Although the very name “Faculty Club” perhaps conjures images of aloof inaccessibility, the 101-year-old Berkeley campus institution is anything but.
You don’t need to be a Club member to eat there and the meals are remarkably affordable.
You can purchase a sandwich or generous buffet lunch on a weekday and eat informally on an outdoor terrace or at one of the sturdy wooden tables in Maybeck’s Great Hall, since 1903 a gathering place for the intellectual giants of the university (they eat sandwiches, too). Or you can have lunch or dinner in the elegant, white tablecloth Kerr Dining Room, overlooking Faculty Glade. There’s also a cozy bar.
Guests referred by members or campus departments can stay in the hotel rooms upstairs at the Club, and the Club’s rooms are also available for rental for meetings and special events. The Club has become a popular place for weekend weddings.
For information on hours, policies and meal service, call the Club’s front desk at 540-5678 or visit its website at http://berkeleyfacultyclub.com. If you wish to see the O’Neill Room art display, please check at the front desk for directions to the room and to make sure it isn’t in use for a meeting. A description of the Club’s artworks, written by Phyllis Brooks, is also available for $1 at the front desk.
The craftsman-style Faculty Club is located on the UC Berkeley campus, on the eastern edge of Faculty Glade just south of Strawberry Creek. Don’t confuse it with the nearby Women’s Faculty Club—another elegant and venerable campus establishment—that stands to its east.