Brunch in downtown Berkeley
Where can I take a college friend (from 50 yrs ago!) on a Monday at 11:30?
Venus has good breakfast and lunch foods. Breakfast is served through lunchtime hours, and lunch from 11:30.
It's not brunch and a few blocks north of downtown but you can have lunch at Chez Panisse Cafe at 11:30 and get a reservation.
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
La Note is good for breakfast. Also, Sunny Side Cafe (2136 Oxford St.; haven't been to this newer downtown location yet, but the original on Solano is a longtime favorite).
La Note Restaurant Provencal
2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Sunny Side Cafe
1499 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706