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Venus Restaurant

2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
510-540-5950
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Ranked #31 of 601 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Irvine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

On a recent visit to Berkeley, we ate breakfast at Venus. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. Our food was delicious but I must say that mine was outstanding. I had the Spring Scramble special and loved every bite! I asked for fruit instead of the potatoes and was surprised when I saw a beautiful arrangement of fresh fruit... More

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Berkeley, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Ok, so we've gotten snobby about eating fresh, well-prepared food. That is sometimes hard to find at breakfast time. We have a place we can walk to in our small town of Albany but for one of us celebrating a birthday, the request was for a top-notch breakfast Berkeley style. We found it at Venus. One of us had a... More

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Newark, CA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Everything tasted fresh and tasty. The menu changes per season. Some of us had the fish and chips, they liked it a lot with large pieces of fresh fish and crispy coating accompanied with huge potato fries. I had the pork chop which came on top of the largest bed of mashed potatoes, but the chop was perfectly cooked and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A basic no frills pizza and beer joint. Inside dining, and outside patio dining. The inside restaurant has two levels and is very noisy. Music is extremely loud. The louder the music, the louder people have to talk. The outside patio is nice, but crowded. Table are packed in and close together. Regardless, the outside patio is much better than... More

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San Francisco Bay Area
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

So nice not to have to stand in line out the door for Sunday breakfast after walking the dogs. Reservations too though they weren't necessary. Great bacon and their Nantucket flapjack. Big enough to two light eaters. Other than getting a mocha (ick) instead of a cocoa a perfect Sunday morning in Berkeley. Filled up fast with regulars who knew... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My wife and I ate breakfast here a number of times during a recent vacation. Food was fabulous and service was fantastic. They serve really good food and the best coffee in town. Service can't be beat.

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Pleasant Hill, California
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We had not been to this little gem of a restaurant in several years -our loss! Three of us went last night and had a great meal with excellent service. We had an asparagus appetizer, kale salads and several small plates that were just plain succulent. The wine list is modest but the selections are excellent. Venus has a buzz... More

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