Which restaurants serve escargot in Berkeley, California? And what exactly is escargot? Escargot is the French word for snail. Escargots are eaten with a small narrow fork which is used to separate the flesh from the shell. They are usually served with a butter, garlic and herb mixture. Escargot is a very popular dish in France, but it is also known as a great appetizer all over the world. So, if escargot is in your dining plans, here are a few choice restaurants in Berkeley, CA to enjoy.
- La Rose Bistro is located at 2037 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley in the downtown area. For the dinner appetizer, Escargot de Bourgogne is served in the shell stuffed with garlic and butter. The dinner hours are Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm, and Sunday 5pm to 9pm. For reservations call 510-644-1913. For groups larger than six people, reservations must be made two weeks in advance.
- Bistro Liaison is located at 1849 Shattuck Avenue. Escargot is served in garlic parsley butter with Pastis. It is available for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served five days a week from 11:30am to 3pm and dinner hours are seven days a week from 5pm to 10pm. Reservations can be made from one to fourteen guests. If the party is larger than fifteen, it is reserved with a prix fixe menu. The restaurant is also available for buyouts, cocktail parties, and receptions. To reserve, call 510-849-2155.
- Casa Vino is found at 3136 Sacramento Street in Berkeley. The escargot served here is Indonesian snail broiled in butter, garlic, white wine and thyme. The restaurant opens at 5pm during the days Tuesday through Sunday for dinner, wine and beer. Happy hour is from 5pm to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. During happy hour, most wines are ½ off by the glass.
- La Bateau Ivre is situated at 2629 Telegraph Avenue at the corner of Carleton and Telegraph. This is a coffeehouse bar restaurant. They even have free WiFi! On their menu, Escargots Sautés Au Pernod is served with ½ dozen snails sautéed in butter, garlic, herbs and flambéed with Pernod. Pernod is a liqueur flavored with anise. There is indoor and outdoor dining. Also available is a room for banquets and meetings. Reservations can be made from eight to fifty people by calling 510-849-1100. Dinner hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5pm to 9:30pm and on Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10:30pm.