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La Marcha, Berkeley, CA

La Marcha

4.5
4.5
826 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
La Marcha is a restaurant in the heart of Berkeley that encapsulates the vibrant culinary culture of Spain. Visitors will feel as though they have strolled right off the streets of Spain and into an authentic neighborhood tapas bar.

Patio Accepts walk-ins.
Reservation ONLY available for indoor dining.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 647-9525

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Emily Sarlatte & Sergio Emilio Monleón

  • Catering

    Many Bay Area food lovers will recognize Sergio Emilio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte — their smiling faces can often be seen behind a gigantic paella pan brimming with fresh seafood, produce and saffron-infused rice. Their catering service Ñora Cocina Española has won them many fans, with beautiful paellas that are cooked on-site, which means they not only feed, but entertain guests at any function. The presence of these chefs and that giant paella pan makes for a fun, communal atmosphere, ideal for anything from casual business luncheons, elegant weddings, local festivals, or pop up dinners.

  • Neighbourhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross Street

    University Ave

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    72 Bus.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 826 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Spanish

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but not great. Tables are in close quarters. Took a while for a waitress to come over to us, and the sangria tasted imbalanced (both red and white).
  2. I

    Iris

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and it’s so wonderful that the servers actually know the wines and can make sensible descriptions and recommendations! So important but rare these days. Very nice experience
  3. NH

    NickH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We have been to La Marcha a few times over the last three years. We noticed that prices have increased significantly from last time (in May 2022) to yesterday, which makes sense but the increase still seemed steep. We do love the variety and quality of the food, as it has been hard to find good tapas in the Bay Area elsewhere. That said, what took some value for us was how short-staffed the restaurant felt yesterday and how much service suffered for that reason. It took ~20 minutes for someone to ask for our drink order and, after ordering food, almost 2 hours passed before we had to get our server to ask for our check without them ever asking if we needed anything else (i.e., dessert, which we of course skipped given how late it was). Overall, we love La Marcha and the food they offer, but it did feel like it went from a 5-star review in May (and our previous visits) to 3-stars at our last visit. We will certainly be back and may edit this review accordingly.
  4. f

    franke

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is not a review that I can just write OMG. I have to type it out.... Oh My God the food was wonderful !!! Service was great, value was great, but the food..... If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. We had a combination of surf, turf and mushroom (turf???) My only complaint is that they ran out of a couple of the selections that I REALLY wanted to try.... Oh well, I just have to go back; I really was looking forward to the pork belly, but they ran out. 2 drinks each, four tapas selections and the squid ink paella.... we were so happy with everything !!
  5. F

    Foodista

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! Quality of food never waivers here. We come at least one and sometimes twice a month. Last PM, started with the lamb sliders and their roasted Brussels that are unequaled, added shrimp and onion croquetas. Wasn’t expecting to love the croquetas—surprise! They were also great. Then crème brûlée and fresh, hot churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce. Is your mouth watering? So good! The quality of the food and prep never waivers here and the service ensures you get it within moments of the chefs finish. Perfect!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic. Will be back.
  7. KE

    KathleenE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Chic, hip, friendly servers, excellent food, a bit noisy. Will definitely come back.
  8. AH

    ArianaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved every single dish in front of us. The ambiance, the service.... All was perfect. We will be back.
  9. JM

    JohnM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The paella was delish. Would have preferred the prawns were peeled and deveined but the flavor was so nice. Also tried the octopus salad and it was tender and flavorful. The brussel sprouts were also tasty. Service was great as was the playlist. All around pleasant. Definitely going back.
  10. e

    easypete

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty and creative tapas. Pleasant and helpful servers.
  11. AC

    AdrianneC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service was great.
  12. BM

    BerkMom

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    They were very staffed and wait team seemed overwhelmed, a few people got up and walked out, orders got messed up a bit due to lack of wait staff, pretty good food.
  13. LT

    LeslieT

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It's been a few years since I last ate at La Marcha, and this experience was sadly really underwhelming. The food at La Marcha was good; however, the wine glass wasn't clean and our server was curt, bordering on rude. I know the pandemic has been tough on everyone, but this was a real bummer.
  14. n

    nealisa93

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit but certainly not our last to LaMarcha. A great menu, delicious tapas and very good value. Next time we hope they'll have beer!
  15. SB

    StephanieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Menu limited and no beer available that evening Packed indoor dining only, very noisy Dishes not noteworthy.
  16. B

    Bethany

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Far too noisy to have a conversation. We probably won't be back.
  17. E

    Eastmarin

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reuniting with out-of-town collaborators. I appreciated being offered tastes of prospect wine selections. No week links on the tapas and paella selections. Service had a deft touch and didn’t hurry the check when we were still finishing the remnants of dessert while the other tables had emptied. I appreciated that particularly gracious act. Fun and satisfaction were appreciated by all six of us.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a favorite for my partner and I. The patatas bravas are to die for, and the albondigas are superb. I appreciate that the menu has enough variety to keep you interested, but not such a deluge of information as to paralyze you with too many choices. Service is friendly and prompt. The whole restaurant is a skillful exercise in balance. You can return to perennial favorites but still have room to try something new. Waiters are attentive but not obtrusive, and food arrives promptly but not in a rush. I consistently leave feeling sated, but not so overfull as to be shot for the rest of the evening. This is a restaurant I recommend people frequent, not just visit. It’s too good to go only once.
  19. DN

    DesiNP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The main dish was listed as pork shoulder but came with 2 pork ribs with very little meat on them. Will not get that dish again which costed $55. The rest of the meal was good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Love the food, the service was great, but didn’t expect how crowded the tables would be. Place was full of people enjoying the great food.
  21. VP

    VanP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was lovely. One of the croquettes was not full and they gave me a new order. Would love to come back ans try more tapas
  22. KH

    KathyH

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Juan very helpful with suggestions especially the flourless chocolate cake SO Good !
  23. DP

    DaveP

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and amazing food!
  24. DC

    DixonCA

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was great and the service was good. Time from ordering to getting served was longer than expected.
  25. JW

    JonathanW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Cozy dining room with nice decor. Fantastic food options, beautiful presentation. Can't wait to go again!
  26. M

    Moomi

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Able to seat us earlier. Food came out quickly
  27. PM

    PaulM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Met some friends for dinner...had a wonderful time. Tasty and eclectic food at a reasonable cost. Pleasant surroundings. Would definitely return.
  28. L

    Lydia

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks. I really had a good time. The food were so fresh and delicious.
  29. OG

    OG1989

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Each of the tapas is a dish in its own right, not ham and cheese mini-sandwich in disguise as it happens sometimes. The food is produced in-house which means you will get the real merguez (spicy lamb sausage) in your paella. No minor accomplishments here, and deserts features excellent texture, both flourless chocolate and ricotta cheesecake. Fine wine pairing suggested by the server crystallizes the feeling that this crew is on top of their game.
  30. NN

    NNeib

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were in the neighborhood for a wine tasting and wanted to find a casual but nice dinner. This place fit the bill - the food was superb! It’s tapas style and the food quality is excellent. Service is efficient but rushed. Ambiance is fine - but the food is the star. I’d definitely return! We enjoyed the Bravas, the Albondigas and the cauliflower (a standout!)
  31. a

    anil

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Tapas, excellent presentation and fantastic service and support. We did not have the paella, but in staring at it on other tables, it looked great. I just wish they had a broader wine selection... Will go back again...
  32. C

    Catherine

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best tapas in East Bay!
  33. AM

    AmyM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I was disappointed that even though I made a reservation and it was our anniversary, they put us at the bar. It took the romance out of our special night. The food was really good, the desserts were great. Sitting at the bar I didn’t feel like we got a lot of attention but we made due.
  34. DB

    DaisyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Dunno about the hype. Resto refused to give any refund on food not served. I give rare reviews and had to do it on Yelp. Not only tapas- they were out of everything and whatever they had was sub-Par to any good tapas place in the US. They have a Money exchange problem - a Berkeley prominent resident ordered online resto closed due to s gas leak but they refused to give any refund . I will add my Yelp review here soon.
  35. FN

    Fun4Nanny

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went early so it wAs not crowded until 2 hours later. The food was the best we’ve had in the tapas category. Service was excellent.
  36. CL

    ColleenL

    Deactivated - Central Queensland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All good! Welcoming and food was good --will defineatly return and will recommend
  37. m

    maggiethecat

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    My husband and I went on a date to La Marcha recently. We enjoyed the food and drinks. Their sangrias are the best in the Bay Area. The restaurant is quite intimate, so it can feel like you're sitting on top of the other guests at times. The night we went, we were seated at the bar, which is also intimate. Their service is not that great, especially the people that they hire as hosts. On the night we went, there was a man hosting, and he really had a bad attitude. He was super dismissive of us even though we had a reservation. When he seated us at the bar, he put us on the corner even though there was plenty of space to be seated elsewhere. My husband decided to move over one seat so we could be closer to each other and enjoy our date. This of course irritated the host (I get it), but he was so impolite from the moment we stepped in the restaurant that we didn't even bother to ask. Later we noticed a couple standing outside to waiting to get in a figured if we moved over they would be able to be seated. We told the host that if he needed to seat the couple, we were okay with moving. He snarkily replied, "okay, but you have to sit there" and pointed to the corner of the bar. We left shortly after because we lost our appetite. I'm never returning to this place, even though I love their sangrias and food. This is not the first time I have had to deal with their bad service. It sucks because I really wanted to like this place. Even the bartender knew what he did was wrong because she had an apologetic tone when we left. I wanted to speak to the manager, but my husband convinced me it wouldn't change their customer service and wasn't worth wasting our energy on.
  38. CS

    CaSa

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    2nd time eating here and the food delicious as the first time. We had to have the pulpo and gambas which were on point, was recommended the cangrejo croquetas which we didn’t have last time. Last time didn’t have their paella so we tried the Tres Cerditos which of course had to take home because we were stuffed eating all the other food. When the indoor dining room is packed it can get hot in the summer.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service great
  40. r

    raya

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The tapas and paella were delicious. The liquor prices were a little steep ($18.00 for a small glass of sherry) I will stick to beer or sangria next time. All in all a very pleasant experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Marcha using the Order Online button. La Marcha also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. La Marcha also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 647-9525.

La Marcha is rated 4.5 stars by 826 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for La Marcha

2026 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    University Ave

  • Neighbourhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    72 Bus.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Emily Sarlatte & Sergio Emilio Monleón

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 647-9525

  • Catering

    Many Bay Area food lovers will recognize Sergio Emilio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte — their smiling faces can often be seen behind a gigantic paella pan brimming with fresh seafood, produce and saffron-infused rice. Their catering service Ñora Cocina Española has won them many fans, with beautiful paellas that are cooked on-site, which means they not only feed, but entertain guests at any function. The presence of these chefs and that giant paella pan makes for a fun, communal atmosphere, ideal for anything from casual business luncheons, elegant weddings, local festivals, or pop up dinners.

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