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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Ranked #1 of 601 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $100
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Cedar Street
Transit: Downtown Berkeley BART station 7 blocks from Chez Panisse. AC Transit bus connection or taxi at BART station AC Transit bus connection or taxi at BART station
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Seattle, Washington
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326 reviews 326 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It was hard to get a reservation, but it was worth it. We had been wanting to go to Chez Panisse for a long time so we are really glad we went! Menu was terrific and everyone in our party of 7 enjoyed their meal. We each ordered something different so we could share. Overall, we would highly recommend!

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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It's hard to believe a restaurant as important to the food world as this one has such a casual, comfortable, friendly vibe. I'd take this over the stuffy, much more expensive places I've eaten in NYC, Paris, etc. The entire meal in the upstairs cafe was excellent: the salad, the raw tuna appetizer, the Halibut and the fish stew. And... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are in Berkeley, you have to eat here. We had lunch in the cafe upstairs and I was extremely impressed with both the aesthetic of the restaurant and the meal we had. We got seated by the owner herself (I was a little starstruck, not going to lie) in a bright and beautiful dining room over the porch.... More

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sarasota, florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Always a thrill to dine here. The menu was very creative: seared yellow fin tuna with WILD fennel an cucumber and purslane salad. Grilled duck breast coked to perfection...not sweet or syrupy...just deeeeelicious duck! Thank you Chez Panise for consistently delivering a memorable dinner.

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Chez Panisse is legendary having spawned a number of restaurants world- wide and inspired numerous chefs, would- and wanna-be as well as the Michelin-starred. Lunch at the café does not in any way disappoint except possibly in that the operation has perhaps risen above the relaxed sense of ease which pervades its surroundings. Every dish is simple in itself, prepared... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Didn't think of reserving until a few weeks before our trip, so could only get lunch. It was so amazing - delicious, thoughtfully prepared food, professionally and warmly presented. Just go!!

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Barrie, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Just to specify I went to the cafe of this restaurant which is located upstairs of the main restaurant. From what I understand the main dinner service is downstairs and is very expensive ($100 a plate). While visiting the university I had lunch here and was very pleased. It had a wide variety of different options, mostly californian style cuisine.... More

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North Vancouver, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Chez Panisse is hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. I went there with two friends. As an appetizer, I had a tomato bisque with a drizzle of basil oil. My friends both had salad. As a main course, I had the rigatoni with mushroom ragu. My friends had the crispy brick chicken and the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There is nothing bad to say about this place. It was not over priced. The food was GREAT. Gazpacho, Moroccan tagine, and fruit for dessert! I think we were the only people to order beer at this place.

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Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Everything about the "Chez Panisse experience" is first class. I am reviewing the cafe only as I have not had dinner "downstairs" in several years. The reservation was easy as long as it was made about a month in advance, although I have had good luck with last minute. The greeting, the menu and of course the food, all outstanding.... More

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