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Venus Restaurant

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2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Bancroft)
+1 510-540-5950
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 14:15
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San Luis Obispo County, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite haunts in Berkeley for breakfast. Located on Shattuck Ave in the heart of the University area, frequented by students, alums and travelers. Sunday brunch very popular. Expect a line so get there early. Great Food!

Thank OxshottDave
Alexandria, Virginia
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This place doesn't look like much from outside, but the food and coffee are excellent if you're looking for a breakfast option. Crab eggs Benedict anyone?? Yum! I had eggs with fresh goat cheese and acorn squash, which were really delicious. The staff is friendly and efficient. My hubby and I enjoyed ourselves so much we returned for dinner and... More 

Thank Bunny22314
Wellington, Florida
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77 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The quality of the breakfast food at this place was really good. Organic, healthy, crunchy - exactly what you'd expect from a place in Berkeley. The portions were a little weak, but the service was lacking. Getting silverware and more water was a challenge. This is a no gratuity place - hence the higher prices - and I was fine... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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140 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The waiting for this place is simply ridiculous. Food is good but not justified by the waiting time. It is also expensive. They ask you not to tip the waiters and it shows in the service. We waited 20 minutes just to order food and then another 20 minutes for the food to come.

Thank jawa13
Arlington, Virginia, United States
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Some friends who are locals took us out to this restaurant. It is a California organic food type of place, with a small but good menu. I had the fish and chips, which came with home fries instead of french fries, which was nice. The batter was puffy like tempura and the fish was very fresh. A little pricey, but... More 

Thank Betty B
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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272 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were walking down Shattuck Ave on Saturday night and another dining choice had more than an hour wait. My dining companion said we should try Venus which was a bit further down the street. After a quick walk we were delighted to get a table (it was pretty packed, but we were fortunate). We had a truly wonderful meal,... More 

Thank daanddo
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

After missing the chance to eat here in June, I was excited to grab a deuce after the Cal game (defeated Utah!). Sourcing from a number of local farms, we enjoyed the Lamb Tangine, Rubbed NY Strip, and Happy Boy ZLT. Wine by the glass options were limited and on high side. Greatly appreciated GF options highlighted on the menu.... More 

Thank Andrea L
Costa Mesa
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Venus is such a pleasant environment and the food is just soo good! Everything is homemade and you can taste it! This is the perfect neighborhood spot with great service, great food and you just feel all warm inside!

Thank CAHappyboy
Salt Lake City
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80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had breakfast here while staying in Berkeley. It's a quaint upscale cafe. We arrived just as they were opening so finding a table wasn't a problem, but it wasn't long before the place started filling up. We ordered the Farmers omelette and the Ranchera omelette. Both were very good and the red potatoes that came with... More 

Thank cruiselover801
Berkeley, California
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148 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Venus has been feature and fixture in Downtown Berkeley for two decades. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as weekend brunch. Food is locally sourced and cooked in a confined space kitchen. The inviting red bricked dining area can be noisy when full (which is most mornings) is highlighted by a "Specials board" that adds to the detailed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2327 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Public Transportation: 3 Blocks South of Downtown Berkeley BART Station, more information at http://www.venusrestaurant.net
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-540-5950
Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and ranches, served in warm and lovely style in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. A favorite dinner spot for theater goers, Venus devotes itself to local and organic purveyors, creating delicious Northern California style dishes. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic, and sustainably farmed grapes, and a "New World" style of wine-making, where the fruit expresses itself. An open kitchen and banquette seating create a cozy vibe. Chef Amy Murray is a 15 year veteran of the organic, farm-to-table movement. Menus are created each month to highlight the best of the season and evoke good appetites. Venus also serves a unique brunch and lunch, and offers uncommonly good beer, wine and light cocktails. We are happy to do small parties and buy outs, and tasty lunch catering.

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