Chez Panisse

Row 1

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

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.
2010-08-25 14:03:54
When I'm in SF, I always take a trip into Berkley for dinner at Chez Panisse. Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
Food Network
2011-03-30 18:19:24
Just across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley, Alice Waters culinary mecca is famous for its use of organic ingredients.
2011-10-12 13:16:56
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
2011-03-04 10:32:02
Come Monday-Thursday for a daily changing three-course menu that costs around $29.
2010-01-29 18:46:16
I love the decorations for Bastille Day
2011-07-14 19:52:36
Believe the hype. (Thank you, Alice Waters.)
2009-10-15 19:39:18
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
2015-05-19 15:56:02
Great place to impress someone! Since its existence, they never served the same menu twice...
2011-11-18 01:31:46
The sustainable/organic movement: this is where it all began. Alice Waters is truly a pioneer.
2011-10-26 13:51:50
Fantastic dinner!
2009-06-01 23:42:43
It is Chez Panisse, what more can you say.
2012-01-20 13:45:17
Get an RSVP for lunch and eat at the airy upstairs cafe for a fraction of the dinner menu cost
2011-08-17 01:21:47
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
2011-02-11 14:22:54
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.
2011-02-07 03:22:02
one of the 3 best dinners of my life. the other 2 @ pastis, ny & @ la cabrera, bs. as.
2010-12-15 00:13:51
Sublime culinary experience. Service is exceptional. Ask for a tour of the kitchen!
2015-08-07 18:30:52
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."
2014-08-15 11:32:23
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.
2014-07-30 15:39:39
expensive but awesome place
2014-03-15 18:53:32