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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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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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200 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Eight years ago we ate in the café upstairs here and this time we ate at the prix fixe restaurant downstairs. Both were delightful experiences. The first time, chef Alice Waters was out, preparing President Obama's first inaugural dinner. This time we got to speak with her briefly, and she made sure our arrival was noted by her staff. I... More 

Thank Gerri B
Berkeley, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you can book on Monday, the value is excellent. Attentive service, always reliable menu -- good even if you really don't like the ingredients. The wait staff is able to alter the ingredients if you ask. If you really prefer the bread served at the cafe upstairs, they will be happy to get it for you. Dining at the... More 

Thank ginnmeyer
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We live in the city but we like to stay at the Claremont in Berkeley which is a Fairmont hotel now. We got an uber to Chez Panisse and everything we had was super delicious! It's a pre fix menu. I highly recommend going! You will be happy you did! Cheers

Thank Jason V
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106 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I always eat in the Café. The room is beautiful: Mission-style setting, earthenware from Heath Ceramics, flattering warm and glowing lighting, perfect service. oh yes.....and the food. I think that over the years I have just about eaten every single item on the wonderful menu. This last time we were a party of four and we shared the vegetable tagine,... More 

Thank MissPerpetualMotion
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Anyone interested in the arc of fine dining history in this country; coupled with the farm/local to table movement of the past 40 years should eat at Chez Panisse even if the food was only "good". However, the food and the service were both very good / great when we dined there at the end of December. Will happily return... More 

Thank Thomas S
Berkeley, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I recently booked a dinner at Chez Panisse to celebrate the birthday of someone very special to me. I was quite pleased with our dining experience, though not blown away. For the price, I thought the experience could have been better. It had been many years since I last dined at Chez Panisse, and somehow I felt the luster had... More 

Thank commpro
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate in the Cafe, which was outstanding. White tablecloths, outstanding maitre d' and waitstaff and delicious food. Cozy and warm.

Thank vgmerlot
Oakland, California
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249 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place for a special occasion or business lunch (or both!), this has a lively atmosphere, wood craftsman-style furnishings. Food is pricy as expected, but the wine list offers some reasonably priced options.

Thank GPToak
Miami Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chez Panisse still stands strong as a top 10 best restaurants in California or even the US. A trip to Northern California, is never complete with-out a visit to Chez Panisse. The food, the service, the atmosphere, etc, etc. BUT....... a small blemish.... Ahh the lost art of properly crumbling a table - the sweeps left and right and then... More 

Thank amdealba
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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235 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finally we got to enjoy this restaurant after some prior year cancellations. This restaurant did not disappoint. Last night's pris fixe included yellowtail jack carpaccio, potato gnocchi with black truffles, and grilled farm lamb rack, loin and leg, finally a pink lady apple galette with currants and ice cream. The four wine pairings with each course were superb. We had... 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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?