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Venus Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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 - 2:15 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/Brunch, 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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine

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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
Food was great, but its a bit pricey for breakfast

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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El Dorado Hills
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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El Dorado Hills
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
70 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Senior Contributor
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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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: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?