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Venus Restaurant

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American, Californian, Coffee Shop
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2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Bancroft)
3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at http://www.venusrestaurant.net
510-540-5950
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters...
Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and ranches, served in warm and lovely style in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. A favorite dinner spot for theater goers, Venus devotes itself to local and organic purveyors, creating delicious Northern California style dishes. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic, and sustainably farmed grapes, and a "New World" style of wine-making, where the fruit expresses itself. An open kitchen and banquette seating create a cozy vibe. Chef Amy Murray is a 15 year veteran of the organic, farm-to-table movement. Menus are created each month to highlight the best of the season and evoke good appetites. Venus also serves a unique brunch and lunch, and offers uncommonly good beer, wine and light cocktails. We are happy to do small parties and buy outs, and tasty lunch catering.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
incredible brunch

If I only had one day to stay in Berkely, I would make sure to stop by here. If it's not to crowded on weekend mornings, you should too. Great service and even better food. I had the classic biscuit and gravy the first time. That was delicious. We didn't plan on it but we ended up there the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
urban_kowboy
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Northern Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Northern Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If I only had one day to stay in Berkely, I would make sure to stop by here. If it's not to crowded on weekend mornings, you should too. Great service and even better food. I had the classic biscuit and gravy the first time. That was delicious. We didn't plan on it but we ended up there the following... More 

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El Dorado Hills
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126 reviews 126 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Breakfast dishes were all excellent, and they had eclectic choices, like the autumn squash scramble. The chocolate raspberry flapjacks felt a bit overpriced ($10 for two pancakes), but I guess its Berkeley. The egg dishes are a better deal.

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Berkeley, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Venus Restaurant has good and healthy food. The space is a bit too tight, so we go at off hours. We always enjoy the delicious food and the service is good too. An excellent choice in downtown Berkeley

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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The first visit, I had the Florentine eggs Benedict. Fantastic Hollandise! Everyone in our group enjoyed their food, so we were back again the next day. this time I had the warm poached egg salad, which was also excellent. The latte and the regular coffee were both excellent.

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Seattle
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Venus has a varied menu for breakfast and lunch. My party of three was there for a late breakfast. We had three different egg dishes and all were excellent. The coffee was delicious. The only negative thing I can say was that the service was slow on a very busy morning. It was about my fourth visit over the past... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you are looking for something delicious but a bit different, Venus is the spot for you. My husband and I ordered nearly everything on their appetizer menu last night, including a colorful dish of orange beets with bright green sauce on top of rich swirls of cream cheese. They also featured an outstanding squash-ginger soup. For this review I... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

love venus ... yummy!!! ..we always take my daughter here for Sunday breakfast every time we visit! the biscuits are delish and the specials are always extremely inventive!

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Berkeley, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We recently dined at Venus on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, and absolutely loved it. We have eaten there a few times previously and would eat there more if not for the challenging downtown parking situation. I recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes if dining at Venus on a weekend night -- you may have to park several blocks away.... More 

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Concord, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Our party of 4 found the service at Venus to be topnotch, professional, friendly, efficient, courteous. Also, the servers were completely familiar with the dishes and the wine. Our reservation was handled promptly, contrary to a few earlier reviews. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The menu, characterized as Organic farm-to-table, is not extensive, but is interesting and contains some... More 

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San Diego, California
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77 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

There were few options for breakfast outside our hotel. We finally stumbled upon this place and were glad we took the time to search. Our breakfast was excellent in every way.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    (Bancroft)
  • Public Transportation: 3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at http://www.venusrestaurant.net
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-540-5950

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic

Description

Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and ranches, served in warm and lovely style in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. A favorite dinner spot for theater goers, Venus devotes itself to local and organic purveyors, creating delicious Northern California style dishes. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic, and sustainably farmed grapes, and a "New World" style of wine-making, where the fruit expresses itself. An open kitchen and banquette seating create a cozy vibe. Chef Amy Murray is a 15 year veteran of the organic, farm-to-table movement. Menus are created each month to highlight the best of the season and evoke good appetites. Venus also serves a unique brunch and lunch, and offers uncommonly good beer, wine and light cocktails. We are happy to do small parties and buy outs, and tasty lunch catering.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:15 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?