Bette’s Oceanview Diner is a Berkeley institution, family-owned and -run since 1982. Most famous for our pancakes — be they buttermilk, cottage cheese, pumpkin or gingerbread — we’re a California-style diner with emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and homemade fare. From our lemon currant scones to our blueberry, bran and donut muffins (rolled in butter then cinnamon sugar), all our baked goods are made on the premises by our fabulous bakers. The coffee steaming in that bottomless cup is roasted in nearby Emeryville and our bagels are from down the street. We like our eggs cooked soft and custardy.
But at Bette’s, it’s not all about the meatloaf. It’s about the overall experience. And in order for that experience to mean something, “somebody has to be home and you have to have a good time,” says Bette.
The music. We bought our 1957 Seaburg jukebox before the stove. The records rotate on a weekly basis, curated by our loyal DJ.
The comfort and style. Burgundy red naugahyde booths, gray linen formica countertop, stainless steel trimming, a gigantic piece of cherry pie in the sky – a real gem of a restaurant.
Above all, the people. They stick around, both customers and staff, many of whom have been around for more than a decade, sometimes two. “Diner people” reflect the whole gamut of life in Berkeley.