Berkeley >Digs Bistro
Underground restaurant-turned-legitimate-establishment still features local, sustainable fare and plenty of character..
With a permanent address and listed phone number, this former underground supper club has its devotees returning to the now-fully legal Digs Bistro for the same hearty portions of local, seasonal cuisine that they used to eat in secret. Maybe that's because munching organic greens and artisan salumi in Digs's homey dining room still feels like attending a private house party. Warm colors and quaint design details complete the French bistro feel.
We got there on a week night and the restaurant had only one other set of customers. Nonetheless, the atmosphere was cozy, with a fireplace and a stone Buddha in a wall niche.
Appetizers were OK, the food was good, if sparse. The swordfish (excellent marinade, sauce!) was accompanied by a couple of (well done) carrots... Creme brulee was excellent, one of the best i've had in the Bay Area.
The wines (per glass) were nothing to write home about, we tried a Sancerre and a Cote du Rhone, both simple table wines without much character.
Anyway. This is a cozy, intimate space. Prices are good, service OK.
A revolving Mediterranean menu draws diners to this quaint East Bay bistro..
Chef Nathan Peterson, a Bay Wolf alum, prepares a short but diverse menu of upscale bistro fare in this tiny west Berkeley space. Dishes within each course--appetizers, entrees and desserts--are priced uniformly. Offerings typically include Dungeness crab cake appetizers, entrees such as Half Moon Bay halibut and desserts like wild blackberry ice cream. The all-French wine list offers several sparkling, red, white and rosé options; four are available by the glass.
Cozy, comfortable and delicious!. As a former regular customer of A La Carte at the same location, my husband and I finally visited Olivia 3 months after their opening with a high expectation. We both were pleasantly surprise and delighted to have such a great eatery in our neighborhood. In order to get a taste of this new restaurant's style, we shared several appetizers and one main course and one dessert. The corneal with smoke trout was absolutely amazing, great balance of flavors. I was worried the sauce might be too heavy for my taste, but boy we cleaned up the plate by asking for more bread to dip in to each dish and wiped them clean! Wonderful ambience, I was a bit disppointed that they took out the built-in booths from the old establishedment which I was very fond of. But I came to enjoy the brightness and openess and will return soon!
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