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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
+1 510-548-5525
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fixed menu” (25 reviews)
“sherbet” (24 reviews)
“salad” (106 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed yesterday

We go whenever we visit the Bay Area. The service is always great, and you can count on the food. This time we split soup, salads & pizza and it was a perfect send-off to our next California adventure. I didn't like the 17% service...More

Thank HandsomeHoward
Reviewed 2 days ago

The best thing about Chez Panisse is its consistency: - quality of food - quality of service - innovative/creative presentations Yes, it is more expensive than many restaurants but well worth it. We usually go there for celebrations.

Thank birdalot
Reviewed 2 days ago

I think part of the fun in going iis the process of entering the restaurant and walking by the lovely things in preparation by the chefs. The ambiance and acoustics are excellent. The lovely attention to detail in the furnishings (even after the fire, it...More

Thank pathfinder60
Reviewed 6 days ago

We've eaten a number of times in the cafe and loved it every time. The food and service were exceptional. So we decided to visit the restaurant for a special occasion (we're moving out of the country), only to be advised that they refuse to...More

1  Thank niknak1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

my wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary with a lunch at the cafe. The food is always great and always surprising at Chez Panisse. We had duck confit and salmon for our main entrees and loved it. My wife had a rutabaga soup for...More

Thank Torsten F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I came for lunch on a Friday afternoon. We made reservations, which isn’t something I typically do, but I’m glad we did. Lunch is served upstairs in the cafe. The building and furniture are done in Mission Style. It’s a little louder...More

1  Thank rebswifty16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spectacular meal starting with mozzarella/artichoke/prosciutto/rocket salad. It kept building with more intense flavors. The scallops with spinach and romesco sauce were fabulous. The stuffed pork loin was superb. All ended with a rhubarb galette with honey ice cream. Not cheap but worth every penny. First...More

1  Thank Zin3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pure, fresh, simple, and delicious - that is the innovative recipe that Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley created in 1971. It does not get better when farm to table becomes healthy delicious to savoring mouth. A legend from its start that has maintained...More

1  Thank Michel K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Flavors you forgot existed are all here in this classical French cafe or restaurant depending on your budget Restaurant is Prix fixe with no variation in menu so vegetarians are at a loss for the price. Cafe is a la Carte so imho a better...More

1  Thank Ray C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reserved way in advance on Tuesday night after department graduation. It is an iconic restaurant and the price matches that. Fixed menu so like Gump says "you never know what you're gonna get". Service was impeccable. Food portions were perfect - we all left comfortably...More

Thank B J K
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February 17, 2018|
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Response from Kerry B | Reviewed this property |
Upstairs it is casual but don’t wear short shorts and flip flops :)
November 16, 2017|
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Response from Kenneth E N | Reviewed this property |
If you don't have a reservation good luck. Arriving when the restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. might get you a table in the Café, and there would be no wait, but if you get there after 6:00 p.m. you will have quite a wait.
July 4, 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.
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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
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: +1 510-548-5525
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