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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 4 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a special dining experience while in Berkeley, this is the place. They have a fixed menu, so you are at their mercy. however everything we had was impeccably sourced and seasoned. Yellow and red pepper soup with lobster and shellfish...More

Thank George C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had lunch here thinking it would be a better value. With our bill coming to $117 including their mandatory service charge but without ANY beverages I thought this was a bit high. We shared a salad and had one entree each and split a...More

Thank christopherpee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Comfortable atmosphere with an interesting menu. Options change daily, and were delicious. We ate in the café and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the preparation of foods from organic ingredients. Staff was attentive to our needs and responsive to our requests. We will come...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting a restaurant as famous as Chez Panisse can be risky. My experience is that sometimes a famous place does not live up to the hype. But the Chez Panisse Café showed me that both their approach to the menu and how they run the...More

1  Thank Hikergourmet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at the cafe. We came early and they were able to squeeze us in. From the moment I walked into the restaurant, I knew this would be an extraordinary dining experience. From the Maitre d' to the waitstaff' everyone was very welcoming. The...More

Thank darlenelynn
Reviewed 15 September 2017

First off I want to say is that the people who work for and with Chez Panisse get paid appropriately for all the hard work and above all attention to detail, from suppliers to the servers. Not every restaurant cares to make this much of...More

Thank sdkimbrough
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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.
20 December 2016|
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Response from Sheldon S | Reviewed this property |
Telephone them to get instructions
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 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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