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Venus Restaurant

2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-540-5950
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Ranked #26 of 606 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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
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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English first
Berkeley, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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146 reviews 146 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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East Lansing, Michigan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Every element of our meal was great, from service, to ambiance to food. We had a variety of appetizers, main dishes and a dessert, and the ingredients, presentation and flavors were nearly perfect. Service was attentive and friendly. To my palate, the seasoning of each item tended very slightly toward being salty, but my companions did not agree. This a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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279 reviews 279 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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528 reviews 528 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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California
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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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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
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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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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