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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
+1 510-548-5525
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fixed menu” (25 reviews)
“sherbet” (23 reviews)
“salad” (115 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The meal was fine but left a bad taste in my mouth when, after writing in a generous tip, I noticed that a 17% service charge was included in the price. At first I didn't want to make a scene thinking I was the uninformed...More

Thank godago
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant sparked the revolution in French California cuisine. Still as good as it ever was. Alice Waters is the Julia Child of the San Francisco Bay Area. Never had a bad meal. She has installed the highest standard of quality even when not on...More

Thank jfkson1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Four of us had dinner last night at the Cafe for my wife’s birthday. As with previous visits Chez Panisse did not disappoint. Lovely room, attentive service excellent food. The biggest hits were the pizzeta appetizer, the chicken main dish and the persimmon desert Can’t...More

Thank 650joshs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have dined at both the cafe and the restaurant— both are phenomenal! Last night we visited the restaurant. Prix fixe menu— you can view in my photo section (125USD pp). As a Bay Area native, this place is a must-do experience. This is where...More

Thank Z8876ZZcheryll
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing fare. The tastiest things were the garnish greens on the plate. Meal began with fig infused Prosecco- olives and radishes. Natural baby radishes, delicious- food and drink with added ingredients, bland. Tartare of fish with cress, truffles and golden beets tasted mainly of...More

Thank patriciacP5168TW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, the menu changes, but we did american classics and vegetarian middle eastern the night we were there. Always impeccable service (indeed, the standard for most excellent American restaurants is set here). Menu is constantly changing. DO the upstairs, and casual dining emerges with lots...More

Thank JoelZ195
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dined last week at Chez Panisse. It always feels like a special occasion. The restaurant continues to have a pleasant atmosphere and service is excellent. Ten years ago the food might have seemed innovative but with the improvement of many other sites, it’s a...More

Thank margareth2031
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we visit California we love sampling all the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables. This restaurant highlights fresh and local. We ate upstairs in the cafe which is a bit more casual and allows you to choose a sampling a various dishes available that day....More

Thank annalea52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was traveling in the area with a foodie friend. Where else would we go? He made a reservation at the Cafe' for a late lunch. I ordered the prix fixe lunch. It started with rolls and butter. The waiter brought sparkling water, which they...More

Thank bynw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was sad. I expected the meal to be special and it just wasn't. We had the set menu downstairs. I understood there are no choices so if you don't care for something that is what you are in for. My child summed it up...More

Thank juliedphillips
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3 October 2018|
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Response from danlet | Reviewed this property |
Agree with PeterCalc. It's worth a shot.
3 October 2018|
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Response from Scanner_Lewis | Reviewed this property |
For lunch, I would recommend the cafe. You'll get a good feeling for the food at a much lower cost than the restaurant. Lunch on Wednesday shouldn't be that difficult but you may need an earlier or later time than you... More
14 July 2018|
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Response from HandsomeHoward | Reviewed this property |
I prefer the cafe'.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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: +1 510-548-5525
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