The Butcher's Son

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 40 reviews )
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1941 University Ave, Berkeley, California, USA, 94704

Vegan delicatessen. Prepared meals are available as well as "cold case", "meats", and "cheeses" sold by the pound. Open Mon 11:00am-8:00pm, Tue-Wed 11:00am-3:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Bakery

40 Reviews

First Review by JoshHyatt

Thank You God! - Edit

An amazing Deli, homemade desserts, cheese, fresh breads can't get enough!! Worth the wait every time, & a very friendly staff!! If you want to feel at home in the Bay, and apart of the vegan community and thriving Bay Area vegan food scene visit this spot! Delicious

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Brunch! - Edit

The best vegan brunch I’ve ever had! So many options, and all fantastic quality. It’s all a must... pancakes, donuts, fried “eggs”, mozzarella sticks, deli “meats! It’s all good!
There is going to be a line for brunch, but trust me.. it’s worth it!

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Great restaurant - Edit

Good atmosphere, wide selection of food,

Sometimes a wait for tables, slightly pricy

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simply amazing - Edit

You’ll probably have to wait more than 30 minutes in line, but it’s totally worth it.

The brunch is amazing and the juices really good. For lunch, I’d totally recommend the Steak & Cheese sandwich.

I always buy some donuts to take home. They’re incredibly good.

Pros: amazing food, nice staff

Cons: waiting line

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As meaty as a vegan can get. - Edit

I got an original grinder today. I loved my sandwich. It was interesting with not only fake meats but a mashed potato like filling and Jalepenos. I don't really know but I enjoyed it. I would highly reccomend.

Pros: vegan cheeses, meats, donuts and cheesecakes.

Cons: parking can be difficult but you can preorder and

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Worth the wait for absolutely amazing food - Edit

My friends and I got the Killer BLAT, the Fried Mozzarella and Meatballs, and the BLT and they were each so delicious. When we got there the line was out the door, however the food was definitely worth the wait. We also got the maple donuts and we’re not let down at all! Such amazing vegan food and I wish there was one closer to me!

Pros: Can’t go wrong with the menu

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Just simply the best - Edit

I mean...is there anything to be said that hasn't already been said in the previous reviews? This place is amazing and I wish I could eat here every day. This is my go to restaurant to take non-vegans because I feel it's a bit of an eye opener. Vegan food CAN be delicious and satisfying! And that's definitely what you get when you eat here.

Pros: Many options

Cons: A bit cramped and at times not enough seating

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DELICIOUS - Edit

Like heaven between two pieces of bread. I love this place and everything that I’ve had from their menu so far. I even took some of my non vegan friends and family here and have also brought a few sandwiches to my co workers to try and they all like and say “I can do this” lol. I wish they would open another location but til then I’ll be at the brick house.

Pros: EVERYTHING IS VEGAN

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This is a Must Try! - Edit

The Butcher's Son is phenomenal! Unfortunately, everyone else knows about it now. It's crazy busy like all the time. The food is worth the wait and crappy parking. Really hope there's a 2nd location coming. Peter and co keep things fresh by tweaking the menu often. Breakfast is insane and those sandwiches are game changers!!! There's no wrong choice off this menu!

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must try!!!! - Edit

This place was delicious, I can't believe the bacon taste so much like meat. Wow! Plant based is amazing. I had their Chicken BLAT and it was the best sandwich I've ever had. It was so full. I only had the half of it. The sandwich mes are filling and huge. I can't wait to take my mom vegan friends/ family here. If your are in the area or in SF/ Southbay come! You won't be disappointed.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Edit

Spicy Jackfruit was amazing.
Friendly staff, quick service.
Highly recommend 👌🏻

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Generous size sandwich - Edit

This restaurant had a variety of sandwiches and some salads. I ordered the Original Grinder, which had a large portion of mock meat along with a lot of toppings. It was very good. I had a potato salad with it. The place was busy but not overcrowded when I visited, and pleasantly informal.

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Fab - Edit

The concept is great: they make "meats" and "cheeses", sell them, and use them to make amazing sandwiches and salads. Yay!
I was in Berkeley only shortly, but I grabbed a salad with "feta" and "steak", and it was absolutely delicious. Plus the spot is nice. Excellent!

Pros: Meaty and cheezy and vegan, All combos you can imagine, Nice place

Cons: Dunno

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Only had time to get take away - Edit

We only had time to get take away on our last day in the USA. The queue was long and the tables were full but I really wanted to try it. I got a brownie, a cookie and a cannoli. They were all delicious. Wish I’d had another day to eat a main meal.

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Delicious Brunch - Edit

Six of use went for brunch on a Sunday morning at 9:30 (two vegan, four Omni) and everything we ordered was delicious! Note: if waiting is an issue for you, it was already pretty crowded - no tables inside, but some available outside. Order at the counter, then food comes up at a separate counter.

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awesome comfort food - Edit

Great place for a gourmet vegan comfort food meal

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Best restaurant - Edit

They food is all delicious, and they have so many options! If you visit one place in Berkeley, this should be the one. During the 3 weeks I spent in Berkeley I think I went here for 6 meals.

Pros: Wonderfully tasting food, Wide variety of dishes, Good portion sizes

Cons: There is always quite a line it seems

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It's a vegan butcher shop! - Edit

They got all the staples you might expect from a butcher shop, plus some amazing looking extras besides. Some day I will cater an entire holiday meal from this place, and it will be glorious!

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Favorite spot! - Edit

The buffalo ranch chicken sandwich and the bacon cheeseburger are insanely good. I would only imagine that every sandwich on their menu is amazing. Must go back and try them all!

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OMG!!!! INCREDIBLE!!!!! - Edit

While visiting my cousin (I'm the vegan) we went here 3 different meals. I would have gone everyday if I had a car! Absolutely incredibly delicious food! She even went back to pick up a cheesecake for her husbands early bday celebration the night before I left. They all loved it! The fried mozzarella is what dreams are made of! The fried buffalo "chicken" "bacon" "blue cheese" "ranch" sandwich was to die for! The Reuben was amazing as well and so was the deli hoagie! Can't say enough wonderful things about the food! The place is cute, very clean, funky fun vibe and great customer service. I wish I wasn't a 6 hour plane ride away!

Pros: Fabulous food and presentation , Friendly staff, very clean and inviting, fun atmosphere

Cons:

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Amazing! - Edit

I ordered the BLT with side macaroni salad. Also had the Cesar salad and added fried "chicken" Was very impressed!

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super duper good - Edit

I got a Killer BLAT and wow!!!! The bacon is super good. They sell it by the pound. treat yourself. :)

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SERIOUSLY good food! - Edit

My friend and I visited The Butcher's Son whilst we were in town and their brunch was AMAZING! I ordered an almond mylk hot chocolate as well as a bagel with cream cheese, avocado, tomato & garlic butter. It was SO full of flavour! The atmosphere of this place is also amazing.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Friendly staff , Amazing food

Cons: Please know sandwiches aren't served until 11am on

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Delicious - Edit

This place is incredible. Big portions, super tasty and the price is decent. We drive here from Santa Clara a few times a month.

Cons: music sometimes is too loud

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absolutely incredible - Edit

Very extensive menu of vegan comfort food. Large portions!

Pros: so many choices at reasonable prices

Cons: sometimes there's a bit of a wait since they get b

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the best! - Edit

All time fav. Every vegan (and non-vegan) needs to go here. It's a must try. Everything is amazing!

Pros: food, employees, indoor and outdoor seating

Cons: paid street parking, tough that's the usual in the

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Best Vegan Comfort Food in the World! - Edit

SOMETHING FISHY $6 - This appetizer comes with 6 pieces of seasoned and fried jackfruit and tartar sauce on the side. I was skeptical. I've had jackfruit. Ain't no way they can make it "fishy." Well, luckily I didn't bet on it because I was so wrong! I don't know if it's the batter, the seasoning, or a combination of the two, but it had the flavors of the sea. It was very good! Don't expect it to taste exactly like fish; it doesn't. It's a juicy, delicious, innovative, cruelty-free alternative. Their tartar sauce is also really tasty.


TEMPEH TUNA SALAD $9.75 - Ordered sans tomatoes. The sandwich was delicious.This is one of the best vegan tuna salads I've ever had. I wonder, since this is a vegan deli, if you can order tuna by the pound. On my next trip to the Bay, I plan to find out.


BUFFALO BACON RANCH FRIED CHICKEN $11.25 - Ordered sans ranch. Unbe-freggin-lievable! I ordered this to go and told them it was going on a plane, so they packaged the lettuce and potato salad (my side of choice) in separate containers. When I arrived home, 5 hours later, the sandwich was beyond amazing. The "chicken" is fried southern-style, and was still crispy all those hours later. The "bacon" is suspiciously excellent. It is hands down the best vegan bacon around. I could kick myself for not ordering a pound or 2 to bring home with me. They did forget to add buffalo sauce, so that made me a little sad (I love spicy thangs), but perhaps it was for the best... It may have gotten too soggy with it with the buffalo sauce on it. Next time.


POTATO SALAD - I ordered as the side dish for both sandwiches. It is good. It's not the best I've ever had, but it's really good, and I’d order it again.


DESSERT: Brownies and a chocolate bundt cake were all that was left when I was there. I got a slice of the chocolate cake -$4.00. It was a rich, moist, fudge-chocolate cake with a dab of chocolate frosting atop. It was delicious!

Friendly employees and stupendous eats at reasonable prices. My only issue with them is that they only have this CA location. (Please come to AZ!) There are another 1/2 dozen things on the menu that I need to try. I am very much looking forward to returning.

Pros: everything is delicious!, prices are reasonable

Cons: parking

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