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Chez Panisse Cafe

4.5
4.5
3175 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Organic, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 548-5049

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alice Waters

  • Private party facilities

    Chez Panisse offers private party bookings in the downstairs dining room for up to 50 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Sherman: (510) 548-5066

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    Vine Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Downtown Berkeley BART station 7 blocks from Chez Panisse

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. ND

    NelsonD

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wine was excellent. Our service was outstanding!
  2. RP

    RPeats

    San Francisco

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 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.
  3. A

    Amber

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for our wonderful visit with my daughter and my best friend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  5. G

    Gwenn

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome from start to finish
  6. TH

    TeresaH

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent, innovative food and wonderful service! Delicious!
  7. JM

    JaneM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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!!!
  8. DC

    DianaC

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  9. DJ

    DrJW

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casual,yet sophisticated without any pretension! Memorable afternoon!
  10. GP

    GeneP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  11. MB

    MelissaB

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chez Panisse Cafe is consistently wonderful. The food is fantastic, the service outstanding.
  12. JO

    JOEB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  13. MT

    MiaT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  14. HF

    HawaiiFoodie

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 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.
  15. k

    katinthehat

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 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.
  16. PF

    PaulFrancis

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Courteous,great food and one of the best waiters I have ever had.....
  17. D

    Diane

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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
  18. p

    passion4food

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 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.
  19. CD

    ChrisD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2016

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    The food was outstanding. The service did not match the food.
  20. JG

    JoannaG

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  21. t

    tomrus

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  22. KH

    KearaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  23. CA

    CAROLYNC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  24. CS

    ChristineS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 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.
  25. 2

    2localdiners

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service. The pork ragu was delicious. Berries with meringue refreshing.
  26. r

    rosee

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we have never had a bad meal in over 30 yrs. ambience is great.
  27. RV

    RichardV

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 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.
  28. C

    Conversationalist1

    Berlin

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice, but a bit pinched.
  29. BM

    BruceM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  30. BT

    BerkeleyTravel

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After several decades Chez Panisse is still the best.
  31. WH

    WuinH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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!
  32. p

    patriciah

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  33. ER

    ExRa

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  34. u

    up2date

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 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.
  35. DB

    DaveB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  36. F

    Fischnasty

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! How does this place not have a Michelin star?
  37. B

    Bpfvan

    Vancouver

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great food. Extremely well prepared. Servers could be a bit more attentive.
  38. P

    Pei2

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    2.0

    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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  40. S

    ginfoodSat

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    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 3175 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vine Street

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Organic, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Downtown Berkeley BART station 7 blocks from Chez Panisse

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alice Waters

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 548-5049

  • Private party facilities

    Chez Panisse offers private party bookings in the downstairs dining room for up to 50 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Sherman: (510) 548-5066

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