December 2023 by Magda G.
This was our first time visiting this venue for a concert. It's located at the UC Berkeley campus. There is a parking garage near by, to the right of it, if your facing the venue. Make sure you pay for parking before you get back to your car so avoid the long lines at the end. We arrived early so we toured the whole venue to get an idea of seating. It was a pretty good view, even from the top since the seating is pretty steep. The seat are cement so I recommend taking a seat cushion. It really helps. There are bar post and food post at the way top with no lines. The ones closer to the entrance had lines.The venue is feels big but it is relatively small which is great for concerts because you feel so close to it!
November 2023 by Heres J.
IF YOU THINK YOU WOULD ENJOY SITTING ON A COLD, CONCRETE LEDGE WITH NO BACK REST IN CHILLY WEATHER, THIS IS YOUR PLACE. Even if you get a "good" seat, i.e., one of those metal folding chairs, it's pretty darned uncomfortable. It's an OK venue for a rock band, but never go there for classical music, which really needs an enclosed hall to sound decent. Parking: terrible. Big pain in the butt -- literally. This place is dangerous to boot. They have these flimsy plastic chains lining the aisles, and I've seen old folks mistake them for something supportive to hang onto while they climb the steps. Holy cow, never again.
October 2023 by Lucas A.
I want to preface my review by saying that I have gone to some really awesome shows at The Greek Theatre and would absolutely go again, but there's some room for improvement on how the venue is managed and I hope it's considered because I think this is otherwise an awesome venue.Pros: great sound, great visiting acts, not really a bad seat in the house, easy enough drive for Bay Area and Sacramento folks, lots of cool spots nearby to visit before or after the show.Cons: parking! Sure, my last visit was for a sold out show but the two nearby parking garages were completely filled and closed off. I get that colleges like to encourage folks to bike or take public transportation but when you host a big act, you have to expect people to visit from out of town. It seems silly to me that the two nearby paring garages can't accommodate a show's visitors. Seems like poor planning and something that could be potentially remedied by building up. I'm not an engineer but there's a solution here that's certainly not being considered.Bathrooms: not the best, not the worst, certainly outdated. Could use a facelift and I think having some out of order urinals is not the greatest look. Benefit of a doubt - the urinal broke that day. Otherwise, the cost of getting a plumber out and fixing this would've been a very small amount of ticket sales.Seating/standing: my biggest pet peeve here. I don't know if the venue was understaffed or what but we found a spot to stand and were later told we couldn't stand there. No problem! We moved to an area where we could stand. We then proceeded to watch people go in and out of the area we were. Some watched for a few songs, some were told to immediately move. There wasn't much rhyme to reason and I watched some folks stand in the area for the better part of the last half of the set. This could have been remedied with some caution tape or more staff members or better signage. Heck, they could've just placed a few trash and recycling bins there. But if you're going to tell me to move, don't let other people go stand where I was and stay there. Especially when it's directly in front of where you made me move to.Not going to stop me from coming back as long as they keep putting on good shows but seriously, figure out the parking and standing issues.
October 2023 by Tuan Dao
Intimate outdoor venue. Easy restroom and food/drink access. Limited food/drink choices. They do let you bring in small snacks. Give yourself some time to find street parking or pay to park in the lot under the stadium. No bad seats view-wise but plenty of bad seats for your booty! Make sure to bring seat pads or a blanket to sit on if your seats are on the stone benches or lawn. Another quirk of this venue: Sun-Thurs there is a 10pm curfew and Fri-Sat it's 11pm. Plan accordingly.
October 2023 by Amanda Ketchum
I went the to the Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service concert here. The Greek is an amazing venue! It’s super intimate. I don’t think there is a bad seat in the whole theater. The facilities were well maintained also.Just remember to bring something to sit on if you aren’t standing in the pit!
October 2023 by Dale Eaton
Great venue not a bad seat in the houseLate summer early fall really nice evening concerts
October 2023 by Stephanie Y.
I'm slightly embarrassed I haven't penned a review for the Greek yet. I live about a mile from here and I told my husband if we don't go to at least 1 show a year, we gotta move. This spot is incredible. Located at the top of the hill on Cal's campus, this outdoor ampitheater has views of the City, nestled into the high top fir and eucalyptus trees. It's beautiful, large, yet intimate, with stunning architecture.Prices are expensive, but to be expected. They sell drinks, eats, and have a ton of port-o-potties. It's by far an incredible way to spend an evening, with hopefully that slight Bay Area chill in the area, layered up and enjoying live music.History lesson thanks to Wikipedia: Its construction was financed by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, after whom it was named.The Greek Theatre was the first university building designed by John Galen Howard. Architect Julia Morgan assisted with the design. The design of the theater is based directly on the ancient Greek theater of Epidaurus.The Greek Theatre officially opened on September 24, 1903, with a student production of The Birds by Aristophanes. However, while still under construction in May 1903, the theatre hosted a graduation ceremony with an address by President Theodore Roosevelt.In 1967 The Grateful Dead played the Greek for the first time, and went on to play 29 total concerts by 1989.
September 2023 by Tuan D.
Intimate outdoor venue. Easy restroom and food/drink access. Limited food/drink choices. They do allow you to bring in small snacks. Give yourself some time to find street parking or pay to park in the lot under the stadium. No bad seats view-wise but plenty of bad seats for your booty! Make sure to bring seat pads or a blanket to sit on if your seats are on the stone benches or lawn. Another quirk of this venue: Sun-Thurs there is a 10pm curfew and Fri-Sat it's 11pm. Plan accordingly.
September 2023 by eric williams
A magical spot. Staffed by wonderfully cooperative students and civilian personnel both serving and performing security. Old WR himself would be pleased with what it has become today.
September 2023 by Heather Green
I love this venue! If you're sitting high enough you have such gorgeous views. Definitely should bring soft things to sit on/snuggle in. Drink prices are bonkers.
September 2023 by Michelle C
Excellent intimate feeling venue! I recommend arriving early to secure your spot since there's no assigned seats. Food options are decent. Restrooms are decent. Lines don't get too long. We were on the first step to the left of the stage for this show (Weezer). We've also sat up near the top of the bowl for a different show, and that was awesome too! I wish all bands played this venue!
September 2023 by Dawn Nelson
We went to see Dashboard Confessional’s and Counting Crows. Great concert! We’ve never been to this theatre. I’m so glad I did did my research. We bright cushions to sit on. And they pack you in like sardines. Parking was great! I prepaid for a garage with walking distance. My only complaint was the food. The rice bowl was good. The hotdog and pretzel was terrible. No salt for the wilted piece of tough dough. But we had an amazing time. Also the staff letting you in was awesome. I needed to have them use the wand vs walking through the metal detectors the security was great assisting me and treated me with the up most respect. We would go back for sure.
September 2023 by Julian Bishop
Really good sound and from anywhere inside, you have a great view of the stage. The concrete seats are tolerable and the grass area is nice for sure but got crowded fast. Note: You can definitely sit above the amphitheater if you don’t want to pay. I thought it was weird they ran out of hot food at every spot except by the restrooms, so people were standing in lines only to find out they stood in the wrong place. Prices for concessions were high: $16 for a tall can and $29 for a cup of wine, $5 for a can of water, cookie, or Vicki’s.
September 2023 by Teresita S
I love this venue! Probably one of my favorite venues to check out concerts in the Bay Area. Security is thorough but quick. There are snack, drink, and food stands throughout the venue. Food isn't the best and it does the job. There really isn't a bad seat in the place either. Parking is okay. I always find street parking nearby but there are also parking garages around the area.
September 2023 by Jade H.
The theater itself is stunning! Never been to a more beautiful venue. Most staff was super friendly, access and bathrooms, drink and food lines were fast. A lot of stairs if you have trouble walking, also the lawn area is super steep, saw some people fall. Also bring a cushion if you have an actual seat as it's all concrete and not comfortable. Seating is super squished too.The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is the women at the box office was not friendly. I asked if she took cash and she said no at first. Ok no problem I was going to get my debit card. She then rolled her eyes and sighed and said well I can take cash but don't have change. I said ok let me see what I have, and handed her expect change. She still seemed annoyed. Not sure why she was so inconvenienced by this? Also they don't take cash inside which is so strange to me. Cash is king, how can a place deny cash as a form of payment?