Chez Panisse
Best American

1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
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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Angela G.
The food is amazing! Try it all.
Denise C.
Buttermilk fried ANYTHING is the best at the Cafe!! So far I've had the quail, chicken and rabbit - delicious!!
Ira S.
Bastille is in season again!
Lilian L.
Look up at bunya bunya tree before entering, smile and ask for kitchen tour at end of meal.
Antonio M.
It is Chez Panisse, what more can you say.
Jerry H.
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 S.
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.
Tom M.
Make sure you have salt and pepper at your table, because everything seems to be underseasoned here...
Michelle P.
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 l.
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 K.
Believe the hype. (Thank you, Alice Waters.)
Themios C.
Fantastic dinner!
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