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Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
+1 510-548-5525
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fixed menu” (25 reviews)
“sherbet” (23 reviews)
“salad” (111 reviews)
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM Hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I don't know what happened. I've been coming here once every 2 years or so since the late 80's. It has been *consistently* excellent except last Wednesday (August 8 2018). Maybe it was an off night. Writing in hopes that management will read. One great...More

1  Thank Ali R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, the other three are Coombeshead Farm and Gidleigh Park in England’s West Country and Inn at Little Washington outside DC. (Have never been to Blackberry Farm.). Even though we were seated for the earlier,of,the two evening seatings, there was opportunity to discuss in detail...More

Thank danlet
Reviewed 1 week ago

Almost exactly 3 years ago I reviewed the downstairs restaurant with the prix fixe menu. Today, this is a review of their upstairs cafe. First, this is a dartboard menu; you could pick at random and be happy. I would have been happier if my...More

Thank Scanner_Lewis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a pleasure to eat a perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned meal with the freshest ingredients that does not try to be froufrou like in many other fine dining places. I enjoyed every bite I had. The smoked salmon with beets, nüsslisalat and creme...More

Thank GourmandTrashPanda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I eat here about once every couple years. If you’re coming from out of town it is a place to go check out. The ambiance is pure Berkeley and quite beautiful. The arts and crafts setting is impeccable. Food is always good and well presented....More

Thank tesscalifornia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was so excited about coming here for a family meal on our holiday to California. I really wanted to love this place. We were six people, including one vegan. I think we came thirty years too late. The staff were pleasant, although run off...More

Thank Nadine S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prior to eating here I had a fantasy in mind about a very earthy yet elegant farm to table restaurant. Although the food was delicious it felt more like any upscale restaurant I had eaten in before. I was surprised at the lack of vegetarian...More

Thank Joanne K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you haven't read the book, "Coming to My Senses" by Alice Wathers, please do! After reading the book I had to eat at Chez Panisse so we flew down from Oregon just to eat there and we were not disappointed. Fantastic food, wonderful service...More

Thank BakerStreetInn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a camp counselor at Sprouts Cooking Club and Chez Panisse kindly hosted us during one of our camp days. Our group of 16 kids (ages 7-12) were given a tour of the building, tasted samples of the local produce, and heard the backstory...More

Thank Samantha Y
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

I recently visited Chez Panisse for dinner with my husband, son and daughter-in-law. I had dined in the cafe several years ago and thought it was great so was very much looking forward to dinner in the main restaurant. We were there on a weekend...More

Thank jillbellacicco
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July 13, 2018|
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Response from HandsomeHoward | Reviewed this property |
I prefer the cafe'.
February 17, 2018|
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Response from Kerry B | Reviewed this property |
Upstairs it is casual but don’t wear short shorts and flip flops :)
November 16, 2017|
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Response from Kenneth E N | Reviewed this property |
If you don't have a reservation good luck. Arriving when the restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. might get you a table in the Café, and there would be no wait, but if you get there after 6:00 p.m. you will have quite a wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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: +1 510-548-5525
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