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“Very disappointed!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
510-548-5072
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Ranked #2 of 532 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very disappointed!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Food very flavoursome but extremely overpriced for what was on offer. No choice at all. We didn't even get asked what menu the members of our party wanted to have, so they just assumed we were all wanting the same and served us without any introduction to the menu. Then they took food away and started again. There is no element of choice at all so felt like maximising profit and not customer satisfaction.
We had pre warned them that we had two vegetarians and one of those gluten free. If unable to cater properly why not say so at time of booking? His meal was most unsatisfactory until we complained and they made some fish for him. By then he was eating alone, not ideal.

All in all pretty poor, outdated and tired formula.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Chinandega, Nicaragua
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Worth visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We shared a delicious lunch together with family. The salad greens are outstanding, the pizza delicious, the tuna starter was sublime. My roast chicken was perfectly cooked. Overall a great experience and i highly recommend it.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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“Delightful Food and Ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had a great lunch at the cafe upstairs at Chez Panisse a few weeks. ago. We took the BART over from SF and walked the remaining 8 blocks (on a beautiful October afternoon) and were not disappointed. The food is absolutely fresh and falvorful and inventively cooked to bring out subtle flavors of the fish (which i had) and the greens. Delicious bread, salad and desserts. The staff is gracious and not snooty.

They do have a service charge, so one doesn't really need to tip, yet it all seemed very reasonably priced for a first class meal. A very nice place to linger over lunch with family/friends.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Riyadh
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“Delicimo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

What an amazing meal - excellent food, great service, good wine selection & wonderful company. Highly recommended...but do book at least 6 weeks in advance.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Georgia Coast, Georgia
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

My wife and I joined friend there for a recent lunch. It lived up to its hype. We had reservations (a must!), and were warmly welcomed and promptly seated. As expected, the food was expertly-prepared. Classy atmosphere and classy service. Nothing on the menu disappointed. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing afternoon.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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