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All 599 Berkeley Restaurants

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
510-548-5072
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Ranked #1 of 599 Restaurants in Berkeley
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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London, UK
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107 reviews 107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Finally made it to the famous Chez Panisse. The food was good, but not amazing. I know it was revolutionary at one time, but now you can get such meals at many places. Indeed we dined out at 5 different restaurants on this trip to the bay area and I would rank this 4th out of the 5. I will... More

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Chicago, IL
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345 reviews 345 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We had an early reservation at the Cafe, since we had just arrived in CA. The restaurant is in a house on the Berkeley gourmet ghetto. The cafe is up some rather steep stairs. The service was good, with only a minor delay regarding a drink order. The menu is limited, but has fresh seasonal ingredients prepared in interesting ways.... More

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Redmond, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

A very good friend of ours invited us to their son's wedding. You cannot believe the food that was provided to us. From the hoerduerves, to the main course, and the salds --- the only word we can say is "FANTASTIC". definitely, IF YOU HAVE OCCASION TO GO TO THE RESTAURANT, you will not be disappointed and bet you will... More

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Sydney
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We took an early booking and were welcomed promptly. The Californian wines were extremely enjoyable. The set menu offered a good variety however I feel our first course had too many flavours. The risotto was delicious and the pork, melt in your mouth. The dessert was also tasty.

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Service was very good, but there were too few menu options at lunch, and those available were just okay. Climbing the stairs is not easy for some people. Didn't live up to its reputation.

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Wooster, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

enjoyed eating downstairs. even with fixed menu, food was to the liking for everyone in our party. Great food and service. had drinks at the bar upstairs, while we waited for table to be ready. look forward to trying the cafe upstairs, next time in Berkeley.

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Oakland, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely provencal meal in September, and have always been happy to be here. I think this is five star, however I've seen people have unrealistic expectations so I wanted folks to realize that this is a different place!! This isn't your standard three star restaurant, as it isn't as formal, and isn't as drill sargent routine as... More

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15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Simply wonderful. The accolades are well deserved. The luncheon menu is a joy - simple fare, elegantly prepared. Full flavors and attractive presentation. The service is attentive and anticipatory. All around excellence makes this a top choice to be visited again and again.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Yes, "The Art of Simple Food" is the title of one of Alice Water's cookbook's and for good reason. She excels at making simple food an art form. Nothing smothered and covered or swimming in sauce here. Just good, local, fresh, seasonal food prepared simply. She lets the ingredients shine and speak for themselves. This is a restaurant I've always... More

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Brossard, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were there on a Monday, one of the few restaurants that were open and we were quite pleased with our choice. We had reserved a few months ago and we were happy to have done so as the place was full. We were given a small table in the main floor restaurant (upstairs is more like a bistro). Our... More

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