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Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516 (Cedar Street)
(510) 548-5525
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 11, 2015

My husband and i reserved a table at the cafe (upstairs) for dinner through Open Table. When we arrived a lovely women greeted us and showed us to our table. Although I had indicated in our Open Table reservation that I was a celiac (gluten free) there was no acknowledgment that any of the staff had read this alert. When... More 

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1 Thank PhoebeFranny
Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2015

Though the place was hard to see from the street, it looked lovely inside. Our first time there and went with friends. Nice service. Only complaint was that the main course came out lukewarm, which was a bit of a surprise as they offered no choice on the prix fixe menu so that was the only main course they had.... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2015

I had heard a great deal about Alice Waters' Chez Panisse and her commitment to the freshest food. But that was years ago, I'd never been there, and was anxious to determine for myself if it was (still) as good as had been reported. Yes, this remains an extraordinary restaurant and I look forward to returning to Chez Panisse with... More 

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1 Thank Tim O
Alamo, California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

You will never be disappointed! I have been many times before and it's always wonderful. I took a visiting foodie friend for a late lunch and everything was perfect. For a famous restaurant you will never experience the snobby vibe. The staff is so accommodating and knowledgable. . We had four courses sharing two of them. A glorious three hours!... More 

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Thank Marianne S
park city utah
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65 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2015

Lived up to my expectations...beautifully prepared fresh ingredients in a lovely, thoughtful setting.

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Thank Pub2
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

We recently had a wonderful meal at this destination restaurant. Everything was perfect: food, service, surroundings. A lovely evening!

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Thank Karen H
Winter Park, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2015

my son and wife made reservations to coincide with his birthday and my visit to California. We arrived early, but they were ready and welcoming. We shared 3 entrees: bass, steak, and clams. All of the dishes and sides were exquisite. I won't go into detail, because the menu changes constantly. Everything was fresh and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The... More 

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Thank Delle M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2015

We've been here many times over the past 20 years. Truly, it never disappoints. One of our friends said " You know, dinner was really just a glass of wine, roast chicken, mashed potatoes and carrots. But, damn if that wasn't the best glass of wine, roast chicken, mashed potatoes and carrots I've ever eaten!" Does not get any better... More 

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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had booked reservations with Open Table for the restaurant to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. This was later confirmed by a phone call from the restaurant. However, upon arrival, we were told by the downstairs manager that our reservations were for the café. I told him that this was not acceptable, we were there to celebrate an anniversary and had... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2015

By extreme, I mean the entire experience of food, ambience, and warmth of the staff was worth every penny. If you are in the area of N. Berkeley, CA, you must set aside a couple of hours to dine and enjoy this remarkable restaurant. I could enumerate all the things we had for appetizers, dinner, and dessert, but I'd be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, 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: (510) 548-5525

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