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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
(510) 548-5525
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“galette” (34 reviews)
“sherbet” (22 reviews)
“fixed menu” (20 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviews (1,158)
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I went to Chez Panisse for lunch. For starter I had a salad. It was lovely and fresh. For main I had the squid which was amazing! The dessert, apricot tart, a bit disappointing but I feel that is only due to preference. The service...More

Thank GiulZ_SA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a terrific experience. The Cafe was able to accommodate eight of us. We started with a terrific Chablis, delightful salads and appetizers. The salad greens were fantastic, the ceviche was delightful. Foe main course several of us had the squab, terrific, the steak...More

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After seeing a PBS special on Alice Waters and her farm to market movement, I immediately booked a table for my trip to San Francisco. I took my daughter and her husband to the cafe as she noted that the main restaurant menu is prix...More

Thank Ray C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I last ate here for lunch, almost 30 years ago. Our dinner was wonderful. It's not hyperbole to say that you TASTE the essence of the foods they serve. A simple cucumber spear was sublime. The sparkling wine had a house-made syrup of nectarine and...More

Thank janebeard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at Chez Panisse to celebrate a graduation from Berkeley Haas. Our meal was a great success. I've never had such great pesto. We even kept asking for more bread. All three courses were delicious. Well worth the price.

Thank amasland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here on a recommendation. The food was very tasty and service was good. Depending on where you sit, can be crowded - we were upstairs in the front. Nice wine list. Not sure I would go back, but was...More

Thank Cordon J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate in the downstairs restaurant, which I booked on the earliest day out (30-days in advance). This area is the full meal deal and the menu is prepared only days in advance - so at the time of booking we had not idea what...More

Thank Travelalot247
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say HUUUGE disappointment...Have not been in 8 years.Wow just wow! Cannot even ORDER A DECENT GLASS OF WINE THE WAITER HAD TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO GET A DECENT ROSE OR CHARDONNAY??? WTF? we live in WINE COUNTRY, NAPA and SONOMA next...More

Thank gogobellatravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A culinary experience which stands above almost all others. My wife is an excellent, creative cook who uses fresh ingredients, reads a lot cookbooks and articles, and works hard at it. We eat very well. Upon occasion she hits it out of the park, amazing....More

1  Thank SlowCurrents
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We celebrated my brothers graduation here at the restaurant. We had an amazing meal and the server was quick to give us vegetarian options since all four of us are vegetarian.

Thank Cory H
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do we want the upstairs or downstairs cafe? Thx
15 February 2017|
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Response from FrankW-Dr_Bit | Reviewed this property |
Cheaper upstairs and more choice. Would definitely recommend for first visit.
How do I give an e-gift to this restaurant?
20 December 2016|
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Response from Sheldon S | Reviewed this property |
Telephone them to get instructions
misumi s
Are you always include 15% service charge on the bill? We are charged it and are really disappointed for that
13 December 2016|
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Response from Nancy C | Reviewed this property |
No, it is almost always up to you how much you tip but 15% is usual and customary. Only when you have a party of 8 or more do restaurants usually include the tip. I didn't realize Chez panisse included the tip. I don't think... More
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
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: (510) 548-5525
  • E-mail
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