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Berkeley Bowl Produce Incorporated

2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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4.5 out of 5
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  • Berkeley Bowl Produce Incorporated
    Mary M
    5 Dec 10, 2013

    Amazing produce selection, prepared food for takeout, organic, general groceries and great prices. Used to be located in a former bowling alley down the street(hence the name), but now the original is in a former Safeway with a new branch in West Berkeley. It's the a true Berkeley experience to shop there!

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  • Berkeley Bowl Produce IncorporatedPro 2014
    Verlisia
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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    Berkeley Bowl has a great produce section that rivals some farmer's markets. The store itself is like a down to earth version of Whole Foods with less marketing gimmicks. The price is slightly better than Whole Foods in general but really not by much. Occasionally you might even get better deals at Whole Foods. Do your homework if you are a budget conscious shopper. Good things to get here - fresh produce, wine, cheese.

    Parking situation was a nightmare. Too many people and not nearly enough spots. Location aside (far drive for me), this is probably one thing that really discourages me from shopping here.

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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    A truly exciting grocery experience, they have everything. Sustainable, local and awesome. Before there was Whole Foods of Wegmans, there was the Berkeley Bowl!

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    5 Oct 19, 2013

    It's easy to spend an entire afternoon wandering the aisles of this gigantic fresh food market; it's also easy to forget about budgeting and buy everything that looks good. Combine that with amazingly low prices, and you start to understand why the Berkeley Bowl is one of the most popular local markets in the East Bay.

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    4 Sep 25, 2013

    Berkeley Bowl is like an unvarnished Whole Foods meets your local Farmers Market, with a distinct Berkeley vibe. If you are a vegetarian or like a wide choice of veggies, then Berkeley bowl is for you!

    After all, what grocery do you know has 8, count them: 8 different types of eggplant? (Standard, Japanese, Indian, etc.) Or has almost as much Asian greens as those specialty Asian grocers like 99 Ranch, but still has the familiar American type produce?

    The Bowl has been around for decades, but they moved locations about 20 years ago from just down the street to this large location, which I think used to be a Safeway back in the day.

    They might even sell roses somewhere in the ginormous cavern of food, which only reminds us that it has been over 50 years since Cal went to the Rose Bowl.

    Like it's competitors like Whole Foods up on Ashby, Berkeley Bowl has a deli and eat-in seating area. Not quite as nice, but they have some good offerings. I dropped by for a quick bite, and found one of my favorite Chinese dishes, a Deli version of Mapo Tofu in a bowl, and this being Berkeley, I ordered it with brown rice. Only $5.49

    Don't come here expecting a fancy glitzy place like Dragers, or mood lighting and faux wood crates like the remodel of Safeways. NO, come here for the real thing, a wide variety of fresh goodies for your fridge, pantry and table.

    Truly, you can have fresh produce come from Berkeley Bowl to your table. Which reminds me of Joe Carcione, the old Green Grocer on TV decades ago, who always used to pronounce those greens as Veg-Tables, instead of vegetables.

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    Tiffany W
    4 Jun 20, 2013

    Great for high quality, organic meat and seafood. On the pricey side for dry goods, but if you must have organic, this is best place for one-stop shopping.

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  • Berkeley Bowl Produce Incorporated
    Will Urich
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    4 Jul 03, 2012

    I wish I could 4.5 star this place because, the food, selection, alcohol, fish, burritos, etc. are amazing, the people who frequent this place are often assholes and things can get tense when you need to stop and pick up fruit or veggies and there is a 100 people writhing around you and grimmacing that you interrupted their uninterrupitble hunt for the perfect yam. It can annoying, even for Berkeley hippies like me. Otherwise, you won't find better/cheaper produce anywhere unless you go to a farm.

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    Scott S
    5 Jan 12, 2014

    One of the freshest produce markets in the area.

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    Kirk and Jaleh
    4 Apr 25, 2013

    Very unique specialty foods

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    Luke Hornof
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Best. Produce. Ever.

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