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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
510-548-5072
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Ranked #1 of 600 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Hours:
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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Berkeley, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you can only afford to eat at Chez Panisse once then mortgage your house and do it. This is a magnificent experience. You will NOT regret it despite the size of your bill. Ben

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St Croix Virgin Islands
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83 reviews 83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My wife and I live in the Virgin Islands. Until recently we got to the Bay area twice a year as our son was in school n Palo Alto. We always try to schedule a visit to the cafe while we are here. We always love walking in to the space. We always love looking at the menu and figuring... More

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Berkeley, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

(Note: this review is for the upstairs Café.) This is probably the closest restaurant to my home, so in a sense, it's my "neighborhood joint." This doesn't mean I eat here a lot; it means I rather take it for granted. Chez Panisse has been doing -- in effect -- the same thing since its inception in 1971: making delicious... More

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

you simply can't miss this restaurant! I had an amazing meal based on top quality local products perfectly cooked.

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Seattle, Washington
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343 reviews 343 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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

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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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