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Venus Restaurant

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2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Bancroft)
3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at http://www.venusrestaurant.net
510-540-5950
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good for dinner

Although I've heard a lot of good things about their brunches, I have only had dinner at Venus. Their pasta was good and creamy. The space is a kind of cramped so you pretty much can hear everything people on other tables are saying. Also, slightly pricey. Excited to try their brunch though!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Margarita F
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is of superb quality..... but it seems to have an acquires taste... that definitely shouldn't be the case for breakfast or brunch.. all of the beverages were wonderful.

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Thank Teresa M
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although I've heard a lot of good things about their brunches, I have only had dinner at Venus. Their pasta was good and creamy. The space is a kind of cramped so you pretty much can hear everything people on other tables are saying. Also, slightly pricey. Excited to try their brunch though!

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Thank Margarita F
Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We arrived just after 6 on a Saturday evening. We were seated right away. The restaurant only had a few people when we arrived but was full when we left about 7:30. The tangine was excellent. My husband had the short ribs and they were very good too! Service was friendly and good. This is not a place for a... More 

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Thank motherbird2014
Walnut Creek, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

The pork sandwich with some awesome sauce was great. The fish and chips had the lightest costing, not greasy, fresh fish flavor.

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Thank Rod M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Venus offers the best in healthy, delicious food. Specialty coffees and teas started off our meal followed by the best egg scramble I ever ate...with squash and goat cheese. Service was top notch as well. Truly exceptional!

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Thank KarlaandDenny
Tampa, Florida
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Love, love, love all the wonderful food. My Rock Fish & Chips was elevated to another level. The fish was lightly battered and fluffy in appearance. It was hot, moist and flavorful. The "chips" were more like char grilled potato wedges. The cole slaw was a refreshing side. The tartar sauce was smooth and creamy and there was a dill... More 

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Thank Connie I
Medlow Bath, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I visited this restaurant twice in the four days I was in Berkeley - the quality and service really stood out. The second visit was on game day and the wait was roughly 45 mins, but was still worth it. They are fresh, fast and vibrant.

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Thank Adam D
Benicia, California
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

We tried Venus on Sunday morning. There was a long wait. Parking was fine, the area seems safe, and sidewalk is wide. Berkeley has its own vibe, kind of well used. (Venus is on Shattuck, close to Telegraph near the UC Berkeley campus). Venus is one of my daughter's favorite places to eat. I thought the food offerings , were... More 

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Thank csutt
Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I was excited to try this place based on all the reviews I saw online, especially looking forward to their version of eggs benedict (I think it was called Venus Benedict) that everyone was raving about. They turned out to be just okay IMHO, with yolk a little bit less runny than they should be. Coffee was pretty bad. Service... More 

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Thank HooverHawk
Los Angeles, California, United States
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I love going out to breakfast, and Venus is the best breakfast restuarant in Berkeley. Everything's great, but try the ricotta pancakes. Small, often crowded. Very Berkeley!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    (Bancroft)
  • 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: 510-540-5950

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:15 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?