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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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“fixed menu” (25 reviews)
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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 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for dinner with a friend who had never been.She loved it! Alice Waters was the mother of nouvelle cuisine and now is certainly the grandmother! Still the freshest ingredients and the most beautiful presentation. The use of seasonal ingredients are always spot on...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank bridgeth52
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a special occasion restaurant. Our son made the reservation - and we are so glad he did. Everything served was unique and delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to really dine out and make the evening something special. We will...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ArkansasAmtraker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This iconic restaurant was all we hoped it would be. The service was spot on, the food was perfect and delicious. We each had something different from the menu -- fish, lamb and pork. Well prepared. We also had dessert, which we split three ways,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pesp
Reviewed 16 December 2018

We had another lovely meal upstairs. The carrot soup with creme fraiche appetizer was delish, and my husband adored his baked chevre with lettuces. He enjoyed the spicy clams as an entree, while I had the freshly made pasta with wildmushrooms and gremolata. So satisfying....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pamelaao2018
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

I have been both upstairs and downstairs a number of times. Love the ambiance. But the food has been way too salty for me. And downstairs, very precious. I do love the flower arrangements and the gorgeous interiors. But it’s not downhome enough for me.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MzSandy
Reviewed 10 December 2018

While on a business trip, my wife and I were able to snag a table at the last minute. We loved the entire experience. Entrees were fresh and original. The staff was extremely accommodating, friendly, and highly professional. It was a memorable dining experience and...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Chikarasailor
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Visited Chez Panisse a week ago with family in a small celebration occasion. A superb experience. All detail bases were covered to high standards levels. We ordered the day´s menu for lunch on the second floor of this extremely pleasant restaurant (menu changes everyday) which...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Nando T
Reviewed 27 November 2018

Wow. We had such a lovely meal at Chez Panisse. Every course was deliciously prepared. As a Cal Grad I had always wanted to try this place and we finally worked it in to our travel plans. Worth the effort to secure a reservation! Of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jocomitchells
Reviewed 16 November 2018 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

Date of visit: November 2018
4  Thank godago
Reviewed 12 November 2018 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

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jfkson1
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28 December 2018|
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Response from BakerStreetInn | Reviewed this property |
I am not positive, but I think at lunch, it was $30.00, but just call and ask! We had a $200.00 bottle of wine as we were celebrating two birthdays, so whatever it was, was worth it!
3 October 2018|
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Response from Daniel S | 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
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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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