Chez Panisse

(510) 548-5525
Categories Food

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.

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The Daily Meal Editors and Community Say
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Arthur Bovino, Editor

Fine Fried Wolfe Ranch Quail and Pizza. On an early September afternoon, my first Chez Panisse experience started off perfectly fine. The dining room was still papered with the menus collected during the past 40 years of the Chez Panisse experience. There were menus for meals in honor of... Read More

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Bill Addison:"My god, the desserts. The apricot galette looked so simple but contained the universe—a dance of sweet & tart, crust carrying a whiff of smoke from the oven, the vanilla ice cream."
Basil Siddiqui
expensive but awesome place
Angela Galen
The food is amazing! Try it all.
Denise Chew
Buttermilk fried ANYTHING is the best at the Cafe!! So far I've had the quail, chicken and rabbit - delicious!!
Lilian L
Look up at bunya bunya tree before entering, smile and ask for kitchen tour at end of meal.
Antonio Minuta
It is Chez Panisse, what more can you say.
Jerry Hong
Great place to impress someone! Since its existence, they never served the same menu twice...
The sustainable/organic movement: this is where it all began. Alice Waters is truly a pioneer.
Just across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley, Alice Waters’ culinary mecca is famous for its use of organic ingredients.
Get an RSVP for lunch and eat at the airy upstairs cafe for a fraction of the dinner menu cost
Ira Serkes
I love the decorations for Bastille Day
Food Network
When I'm in SF, I always take a trip into Berkley for dinner at Chez Panisse. – Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
The Daily Meal
Before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served onlyfresh local foods and wrote menus according to the season, if not the day.
Gilt City
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.
Michelle Park
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.
ingrid lopez
one of the 3 best dinners of my life. the other 2 @ pastis, ny & @ la cabrera, bs. as.
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.
Come Monday-Thursday for a daily changing three-course menu that costs around $29.
Mark Kokanovich
Believe the hype. (Thank you, Alice Waters.)
Themios Carabas
Fantastic dinner!
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