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Cafe~Bistro & CD/Record Shop

OPEN Weekdays 10:00am-4:00pm

OPEN Weekends 11:00am-4:00pm


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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 have re-established regular hours of operation, with plans in discussion about soon staying open later.

We missed you during C-19 lock-down, and are happy and proud to be reopened.  It’s not exactly the same as before, but we’ve harnessed new energy, while preserving the spirit of what 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.

Catering and Rentals

Need space, food, and music for an event?

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