Chez Panisse

2011

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Best American

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Price: 
4
Rating: 
9.30
Cuisine: 
New American
French
Hours: 
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–2:45 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
1517 Shattuck Ave (btwn Cedar & Vine St)
Berkeley 94709
(510) 548-5525
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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