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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
(510) 548-5525
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fixed menu” (20 reviews)
“galettes” (35 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting a restaurant as famous as Chez Panisse can be risky. My experience is that sometimes a famous place does not live up to the hype. But the Chez Panisse Café showed me that both their approach to the menu and how they run the...More

Thank Hikergourmet
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at the cafe. We came early and they were able to squeeze us in. From the moment I walked into the restaurant, I knew this would be an extraordinary dining experience. From the Maitre d' to the waitstaff' everyone was very welcoming. The...More

Thank darlenelynn
Reviewed 1 week ago

First off I want to say is that the people who work for and with Chez Panisse get paid appropriately for all the hard work and above all attention to detail, from suppliers to the servers. Not every restaurant cares to make this much of...More

Thank sdkimbrough
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took some friends visiting from Thailand, and we wanted them to experience this restaurant. We had a reservation in the Cafe. It's my second time upstairs. Three other times, I've been downstairs. We had heirloom tomato salad, corn soup, halibut, shellfish and lamb. Everyone...More

Thank ski4pow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are visiting from Manchester England and Barbados our family living in San Leandro and decided to surprise them with dinner at Chez Panisse. The online reservation was really easy and our request for seating for eight persons was met. They never knew where we...More

Thank Hussein B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This may have been the top experience 15 years ago, but things in the food world have moved on. Very common dishes, not much raffinesse. Ok, produce and the duck we had was of good qualifty, but a heirloom tomato salad with tuna sauce that...More

Thank Schoeneheimat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Coming to here has been a 10 year dream, and it was fantastic, just as good as I imagined it, we has the wine pairing which was superb, the dishes weren't fussy, but absolutely full of flavour, service was flawless. I will definitely be back...More

Thank Fyberspates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chez Panisse is the best. Period. In 30+ years in the Bay Area this is the first time we were able to eat downstairs, where there is a prix fixe menu which constantly changes. The moment you enter the restaurant, the magic begins. The beautiful...More

Thank Randall B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe was fabulous. Wonderful, non intrusive service. Food served at the right temperature. And all so delicious. It may be expensive but it is worth it. I have spent same Amy of money on awful meals so treat yourself to a lovely night out

Thank Pauline958
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch reservations for Cafe Chez Panisse. The temperature hit 101 degrees and it was unbearably hot inside. The staff gave the patrons ice water cooled napkins to help us stay cool. Great customer service in addition to the excellent food we expected.

Thank Hazzan
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4 July 2017|
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Response from Daniel S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Two years ago, friends gave us a gift cert for Chez Panisse. I recommend calling the restaurant directly.
15 February 2017|
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Response from FrankW-Dr_Bit | Reviewed this property |
Cheaper upstairs and more choice. Would definitely recommend for first visit.
19 December 2016|
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Response from Sheldon S | Reviewed this property |
Telephone them to get instructions
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
    (Cedar Street)
  • Public Transportation: Downtown Berkeley BART station 7 blocks from Chez Panisse. AC Transit bus connection or taxi at BART station AC Transit bus connection or taxi at BART station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 548-5525
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