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Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516 (Cedar Street)
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Once in a life time meal. It was Zoroastrian New Year and the restaurant was bedecked in garlands of seasonal flowers. The Indian inspired meal was excellent, several dishes were so good they brought tears to my eyes. Not to be missed by foodies.

Thank Abby L
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant, ambiance, wine and food were all amazing! I am so glad we took the time to go and enjoy ourselves here. The portions were plenty, everything was fresh, and the food was the best I have ever had.

Thank Erin H
Berkeley, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Alice Waters created this restaurant to express her dedication to the art of the dining experience - one of the life affirming building blocks of life and of your social interactions. The food reflects that commitment. It is not just about the food (fresh ingredients, locally grown produce and meats) but about how we prepare it and the quality of... More 

Thank Robert C
Berkeley, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is for Chez Panisse Cafe, which is upstairs from Chez Panisse. I like the cafe where you can order from a menu. Downstairs is prix fix, so beware! Make a reservation!

Thank EugeniaPerricone
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I grew up in Berkeley but didn't get to eat here until I had a paying job as an adult. The food here is innovative, fresh, delicious, and everything you would want California cooking to be. Sure, it is expensive, but you know what you're getting into before you make a reservation here. A great place to celebrate a special... More 

Thank serenade828
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a review of the Cafe, which is upstairs from the Restaurant and serves casual food a la crate (as opposed to the prix fixe menu downstairs). Alice Waters created CA cuisine here and was an early pioneer of organic food. I've been eating here for 35 years about 4-5 times a year and have never been disappointed. Simple... More 

Thank Arjun D
Berkeley, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family of four went to the downstairs (four course-fixed price menu) for my son's 21st birthday. The meal: Prosecco with a basil simple syrup to start ( plus fancy grape juice for our underage daughter), a soft shelled fried shrimp amuse bouche, halibut tartare with green tomatoes and cucumber and cilantro flowers, eggplant ravioli with pesto, wood fired pork... More 

Thank LisaLikesToHike
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

For foodies, this is a top ten place to visit when in Berkeley. For a taste of local culture, I recommend the comparatively casual cafe upstairs, as opposed to the dining room downstairs. Enjoy the best service in the Bay Area for mid range priced restaurants. I eat out a lot in Berkeley, Oakland and SF, and the service is... More 

Thank Georgia S
berkeley, ca
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food at Chez Panisse is delicious if you don't have any dietary requests in the café. It appears that chefs have to follow a strict protocol. Hard to believe in Berkeley where many restaurants make food to order.

Thank elainejean
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Without being pretentious, Chez Panisse delivers the best in simple food. Every course delicately cared for, well designed and executed and delivered by caring waitstaff. A gorgeous institution and experience for any foodie. C'est tres bien.

Thank Kate B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
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?