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Venus Restaurant

2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Ranked #41 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Californian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bancroft
Transit: 3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at http://www.venusrestaurant.net
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.
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San Francisco, California
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270 reviews 270 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Arrived half an hour early for our 6:15 reservation on a recent Saturday. The place was empty and we were seated promptly. Ordered our dinner and a bottle of wine. 45 minutes after the wine arrived, we asked the waitress if the food was on the way. "Oh, yeah, totally." At one hour and fifteen minutes, waitress comes by to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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181 restaurant reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I had a wonderful breakfast at Venus recently. The food was delicious and fresh. Service was very good. I appreciated that they allow you to call 30 minutes before arrival to get on the wait list. I would definitely eat here again if I was in the area.

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Sunnyvale, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I recently ate at Venus restaurant with 2 nieces. The atmosphere is classic Berkeley - healthy (but tasty) food, several specials each day, casual atmosphere, bustling activity. Niece 1 had flapjacks with 3 small bowls of syrup, lemon curd and berries - delicious! Niece 2 had the chicken sausage scramble, very hearty and tasty though the scramble was a bit... More 

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Berkeley, California
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34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Instead of getting stuck in line at La Note, we have traveled just down the street to Venus and had really great, interesting brunch food here. I make this place a part of my regular brunch rotation. It is still quite busy, though, so I'd still try to get here early!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

stopped in for a bite- just 'cause we saw it driving by. the waitstaff was really friendly and the food was great- coffee nice and strong! I'm not vegetarian, but I had the tofu saute- really good!

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51 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Some really different twists on the usual brunch menu- very tasty and reasonably priced. It's a relatively small place, so get there early on weekends ,

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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Discovered lemon ricotta pancakes with lemon curd. Whoa - too good. Had to work this off with an 8 mile hike up Mt. Tamalpais. Venus is great, but a bit pricey - $45 for breakfast for two - eggs, bacon, pancakes and the BEST coffee we found in the bay area.

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San Francisco, California
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Such fresh, well thought out dishes...it takes some time just to decide what to have. I ordered the Marin Sun Farms Lamb Tagine, which was the dish of the night. We also ordered the Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich...let me just say, bring your appetite. The sandwich was priced at $13.00 and was more than generous....and oh, the bread they use!... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is definitely a unique and delicious experience. The vegetables are fresh, perfectly seasoned and not what you get everywhere else. Try the chicken piri piri and be wowed by the mashed potatoes ( as good as my mother's!!). Service was prompt and waitstaff informative and helpful. Only issue was the steak!! In the menu was a sirloin strip: my... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Chef Shelly and the staff make sure you get the best food and the best service. I love that most of the food is from local growers and they have vegan items on the menu, as well as lamb, beef, and chicken. I can't wait to go back. Don't miss the chance to eat here.

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Additional Information about Venus Restaurant

Address: 2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone Number: 510-540-5950
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Californian

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