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“Not pretentious at all, just good!”
Review of Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse
Ranked #2 of 712 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Cedar Street
Transit: 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
Reviewed January 25, 2013

We had a business dinner there after an all-day meeting. When I had heard that this was a well-known restaurant founded by a famous chef, I was a little concerned that they may take themselves just a little too seriously. You know, the cliche of the tiny portions and rude service. Really, I was very pleasantly surprised. The service was friendly and efficient, the atmosphere comfortable and all the food was fantastic. I had the fish and shellfish brodetto (which to me, is stew), the homemade ice cream and the mushroom soup to start. The food was much lighter than many French cuisine meals I have had, and the flavors were subtle and really tasty. Okay, now I can see why Alice Waters is a famous chef and why this restaurant is so well-known. It deserves its outstanding reputation, and I'm a fan.

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Thank Mark B
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

What food! Set menu, no choice, but who cares! Tuna appetizer with an interesting, eclectic preparation. Coco Vin to die for. The kind of meal that leaves you wondering why can't all chicken taste this good?

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

After about three decades Chez Panisse still serves some of the best meals anywhere in the world. It's all in the ingredients and letting the flavors speak for themselves. It's all rather simply prepared with a good deal of restraint to create a tasty and tasteful dining experience. The only drawback downstairs is that you have to make a reservation before you know what the menu will be for the night. If that doesn't work for you, stick with the upstairs cafe, with a full ala carte menu.

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Thank WorldTravelerJJ
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Eating at Chez Panisse had long been on our bucket list. What an astonishing waste of money. The food was bland, the service indifferent and the overall experience was a terrible disappointment. I cannot fathom how this restaurant continues to receive so many accolades. The only bright spot was the lovely older couple seated at the next table with whom we struck up a conversation . We are returning to Berkeley in March but will steer clear of this restAurant. If you want a superb dining experience I suggest you head up to Barndiva in Healdsburg!

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you can get a table in the cafe at Chez Panisse, the food is still seasonal, regional and excellent. It has a very nice wine list with reasonable prices. Parking is a problem, but it is worth walking several blocks to enjoy the food.

Thank QueenOfTheR0ad
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