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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 - 22:30
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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New York, NY
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Berkeley for the day and stumbled across Chez Panisse, and decided to go in without a reservation. The hostess was extremely warm and inviting and gave us a lovely table overlooking the front terrace. We had the Menu du Jour, which includes a starter, main course and dessert for $32 and were amazed by the presentation and... More 

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Asheville, NC
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251 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch at the upstairs cafe at Chez Panisse on a Monday and it was completely full (advance reservations are a must). It was easy to see why this Berkeley institution remains so popular. It is elegant and understated and even when busy it is not too loud. The service is extremely attentive and professional but not intrusive. You... More 

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Davis, California
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103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for lunch and the meal was excellent as usual except that my meatball with bucatini was not as flavorful as I had expected. My wife said her dungeness crab was very good as was our baked goat cheese salad. We also shared a chocolate pave dessert which was excellent.

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Thank Stan N
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had wanted to eat at Chez Panisse for years and finally had the chance recently. I loved it, especially the galette. The fish stew was good, but the shaved seasonal vegetables were disappointing (eg, there was a thin slice of greenish carrot). Wine was excellent. The trouble is one's expectations are sky-high, so even a minor thing like a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is as good as it ever was. Upstairs is the part that is accessible to mortals with advance reservation. To my taste the wines (and corking charges) are too expensive but carefully selected like everything at that place. I wish they could lower the wine price somewhat so that they would make up on the volume. I did... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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212 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has been on my bucket list for 25 years or more. I have been loosely keeping tabs on Alice Waters' successes and waiting for a chance to try her innovative restaurant. Love the space, warm wood tones and Art Deco inspired decor. The open kitchen is both beautiful and enticing. The food is truly special. A generous board... More 

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Thank albertasn0wbird
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chez Panisse world famous and always crowded....you can eat upstairs and have a great meal....sit in the bar and have wonderful wine while waiting for a table...we ate downstairs once because a reservation was canceled and we were lucky to ve asked to take the table....it takes months to get reservations "downstairs"

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Thank David Paul T
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chex Panisse is a Berkeley institution. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients presented in a very elegant setting. Food never disappoints.

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Manlius, NY
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We try to go here on every visit to the bay area. We prefer upstairs in the cafe not the more formal lower level with a fixed menu, though we have not tried it. The setting service and food are superb.

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Thank Sheldon S
Berkeley, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe because of the hype, we expected more. Maybe because it aint cheap, we expected more.fThe food is good, ate in cafe, went for lunch. Lovely setting, but the meal didn't wow us.Sustainable doesn't necessarily mean delicious.

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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
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Cuisine
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 23:30
Saturday
11:30 - 23:30
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?