Chez Panisse
Restaurant
Best American


1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
Reservation OpenTable.com
Categories Food

Chez Panisse is, of course, where it all started, four decades ago this year. Before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served only fresh local foods and wrote menus according to the season, if not the day. Practically nobody cared like Alice Waters and her associates did. It has become fashionable to criticize this culinary icon as (take your pick) tired, irrelevant, pretentious — but the truth is that the food is still superb, both in the one-menu-a-night downstairs restaurant and the lively, diversified upstairs Café. A must.  — Arthur Bovino, 2/17/2011




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