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The Musical Offering Cafe~Bistro & CD/Record Shop

OPEN DAILY 10:00am-3:00pm

with occasional evening special events!!!

We hope to expand our hours beyond this, but are being cautiously optimistic for now.


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we will be open daily 10-3, beginning 9/16/21


The Musical Offering has been a Berkeley institution for decades.

Since 1977, our music shop has offered a unique curated collection of classical records and CDs, with expert staff on hand to assist customers.

The café, led by Chef Erick Balbuena, serves an excellent variety of food and drink, with daily specials to tempt you.

We are just re-establishing regular hours of operation, 10:00-3:00, with plans to stay open later, soon.  We’ve missed you and are happy to be reopening.  It won’t be exactly the same as before, but we hope to preserve the spirit of that which has made us a beloved Berkeley destination for all of these years.


In the Cafe

the cafe is a busy lunch spot popular with students and UC Berkeley faculty alike.  We offer beer and wine, cappuccino drinks, fresh lemonade and agua fresca.  Our Daytime Menu is a delicious collection of house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials.

Live Music and Special Events

‘The Town Quartet’ appears each Sunday at 1:00 pm, if all ‘Town’ players are not available any given Sunday, they have a vast reservoir of talented musician friends available to sit in, and this keeps the Sunday chamber music event varied and exciting.

Live Jazz with pianist Morgan Maudière will resume as a weekly event very soon, (watch the emails and this website) Jazz day will switch to Mondays beginning at 1:00, to fit with our current daily schedule of 10-3.

Catering and Rentals

**PLEASE NOTE: Catering and Rentals are temporarily unavailable**

Need space, food, and music for an event?

The Cafe is available for rentals, receptions, and private dinners. Email us for more information.