Top Dog

Hot Dog Joint and Food · Southside
2534 Durant Ave (btwn Telegraph & Bowditch St), Berkeley, CA 94704, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 10:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 126 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Namita B.
    "Chicken apple is delicious."(3 Tips)
    jennifer h.
    "the lemon chicken is the best hot dog...on earth, possibly."(9 Tips)
    Adil M.
    "The Louisiana hot link is spicy and delicious."(2 Tips)
    Dave B.
    "libertarian propaganda"(2 Tips)
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  • lemon chicken
  • hot dogs
  • good for a late night
  • good for a quick meal
  • bratwurst
  • libertarian
  • spicy food
  • sauerkraut
  • authentic
  • lively
  • good service
  • casual
  • great value
  • hot links
  • people watching
  • hiking
  • chili
  • mustard
  • Mango Habanero
  • kielbasa
  • Kyson

    Save two syllables and say "kiel" for a "kielbasa".

    Kyson · 1 week ago
  • Justin L.

    You're the man now, dog!

    Justin Leu · October 9
  • Brian S.

    Check out the scene at the mustard bar! When I was a kid there was a pack of cigs bought for almost every dog sold. Used to restock through hole high up in the wall.

    Brian Strauss · August 13
  • Brian S.

    One of my favorite places on Earth. The dogs are spectacular, the people watching is top notch.

    Brian Strauss · August 13
  • Ada B.

    Small and unprätentiös with tasty dogs.

    Ada Blitzkrieg · June 24
  • Adil M.

    I've been coming here for years and it never gets old. The Louisiana hot link is spicy and delicious.

    Adil Majid · May 30
  • Rich Y.

    Great hot dog and sausages

    Rich Yannacone · April 17
  • Rocio R.

    Love top dog.. Lemon chicken and hotlink

    Rocio Rascon · November 15, 2014
  • Andrew W.

    Bockwurst, sauerkraut, Russian mustard.

    Andrew Wilson · October 4, 2014
  • Namita B.

    Chicken apple is delicious. Mango habanero is quite spicy!

    Namita B · August 13, 2014
  • Chris B.

    Get any dog and you'll be happy. Get two and you'll be more happy.

    Chris Brackert · August 10, 2014
  • Deejay B.

    Black guy grilling my dogs! Keep up the good work cuz no one else will ever hire you with your attitude. Guess I'd be mad too if that's what I did for a living...

    Deejay Bobolai · March 24, 2014
  • Basil S.

    bomb late night

    Basil Siddiqui · March 15, 2014
  • Paul Y.

    Top Dog frankfurter. Best hot dog I've had in Bay Area after Costco hotdog

    Paul You · October 3, 2013
  • Manasee D.

    Intense guy taking orders. Amazing memory! No texting in line!

    Manasee Desai · July 27, 2013
  • Evan A.

    The spicy Russian mustard will clear your sinuses in a heartbeat but SO worth it.

    Evan Aczon · May 4, 2013
  • Faye S.

    Lemon chicken sausage. YUM

    Faye S · April 29, 2013
  • Bonnie C.

    Hot link with Russian mustard = my mouth gets really tingly but it hurts so good. That's why I eat two of them. Oink oink. :9

    Bonnie Clyde · April 16, 2013
  • Rafi S.

    Get a hot link, add hot Russian mustard, and eat it there to watch the scene. Then have yourself another dog.

    Rafi Syed · April 15, 2013
  • Chris F.

    Only for drunk college students after midnight. Avoid this place, just gets way too crazy, and after all, just mediocre dogs.

    Chris Fisher · October 29, 2012
  • Pooja S.

    They do have a veggie dog, and its quite good, especially if you like cumin seeds. Only issue is that it's cooked on the same grille.

    Pooja Shah · October 28, 2012
  • Dave B.

    Practically immune to inflation and blanketed in libertarian propaganda -- what's not to love?

    Dave Burch · September 20, 2012
  • Chelsea

    Bring cash

    Chelsea · August 21, 2012
  • Andrew R.

    Great hotdog joint

    Andrew Roshan · July 15, 2012
  • Donny Y.

    The lemon chicken is my go to. Can't go wrong with that one. Their spicy mustard is pretty off the hook too.

    Donny Yeh · June 27, 2012
  • Katy N.

    You can get a hotdog anywhere but you can only get a topdog at...topdog.

    Katy Nye-Morrell · June 15, 2012
  • Luca S.

    Get the bratwurst with sauerkraut and all the mustards. Delicioso!

    Luca Schweitzer · May 12, 2012
  • Julia Z.

    Don't bring your camera

    Julia Zucker · March 30, 2012
  • Sofia W.

    Don't take a picture, they will yell at you!!

    Sofia Williams · March 30, 2012
  • Sofia W.

    Don't take a picture, they will tell at you!!

    Sofia Williams · March 30, 2012
  • Cal

    End your day with a stop at Top Dog with your top dogs.

    Cal · March 28, 2012
  • Tom M.

    Shoot the shit with whoever's working at the time (if there's not a long line). Every person I've encountered working here is super friendly and always has a story to tell.

    Tom McGhan · February 19, 2012
  • Ira S.

    Check out the posters - Been the same for decades - looked about the same in 1974 when I first came to Berkeley

    Ira Serkes · November 30, 2011
  • Dai D.

    Be ready to order!

    Dai Deh · November 5, 2011
  • Geoffrey L.

    Try the new special dog of the day: Mango Habañero Chicken!

    Geoffrey Lee · October 21, 2011
  • Gian P.

    Bockwurst with mustard and extra sauerkraut

    Gian Pepe · October 16, 2011
  • Sarah A.

    my personal favorites are the mango jalapeno chicken sausage, lemon chicken sausage and chicken apple sausage!

    Sarah Alikhan · September 22, 2011
  • K T.

    Best hot dog ever... Especially after the bars close...

    K T · September 11, 2011
  • Tivon

    Lemon Bird...*drool*

    Tivon · August 19, 2011
  • karla

    If you forget to get cash there are BofA ATMs across the street!

    karla · August 4, 2011
  • Rahul M.

    Hot Link goes hard!

    Rahul Mangalore · July 29, 2011
  • jennifer h.

    i practically lived on top dog during my college years. the lemon chicken is the best hot dog...on earth, possibly.

    jennifer han · July 26, 2011
  • Ronnie J G.

    Lemon chicken is the way to go. I always buy the frozen pack to take back home to LA

    Ronnie J Garcia · July 9, 2011
  • Robert Y.

    Lemon chicken baby

    Robert Yen · June 19, 2011
  • AD N.

    Dig the libertarian quotes. Best? "Taxation is conscription."

    AD Nys · June 18, 2011
  • AD N.

    Lemon Chicken — low salt & low fat.

    AD Nys · June 18, 2011
  • Richard H.

    Somehow ordering with the approved language doesn't bug me as it does at Starbucks

    Richard Hintz · January 22, 2011
  • Ivan R.

    Make sure u bring cash!!

    Ivan Ruiz · December 17, 2010
  • M W.

    A must-stop on game days for the long hike up to Memorial! Two Tops or a Top and a Brat - there's something about that grill that makes the meat taste like nowhere else!

    M W · September 13, 2010
  • a A.

    Chicken apple

    a A · September 4, 2010

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