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“Graduation dinner part deux”
Review of Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse
Ranked #5 of 790 Restaurants in Berkeley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 25 - USD 100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Cedar Street
Transit: 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
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Reserved way in advance on Tuesday night after department graduation. It is an iconic restaurant and the price matches that. Fixed menu so like Gump says "you never know what you're gonna get". Service was impeccable. Food portions were perfect - we all left comfortably full. Farm fresh meal that was really nicely done.
I am not a big pork fan personally but that is what they were serving tonight so that's what I ate. It was really excellent! Weekday meal price is $100 plus service charge. The wine pairing was $85 per person. To get the full experience, we went ahead and ordered the wine pairings which were nicely complementary to the meal although I thought that was a bit pricey for what it was.

All in all, a really great experience.

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Thank B J K
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

We went to celebrate a Berkeley graduation. My mother has limited mobility and was forced to take the stairs. We made it, but access is needed. Other than that major issue, the place is amazing. The food is superb and could rival dishes anywhere in the country. The staff is the best that could be put together. They are professional and work together seamlessly. The beet salad is to die for. The duck confit was perfect. They know their way around salmon. Interestingly, they serve the best dates that can be found. The spot deserves more than a five rating but the lack of access should not be ignored for $80 lunches.

Thank JamesA1987
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This was my second time at Chez Panisse (Cafe) and it was lovely. The server was super attentive and informative. We started with the beets salad, which everyone loved. We recommend sharing dishes (the halibut is fantastic!). For dessert you have to try the ginger cake <3!!!

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Thank sashamlarkin
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

This place has a beautiful atmosphere,the restaurant is downstairs.
The service is very good and it’s a set menu which can keep the cost down.
The food is very fresh and of course it has the name of Alice Walters behind it.
However the salad is a very small portion the entree a little bit bigger but not by much, even the manager came by and asked if we were still hungry.
They have a very nice wine list with some nice reserve wines.
For what you get it’s very much overpriced but I guess you pay for the fame.
Parking on the street which not very easy to come by.

Thank dartmanbull
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I was so impressed by the staff their efficiency and attentiveness. The food was excellent. I will go back!

Thank doreeno
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