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Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516 (Cedar Street)
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Malmo, Sweden
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had the cucumber salad followed by the sole - simple, delightful dishes. A cooking that truly stands out in its combination of excellent produce and subtle flavours. Highly recommended.

Thank Vaksan
Hercules, California
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161 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hi gang, Our nephew gave us a $200 gift certificate for Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Reservation was for 5:45 pm. Very friendly staff, professional in every way. The have a fixed menu changed daily so whatever is listed is what you gonna get. As a previous TA member stated, the bread bowl was fresh and tasty but served cold. Not... More 

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Houston, Texas
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110 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our reservation at Chez Panisse was the entire reason that we spent 1 night in Berkeley; it was absolutely worth it. The venue is classic and understated - it's not too stuffy, but is definitely quite elegant. Dress in the restaurant ranged everywhere from "dressy casual" to "semi-formal". The waiters were a bit stuffy (trained to be extremely formal, I... More 

Thank XCrun12345
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

To be honest, we were disappointed. The food was good, the service was stuffy. This was a pinnacle and maybe in my mind I overrated the experience. The value was not great either...sorry.

Thank beatrice s
Redding, Connecticut
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121 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cehz Panisse has a well deserved excellent reputation. Certainly the service is excellent but when it comes to food in the Cafe just expect very good not anything that is particularly memorable.

Thank Hilltopman44
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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151 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I made a late lunch reservation in the cafe. We heard that it was outstanding and it lived up to the hype. The cafe is on the second floor above the main restaurant that serves in the evening. Our table was ready when we arrived even though it was quite crowded. They had teams of servers waiting... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been eating at Chez Panisse almost since it first opened. While perhaps not as influential or ground-breaking as it once was, it is still a most worthwhile place to eat with fresh ingredients locally sourced and great food. The wine list is good if not expansive. The service is always impeccable.

Thank sgtmother
upstate NY
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209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading about Alice Walters, we finally had an opportunity to get a reservation. The experience was nice. Food, service and presentation were all top shelf.

Thank abarasol
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend Chez Panisse. In fact, it was probably the overall best restaurant I have ever been to. The restaurant is gorgeous inside. It is not too large, and guests can see right into the kitchen. All of the food was tasty and memorable. The attention to detail made each course a unique work of art. If you like... More 

Thank borose3
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been wanting to dine again at Chez Panisse for 10+ years, having traveled/spent time in the Bay area for decades on both business and holiday. It is still the gold standard for excellent food and service, despite no longer its reign as the hippest, "in" place to dine. A group of 4 of us (2 locals, and 2 out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
French, American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
    (Cedar Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-548-5072

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