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Venus Restaurant

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2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Bancroft)
+1 510-540-5950
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:15 pm
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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91 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The waiting for this place is simply ridiculous. Food is good but not justified by the waiting time. It is also expensive. They ask you not to tip the waiters and it shows in the service. We waited 20 minutes just to order food and then another 20 minutes for the food to come.

Thank jawa13
Arlington, Virginia, United States
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95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some friends who are locals took us out to this restaurant. It is a California organic food type of place, with a small but good menu. I had the fish and chips, which came with home fries instead of french fries, which was nice. The batter was puffy like tempura and the fish was very fresh. A little pricey, but... More 

Thank Betty B
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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267 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking down Shattuck Ave on Saturday night and another dining choice had more than an hour wait. My dining companion said we should try Venus which was a bit further down the street. After a quick walk we were delighted to get a table (it was pretty packed, but we were fortunate). We had a truly wonderful meal,... More 

Thank daanddo
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

After missing the chance to eat here in June, I was excited to grab a deuce after the Cal game (defeated Utah!). Sourcing from a number of local farms, we enjoyed the Lamb Tangine, Rubbed NY Strip, and Happy Boy ZLT. Wine by the glass options were limited and on high side. Greatly appreciated GF options highlighted on the menu.... More 

Thank Andrea L
Costa Mesa
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Venus is such a pleasant environment and the food is just soo good! Everything is homemade and you can taste it! This is the perfect neighborhood spot with great service, great food and you just feel all warm inside!

Thank CAHappyboy
Salt Lake City
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80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had breakfast here while staying in Berkeley. It's a quaint upscale cafe. We arrived just as they were opening so finding a table wasn't a problem, but it wasn't long before the place started filling up. We ordered the Farmers omelette and the Ranchera omelette. Both were very good and the red potatoes that came with... More 

Thank cruiselover801
Berkeley, California
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144 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Venus has been feature and fixture in Downtown Berkeley for two decades. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as weekend brunch. Food is locally sourced and cooked in a confined space kitchen. The inviting red bricked dining area can be noisy when full (which is most mornings) is highlighted by a "Specials board" that adds to the detailed... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Busy local restaurant. Went with a group of 8 for dinner and we all enjoyed our meals. Very friendly service. Would go back.

Thank cafeboy49
Emeryville CA
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Went out to dinner tonight with two friends, and the restaurant we initially had planned on going to had an insufferably long wait, so we decided to try Venus on a whim. We were all very pleased with the incredibly friendly and helpful service from both the host and the waiter. We asked about a few of the dishes on... More 

Thank ed_in_510
Orinda CA
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

I had the lamb tagine, and someone else in my party had the New York steak. They were not outstanding. Service was very good.

Thank travellin1_NorCal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:15 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Public Transportation: 3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at http://www.venusrestaurant.net
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-540-5950
Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and ranches, served in warm and lovely style in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. A favorite dinner spot for theater goers, Venus devotes itself to local and organic purveyors, creating delicious Northern California style dishes. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic, and sustainably farmed grapes, and a "New World" style of wine-making, where the fruit expresses itself. An open kitchen and banquette seating create a cozy vibe. Chef Amy Murray is a 15 year veteran of the organic, farm-to-table movement. Menus are created each month to highlight the best of the season and evoke good appetites. Venus also serves a unique brunch and lunch, and offers uncommonly good beer, wine and light cocktails. We are happy to do small parties and buy outs, and tasty lunch catering.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?