FIVE
FIVE

FIVE

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.five-berkeley.com/
  • Phone: 5102256055x
  • 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.
Five features live music by fine local artists every Wednesday and Thursday in July. Check our website for music details.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
FIVE reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)special occasion (50)neighborhood gem (49)great for lunch (34)good for groups (28)great for brunch (28)romantic (27)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    FIVE has a nice spot in Berkeley with a great menu and decent staff. However, the dishes on the menu that I was so excited about were actually not exciting at all. The beef tartar was small and lacked flavor. The little dribbles of sauce and garnish weren't enough to spice it up. It sort of tasted like a raw hamburger to me. The orrachetti mac and cheese was very liquidy - expected a more creamy/cheesy sauce. It also tasted pretty fishy. The mushroom ravioli dish tasted okay, but lacked excitement and the kale made it pretty bitter. The scallops and calamari was decent - both cooked well, but the strange green sauce was unappealing to look at and didn't have the flavor I was expecting. Probably won't go back...
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  • A pleasant surprise
    Evenray
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our experience was outstanding. The food was well prepared, well presented and innovatively flavored. The service was personal and professional. The restaurant was the quietest we've been in even though it was full - what a pleasant surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I always enjoy Five! Staff is courteous without pretension, the decor is pretty and vivid, and sitting at the bar and having a burger can itself be a sublime experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five
    PhillyPhil
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Noisy, but good food. Can accommodate diabetics. Good drinks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Interesting venue
    ShopdivaVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Five has a nice menu although somewhat limited. WE did enjoy the food and the wine. Although this restaurant is in an older historic building, it has recently been renovated and it has its' own special charm. It almost seems as if 2 different designers were at odds with each other when they planned the layout and they had to compromise with the results. The dining area is open off of the lobby blocked off by the huge bar. Some of the decor looks vintage and some of the glass chandeliers looks overdone like they came from an 80's disco.. It might be nice if the staff wasn't in such a hurry to start re-setting for breakfast at 9pm..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The appetizers and entrees are very good but the desserts were all terrible. They must improve on their desserts!!!
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  • Great Dinner...
    Likeable
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've been here to eat in there bar area for their burger ..found a coupon on Groupon for dinner and finally tried the actual restaurant. Not BADD!!! Service was GREAT!!! The food is delicious but would say choices are a bit limiting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We purchased an online coupon for a meal for 4, so I was a little skeptical. Walking in, you are in the lobby of a small older but nicely updated sort of art deco hotel. The restaurant is off to the right behind a huge bar which is designed to look even larger, as if it is mirrored. Very cool effect. We had just the right amount of attentive service, the drinks were spot on, and the food was imaginative, presented well, and tasty. A good experience and the coupon made it even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Five restaurant, Berkeley, CA
    Roger
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They have a problem to answering the phone. Mostly, the recorder asked to leave a message. The food was good, but the service was lacked of details.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeanne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our fourth visit to Five. As always, the food was excellent. The service was very good in that our waitress was helpful with questions. She was sweet and friendly. the service was a little slow, even though the restaurant was not at all crowded. not a major problem, though. Overall a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIFIC!
    SLOMomma
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a great find on Yelp and I am surprised it wasn't ranked higher. The atmosphere was great, the food amazing and the service stellar. I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    apples4ryuk
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delicious! The smoked salmon I ordered was great and tasted perfect. The chicken and risotto my dad ordered was rich and savory. Chef Marco is awesome! Thanks! :D
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 star
    irishbartender
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a wonderful experience, I had the wild boar gnocchi which was to die for, crisp pea pods and hazelnuts added texture and the bolognese like sauce with the gnocchi was wonderful, I was conducting an orchestra with every bite. My girl friend had the California duck, she loved it. We had a nice bottle of Pino Noir with the meal then went to see Dave Matthews at the Greek theater, I would go back just to dine at Five
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, better service
    MaxineVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a little difficulty finding the hostess stand, but that was due to the happy hour crowd in the bar area. Once we found our way we were greeted warmly and taken to a cozy little spot away from the bar. The place is a bit noisy, but spaced well. The server was slow to the table, but once she did she was very attentive, gave great menu advice and was on top of everything. She honored a special request, came back numerous times for our special needs and even handled a disgruntled table astutely as 3 young boys came running through the restaurant to their table. The food was tasty and well presented. The tartar was unique yet familiar; pappardelle outstanding, the duck was tasty but a little fatty(which is not in their control)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it should be
    eatery
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our service was spotty, and slow. Don't think it was the fault of the waiter. The food was, well, trying really hard, but just not there yet. A party of six, we were there for almost 3 hours, way too long, and things were forgotten and not done well. I think it will improve, the management was attentive to our needs, just not much to do for it. The GM was on his second day. It will probably improve over time.
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  • Loved the fixed price menu
    Hungry
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our party of four had an early Sunday dinner (5:30), so we had the staff's full attention and had a quiet room. The decor is striking, with black and white print wallpaper, a huge chandelier, and matching wall fixtures of white/clear glass with red glass accents. All of us ordered the fixed price menu at $36 for a Kir Royale, appetizer, main, and dessert - a great value and really tasty. We started with the tomato carpaccio and smoked duck breast salad, followed by sockeye salmon and a lamb pappardelle - all were excellent. For dessert the creme brûlée was good, but the real winner was the apricot clafoutis. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • All that and a prix fixe menu too!
    GGluvs2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were greeted by the sweet host who remembered to say Happy B'day to my honey, and it just got better. While checking out our options we quickly realized that the less expensive fixed price menu offered amazing food at a great price. I had the mushroom ravioli and heirloom tomato salad and he went with the lamb shank pappardelle. Both excellent! There was also a refreshing kir royale, a lovely little gruyere cheese puff surprise, and don't get me started on the chic chip bread pudding. Our server was patient and attentive without fawning. I adore this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Prix fixe menu was great and a steal at $36 per person. The kir royale was a nice touch Never had a bad meal here although when ordering just a drink the bar is kind of slow. Not enough bar tenders for the busy time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five
    MRgnar
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was a bit underwhelming but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine before Berk Rep
    WineGalVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is always very good to excellent and I can hear the other folks at my table. The noise level is very reasonable and the tables are not right next to each other. This is my favorite place to dine before going to Berk Rep. Their corkage fee is very reasonable too.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This elegant restaurant located in The Shattuck Hotel is a perfect place to have dinner before a performance of the Berkeley Rep or a movie. It's also perfect for especial night out. The food is consistently good and presented with flair. I love the ambience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Jasper
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Five is a Hotel Resturant of a very fine tradition. The room is beautiful, the bar is open and airy and serves wonderful creative drinks. We were on our way to a movie, and everything was timed perfectly. The food was excellent and beatuifully presented. Great anchor for a movie night, and a good reason to go downtown.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Creative Cocktails & Great Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What a fabulous find! We were in a bit of a hurry to get dinner before a concert at the Freight & Salvage. The remarkable cocktails and spectacular food at FIVE were an unexpected treat; we're only sorry we hadn't found the restaurant before! The decor is a beautiful melding of the original architecture of the 100-year-old Shattuck Hotel with some decidedly modern touches. The cocktail nod to great hotels around the world was a delightful touch. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best Restaurant Meal in Years
    lovelydiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A friend and I recently dined at FIVE and were blown away by the dinner and ambiance. We ordered the salmon entree and a simple green salad. The entree was beautifully presented and creatively prepared. I have eaten in several Michelin starred restaurants, and this salmon dish with roasted cauliflower was right up there with the best. Every vegetable in the "simple green salad" tasted as if it had just been picked from the garden, and the vinaigrette was perfect. It was refreshing to have a waiter who was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. It was equally refreshing to be in a dining room with enough space between tables so you didn't have to hear others speaking. I highly recommend FIVE. Excellent value for the money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I recommend Five, the salad, main dish and dessert were all excellent. The waiter was very helpful and friendly as well. Very beautiful inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice dinner
    encore
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed a very good meal; our only disappointment was the expensive steak -- it was very gristly, difficult to cut and eat. Nice presentations on the plates, good bar drinks, fresh food, good ambiance and atmosphere. Very clean and well appointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised
    TheBusinessDiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I was looking for a place to take a client that had good food, non-complicated menu with good variety, and that would be quiet enough for conversation. FIVE was all that. Service was good and the servers were friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Complaints
    SherbearVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Reliably good. The duck I had was outstanding and beautifully presented. Wait staff was attentive to our theatre time & made sure we got served in a timely manner. Beautifully appointed restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have dinner at FIVE before a show every couple of months. The food is always vibrant and creative, with good flavors and interesting combinations. (One small quibble: consistently, the drinks arrive after the first food item arrives. On our most recent visit, when the restaurant/bar were very slow, it took a long time for our drinks to get started, and then they sat in plain view for several minutes before a waiter brought them to us, all while several staff members were bustling about.)
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  • Great food
    Budd
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was fatastic, very flavorful. My only compliant is there was just a little more of that good food on the plate. Need a little larger portion for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food; very noisy
    GreatfindVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The dinner was delicious and artistically presented. Everyone in our party was pleased with his or her choices. The waitress service was excellent, the bus people not quite so sensitive about interrupting or taking plates when we were still finishing. The room is very noisy but overall the dinner was a success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful!
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were here for a pre-theater dinner, and the Real Madrid soccer team was arriving at the same time: what a crush, but it was fun to see them all! The food was quite delicious and I must say, considering all the chaos, the service was great. I'll be back on a more subdued evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite Food & Excellent Value
    jalyss
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Farm to table with style. Every dish presented at the table (we were 3) was lovely to look at and better to eat. A $36 prie fixe included an aperitif, a salad or soup, entree and dessert. Service was excellent. Nice atmosphere in a renovated dining room in an early 20th century hotel. Good bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Close to Berkeley Rep
    Matineelover
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It is nice to have a quiet lunch before a matinee. Five is a pleasant place to eat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, delicious, original
    Sandipep
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Much appreciate the terrific food and sensitive, personal service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent option in Berkeley
    Fborges
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We made a last minute reservation for a party of six and it was worthy. The service was very nice, the New York Steak was excellent and the price fair. The wine list is ok and the place is very spacious and well decorated. One of the best we had in Berkeley.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • S0reni
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I went here with my 12 year old grandson. The food was excellent. My grandson was treated with respect and he loved that. He likes to try new dishes. Anne
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnificent culinary experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    What a magnificent evening! We just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a romantic dinner here. The food, service, and ambiance were all impeccable. We started with the fresh buttermilk chive biscuits with honey butter and pimento cheese. The grilled peaches and sun-dried watermelon salad was sensational, but was surpassed (if that is possible) by the main course: scallops and calamari over risotto. The service was perfect. The next course would arrive just about the time when we were ready to move on to the evening's next culinary delight. Kudos to chef Stephane Tonnelier on what he has done at Five. It's a bright star in the firmament of Berkeley restaurants.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Lapse
    MTTTVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    FIVE has always been one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Berkeley, so we were surprised by our most experience. Our first courses of a salad with figs and flat bread, and a cauliflower and potato soup were excellent. However, the halibut main course that 2 of us at the table had was terrible- it was so over-cooked and dry that it could not be easily cut with a fork. Also, it was barely warm. We complained to our server, but we really should have sent it back to the kitchen or asked that it be removed from our bill. Restaurants can have off nights and make mistakes, but this was a serious lapse by the chef. We hope that this was a one-time fluke because FIVE has been so good in our past visits.
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  • Dinner was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We took our daughter and her boyfriend here for her birthday dinner. Great food. Lovely table (in a corner which cut the noise and allowed for a real conversation). Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic