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Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516 (Cedar Street)
+1 510-548-5072
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11:30 am - 10:30 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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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner in the cafe upstairs ( only beer and wine are served here). The setting is elegant and casual, lots of wood with touches of brass. The service is prompt and efficient. We shared the pizza with nettles, artichokes and a side of anchovies-the pizza crust was pretty close to perfect-exactly the correct amount... More 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Eight years ago we ate in the café upstairs here and this time we ate at the prix fixe restaurant downstairs. Both were delightful experiences. The first time, chef Alice Waters was out, preparing President Obama's first inaugural dinner. This time we got to speak with her briefly, and she made sure our arrival was noted by her staff. I... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you can book on Monday, the value is excellent. Attentive service, always reliable menu -- good even if you really don't like the ingredients. The wait staff is able to alter the ingredients if you ask. If you really prefer the bread served at the cafe upstairs, they will be happy to get it for you. Dining at the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We live in the city but we like to stay at the Claremont in Berkeley which is a Fairmont hotel now. We got an uber to Chez Panisse and everything we had was super delicious! It's a pre fix menu. I highly recommend going! You will be happy you did! Cheers

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madrid
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always eat in the Café. The room is beautiful: Mission-style setting, earthenware from Heath Ceramics, flattering warm and glowing lighting, perfect service. oh yes.....and the food. I think that over the years I have just about eaten every single item on the wonderful menu. This last time we were a party of four and we shared the vegetable tagine,... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone interested in the arc of fine dining history in this country; coupled with the farm/local to table movement of the past 40 years should eat at Chez Panisse even if the food was only "good". However, the food and the service were both very good / great when we dined there at the end of December. Will happily return... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently booked a dinner at Chez Panisse to celebrate the birthday of someone very special to me. I was quite pleased with our dining experience, though not blown away. For the price, I thought the experience could have been better. It had been many years since I last dined at Chez Panisse, and somehow I felt the luster had... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate in the Cafe, which was outstanding. White tablecloths, outstanding maitre d' and waitstaff and delicious food. Cozy and warm.

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Oakland, California
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176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for a special occasion or business lunch (or both!), this has a lively atmosphere, wood craftsman-style furnishings. Food is pricy as expected, but the wine list offers some reasonably priced options.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chez Panisse still stands strong as a top 10 best restaurants in California or even the US. A trip to Northern California, is never complete with-out a visit to Chez Panisse. The food, the service, the atmosphere, etc, etc. BUT....... a small blemish.... Ahh the lost art of properly crumbling a table - the sweeps left and right and then... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
French, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
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: +1 510-548-5072

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?