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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” (24 reviews)
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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 3 days ago

My wife Anne and I were in Napa for a week to celebrate her birthday. Anne has a culinary degree and admires Alice Waters, so this was a definite stop. (Just understand their month-in-advance reservation policy, which is fair to everyone). We opted for lunch...More

1  Thank joelscorp
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Go upstairs to the 'cafe' for a beautiful experience. Downstairs is more formal, never been.

Thank myworkshed
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I have dined at many Michelin starred restaurants. While eating the prix fixe menu, we couldn't help but notice the similarity to other Michelin starred restaurants. So we Googled Michelin and this place. Sure enough. They had a star here from 2006-2010....More

1  Thank Jim A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night we dined at Cafe Chez Panisse where Alice Waters started the farm to table sustainable agriculture movement in America over four decades ago and it was just as delicious as it probably was at the start! We had local halibut tartare with citrus,...More

1  Thank Jo-Ann M
Reviewed 1 week ago

When in Berkeley, definitely visit the "upstairs Cafe" which is wonderful. Though we have eaten many times at the downstairs restaurant, I went this past week to the Cafe for the first time and sat in the back section which has a nice view of...More

Thank weyl-59
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chez Panisse is an elegant restaurant, with the interior design reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright interior architecture. The food is simply outstanding. There is but one option, the night‘s four-course prix fixe at $100 (plus taxes and 17% gratuity). The main course tonight was lamb...More

2  Thank operalover939
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first time here and my wife and I enjoyed lunch in the upstairs Cafe. Dining was at capacity but the service was excellent and attentive from beginning to end. We each began with carrot and ginger soup. My wife followed with the rigatoni while...More

2  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lives up to its reputation as a fantastic place to eat. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere stunning, and every bite of every dish was really very very good. Even something that sounded common place like mandarins for dessert, sparkle! We will be back. Jonathan...More

1  Thank Tracy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate in the Café upstairs. I had the menu of the day, which was a beautiful simple salad, pasta stuffed with butternut squash in a mushroom, sage and butter sauce and Meyer Lemon ice cream with berries for dessert. I had 2 glasses of...More

1  Thank Bjorne3888
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful food and ambiance in the upstairs cafe! There was Exceptional service from phone reservation to check out. Loved it!

Thank Christine M
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18 February 2018|
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Response from DK8989 | Reviewed this property |
Casual clean dress is fine
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.
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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 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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