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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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French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Over the past 3 years I have spent about 1500 dollars there at the behest of others who know the owner BAD idea. I am not spending one more dime. In addition in the past year I have not found one person (foodie) who has...More

Thank bobtrav
Reviewed 4 days ago

Rustic atmosphere, the cafe is very loud and lively but the food is amazing as expected. We ate at the cafe and I have the daily menu which included salad, main course and desert for $33.

Thank spaqueen2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff was efficient and extremely friendly. We had reservations and even though there were people waiting, we were seated within five minutes. Great atmosphere and decor. Food was truly outstanding and service was impeccable. We will make the hours drive to go back many more...More

Thank Joseph N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monday is not a great day for a great restaurant night, but Chez Panisse made it perfect. Seldom do you find perfection on a menu and the execution is also perfect. Chez Paneisse earns its reputation. It is not pretentious; it is just excellent. Every...More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I usually enjoy my meal at Chez Panisse but was disappointed this round. We had some good food - butternut squash soufflé and rockfish. However chicken dish was not good and we can do a better check dish. Quite disappointing this time a round. We...More

1  Thank katravler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience in the Chez Panisse Cafe was very good: food, service and ambiance. When the bill arrived there was a note on it saying "tips are appreciated - a 17% service charge has been added to you bill." When asked our waiter said the...More

1  Thank TominCA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with family while on vacation, for a special treat! The place is adorable and has a great ambience. The service staff were excellent and attentive. All of our meals were well prepared, tasty but overpriced! We did not have dessert there as we...More

Thank cookiegran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did not get in to eat at fixed price main dining room so this review needs to be understood as a bit of “ sour lemons” That part of Restrauant is probably fabulous But the spill over from simply FABULOUS with waiting lists for...More

1  Thank Richard1901
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

2  Thank Q. C
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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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