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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
+1 510-548-5525
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“sherbet” (23 reviews)
“galettes” (35 reviews)
“fixed menu” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an amazing culinary experience. A must do. Food, service, ambiance, all EXCELLENT. Hope to go back again next time we are in Berkeley.

Thank Kerry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for dinner at Chez Panisse. Friends had called and reserved a big table for all of us...and we went excitedly to the shrine for we locavores. I have always been a fan of Alice Waters, her ideas, her projects, her restaurant and the...More

1  Thank Q. C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter surprised me with a birthday weekend in San Francisco to get us out of the oppressive valley heat. The high in San Francisco was 106° this weekend. So much for escapes! Chez Panisse, however warm, is always a culinary escape. It’s been our...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably one of the ten best restaurants in the US. The food is always the freshest available, the preparation amazing, the service of the highest quality and the atmosphere the most welcoming. The only drawback is getting a reservation! I would recommend it without question...More

Thank Kenneth E N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food is simple and phenomenal. Reasonable price for excellent quality of food. Service was ok, not bad not great. Could have just been our server. The ambiance and wine were wonderful. Would return every time we are in town if I could get a reservation....More

Thank Jo S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Flavors were on point. Staff was mostly all smiles. But, I expected more care and attention to detail, for the price. Slightly disappointed, with the hype of this restaurant.

Thank Quyen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely lunch in the upstairs space. Food and service are both excellent, and it is relaxing and quiet.

Thank Laura W
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I read, herd and watched a lot about this restaurant and its agenda. I have booked about 6 weeks in advance for dinner for 4 people on a Friday night. Service and hospitality were very nice but the food has no different than what we...More

Thank Leah T
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I wanted to try this Berkeley institution. Staff and atmosphere are nice. The food is fresh, not really inventive, well presented and full of flavor. However, nothing exceptional, just good cuisine. We took the wine pairing (65$) - good choices but really young wines (most...More

Thank Seb A
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

My husband & I had an incredibly delicious lunch at the Cafe Chez Panisse today. I have been hearing about this restaurant for decades and can confirm now, from my own experience, that it lives up to it's most excellent reputation. Everything was delicious from...More

Thank Tracey S
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17 November 2017|
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Response from Kenneth E N | Reviewed this property |
If you don't have a reservation good luck. Arriving when the restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. might get you a table in the Café, and there would be no wait, but if you get there after 6:00 p.m. you will have quite a wait.
5 July 2017|
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Response from Daniel S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Two years ago, friends gave us a gift cert for Chez Panisse. I recommend calling the restaurant directly.
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.
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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