Chez Panisse

New American, French
$ $ $ $
1517 Shattuck Ave (btwn Cedar & Vine St)
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
11:30am - 2:45pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:45pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:45pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:45pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:30pm
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 11:30pm

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



  • 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.
  • When I'm in SF, I always take a trip into Berkley for dinner at Chez Panisse. Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
  • Come Monday-Thursday for a daily changing three-course menu that costs around $29.
  • Before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served onlyfresh local foods and wrote menus according to the season, if not the day.
  • Believe the hype. (Thank you, Alice Waters.)
  • 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
  • The sustainable/organic movement: this is where it all began. Alice Waters is truly a pioneer.
  • Get an RSVP for lunch and eat at the airy upstairs cafe for a fraction of the dinner menu cost
  • 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.
  • Fantastic dinner!
  • 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."
  • It is Chez Panisse, what more can you say.
  • Great place to impress someone! Since its existence, they never served the same menu twice...
  • Just across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley, Alice Waters culinary mecca is famous for its use of organic ingredients.
  • one of the 3 best dinners of my life. the other 2 @ pastis, ny & @ la cabrera, bs. as.
  • Don't believe the hype. Mediocre at best. Stay in San Francisco and go to range or maverick instead.
  • The upstairs is amazing. The downstairs changed my perspective on vegetables forever. Still worthy of its former star!
  • 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.
  • Great food, of course. Menu changes every day and is sourced from local ingredients. Not super exciting so I wouldn't feel bad about trying out the cafe rather than the restaurant. Attentive service.
  • expensive but awesome place

Nearby places

1515 Shattuck Ave (btw Cedar St & Vine St)
1504 Shattuck Ave (at Vine St)
1512 Shattuck Ave (at Vine St)