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Café Zellerbach

Avoid the pre-performance rush, park just once, and let the day melt away by starting your evening off with great wine and food — conveniently located right in Zellerbach Hall! Join us upstairs prior to the performance for dinner, or a snack with a glass of wine. The Café is open for all Cal Performances shows in Zellerbach Hall, and pre-performance dining begins 90 minutes before curtain (matinee shows will only have walk-up service and the intermission menu).

For the most relaxing experience, we recommend that you make reservations by calling our Ticket Office at 510.642.9988.

Café Menu [PDF]

Please note that the Café does not validate parking for the Telegraph-Channing Garage.

Restaurants Rewards Progam

For a more formal dining experience in Berkeley, take advantage of our Restaurants Rewards program, special discounts on dining for Cal Performances event patrons. Show your Cal Performances tickets for that afternoon/evening's performance at one of at one of the following restaurants and receive the listed discounts or special offers. Please call for a reservation in advance (you do not need to mention the discount when making your reservation) and also be sure to note The Fine Print below before redemption.

Julia's at the Berkeley City Club 10% discount *

2315 Durant Ave
Reservations required 24 hours in advance
Lounge Hours, Tue–Sat, 4:30–8 pm
Restaurant Hours: Tue–Sat, 5–9:30 pm

A modern American restaurant influenced by French and Spanish culinary influences. The inspiration at Julia's begins with the bounty of seasonal produce and artisan products available to us in the Bay Area. Combined with the beautiful atmosphere and refined service, Julia's looks to create a memorable dining experience for all of our guests. An easy walk to Zellerbach Hall, Zellerbach Playhouse and the First Congregational Church. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Cash accepted.

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* Discount applicable on food and non-alcoholic beverages only


Bistro Liaison 10% discount *

1849 Shattuck Ave
Reservations required 24 hours in advance
Lunch Weekdays: 11:30am–3 pm
Bruch Weekends: (Sat & Sun) 10–3 pm
Dinner: 7 days per week 5–10 pm

"Well-prepared classics" and authentic vin pays "at plat du jour prices" "bring Paris within your reach" at this "attractive" French bistro in Berkeley where you can eat alfresco "under an umbrella" and choose dessert from a list "rubber-stamped" on the paper tablecloth; thanks to a "cheerful" staff that's "sensitive to timing needs" diners deem this place "ideal for a romantic rendezvous" at midday or a "pre-theatre dinner"... (Zagat Survey 2006; Food 21, Service 20, Decor 20, Cost $34).

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* Discount applicable on all food (not to include tax and tip)


Gather Parking discount *

2200 Oxford Street at Allston, Berkeley, CA 94704
Gather is located on the first floor of the David Brower Center across the street from the west side of UCB
Hours: Dinner and Bar open daily 5–10pm; Weekend brunch from 10am–2:30pm

An unmitigated hit with locals since it opened in December 2009, Gather Restaurant features contemporary California cuisine that is equally appealing to both omnivores and vegetarians. The kitchen and bar maintain a deep commitment to local and sustainable sourcing. The restaurant is adorned with reclaimed wood and other materials that have literally been "gathered" from around the Bay Area. The full restaurant menu is available in the bar which focuses on organic spirits and cocktails, plus biodynamic wines.

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* Discount offered: Parking Credit of $4 taken off your check for Evening and Weekend Parking at the Oxford Garage, 2161 Kittredge St. with same day tickets and garage stub. On Sundays, same Parking Credit extends to Library Gardens Garage, 2020 Kittredge St, off of Shattuck, which remains open until 12 midnight.


The Musical Offering 10% discount

Classical Record Shop & Café–Bistro
2430 Bancroft Way (Directly across the street from Zellerbach Hall)
Toll-free: 1.888.298.1079
Hours: Mon–Fri, 10 am–8 pm; Sat, 11:30 am–8 pm; and Sun, 11:30 am–5:00 pm

A rare sensory experience. This unique combination café and classical music store offers fine-dining on select Cal Performances and Zellerbach Hall event nights, and is directly across the street. Reservations are strongly recommended. Validated parking is available for Sather Gate Garage on Channing near Telegraph Ave.

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Venus Restaurant 10% discount *

2327 Shattuck Avenue (at Bancroft Way)
Hours: Breakfast: Mon–Fri 8am–2:30pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun 8 am–2:15 pm
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner: Tue–Sat 5–9:30 pm Sun: 5–9 pm

Venus uses the highest quality seasonal produce to create a unique, healthy, and delicious dining experience. Sourced from regional-organic farmers & local artisan purveyors equally committed to sustainable practices, their meals are prepared using hormone and antibiotic-free meats, organic glaum eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Dont forget to ask about their Chef's Special Pre-Theatre Menu.

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* Offer good for performance date only. Beverage, tax & gratuity not included. Additional discounts do not apply.


The Fine Print
  • Discount applies to food & beverage purchase only — not on tax or tip.
  • Discount can be used by Cal Performances event ticket-holders for that evening/afternoon's performance only.
  • Discount may not be combined with any other discounts offered by the participating restaurant during the same meal.
  • Please note that these offers are not available on the following dates: major holidays, including Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Years Eve; New Year's Day; Easter; Valentines Day; Mothers Day. For any other holidays, please inquire at participating restaurant in advance.
  • Please notify your wait-person of your discount when you are seated and be sure to make arrangements at that time for completing your dining experience in plenty of time to make your event curtain time.


Other Dining Links

For an additional selected list of restaurants by the Downtown Berkeley Association, close by the UC Berkeley campus, visit Downtown Berkeley: Dining. Please note, the authors are responsible for the information provided and opinions expressed.

Telegraph-Channing Garage Restaurant Validations

Many restaurants around Telegraph Avenue offer half-price validated parking, with minimum $5 purchase, at the Telegraph-Channing Garage (entrances on Durant Avenue and Channing Way; between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street). To find restaurants that participate: after parking your car, go to the first floor of the garage near the teller window where they have a full, current list available for perusal.
General Questions:

Ticket Office: 510.642.9988

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