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FIVE Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.five-berkeley.com
  • Email: five@five-berkeley.com
  • Phone: (510) 225-6055
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am.

    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 1:00pm.

    Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Thurday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm.

    Brunch: Weekends: 7:00am-1:00pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Stéphane Tonnelier
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details, or the Sales and Catering Department (510-225-6007).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shattuck
  • Public Transit: Bart: Downtown Berkeley stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from FIVE
Five is New American cuisine, with contemporary style. An original downtown Berkeley gathering spot, where you can experience great diversity of people, food, wine, and spirits in a striking, yet familiar setting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "We love the atmosphere at FIVE and the food is always good/great. There are very few places where you can relax in a classy/classic restaurant, enjoy good food and be able to have a conversation without having to shout. The tables are nicely spaced out allowing for conversation. The menu changes regularly so there is always a new 'adventure' to tempt us and we find the service to be consistent and good."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Overall a good dinner. I will go back. We had the best waiter ever. Wish I could remember his name. It is beautiful. There are some convenient places to park. It is a little confusing because when we walked in we saw a bar, but did not see the name Five anywhere so we thought we were in the wrong place. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We had little hunger and got exactly what we came for. This suited us very well and had us come back the next day for a more substantial meal, which was equally satisfactory."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Had a lovely diiner at Five celebrating a birthday. A beautifully remodeled space inside the restored old Shattuck Hotel. The dining room is a bright wide open space tall ceilings and 8 huge architectural windows street side making it a bright cheery space. We had halibut and another had pork cheeks with bacon polenta. Both were delicious with intetesting veggies and sauces that blended flavors subtly but fantastically. I like the focus on veggies and there were several vegetarian menu choices. We split lava cake for dessert that came with a birthday candle. A fine meal and special evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "As guests at the Shattuck Plaza Hotel, we had enjoyed brunch at FIVE several time in the past. This time, however, we were very disappointed. It took more than 30 minutes to be served -- for an omelet and ham & eggs! The food was mediocre at best, and cold as well. Coffee refills were slow in coming, too. It seemed that the kitchen was only going through the motions. Someone needs to pay a lot more attention and put a little care into what they're doing."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Just a lovely experience. Not overwhelming or specially special, but delicious food, well prepared, without "attitude"; friendly modest but not stuffy staff. Extremely pleasant dining room; spacious, light and not noisy."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I was looking for someplace nice for my boyfriend and I too eat before the show; Five had an open reservation, their website looked great and stated that they were award winning. I guess they're not as good as they had been because the food was not very good, the service was not good (we ended up opting to sit at the bar which is full service), and the cocktails were not well made (starting with the cheap quality of the spirits they used). It was a big disappointment, but luckily the show was good as was the place we went after since we hadn't eaten much at Five. I will say the butternut squash soup was pretty tasty."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was very good, as were signature cocktails. Great for quick pre-theater bite to eat. I recommend the shrimp starter and the biscuits. I also had a mixed green salad that was not listed on the menu that was quite tasty, though the candied walnuts were more like clumps of sugar than they were sweetened nuts. We had time constraints and our service was both accommodating and impeccable. Would return again for a less hurried meal, as the entrees that were being served to patrons around us looked fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went as a group celebrating 5 birthdays. Each of us ordered a different meal. We all wanted to lick the plate! The best part was inviting the Chef to our table to thank him for our exquisite lunch! Merci beaucoup Chef Stephane! C'est magnifique!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Overpriced Food: One steak sandwich with caramelized onion = pretty good. The steak was very thin. Tasty with the onion. It came with small, roasted potatoes that were oily and honestly, not that great. The other dish a the table was a big mistake. Turkey club sandwich. I've had better at lesser restaurants. The turkey was thinly sliced and tasted just a slight cut above lunch meat. A great club should be "carved" turkey from a roasted bird. At the price they charged it should have been… but was not. The fries that came with it were run of the mill, nothing special. Service: We were one of two tables seated. After we ordered, 3 tables were seated. They all received their food before us. I would not return and I would not recommend."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Have only been there for dinner before but brunch was a wonderful surprise. Bottomless mimosas were terrific as was the omelet and French toast. Would come again for brunch"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food and ambiance of Five....great location and parking.....great bar.....servers are very good and friendly.... Orzo Mac and Cheese is outstanding....really enjoyed the Halibut....great menu...."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The dining room here is great! The tables are well spaced out, and even though it was full it never got very loud which allowed for nice dinner conversation. The service was friendly and prompt, and the food was delicious. We loved the crispy rolls with julienne vegetables, and the duck breast we ordered was perfectly cooked, although the potato puffs that came with it left a lot to be desired and were very mushy. We also had the pureed parsnip soup, which wasn't really a hit with any one at the table, but the buttermilk chive biscuits ended up being a favorite. I would definitely recommend this place, and will be back myself to try other dishes."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "There is bad air circulation in this restaurant, off of the lobby of a hotel. It's not pleasant to smell food when you first enter the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Three of us really enjoyed our meals. It is walking distance from the movie theater. I loved my scallops and root veggies. The guys enjoyed the ravioli and gnocchi with boar (I loved it too). Dessert was a great combo of kiwi, chocolate and sorbet. I am not a big drinker and asked for 1/2 glass of wine which was accommodated and delicious."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our 3rd visit to Five and it's as good as ever. Staff is terrific, from reservations to receptionist, bartenderess and excellent waitress Sanya, all made for a warm and friendly evening. Also, very convenient and accessible after a Cal basketball game. We'll do it again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "FIVE is a fabulous restaurant in all levels made better because it's very near Berkeley Rep and Zellerbach."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Four of us went to brunch at Five. Food was ok. Nothing that I would ever want to order again. Waiter messed up part of the order so one member of the party had to sit without food while the rest of us had ours for what felt like a long time. Then the kitchen seemed to forget our dessert order. Both items were premade, cold dishes that should not have taken much time. Took 20 minutes and waiter did not seem to be aware that we had been waiting so long. Did not check on them until we asked. Waiter had a very obsequious manner which was quite annoying. His smile felt like he turned it on for the moment and was quite insincere. I felt he disliked us as much as we were disappointed by his service."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks in a hotel restaurant in downtown Berkeley. Consistently good food and great service."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Five. Both my husband and I were happy that we had decided to try the restaurant again after a very bad initial experience. We were pleasantly surprised and came away with a much higher opinion of both the food and the service. In fact, we were impressed by the quality of my appetizer, prawns in a coconut foam with mangos, and my entre, scallops with pasta and vegetables in a rich sauce. My husband found his steak very flavorful but not as tender as one would wish; he also prefers his green beans cooked a bit more. The highlight for him was the potato and ham croquette, which truly was excellent! We finished our meal with the lava chocolate cake, which was delicious but had no lava at all; it was baked solid."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Five was great we were there for my birthday and it really made it a wonderful, memorable day. The food and the service were simply spectacular."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "One of the things that I love about dining at Five is the lovely wait staff--they are incredibly friendly and welcoming! The food is delicious. The chef really knows how to cook a steak, a rare skill in Berkeley restaurants; every steak I have had has been cooked to perfection. The gnocchi is amazing--made on site in the morning and cooked to perfection for lunch. They melt in your mouth!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The management team was very accommodating and ensured that our reservations were treated carefully as we had a CalBerk performance to attend and get out us out on time. The bar menu was far more interesting and tasty that the restaurant menu and even though we were told we couldn't order appetizers from that menu the manager allowed us to do so. All entrees were good but the endive salad was a true bust and should be avoided."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "A disaster, especially compared to previous good experiences at Five. The drinks were awful: the barman didn't seem to know how to make a mojito, even given two tries to get it right. The food was nearly inedible: tasteless monkfish stuffed with plugs of what was supposed to be chorizo, but was more likely chunks of tire tread; duck breast served so underdone that it might still have been breathing, despite the patron's explicit and emphatic request that it be well-cooked. Perhaps the chef was off that evening and the dishwasher did the cooking. Gluttons we might even be, but not for that sort of punishment. We won't take Five again."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "FIVE is a wonderful place for a pre-Berkeley Rep dinner! My only complaint - I did not have time to enjoy dessert before dashing out to the theatre."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We chose Five because we could walk to the Berkeley Rep. Our waiter was wonderful. Cocktails and wine by the glass, excellent. Food was very good. butterscotch pudding was amazing. Whole meal was a delightful experience and good value."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The food was fine, but they treated us like pieces of furniture, to be put on display to make the restaurant and bar seem full, rather than like actual customers. The "furniture" treatment combined with slow and unresponsive service to make our first 45 minutes an incredibly unpleasant experience. I recommend avoiding this place."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Cute: chicken chunks in a heart shaped biscuit (one dish in a prix fixe valentine's day meal). Food was good , flavors/ seasonings typical, but atmosphere is always great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was nice, but the food really wasn't up to the quality I expect for the price. The julienne veggie rolls were rather mushy and the quinoa salad underneath was entirely forgettable. The best thing in that dish was the fried kale (and there wasn't much of that). My husband said the duck was OK, but not that great. The best part of the meal was the biscuits we had for appetizer, they were wonderful. The space is lovely, and the service was good (our waiter in particular), but twice they brought the wrong thing to our table (it was Valentine's Day & one of the wait staff explained that for special event meals they use a different numbering system for the tables). We ordered off the regular menu; the V-Day menu did not appeal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Five is a first rate restaurant in all regards. Little pricy but the food lived up to the price. Someone I was with complained his food was cold and it was but only because he took his time eating."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Interesting menu exceedlingly well prepared. Buttermilk chive biscuits to die for. We had excellent monkfish creatively prepared, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented as well as gnocchi with wild boar ragout that was absolutely excellent. Homemade dessert specialty butterscotch pudding provided an excellent ending to a great meal. Restaurant is an integral part of an elegant lobby of a fine hotel in downtown Berkeley close to everything a visitor would want to take advantage of. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Five has a very nice menu with a variety of selections to suit every palate; the orzo mac & cheese (with tomato jam) is a special favorite and I can't order anything else when I go to Five!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "nice presentation - good food for general omnivores - nothing for vegans - recommend you offer to prepare something, eg veggie mix without the cheese-infused pasta? grilled veggie sandwich? it's not hard..."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant in the heart of Berkeley perfect for pre theater or concert dining."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. I like it when I see a menu and would like to get several things on it. This was my first time at FIVE but won't be the last. On-street parking is very difficult, so either park in the pay lot across the street, or take BART."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "first time I had dinner there it was great. I have been there several time after work, but I wanted to go for dinner. I will go again."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This restaurant was excellent on all counts. The food was superb and service prompt."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Staff attentive to getting food and check out at specific time you request to be able to attend evening performance."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "built in the 1900's but updated in the last 4 years. We had an excellent meal before an event. Great food that we all shared with each other because each thing was surprisingly delicious."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Ok food. Tough pork cheeks and a combination of monkfish and chorizo that just didn't do it for me, but fun cocktails and great sides and desserts."
    Dined on 2/1/2014