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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%
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French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Recent review in magazine stated Chez Panisse was the number one restaurant in California. We are from San Diego and met friends who live in the bay area for dinner. They had always wanted to go. I have wanted to go since the 70's. It...More

Thank skinnygirl140
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A five star is really not a high enough rating for Alice Water’s trend setting restaurant. Absolutely delectable food and impeccable service. Reserve a month in advance for the downstairs restaurant in the adorable craftsman house. No choices. You get four courses of whatever the...More

Thank Francophile1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During the week, lunch in the upstairs cafe at Chez Panisse is wonderful. The ambiance, food, and perfect service is a special experience, while the tab is not unreasonable (remember 18% service is included). For anyone wanting to sample the magic here, try lunch upstairs!

1  Thank BeeCeeNY
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometimes a legendary restaurant exceeds its outsize reputation, and Chez Panisse is one of these rarities. Revolutionary in its day, it brought to American cuisine a perfectionist approach to raw materials and a confidence in a light touch in working with those materials that was...More

1  Thank murrayhiller
Reviewed 19 March 2018

My wife Anne and I were in Napa for a week to celebrate her birthday. Anne has a culinary degree and admires Alice Waters, so this was a definite stop. (Just understand their month-in-advance reservation policy, which is fair to everyone). We opted for lunch...More

2  Thank joelscorp
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Go upstairs to the 'cafe' for a beautiful experience. Downstairs is more formal, never been.

1  Thank myworkshed
Reviewed 16 March 2018

My wife and I have dined at many Michelin starred restaurants. While eating the prix fixe menu, we couldn't help but notice the similarity to other Michelin starred restaurants. So we Googled Michelin and this place. Sure enough. They had a star here from 2006-2010....More

3  Thank Jim A
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Last night we dined at Cafe Chez Panisse where Alice Waters started the farm to table sustainable agriculture movement in America over four decades ago and it was just as delicious as it probably was at the start! We had local halibut tartare with citrus,...More

2  Thank Jo-Ann M
Reviewed 15 March 2018

When in Berkeley, definitely visit the "upstairs Cafe" which is wonderful. Though we have eaten many times at the downstairs restaurant, I went this past week to the Cafe for the first time and sat in the back section which has a nice view of...More

1  Thank weyl-59
Reviewed 14 March 2018

Chez Panisse is an elegant restaurant, with the interior design reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright interior architecture. The food is simply outstanding. There is but one option, the night‘s four-course prix fixe at $100 (plus taxes and 17% gratuity). The main course tonight was lamb...More

3  Thank operalover939
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17 February 2018|
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Response from DK8989 | Reviewed this property |
Casual clean dress is fine
16 November 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.
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.
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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, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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