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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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“sherbet” (23 reviews)
“galettes” (35 reviews)
“fixed menu” (22 reviews)
11:30 - 23:30All hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed a quiet evening with another couple at the Cafe. Had not been there in years although we had eaten at the downstair's restaurant last year for a birthday celebration. What a surprise. The food was every bit as delicious as the restaurant. We were...More

Thank Garrett G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner tonight at Chez Panisse. The cod, tagliatelle, and poussin were delicious. However, we were seated across from a table of four who were so loud, they gave me a headache. I learned the entire educational history of one (2 years...More

Thank gyneriley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the spur of the moment, my husband and I went to the famed Chez Panisse (the Cafe) just for dessert - our experience went over and beyond our expectations. From the moment we arrived (early afternoon), the Maitre'd/host, Server, Runner and Busser were welcoming,...More

1  Thank Jill F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably my favorite restaurant and our latest visit did not disappoint. The food is fresh with subtle and nicely blend of flavors. we also very much enjoyed the wines complementing the food.

Thank 1an96dy1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going to Chez Panisse since it opened in the 1970's. We have family celebrations there, and today was no different. Absolutely first rate food and service. The food, especially the greens and vegetables seem as though they were picked minutes before serving....More

1  Thank catsterk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cozy, busy, great food like your best French-village find. Wonderful lasagna, filled with country-side cheese flavors and tasty Italian sausage. Crowded for good reason; not inexpensive, but worth every penny.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are two Chez Panisse restaurants in the same beautiful old redwood house in downtown Berkeley. Upstairs is the Cafe, with an a la carte menu, serving lunch and dinner, and downstairs is the deservedly famous Restaurant, for dinner only, with a fixed price menu....More

Thank drsteveallen
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We had a very nice dinner. The setting was lovely but the food and the service were not memorable. Still, we were very happy to have had the experience.

Thank Mplstraveler_13
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Heard a lot about Chez Panisse so was really looking forward to it. Could only manage to get a really late reservation for my friend and I, but we were keen nonetheless. Ambience: good, cute wooden interior, very quaint. A walk past the open kitchen...More

1  Thank TravelBella
Reviewed 10 December 2017

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

3  Thank bobtrav
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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
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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