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
131 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (48)great for lunch (34)good for groups (28)great for brunch (28)romantic (26)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 well prepared
    OakUptownGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    The food was well prepared and presented. The staff was a real standout. I would go back. Great place before a movie or play.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The dining experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2009
    The dining experience was excellent. The wait staff seemed happy to work there, and the roasted oysters to share were incredible! We also had the little geme salad which we shared, and the short ribs and skirt steak for entre. All very satisfactory. We will certainly be dining there again, and would like to sometime try their breakfast menu. Also, very good wine list, and great drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As a Scott Howard fan from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2009
    As a Scott Howard fan from his days in San Francisco, I was pleased to enjoy another great meal of his creation. No corkage fee - huge plus in my opinion. The bartender needs to polish his or her skills (Manhattan I had needed some work). Service is a still a bit green but plenty attentive without being intrusive. Prices are very reasonable and we will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptionally spacious dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 7/30/2009
    Exceptionally spacious dining room with formally-papered walls and an amusing combination of period chandeliers and ultra-modern high-tech lighting. The service is prompt, professional, well-informed, and enthusiastic. Each of our dishes was excellent and even though none was stunningly new, each had a touch that set it well above the ordinary -- the mound of whole kernels and minced carrot in puree of white corn soup garnished with a spiral of chive oil, the extraordinary flavor of the fresh spinach steamed with a touch of cream and topped with shredded parmesan, the twice-cooked crispy fries with a goat ranch dipping sauce, the braised red cabbage and mashed potato platform for the duck confit with crackling crisp skin. Ok wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to FIVE for both
    bigfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2009
    I've been to FIVE for both lunch and dinner. The new renovations are fantastic with a gorgeous new bar, keeping some of the historical classic elements while updating the furniture and feel of the place. The space is wonderfully divided up between the dining areas and the bar area. The bar is fully stocked with some wonderful cocktails. The ambiance is nicely balanced and the wait staff is extremely well trained and nice. I loved both my meals which were priced perfectly. For dinner with a group of friends, I was surprised by how reasonable the bill ended up being for such good food in decent portions. Loved it both times. My favorite new spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT SPACE. SCOT HOWARDS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2009
    GREAT SPACE. SCOT HOWARDS VERSION OF MACARONI AND CHEESE IS SOMETHING I COULD EAT EVERY DAY. PRESENTATIONS AND FOOD WERE GREAT AS WELL AS THE SERVICE. DEFINITELY WILL RETURN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious upscale comfort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2009
    Delicious upscale comfort food. Wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mis-match between food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2009
    Mis-match between food and decor, food lovely, but the big room not enhanced by busy black-on-white wallpaper, and bordello-like chandeliers look out of place, especially with the pop-mod seat covers. Six oysters, baked with spinach and a creamy sauce, very simple, elegant. Corn soup light, refreshing, sweet and contrasted nicely by pickled chanterelle mushrooms. Lamb loin with wild mushroom strudel and spinach nicely presented, cooked a perfect medium-rare. Strudel was well seasoned--all the food was well seasoned. Braised boneless beef short rib generous, tender and flavorful, with a few al dente baby carrots and turnips. Butterscotch pudding & espresso good--new water system made nasty bubbly, served warm w/o bubbles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is new restaurant & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2009
    This is new restaurant & service was a bit slow. The food is really good & innovative. All is organic, local, sustainable. Four of us really enjoyed everything we ate. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Decor is outstanding. Quite a change from the old Shattuck Hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They've the retro but modernized
    SFNYTouristVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2009
    They've the retro but modernized New York/Paris look of the 50/60's and yet young and energetic ambience. We absolutely adore the decor. The menu is exellent and simplistic. WE brought our own wine and surprised to know there was no cockage charge. WE tried the Tuna Tartar, it was exquisite. The lamb dish was very tender and juicy ,couldn't find any gamely taste at all, we enjoyed it thoroughly. The presentation of the desert and coffee incl. the cream made you want to have lot of more. The waiters are obviously new and try so very hard to pleased us, sweating during much of the night. The manager was equally attentive. This is absolutely a gem in a very difficult restaurant location of "discriminating" Berkeley. Best of luck!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scott Howard can cook, no
    SusieZVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    Scott Howard can cook, no complaints there.The vast space is a problem, pretty as it is. What's black and white and red all over? The lights are way too bright, there's no coziness. The room was more than half empty, which didn't help. The ajoining hall space was SUPOER bright, and nearly barren. Needs help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great...however
    LynnDeeAllenVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    The food was great...however it took us over an hour to get our entrees, and we ended up gulping down our dinners to make it to a play on time. Our server was not on top of things unfortunately. Everyone was very nice and professional...just notably absent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice to have lunch at a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    Nice to have lunch at a restaurant where tables are not placed so close to each other that the noise level is a serious detriment to the experience and personal conversations are impossible. Five is bright and airy with loads of windows, decor is simple sophistication, but not overdone. Petrale sole was extremely well prepared...simple presentation, but well executed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful decor. Somewhat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2009
    Beautiful decor. Somewhat limited menu choices, but lovely food and presentation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We liked it very much. I think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2009
    We liked it very much. I think it will be a large presence in the Berkeley dining scene. For a restaurant only a few weeks old, it had all the wrinkles ironed out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and while it meets
    dbwon
    Dined on 7/21/2009
    Good food and while it meets their goal of moderately priced, attentively prepared restaurant food, to me it doesn't come up to the level of haute cuisine. The room is impersonal, lacking warmth and the decor and bar reminds me of an old ice cream parlor. The wait staff feels as if it were drawn from Berkeley and trained well but yet seemingly inexperienced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five opened on July 7 and
    calalily
    Dined on 7/20/2009
    Five opened on July 7 and needs time to mature.Our food was good.....the service was tenative but in earnest.They need to lower the lights at dinner...too much glare.We'll go back at the end of summer to see if they're up to speed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only slight minus was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2009
    The only slight minus was that the service was too good - slightly hovering.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2009
    This is a great new restaurant with a stunning interior. Perfect for dining prior to a Berkeley Rep performance -- though we loved it so much we'll think of any excuse to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The setting at the new hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2009
    The setting at the new hotel is beautiful. Egg salad sandwich and macaroni and cheeses were delicious. The service was a little uneven and unprofessional. Wonderful to have this restaurant nearby as a dining option when attending Berkeley Rep plays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Its still early days for this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2009
    Its still early days for this restaurant and it shows a little. They don't completely have their act together. For example, we got the wrong drinks delivered to our table, and our wine didn't arrive till after the food. No salt and pepper on the table, had to ask for both. And many different servers during the course of the evening, but not necessarily in a coordinated fashion. The food was good, but just some missteps (identifying nectarines as pears for example), and when the cheese plate came (it was hearty!) there was no explanation as to what each one was. Waiter brought bill before we were asked if we wanted anything else (We wanted coffee). The hotel building is beautiful, high ceilings, wood floors make it noisy and very bright.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went at the end of Five's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2009
    We went at the end of Five's first week of operation. The service was pleasant, but a bit rough, which is to be expected for a new restaurant. The high ceilings in the dining room combined with the large windows looking onto the street gave a light, airy feeling to the meal. We sampled a number of dishes, from the fried squash blossoms to the chilled melon, lime and mint soup, to the pot roast with horseradish mashed potatoes, and all were excellent. The desserts were similarly solid, with the chocolate cake with lavender creme anglaise and black mission figs being especially delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really enjoyed our dinner
    Oakland
    Dined on 7/11/2009
    Really enjoyed our dinner prior to going to Berkeley Rep. The hotel is lovely as is the dining room. Love the peace sign when you walk in, very fitting for Berkeley. The food was very nice, good presentation and reasonable sized appropriate for the price. The restuarant has only been open a week or so, still working out the kinks in the service but we will go back. We told the waiter and the manager that we had theater tickets, they were great about making sure everything went as planned so we could have a relaxed dinner and still get to the theater on time.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a huge meal for two.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    We had a huge meal for two. Appetizer: the oyster and the pork belly: a bit too much horseradish in the oyster and the pork belly is good but after a couple of bits, the richness of the dish caught up to me quickly. Entree: I really like my risotto: perfectly cooked rice, a little soupy, and the perfect crunch of the peas. Yum! My companion had the short rib: good effort here but the flavor lacks something...may be salt? We had the orso mac n cheese; mistake: not creamy and the dish was lukewarm when it arrived. Great butterscotch pudding! The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. The acoustic is awful, and the decor feels cold and stiff. We enjoyed our meal here but there are definitely some kinks that needs to be worked out.
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  • Loved the look, portions small,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    Loved the look, portions small, food very good, way too noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eye-catching if noisy ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    Eye-catching if noisy ambiance. Attentive service. Great appetizers and even better desserts. The Halibut entree was pleasing to the eye and pallet. The Rib-eye was well prepared and tasty, although not really up to the standards of the rest of the menu. Overall a good to very good experience. Will definitely go back. Parking in the garage across the street is easy. Make a night of it. Checkout a play at Berkeley Rep, dinner at FIVE and a room in the hotel.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic