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Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516 (Cedar Street)
+1 510-548-5072
11:30 - 23:30
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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San Francisco, California
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93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came for my husband's birthday. There were 6 of us and we were promptly seated at the one large table they have for a party of six. We had a great view of the beautiful kitchen and the rotisserie. I loved the approach of everyone having the same meal and trying to make the atmosphere of a dinner party.... More 

Thank Cincin2100
New York
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Alice Waters' cookbook was the first one I ever had, after "The Joy of Cooking," so the idea of actually dining at Chez Panisse was something of a Mecca moment for us. I don't know what it used to be, but for first timers, it's still an amazing dining experience. The restaurant is in a very pretty Craftsman style wooden... More 

Thank familytravel4um
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Entertained a guest from Shanghai who thought the food and service were beyond reproach! A most excellent evening.

Thank Robert C
Long Beach, California
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125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

How many decades has Alice Waters been de facto queen of Berkeley? Four, five? Well, the restaurant and particularly the cafe still deliver. The menu is varied and the wine list excellent. Old fashioned atmosphere is great for dates. Every foodie should dine here once.

Thank cary263
Level Contributor
51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was ok ,service was terrible. We had one of the finest desert ever. friend we were with , who is a chef from England ..told the pastry chef.she need to go to a better place....like the French laudry.. We send email to dear Alice water , never heard back.. Was a time it was fine dinning ..30 years ago..... More 

Thank 7zack
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

French country at it's best. Ate upstair and was very pleased. I did not have a problem with the sound. We had delightful conversation. The service and food were outstanding. A delightful evening. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Thank RogerNBill
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was so exciting for me to eat here, what an amazing history. I ate upstairs in the café, which is absolutely beautiful, much nicer I pictured from the word café! Small, dark/cozy, lovely setting. My waiter was fine, professional but not personable (which I would have preferred). The wine suggestions were just right. Overall, I'm happy I ate there... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OMG! The entire meal was perfect. Every detail. It was a celebration while in town and there were 4 of us. There were menus placed in front of us. Two of us had the regular evening menu that was for that evening. But our other 2 in our party got the vegetarian menu accidently. We were ( and they were)... More 

Thank lovetocook2531
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate in the Cafe, which is supposed to be less extraordinary (and less expensive) than the main restaurant. There were three of us who ate three different meals and we all had the same feeling: good, but not astonishing or wonderful. I had the bluefish and it was decent; my partner had pork, and our friend had duck. All... More 

Thank M C
Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with family to the Cafe upstairs. Food was good but portions small and very expensive. Duck confit consisted of a small leg and thigh which was stringy and overlooked, with a dab of mashed parsnip and a fork full of spinach. Service was friendly but tailed off at the end of the meal. Time has taken a toll on... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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: +1 510-548-5072

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?