FIVE
FIVE

FIVE

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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.
Five features live music by fine local artists every Wednesday and Thursday in July. Check our website for music details.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
FIVE reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (40)romantic (37)vibrant bar scene (34)great for brunch (23)great for lunch (22)late-night find (11)notable wine list (11)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • High Five!
    TheStarLadyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Besides being located in a beautifully renovated historical building, the restaurant FIVE is a stand out in the Berkeley foodie scene. The décor is beautiful with a black/white theme set off by red Murano glass chandeliers and red glass bread plates. The menu is superbly curated with just the right amount of appetizers, mains, and comforting sides to suit all tastes. A group of four were celebrating and from the friendly welcome by the hostess to the wonderful service by our waiter Justin Thyme (yes, his real name given to him by his chef mother), our evening repast was extraordinary. The standouts for us in appetizers were the chilled poached prawns with mango apple salsa on a green papaya salad, then Dungeness and rock crab salad with avocado and citrus foam, the persimmon salad with roasted golden beets, and the read win poached pear and smoked duck breast salad. (Prices per appetizer $12-13). For mains, the scallops with puttanesca relish and the duck breast with dried cheery and raisin gastrique were excellent. One person enjoyed the angus New York steak and said it was one of the best steaks he’d ever eaten. (Mains$28-$30) We ordered sugar snap peas in garlic for the table ($5) and had two exquisite desserts: a chocolate bread pudding and a lava cake both served with gelato. FIVE boasts a beautiful bar and specialty cocktails reasonably priced. Although on our visit we used a Travelzoo special, this is a restaurant where all of us agreed paying full price is worth the experience. High Five!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We were a party of five. This was our first time at Five. We all agreed it had a good feeling and when the food came we all agreed it was very good with one exception. The serving was very small but we had enough to share and make up for the shortage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Dining Experience
    NlfpcVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Chef Stephane Tonnelier is exceptional. The food was presented beautifully. My favorite appetizer was the crab mixed salad, it was so good. I had the pan seared halibut, which was savory and full of flavor. My husband had the duck with risotto and served with a mixture of fresh vegetables and warmed pear, all very fresh and cooked perfectly. Service was excellent. The dining room was elegant and grand. We highly recommend Five and will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food and cocktails are fabulous as usual. Sweetbread sliders. Yum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a beautiful space
    VirgocookVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaurant took over the dining room of the Shattuck Hotel. It is a beautiful room and is well-designed. Even though the place was full with lively conversations, the room was well insulated and you could converse with your table without shouting. The food was spectacular. There were four of us and we all got different appetizers and main courses. Everything was perfect. The food is imaginatively prepared and presented. They also have some vintage cocktails which are interesting to try. Only disappointment was the watery espresso at the end - may I'll skip coffee next time. But the rest of the food was outstanding. It was truly a special evening, even though a regular day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save room for dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is our second time here. We love the ambiance and the food and service are excellent. My only complaint is that I think the food must be very rich, because I end up stuffed. I had the halibut soup (which wasn't supposed to be a cream soup, but was very filling) and the crab salad appetizer and three of us shared a molten lava cake - I ended up almost unpleasantly full and that's not a lot of food. The dessert list is fantastic. My daughter had the scallop entree and my friend had the halibut - both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laurtomVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our first time at FIVE and it was a terrific surprise. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SLOW Service
    calfan4life
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had read nice reviews about Five so thought we would give it a try last night. The food was very good. We enjoyed the pork chops and scallops and the lobster mac and cheese was awesome. But unfortunately the service was disastrous! Took 15 minutes to get a cocktail!! Then after our dinner was served it took 20 minutes to get our glass of wine we had ordered so it came when we were finished with our meals. The restaurant was maybe 50% full so the slow service was very disappointing. For the lack of service I would not recommend the restaurant or ever go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    Will1022
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A wonderful and classy place to eat. Terrific service and a great menu. Loved the ambiance. Stylish and hip without being too pretentious. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not special
    BaywandererVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food is decent but significantly below what one would expect in a Michelin one star.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Some friends and I had dinner at Five after seeing a movie and enjoyed the ambience, wine, food, service, and conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice looking place. Mediocre food
    MarinFoodie4wineVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Beautiful spot in what looks like a well renovated "classic" hotel. Unfortunately the food was hit or miss (mostly miss). We started with the smoked duck salad (very tasty but messily presented), and the "lobster" mac and cheese which was stunningly bland and had overcooked pasta. Our entrees were the NY steak (which was overcooked and had to be sent back, and the parppardelle with lamb. The dish had good flavor, but the lamb was quite gamey and the pasta was dense. They were also short staffed so service wasn't the greatest. I can't really recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    momof2too
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We ate the home made Gnochi with boar - it was superb! We also ate the steak - again, it was done perfectly to our liking. Definitely would recommend and go back there. Great sevice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good dinner option
    joel
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Five is a nice restaurant in the Shattuck Hotel in downtown Berkeley. Solid food, service and very nice ambiance. We were a group of 5 and each enjoyed his/her meal. And the bonus! : conveniently located across the street from the BART station entrance!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid fare in great location
    DinerJohn
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Five is centrally located in Berkeley, an easy walk to theatres. The menu is larger and more varied than previously, with a good range of choices. We enjoyed an appetizer, entrees and desserts and all were good, though not fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always nice
    Berkeley71
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have been to Five many times because it is very convenient...this time we entertained out of town guests from NYC....Had a great time until the music started playing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Booking through Open Table I was unable to get the time I wanted.I thought the restaurant would be busy but it wasn't at all.The Sunday brunch menu had a nice variety choices.Two of us liked what we ordered and the other person sent hers back.I very much liked the decor.I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    NatalieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I took my bestie here for brunch on a Saturday late morning. Food was ok. Services was good. The ambience was the best part honestly. The brunch menu needs additional choices. Maybe dinner would be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    Andreams
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fabulous experience from start to finish. Uber-creative chef. We were surprised with TERRIFIC live music. What a lovely eveningm we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prix fixed
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food is always good but wish they had the lesser prix fixed on Thursday as they provided the less expensive menu when we sat down, and then Took it back and substituted a much more expensive menu for the prix fixed, that was a bad start.... The food is somewhat unique, and that is why we come back....but they need to have their evening menus in order in the future....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They were lack of wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the ambience. But the service was only marginal because it seemed like only one waitress serving about 8 tables and she couldn't be attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect before the Berkeley Rep
    EISF
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a great meal at Five. We didn't have a lot of time before seeing a show at the Berkeley Rep, but they were extremely accomodating and got us to the show on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu update?
    MaggieCVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Service and ambiance were both wonderful but menu are a bit "outdated". Would definitely return with a revamped menu. Great place to hang out with friends as tables are very spaced out (rare in Berkeley) and the bar area is quiet (which is a plus if you want to carry a conversation)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food!
    Anne
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Ive eaten here about 10 times and NEVER has less than a delicious meal. Many compliments to the kitchen for delicious, innovative food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinning before the show
    hungrydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were going to an eight pm show at Freight and Savage and went for an early dinner last Saturday the 27th.The first thing our server asked us if we had to get to a show at eight.She was excellent,the food was excellent.We had eaten at Five several years ago and thought the food was good,but they have definately moved up it up several notches.We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional brunch
    cmaudkVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Three meals in a row exceeding expectations ... two dinners, one brunch. Not cheap but the quality shows. Bloody Mary is appropriately spicy (maybe too much for some). The duck confit hash and crab melt were both exceptional. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find!
    TerryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Five was a really great place to go before the theater! Excellent food, attentive service and quiet, so 4 people can talk and be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service should be better
    glad2comment
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been so happy with the food each time we have eaten here. Delicious vegetable rolls as an entree, great warm chive biscuits as an appetizer and their signature butterscotch pudding for dessert. However, the service, until we complained, was very slow -- and this was before they got busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mwkoaktown
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    On this visit to Five (we've been several times) the food was just excellent. The smoked duck salad was wonderful with great flavors and textures. It could have been a meal in itself. The service was very good and our server was expertly familiar with the wine list. The ambiance at Five is so nice. It's rare to find a restaurant these days where four people can sit and talk quietly over dinner, and actually hear each other!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Need attention to details.
    redrobinw
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A Viognier wine sample tasted like it had been open to long. The Mac and Cheese which lists seafood as ingredients was too fishy and tasted like a leftover. The salad was impractical, hunks of beet and peach and big pieces of bitter red lettuce on a flat plate, though the watermelon chip was tasty and interesting. The pork cheeks were not tender, maybe prepared on a previous night, the meat was dark like beef. Scallops were excellent, calamari ring garnish was tough and vegetables also were not tender. Bread pudding tasted refrigerated, barely warm, even on the second attempt. We won't go again for food, but maybe for music and a drink. Attentive but slow pace of service, maybe due to the kitchen. Overall disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Improvements
    BRTS
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Pricey but food good and service has improved. Wish we could have enjoyed the 5 course meal but were told that 1 1\2 hours was not long enough ?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I used to really like this place but I think the menu items have changed a bit or just aren't as good as they used to be. Did they get a new chef? I was not as impressed as I have been before, especially for the quality/price
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  • Excellent find
    Locals
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had an excellent dinner with family....our waiter William provided exemplary service, as well as suggestions regarding the menu. We sampled five appetizers and four entrees- every one was superb! Favorites were the duck dishes, the biscuits, and the mushroom specialities. We will definitely return, and the price fixed menu is also a great option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Service was mediocre. Food was satisfactory, but nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected
    EastBayHungryMan
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet