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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
FIVE reviews from OpenTable diners
131 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 (49)neighborhood gem (49)great for lunch (34)great for brunch (28)romantic (27)good for groups (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
  • The food was excellent. We
    Michaek
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food beautiful space
    librarylady
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • A very disappointing brunch
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
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  • lunchtime delight
    taster
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Before Zellerbach
    Jess
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
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  • Great for pre- or post-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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.
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  • Fabulous
    Marika
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have only been there for dinner
    MferVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere!
    k44k
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Five!
    SunnySideUp
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There is bad air circulation
    1668EL
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
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  • Three Pluses
    newhomealameda
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gotta Try It!
    Clark
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Perfect pre-concert or pre-theater
    Sarah
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    FIVE is a fabulous restaurant in all levels made better because it's very near Berkeley Rep and Zellerbach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
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  • Great food!
    Barbara
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Revisit
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love eating at Five!
    Celia
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in Downtown Berkeley
    Bodowntown
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks in a hotel restaurant in downtown Berkeley. Consistently good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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.
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  • Minus Five
    stillhungry2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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.
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  • The food was fine, but they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • Wonderfully consistent!
    FoodAmore
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Perfect before the theater
    Leslie
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience, OK food
    Peteena
    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.
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    special occasion
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  • Cute: chicken chunks in a
    123eat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance
    Parrick
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Selection
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • need more vegan options
    veganberkeley
    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...
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    good for groups
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  • Interesting menu exceedlingly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
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  • Five is a 10!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    A beautiful restaurant in the heart of Berkeley perfect for pre theater or concert dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time I had dinner there
    JUNIE
    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.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Excellent food and service.
    Richard
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner
    travellerVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    This restaurant was excellent on all counts. The food was superb and service prompt.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pre-theater dinner
    DoctorFlamingo
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Nice staff
    Kate
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Berkeley History
    slic
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy and relaxed
    kangaVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    It has a touch of class with the doorman and fancy interior. The food has the same level of quality. The lamb shank was hearty and tasty, shrimp risotto was lighter and excellent. We had an unusual martini cocktail and wine with dinner - all very good.
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    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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