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“WOW! Surpassed my expectations!”
Review of Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse
Ranked #2 of 703 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Los Angeles, California
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“WOW! Surpassed my expectations!”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

You know, when you have wanted to go to a restaurant for years and years and finally go - well, you have expectations and wonder if it is all that people say it is! Well, it was! and then some! My husband and I went to the Cafe upstairs. We had a lovely view in the alcove and a most amazing meal! We had ordered different items so we can try many things and everything was so good - not kidding - every bite! I kept saying - I can't believe it, this is so delicious! so definitely make a reservation and treat yourself and someone else to a beautiful experience!

  • Visited December 2013
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Portland
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“An old dowager gone seed”
Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

In the 70s and 80s CP was innovative and led the way for California cuisine. But in the 20-2100 period it has not evolved. I have dined there at least 10 times over the years (I live close by) and it can be hit or miss, same with the service. It is sadly like visiting an old aunt, you have respect but they are getting old. A piece of nostalgia past it's prime. I am sure people will disagree but I needs to move on, if it is capable.

  • Visited October 2013
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Berkeley, California
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Café and restaurant back in business after fire”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I first went to Chez Panisse shortly after it opened, in the late 1960s. I have been many times since. Despite many changes in chefs and staff, it has always been true to the philosophy of Chez Panisse. After the fire in the summer of 2013, the structure was found deficient in any ways (lots of dry rot), so the fire has some positive impact on the restaurant. Happily, the food is at least as good, if not better, than before the fire - and the space is better utilized. Whether restaurant or café, the food is great and the experience worthy of a special occasion!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank foodlover837
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Warren, New Jersey
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247 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Wonderful early New Years Dinner”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We had a wonderful early dinner New Years eve at the Cafe. The food was excellent. We had stuffed game hen which was prepared great. The deserts were wonderful as well. Service was attentive and great. Highly recommend this place

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Andrew K
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Bruxe.les
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great californian culinary experience”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Fusion of californian and french cuisine. It gives energy to traditional french cuisine. Very fine and gourmet, the service is also excellent.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Alex L
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