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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
510-548-5072
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Ranked #3 of 591 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
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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English first
Berkeley, California
Top Contributor
196 reviews 196 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Chez Panisse is a wonderful restaurant that is built into a stylish older home that has been rehabbed as a cozy and intimate place for dinner. My wife and I dined at the cafe, which costs less and is a bit less formal for what is essentially the same food. The cafe is a $$$ kind of place whereas the... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a restaurant/cafe where you WANT to be seated by the open kitchen. From the moment my family and I walked in, we were made welcome, greeted warmly, and gladly obliged when we asked for a few photos to be snapped. Best of all was watching the staff prepare meals with such focus, skill, expertise, and joy. Everyone there... More

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Berkeley, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Upstairs/downstairs, GO! Downstairs is price fixed menue; "cafe" upstairs is hardly "cafe" like. We prefer it as we like to choose our food. Perfect in just about every way.

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114 reviews 114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We are lucky enough to live in Berkeley, not too far from Chez Panisse; we have the occasional romantic lunch date here and it is lovely every time: the atmosphere, the service, and of course the food. Not fussy or formal in any aspect, allowing for a real appreciation for the moment and the experience. Don't miss it!

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Berkeley, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Dining at the Chez Panisse is a unique experience which cannot be missed when you are in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been spending a couple of months in France, Italy and Spain for the past 33 years where I have dined in some of the finest restaurants and, for my taste, none compare to the Chez Panisse.... More

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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Upstairs from the main dining room is the Chez Panisse Cafe. It's more relaxed than downstairs but the food is every bit as good. The Baked Goat Cheese And Lettuce salad is always a good place to start.

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Berkeley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Dined at the upstairs cafe, since we couldn't get reservations for downstairs (which is another experience all together; see the other reviews). Cafe was crowded, the service a bit rushed. Food was very good, although since we live in Berkeley and have a lot of good choices both here and in San Francisco, it didn't seem outstanding in any way:... More

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Berkeley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Alice Waters is world renowed for her creation of California cuisine. Her ingredients are always fresh and she makes broad use of local and organic supplies. One night when dining here we had a dish with the most intoxicating truffles and recieved a wonderful education on the delicacy from our waiter. The service is exquisite; the ambience is understated elegance.... More

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Berkeley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Chez Panisse has maintained its high standards of quality for around 40 years, which is quite amazing. The restaurant prides itself on serving the finest ingredients, artfully prepared. I have dined here many times and always find the food to be fresh, interesting and, most importantly, very tasty. I highly recommend it.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Because she has been around for decades, she has "spawned" numerous other popular eateries...so why not visit the still unbeatable ORIGINAL!! Locals tend to go upstairs to the Chez Panisse Cafe where you can infomally marvel over everything she makes...THE place to bring visitors...creative, and good enough for Bill and Hillary, and the woman who encouraged Michelle Obama to start... More

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