Spenger’s is the oldest restaurant in Berkeley according to the Berkeley book. From the Berkeley Library:
Begun as a tiny crab stand and bar by Johann Spenger in 1890, the establishment grew into one of the East Bay’s most popular eateries. At one time, Spenger’s operated its own fishing fleet and boasted that it served more meals than any other restaurant west of the Mississippi. Several generations of East Bay residents enjoyed family dinners in the restaurant’s maze of dark dining rooms.
My sketch group, SF Urban Sketchers, likes to go there occasionally for all the cool stuff to draw. Here’s one of my sketches, see the rest on our blog http://urbansketchers-bayarea.blogspot.com/