1807 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Monday to Friday 6:30am-2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 6:30am-4:00pm
Bette’s Oceanview Diner is a Berkeley institution, family-owned and -run since 1982. Most famous for their pancakes — be they buttermilk, cottage cheese, pumpkin or gingerbread — they’re a California-style diner with emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and homemade fare. From their lemon currant scones to their blueberry, bran and donut muffins (rolled in butter then cinnamon sugar), all their baked goods are made on the premises by their fabulous bakers. The coffee steaming in that bottomless cup is roasted in nearby Emeryville and their bagels are from down the street. They like their eggs cooked soft and custardy.
But at Bette’s, it’s not all about the meatloaf. It’s about the overall experience. And in order for that experience to mean something, “somebody has to be home and you have to have a good time,” says Bette.
The music. Bette’s Oceanview Diner bought their 1957 Seaburg jukebox before the stove. The records rotate on a weekly basis, curated by their loyal DJ.
The comfort and style. Burgundy red naugahyde booths, gray linen formica countertop, stainless steel trimming, a gigantic piece of cherry pie in the sky – a real gem of a restaurant.
Above all, the people. They stick around, both customers and staff, many of whom have been around for more than a decade, sometimes two. “Diner people” reflect the whole gamut of life in Berkeley.