Chez Panisse

Row 1

101 Best Restaurants in America
1517 Shattuck Ave (btwn Cedar & Vine St)
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
New American
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–2:45 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM

Celebrating more than 40 years in business, Chez Panisse is still going strong even after a devastating fire shut it down for three months in 2013. Sometimes it's hard to remember just how instrumental this place was in changing the American food scene after opening in 1971. Before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served only fresh, local foods and wrote daily menus based around the season. Alice Waters, an organic-living pioneer, is also the founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project, a foundation that brings 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 where the 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 cannellini beans — and the lively, diversified upstairs Café.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Come Monday-Thursday for a daily changing three-course menu that costs around $29.
Friday, January 29, 2010 - 13:46
When I'm in SF, I always take a trip into Berkley for dinner at Chez Panisse. Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
Food Network
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 14:19
The daily-changing menu is limited (one option per course), but not a single dish of the three courses will disappoint at this sophisticated, eco-friendly Berkeley mainstay.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:03
The sustainable/organic movement: this is where it all began. Alice Waters is truly a pioneer.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 09:51
Just across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley, Alice Waters culinary mecca is famous for its use of organic ingredients.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 09:16
Before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served onlyfresh local foods and wrote menus according to the season, if not the day.
The Daily Meal
Friday, March 4, 2011 - 05:32
A VIP tour of Waters' Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley fosters a better understanding of a healthy, self-sustained body, community and environment. 100% of the proceeds benefit Chez Panisse Foundation.
Gilt City
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 09:22
I love the decorations for Bastille Day
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 15:52
Believe the hype. (Thank you, Alice Waters.)
Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 15:39
Fantastic dinner!
Monday, June 1, 2009 - 19:42
Bill Addison:"My god, the desserts. The apricot galette looked so simple but contained the universea dance of sweet & tart, crust carrying a whiff of smoke from the oven, the vanilla ice cream."
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 07:32
Look up at bunya bunya tree before entering, smile and ask for kitchen tour at end of meal.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 23:08
It is Chez Panisse, what more can you say.
Friday, January 20, 2012 - 08:45
Great place to impress someone! Since its existence, they never served the same menu twice...
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 20:31
Get an RSVP for lunch and eat at the airy upstairs cafe for a fraction of the dinner menu cost
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 21:21
I wanted to like this place, but couldn't. Pasta was delicious, everything else was bland. Might've been just that night, but dining room demographics were scarily similar to an RNC meeting.
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 22:22
one of the 3 best dinners of my life. the other 2 @ pastis, ny & @ la cabrera, bs. as.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 19:13
I like to go to the restaurant for dinner or to the caf for a light lunch. Chez Panisse offers the perfect farm to table experience. I love coming back every few years.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:39
expensive but awesome place
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 14:53
The food is amazing! Try it all.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:59