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Top Dog Berkeley Southside

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2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
+1 510-843-5967
10:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 02:00
Fri 10:00 - 03:00
Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Palo Alto, California
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136 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were exploring rainy Berkeley and needed a quick treat - I have lived in Germany for a while before so I was keen to get some bratwurst, so we gave Top Dog a try. We were certainly not disappointed, I loved their selection (bratwurst, bockwurst, kielbasa, franks etc etc.) and also vast availability of my beloved sauerkrat! Also you... More 

Thank Zael
Santa Rosa, California
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I started coming here in the 80's. This place is definitely a fixture in Berkeley. The hot dogs have not changed in taste and how it is cooked. I am amazed how the cook/cashier/server can remember everyone's order. The place is small, but don't let that stop you from giving Top Dog a try. My favorite is the Kielbasa. Yum!... More 

Thank Rob G
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The next time you're heading to Berkeley, California stop off at top dog. It was the best hotdog I've ever tried. The uniqueness of how the dogs are grilled and the type of bread they use instead of a bun makes for a very delicious hot dog.

Thank Evan R
Alamo, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The best dogs anywhere. Hands down... the best anywhere. No frills... they are the best. Don't forget to tip the doggie maker

Thank danzdd
Galway, New York
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119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Always busy with good reason, this is the best place to get hot dogs. It's very small and there's not really anywhere to hang around so it's always busy outside. Deffo a great stop when you're in Berkeley!

Thank pulse16
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I've been going to top dog for over 30 years. This is not a sitdown restaurant; it's a stand up hot dog joint. They have several different types of hotdogs, But my favorite is the garlic a.k.a. the German. I like it with hot Russian mustard and sauerkraut. With chips and a drink, it makes a complete meal, And the... More 

Thank Dave-Emc
Mill Valley, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

There is no better hot dog (rather sausage) joint (and it is a joint with no seating) in country. Perennially represents the California Golden Bears in the "Best Of" college campus contests. Atmosphere of the place is the same as when it opened in the 60's and when I was a 2AM regular in the '79-'83 era. In fact I... More 

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Washington, DC
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch the other day. This is a hole in the wall place, with only a few counter stools for seating. Cash only. My husband had the Hot Link and loved it and my stepson loved his Top Dog. I had The Weinie, their vegetarian/vegan hot dog. My Wienie was good but a little dry. They have a... More 

Thank sojourner68
Fremont, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Been coming here since 1980s. Only order the hotlink then add the sauerkraut and German mustard. Ain't the healthiest but once a year is ok. Had it today but the cook did something wrong. 1st time ever they messed it up.

Thank sunilsethi
Portland, Oregon
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126 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Love this place. The hot links are my favorite. No nonsense hot dogs but many higher end choices. Tiny hole in the wall, you walk in, order, get your condiments, drinks, and walk out. Simple but perfect..... perfect place for a quick bite, especially if you're on a budget.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-843-5967

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?