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Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley CA 94710 510-845-7771

Spenger's
Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510-845-7771

Cross Street
University
4th Street Shopping District Area

Cuisine
Seafood

Serving
Lunch
Dinner
Happy Hour
Full Bar

Take Out
Available

Catering
Yes

Reservations
Yes

Features

Lunch & Dinner
Menu Changes Daily

Parking
Validated Parking
• 90 Minutes Lunch
• 3 Hours for Dinner

Alternative
Payment
Methods
VISA, MC, Diner’s, AMEX, Discover

Hours

Monday - Thursday
11am - 10pm

Friday - Saturday
11am - 11pm

Sunday
10am - 10pm

HAPPY HOUR
Monday - Friday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
9:30pm - 11:00pm

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto prints its menu daily, featuring over thirty selections of seafood, fresh fish, shellfish and more from the Bay Area, Pacific Ocean and other regions around the globe.

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The classic, traditional presentation of the menu items, combined with professional, knowledgeable service and the unique, eclectic atmosphere make for a truly memorable dining experience.

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto opened in 1890 and the name Spenger's has become synonymous with wholesome fresh fish to dock workers, fisherman, Cal Berkeley students on a budget, politicians, socialites and movie stars. Over a century of ship's wheels, anchors, rigging and paintings are mounted on Spenger's collection of more than 500 antique and modern guns and the Diamond Bar's Star of Denmark, a 34-carat diamond ring given to Hawaii's Queen Kapiolani.

The Spenger family has been supplying fresh fish to the Bay Area for four generations. The original founder was John (Johan) Spenger, who came to Oakland from Germany in 1865 and worked as a fisherman when Oakland's Lake Merritt, the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean teemed with fish, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams and crabs. He sold to markets around the Bay, eventually building up a small fishing fleet, which fed the ever-increasing population.

Visitors and regular patrons are not surprised to find themselves dining elbow to elbow with such local luminary fish lovers as Robin Williams, Huey Lewis or Joan Baez. Tom Hanks ate at Spenger's when he was a bellhop at a nearby hotel. Old timers still tell tales of great nights spent eating and drinking at Spenger's with Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Harry James and Betty Grable, Charles Laughton, Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy and Ernest Hemingway.