1820 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9471037.870101 -122.300701
Restaurant – Delicious, Delicious, The food was excellent quality and ingredients very fresh. The service was prompt and courteous. I've had a wonderful time every time I've visited. :)
Wonderful cured meats; great wait staff, spotty entrees – An out-of-town foodie and I ate at the sparsely populated Eccolo recently where we gushed over the restaurant's amazing house-cured salumi plate and fab dessert but were DISGUSTED by the so-called crab-lemon pasta that had obviously been coagulating and hardening for about 30 minutes (and that was after having taken the advice of our wait person on her recommendation). However, if you eat nothing else, get that salumi platter! Historically, I've found their entries to be sometimes delicious and sometimes about the worst food I've ever eaten (except for Cyrus, that is!). Note: we advised our wonderful wait person of our issues with the pasta and the charges ($18 per plate) was immediately removed from the bill. And the dessert (3 varying types of gelato) were wonderful!
Good Desserts! But main courses lack – Eccolo has a relatively decent wine list with a focus on Italian wines. At the beginning, the waiter was quite helpful in regards to our wine selection. However as time went on and it became busier, it seemed the waiter was overworked. We had to wait almost an hour for our entree to come. For the price of the entree, the portion size and flavor was definitely lacking. We waited another 30-45 minutes for the waiter to order our dessert,which almost made up for the main dish. It had much more flavor and was almost bigger than our entrees. I would recommend Eccolo to someone looking for desserts and drinks, but not or a main course.
Slowwwww service and small portions – I ate at Eccolo with a party of 7 on a recent Sunday evening. When we arrived at 5:30, the restaurant was maybe 1/4 full. It took a while, but our drink and dinner orders were taken and we were served water. Our wine arrived, then nothing happened for about 40 minutes. No refills on drinks, no appetizers.. When the appetizers finally arrived one was missing. We didn't do anything about it because we were just hoping dinner would arrive soon. 30 minutes later dinner finally arrived and we were shocked at the portion size. 3 of us had ordered a seafood stew that had a good flavor but almost no seafood in it. Another in our party had ordered a beef dish that again had good flavor, but was mostly lettuce/greens. Of course we wanted dessert after that, but had to track down a different waiter to get the dessert menu. I've never left a restaurant so hungry. There was a big party that started at around 6:15pm, and it seemed like all the staff was focused on that party. I would never eat here again.
Nice ambiance, Great food and accomodating to the kids! – For each birthday, my family likes to get together and try a new fancy restaurant. But now that there are 2 toddlers in the family and we're new to Berkeley, I didn't know what to do. I picked Eccolo mainly because it's on 4th street, which I love. It ended up being the perfect place! The staff was very accommodating, especially regarding the toddlers. They had a separate kids menu and asked us soon after we arrived if we wanted to order something for the kids right away. The ambiance was very nice with the perfect amount of light. And the food was excellent. The proscuitto appetizer was fabulous and my butternut squash cannelloni was delicious. Whenever the little ones were restless we were able to take them outside, walk them down the street with lots to look at in the windows & not too busy with cars.
Avoid on New Years Eve! – "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
We booked a table for six for New Years Eve dinner - a chancey idea even in the best of restaurants. Arrived on time and were escorted to a table between the restrooms and the emergency exit. In spite of our protestations regarding the location of the table, it was either sit there or lose our deposit and any chance of dining elsewhere! Eccolo's New Years Eve dinner menu was severely limited - and, as it turned out, so was the service. The only water that was offered was bottled - both still and sparkling - no tap water, and, of course, all the bottled water had a hefty price tag. The food was, at best, inconsistent: all four of the prime rib dinners were oversalted, overpeppered and COLD! The plateau de fruits de mer was inadequate and not served with any additional plates; we had to ask for those. Shellfish seemed slightly stale.
Somehow, the restaurant managed to run out of most of their desserts (by 10pm!), and one of the offered substitutions (a fruit plate) consisted of two small tangerines, 2 dates and some nuts (looked like they were left over from Thanksgiving).
We were not made to feel welcome, there was no periodic check-back to see if we needed anything, we had to request wine to be opened and set up. There was absolutely no warmth to the experience - no frivolity, no party-like atmosphere - just $90 per head for a mediocre meal.
It does a disservice to Chez Panisse to include it in the resume of Eccolo's owner/chef. I spoke with him on our way out of the restaurant and indicated our displeasure. He seemed to be pleased that I kept my complaints brief and did not make any attempt to apologize or invite us back in the future.
In my humble opinion, Eccolo is overly pompous, overrated and overpriced. Avoid on New Years Eve - and at all other times.
Fortunately, we dined with warm and wonderful friends - that made it the best of times.
Fabulous all the way around!!! – I've had several lunches and dinners here by now, and it's always been excellent. Really superb food each time, as well as knowledgable, attentive service. Highly recommended!!
A Fair Affair – We went to Eccolo's for dinner. It was good, but not stellar. We had the artichoke and persimmon appetizers. Both were innovative and delicious. The pork loin entree I ordered was very filling. I also had the vanilla panne cotta. Very light and smoothe. I thought the dining experience was alright. A little crowded with the seating and lacking a little in neatness. Service was fair. I would say that Eccolo was good, but not a stand-out. I think you could get something tastier for the same price or less. I am not sure I would agree with the 9.0 rating. It was an okay experience.
Great Lunches – I had heard a lot of good things about Eccolo. So I decided to finally give it a try. I met a friend the other day for lunch, and I have to say, I had a wonderful experience. We had a tough time deciding, because there was so much to choose from. My girlfriend who is vegetarian thouroughly enjoyed the Bucatini with chanterelle mushrooms. I had the Tuna sandwich, which had capers, olives and sliced cucumber. Fresh tasting and delicious. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. He was patient with our wine questions during what seemed to be a busy day. I had a great time. I can't wait to come back for the dinner menu.
Great service, very nice manager – I have hear quite a bit about this restaurant. I must say that the service was great, and the food was fantastic.
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