Charlene N.
    "The eggs are super soft scrambled and delicious that way."(3 Tips)
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  • Amy L.
    Amy Lin2 weeks ago
    The soufflé pancake is ridiculous. Wow. Never going back to regular ones.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ChenMarch 17
    Always a good idea to get a soufflé pancake to share.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FineFebruary 18
    Great scrambled eggs, potato pancakes, home fries, pancakes. When it's cold out, they'll offer you blankets to stay warm when you sit outside! One of my favorite breakfast spots in the Bay Area.
  • Barry K.
    Barry KwokJanuary 10
    The French toast is simple and pleasing. The omelettes are made just right. The soufflé pancakes were overhyped and over priced.
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BekNovember 8, 2016
    The bomb dot com. Always go for Mexican scramble.
  • Charlene N.
    Charlene NaughtonJuly 18, 2016
    The eggs are super soft scrambled and delicious that way. The bagels are a little lacking...
  • Ally M.
    Ally MJuly 3, 2016
    The pancake soufflé is delicious! But be prepared to WAIT.
  • Luis David S.
    The pancakes are great, the waffle was too flat, the eggs were good, the potatoes were bland
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WittichJune 26, 2016
    Huevos rancheros and soufflé pancakes
  • Arturo G.
    Arturo GarridoJune 25, 2016
    Pancakes, delicious pancakes and great service!
  • Ilian G.
    Ilian GeorgievJune 13, 2016
    The souffle pancakes are fun to look at but a little bland.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JacksonJune 10, 2016
    Just about everything is great here. The food is fantastic, the staff efficient and friendly, and the setting makes it feel like you're in a real Diner. Expect a long wait. It's worth it
  • Olivia P.
    Olivia PMay 9, 2016
    Pancakes are out of this world. Fresh herb omelette is awesome! Don't get the sausage though. Not good. Expect to wait anywhere up to an hour if you're not a morning person.
  • Lee J.
    Lee JohnsonApril 4, 2016
    Chocolate swirl soufflé pancake
  • Michael S.
    Michael SippeyApril 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    When they ask you if you want soft scramble, say yes. Also. On the weekends get here early.
  • Dorothy B.
    Dorothy BillettMarch 8, 2016
    Fresh and tasty chicken salad!
  • kira c.
    kira corbinFebruary 25, 2016
    Diner food that is actually fresh, delicious, and thoughtfully made.
  • Joe V.
    Joe VitaleJanuary 14, 2016
    Breakfast was good, but our server was snippy!
  • Antoinette A.
    Antoinette AllenJanuary 2, 2016
    The California Breakfast 😍
  • Christian R.
    Christian RauhDecember 18, 2015
    Diner food
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JermanNovember 21, 2015
    Soufflé Pancake
  • Rich R.
    Rich ReaderNovember 18, 2015
    Top notch carryout on the side
  • Glenn
    GlennNovember 1, 2015
    Strawberry pancake soufflé is heaven. Very light and fluffy, this pancake does not induce pancake fatigue. You will love it.
  • Chuck H.
    Chuck HanOctober 25, 2015
    Anything with the trout, which they get from Monterey Market and smoke themselves.
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LuOctober 11, 2015
    Soufflé pancakes are amazing. Omelette are also very good. Friendly staff
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarcusSeptember 24, 2015
    The soufflé pancake really isn't all that....great food otherwise. 30-60min wait.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HortonSeptember 23, 2015
    This place was suuuuuuper crowded and busy but the coffee was good, service was fast, and potatoes were to die for! 😋
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaAugust 19, 2015
    Not bad, interesting specials. Get here early 'cause it tends to fill up.
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Next door to-go pastries are excellent too! Pound cake is on point.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MarieJuly 13, 2015
    Wow, it's worth the wait. Wonderful service, wonderful food. Proper eggs :)
  • Ronan F.
    Ronan Flynn-CurranJuly 5, 2015
    Long waits, but worth it if you're going to be shopping nearby - get your name down when you arrive first thing. I always get a reuben 🙌
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagMay 5, 2015
    Bette’s Oceanview Diner is a modern eatery with a retro heart. Its repertoire includes small-tread waffles, corned beef hash, potato pancakes, and an airy Souffleé Pancake. Read more
  • Heather R.
    Heather RomeroMay 4, 2015
    The soufflé pancakes are delicious! Suggest the strawberry pancake or seasonal fruit!
  • Tone M.
    Tone MosleyApril 13, 2015
    Breakfast was ok Overrated. Home fries should be called home onion. Very few potatoes.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FisherMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Spot at the bar is almost always easy to score if you're a party of one.
  • Lucas C.
    Lucas CantorMarch 16, 2015
    Get a little something to nosh on next door while you wait for your table.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonFebruary 15, 2015
    The only place on the west coast I've ever been able to find scrappple. Incredible!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrJanuary 30, 2015
    Always a big wait, but the soufle pancakes are worth it!
  • jaireh t.
    jaireh tJanuary 19, 2015
    Lemon glazed cake is a real treat.
  • Chuck H.
    Chuck HanDecember 22, 2014
    Awesome Potato Pancakes. With Apple sauce, with or without sour cream.
  • Lou C.
    Lou ChiorazziDecember 8, 2014
    Breakfast rocked!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongOctober 5, 2014
    Great milkshakes and service. Everyone has to be here to be seated.
  • Alan E.
    Alan EnriquezSeptember 26, 2014
    Soufflé pancakes!
  • Meredith
    MeredithSeptember 23, 2014
    Their lox are delicious :)
  • Meredith
    MeredithSeptember 23, 2014
    You must try the souffle pancakes! And make sure to get here early on weekends - it gets super packed.
  • Sam V.
    Sam VanheukelomSeptember 22, 2014
    Great food, super service !
  • Sam V.
    Sam VanheukelomSeptember 22, 2014
    #FoodSpotting: They do what the advertise : Good food, good service. And for me they go the extra mile, great food super service !
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Bette's Oceanview Diner as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Peggy R.
    Peggy RyanAugust 20, 2014
    Blueberry pancakes!
  • Alan K.
    Alan KwongAugust 20, 2014
    Signature breakfast dish is the soufflé pancakes. Worth the extra wait time, and you can ask to have the food for your while party to come at the same time.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchechterAugust 17, 2014
    Cute diner. Pancakes are amazing. You must order them.
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LeiferAugust 16, 2014
    Pancakes are a must.
  • Carlos D.
    Carlos De La TorreMay 11, 2014
    The scrapple is off the chains!!!!
  • Angela G.
    Angela GordenMay 10, 2014
    Delicious and great service. Get there early to avoid the line!
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuApril 20, 2014
    Get their soufflé pancake. Not too sweet and perfect fluffiness ♪( ´▽`)
  • Natasia S.
    Natasia SunMarch 28, 2014
    Get the California Breakfast!
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChiesaJanuary 5, 2014
    The corn beef hash and scrapple are excellent....to be continued : - )
  • Elaine E.
    Elaine EudyNovember 1, 2013
    The host may seem stern, but he's super nice and helpful so long as you are polite to him.
  • Elizabeth Elle D.
    Elizabeth Elle DuvalOctober 29, 2013
    The Arnold Palmer here is the bloodline of 4th street
  • Frances W.
    Frances WychicoSeptember 15, 2013
    Get on the waiting list as soon as possible and make sure your WHOLE party is together so the can get other parties seated quickly.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GreenbergSeptember 9, 2013
    The soufflé pancake is remarkable—like no other pancake you've had. Arrive as early as you possibly can to avoid long waits.
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TaylorSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Apple pancake special!! Yum
  • Wesley C.
    Wesley CallowSeptember 8, 2013
    The Bettie's to go is quick and super good... Kids love the cheese pizza
  • Abylkassym Z.
    Abylkassym ZhanatAugust 10, 2013
    We had fish tacos and meatloaf and it was ok. Not super tasty, but good for a one time lunch.
  • Josie N.
    Josie Ng RobynJuly 29, 2013
    Spectacular Blueberry pancakes!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SwarthoutJuly 22, 2013
    Awesome retro pastries! We had a fantastic chocolate chiffon pie.
  • norm p.
    norm p.June 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Believe the hype. Awesome breakfast. Masters of Pancakes. Everything is solid. Come early on a weekday to avoid crowds. Fills up by 9:30 and probably earlier on weekends.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren K.June 21, 2013
    Grilled tomatoes as a substitute for a bagel. A gluten-free person's dream!
  • Johnnie N.
    Johnnie NguyenMay 26, 2013
    Their blueberry muffin was the best I've ever had!
  • Charles A.
    Charles AllisonMay 18, 2013
    Seriously ... I don't care what else you're ordering ... GET THE PANCAKES!
  • Philadelphia B.
    Philadelphia BerroMay 12, 2013
    The Maryland Breakfast and French toast are delicious.
  • Liz P.
    Liz PallattoApril 6, 2013
    Tasty and inexpensive choice on weekend
  • Calton B.
    Calton BolickMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If it's one of the specials, get the oatmeal pancakes. Worth traveling across the Pacific for.
  • Valentina B.
    Lovely place! Great food! Amazing...
  • andrew
    andrewDecember 16, 2012
    If you like spicy food try the chilly, it's delish and actually has some kick to it.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 3, 2012
    Check out the Ark toy store across the street while you wait... and you will wait on weekends. The Maryland and California breakfasts are both delicious!
  • Lara W.
    Lara WalkletOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Please be nice to the staff. From the counter I've seen some pretty hostile customer behavior and it breaks my heart. They are working hard and deserve respect.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LynchSeptember 19, 2012
    Order a scramble. The eggs are done to perfection. Highly recommend the Mexican scramble.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonSeptember 12, 2012
    Try the Banana Rum Souffle Pancake
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DuganSeptember 3, 2012
    The coffee is strong, black, and they keep it coming. I had a polenta scramble and it was delicious.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JAugust 18, 2012
    Try the Blueberry Pancakes
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZJuly 7, 2012
    Get the key lime pie and die happy.
  • Varand O.
    Varand OnanyJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for their specials, as they usually have impressive offerings. If not anything (breakfast-wise is a home run). Prepare for LONG waits (or go during off peak hours; call to check). Great staff!
  • Nicolette S.
    Nicolette SongApril 26, 2012
    Do yourself a huge favor and get the corn beef hash - and please, for the love of god, don't say no to the 'donut muffin'. Trust me.
  • D Ki K.
    D Ki KatoMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Philadelphia Breakfast - Poached eggs, scrapple (pork shoulder and loin) and roasted tomatoes with a blueberry scone.
  • Jae B.
    Jae B.January 30, 2012
    Try the Cherry Bellini -- tasty with any meal!
  • TaskRabbit
    TaskRabbitDecember 20, 2011
    TaskRabbit Team Favorite! Bette's has the most amazing homefries, ever!
  • Noah B.
    Noah BloomNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The daily pancake special is always great but if you haven't had the buttermilk pancakes, they're the best around, breakfast lunch or dinner. How they get that fluffy is magic
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkOctober 20, 2011
    Guy Fieri, host of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, stopped by Bette's where they're serving up authentic, all-American breakfasts that the locals love. Read more
  • Miles L.
    Miles LairdSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    old fashioned donut. but really any of their pastries are most excellent.
  • Perricone MD
    Perricone MDAugust 13, 2011
    Restaurant packed? Check out the to-go side for some tasy sandwiches and salads (and baked goods). My faves? Veggie tostadas, long beans and tofu, and the deviled eggs. Yum!
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha AguirreAugust 2, 2011
    The salmon pasta is divine!
  • Becca
    BeccaJune 7, 2011
    California breakfast is incredible. Get it with sourdough bread and share a side of scrapple with friends.
  • Helene L.
    Blankets available if you choose to eat outside. Will cut the wait, and you can enjoy the vibrant 4 Th street. Toy store just across the street, to wait with the kiddos.
  • Brent M.
    Brent MMay 1, 2011
    Great place for breakfast. I had the Mexican scramble and it was absolutely awesome! Get there early for breakfast though because it fills up fast!
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica G.April 5, 2011
    Recommended by a friend, and it didn't disappoint. Cute 50s diner with large fake pies/pancakes decorating the walls.
  • Jello L.
    Jello LeeJanuary 21, 2011
    lemon pistachio shortbread cookie & pistachio French macaroons from d to go shop r to die for!
  • marris
    marrisJanuary 17, 2011
    Scrapple... with the jam on top. A must try!!
  • a A.
    a ANovember 13, 2010
    Pick your style of Pancakes
  • Ro
    RoSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to go early
  • Maria C.
    Maria CordellFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bette's ist ausgezeichnet!
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