Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave (btwn Cedar & Vine St)
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
New American
French
4
9.20
Hours
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–2:45 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM

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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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.
Epicurious
Wed, 08/25/2010 - 10:03
When I'm in SF, I always take a trip into Berkley for dinner at Chez Panisse. Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
Food Network
Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:19
Just across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley, Alice Waters culinary mecca is famous for its use of organic ingredients.
ToryBurch
Wed, 10/12/2011 - 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
Fri, 03/04/2011 - 05:32
Come Monday-Thursday for a daily changing three-course menu that costs around $29.
SFGate
Fri, 01/29/2010 - 13:46
I love the decorations for Bastille Day
Ira
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 15:52
Believe the hype. (Thank you, Alice Waters.)
Mark
Thu, 10/15/2009 - 15:39
Considered the founder of Cali cuisine, many come to worship at the altar of Alice Waters. "Even humble pizza is reincarnated, with innovative toppings of the freshest local ingredients." -Fodors
TripExpert
Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:56
Great place to impress someone! Since its existence, they never served the same menu twice...
Jerry
Thu, 11/17/2011 - 20:31
The sustainable/organic movement: this is where it all began. Alice Waters is truly a pioneer.
@JaumePrimero
Wed, 10/26/2011 - 09:51
Fantastic dinner!
Themios
Mon, 06/01/2009 - 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."
Eater
Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:32
Look up at bunya bunya tree before entering, smile and ask for kitchen tour at end of meal.
Lilian
Thu, 06/07/2012 - 23:08
It is Chez Panisse, what more can you say.
Antonio
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:45
Get an RSVP for lunch and eat at the airy upstairs cafe for a fraction of the dinner menu cost
savoryexposure.com
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 21:21
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
Fri, 02/11/2011 - 09:22
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.
Michelle
Sun, 02/06/2011 - 22:22
one of the 3 best dinners of my life. the other 2 @ pastis, ny & @ la cabrera, bs. as.
ingrid
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:13
Sublime culinary experience. Service is exceptional. Ask for a tour of the kitchen!
Pete
Fri, 08/07/2015 - 14:30
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.
Daniel
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:39
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