Chez Panisse Cafe

4.5
3637 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

Chez Panisse Caf�, located in Berkeley, California, offers a wide range of French cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere. The caf� setting and fresh food provide a comfortable place for a date or dinner meeting. Chez Panisse Caf� has a full bar which mostly features an extensive wine selection.

Try the carrot and rutabaga soup to start out your meal at Chez Panisse Caf�. The menu changes often in order to provide the best that the market has to offer but choose from dinner options like the crispy rockfish with celery root puree or the autumn greens and ricotta ravioli.

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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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NelsonD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine was excellent. Our service was outstanding!

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vipRPeats
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We moved to SF from the east bay many years ago so don't get to CP as often as we used to. We did go for
dinner several months ago and were disappointed with a lackluster meal. But at the request of out of town guests we went back today for lunch and had the kind of meal that made this iconic place a longtime favorite. Every course we each had was fantastic....in creativity, presentation, and most of all flavor. Everything about our lunch was as good as it gets. Now we'll make a point of getting back there more often as few if any places in the City come close.

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Amber
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for our wonderful visit with my daughter and my best friend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every detail was as expected. Our reservation for 4 was 8:15pm; we arrived a few minutes early and were seated exactly on time. The meal de jour was a light bean & pasta and included nice greens and a very nice dessert.

The others in my party had fish, chicken, and steak entrees and all were pleased.

The service was above average.

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vipGwenn
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome from start to finish

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TeresaH
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent, innovative food and wonderful service! Delicious!

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vipJaneM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Magnificent lunch. My 14 year old son said it was the best lunch he has ever experienced. I took my father (80), daughter(10) and son to lunch on a Wednesday. Every dish was superb. Clean plates for every course a testament to that. The simple ingredients in every dish, so well thought out and unique but so fitting and delicious. It went above all of our expectations.
we will be back very soon!!! Fried sage leaves on the chicken to die for. Our waiter was so great, attentive but not overbearing and even brought me a to go box of some of the perfectly salted delicate sage leaves to share with my husband. AMAZING!!!

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DianaC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time! Wonderful experience! Lucky we were able to get reservation during our vacation. Will definitely try again next year.

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vipDrJW
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual,yet sophisticated without any pretension!
Memorable afternoon!

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GeneP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Once again, and old friend delivers. This is I think the most consistently outstanding dining experience in the Bay Area. Good varied menu and excellent execution in a pleasant atmosphere.

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vipMelissaB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Panisse Cafe is consistently wonderful. The food is fantastic, the service outstanding.

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JOEB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected, the food and service were divine. No corners cut. The experience was worth the wait ... and the expense.

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MiaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was highly attentive, the decor was simple yet elegant, and of course the food was superb!
The one drawback to our experience: at the table next to us, the couple's 8-year-old was drawing all over the (paper) tablecloth, which detracts greatly from the view and ambiance for others.

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HawaiiFoodie
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We've been going to Chez Panisse for years and it has always received 5 stars until this time. The service is still exemplary but the food missed the mark on a couple of items and it was particularly noisy. The curry soup was underseasoned and tepid. The meatballs were advertised as spicy but were far from and actually also lacked seasoning. The eggplant salad was excellent but there were very few actual eggplants. The pesto pasta was the highlight. We may be nitpicking but when you are Chez Panisse, this really missed the mark. We'll of course give it another try.

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katinthehat
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first time at Chez Panisse. Both my husband and I were amazed by the food, the service was impeccable, and the wine selection perfect. Loved the craftsman look. The portions were good and the price acceptable. We will be returning.

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PaulFrancis
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Courteous,great food and one of the best waiters I have ever had.....

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Diane
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met all expectations of excellence freshness of vegetables excellent , lovely service. Our first time for 3 of us. we were from southern California

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vippassion4food
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my adult children and their partners to celebrate wife's birthday. I have not been to Chez Panisse in 20 years, but their reputation is still great as witnessed by the difficulty in securing reservations. All of our dishes were special, perhaps the meatballs being the least so. The fish and the duck were terrific. I savored the veggies with a corn souffle. Everything here is about quality and simplicity and I appreciated that much more as I have gotten older. The wines were also outstanding. The service was first-class and attentive. All in all, we had a great dining experience.

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ChrisD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was outstanding. The service did not match the food.

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vipJoannaG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The place was lovely. The gentleman who greeted us was incredibly gracious and found us a perfect table. Then our server came and he quickly marred the entire experience. He was pretentious, arrogant, inattentive and generally unhelpful. The food was excellent and everyone else was lovely I just think he either needs a new line of work or it was a bad day.

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tomrus
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chez Panisse maintains its high level of cooking and service. I have never left this restaurant without feeling good.

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KearaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome - charming; ambience - congenial; service - efficient; food - fabulous; view of kitchen - fascinating; chez panisse is not to be missed.

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CAROLYNC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The meal was not as interesting as other lunches I have had there.

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ChristineS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great experience eating at Chez Panisse. Took a friend who had never been there and of course the meal was a hit with her.

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2localdiners
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. The pork ragu was delicious. Berries with meringue refreshing.

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rosee
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have never had a bad meal in over 30 yrs. ambience is great.

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vipRichardV
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we are in the San Francisco bay area we always enjoy eating here. The food is so unique, healthy and outstanding with outstanding service, too.

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vipConversationalist1
Berlin
29 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice, but a bit pinched.

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BruceM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As stunning As we remember from the last time in 1977. Did not disappoint. Hope to return in another 39 years. Carry on the good work.

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BerkeleyTravel
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After several decades Chez Panisse is still the best.

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vipWuinH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Food and service not as great as we have had in the past. Fish was overcooked and the menu was uninspired. Nice atmosphere. Not in a hurry to go back. Too bad!

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patriciah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Chez Panisse for my husband's birthday. It has been our favorite restaurant for over 20 years. And, the experience has always exceeded our expectations. The food is consistently delicious with an excellent wait staff. We usually go during the week for lunch and have never had a problem getting a reservation.

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ExRa
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Steak night at Chez Panisse is always a treat.
The steak was delicious and the sides were tasty, too. The wine was lovely.

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vipup2date
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Panisse continues to be a delightful and delicious experience. The food is always fabulous and the service is amazing.

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DaveB
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Out of many meals in the past year at places at a similar level, my two favorites were Chez Panisse Cafe and Trattoria Corso. Every other meal, someone would have ordered differently in hindsight. At both of these meals, we could have played musical chairs and everyone would have been thrilled with their new dinner. That's hard.

This pairing makes a great case study in French versus Italian. Both meals realized amazing flavors. The Italian meal was passion over technique, or an advocate might claim the best Italian technique is transparent. The French meal featured impeccable technique. Ask how the salmon was cooked; I have considerable French training for a home cook, and I was surprised.

Chez Panisse Cafe is "supposed" to be good. I'm surprised that Trattoria Corso doesn't review higher, and is so easy to reserve. Likely this is reputation lag and a new cook?

Chez Panisse service is in its own league; many three star restaurants in France have less fun offering stiffer and less attentive service. Fear of Michelin?

Also rans nearly in the same league, but always with at least one dish one wouldn't order again: A16, Enoteca Molinari.

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vipFischnasty
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! How does this place not have a Michelin star?

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vipBpfvan
Vancouver
43 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food. Extremely well prepared. Servers could be a bit more attentive.

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Pei2
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was mediocre, actually. The service was very nice. All in all, another overpriced East Bay establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nothing negative about food or service,
Only one thing that is confusing is they automatically charge 17 % "Service Charge" on the bill. They states it is Not TIP.

What is "Service Charge"?
What "TIP' one should leave additionally?
Please help.

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ginfoodSat
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I've been going to Chez P. since the '70's and it has gone through noticeable changes. It is no longer a cutting-edge experience or even a great place for California cuisine. My friend and I ate at the Cafe, whose noise level is expected. Space between the tables worked well so we could hear each other. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful in finding my friend a wine she liked, and she loved her meal of salmon. Unfortunately my duck confit arrived too soon and was very over-salted (too much salty brine?) and the pommel frites were greasy and also too salty. While I realize I should have told the waitress, I didn't want to delay our meal and convey disappointment to my friend. The best part of the meal for both of us was the wonderful apricot tart. We weren't asked if we wanted coffee or tea. Overall, Chez P. is another good place to eat with spotty service/dishes that can be wonderful with a bit more attention.

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Chez Panisse Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 3637 OpenTable diners.