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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Ranked #3 of 598 restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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81% Recommend
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Overgaard, Arizona
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Not what she used to be. Too much emphasis on rushing to get the tables turned to even notice the people eating in the restaurant. I'm through having dining experiences like I had today. God forbid the waitress dared to speak to us. That could burn up an entire minute. Not at all congruent with the original philosophy that built... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Between the ages of 17 and 24, a man may go to a woman because she lets him and it is all so new. When he is over 30 and has children, he may go back to that woman because he remembers how special it was to be with her. But as he looks around and sees how desperate she... More

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Sacramento, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had dinner at Chez Panisse Cafe, our reservation was for 8:45pm on a Friday night (earliest time available when we tried to book about a week ahead). Found parking around the corner and was seated right away. The upstairs cafe was bustling and feels like the inside of a craftsman style home. Our waiter was efficient and very professional... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Sadly, I had not heard of Alice Waters and her philosophy on food until very recently. I was lucky enough to have lunch at her Chez Panisse Cafe and what a revelation! We made an event of our lunch and had three courses and a lovely bottle of wine. It was divine and I am not sure I have enough... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We celebrated a reunion with friends from Australia and locals to Berkeley at Chez Panisse. One of our party had allergies but the restaurant was so accommodating and adapted each of her dishes. Our waiter was very attentive and made sure she had exactly what she could eat. The food was excellent and luckily we all chose different dishes so... More

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Dallas TX
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

OK, on a side trip to Berkeley as part of a longer CA trip, I was thrilled (and made a big deal out of) to score last-minute reservations at Chez Panisse. I have long admired Alice Waters for her culinary vision and creativity, and commitment to local and organic foods. I had the whole family jazzed about going. In short,... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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119 reviews 119 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

salad drenched in green goddess dressing. 'seafood' ravioli was salty and had to be returned for the chicken was had no flavor and was very fatty. nectarine galette was delicious.

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Dublin, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had not been to Chez Panisse since it reopened a year ago after repairing the damage from March 2013 fire. I wanted to go back and to eat downstairs, where you have only the tasting menu, rather than upstairs at the cafe, where you order a la carte. To me the classic Chez Panisse experience is the tasting menu.... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Have been to Berkley many times but it took meeting Alice Waters in my hometown Madison Wi to make a commitment to a reservation. Spoke to her after she was the guest lecturer at the UW Madison speaking about the whole food movement she began in the early 1970's . The dinner was wonderful as was the ambience and company.... More

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Santa Cruz, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Last night we had dinner in the Chez Panisse Cafe, upstairs from the world famous Chez Panisse, both owned by Alice Waters, who was sitting at the table next to ours. The four of us all ordered different dishes and shared around the table. We were unanimous in all liking our meals. I had the pork loin. It was thin... More

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