Chez Panisse

2014

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2012

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Price: 
4
Rating: 
9.10
Cuisine: 
New American
French
Hours: 
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–2:45 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
1517 Shattuck Ave (btwn Cedar & Vine St)
Berkeley 94709
(510) 548-5525
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Celebrating more than 42 years in business Chez Panisse is still going strong even after a devastating fire shut it down for three months last year. Sometimes it's hard to remember just how instrumental this place was in changing the American food scene; before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served only fresh, local foods and wrote menus daily, according to the season. Alice Waters, an organic-living pioneer, is also the founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project, a foundation that is bringing healthy breakfasts and lunches to schools across the nation. It has become fashionable to criticize this culinary icon as irrelevant, but the truth is that her restaurant's food is still superb, both in the one-menu-a-night downstairs restaurant (dishes tilt toward Italy and Provence — think white sea bass carpaccio with blood orange vinaigrette and shaved fennel, followed by spit-roasted pork shoulder with salmoriglio sauce and cannelini beans) and the lively, diversified upstairs Café.