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Chez Panisse Cafe

4.5
4.5
3511 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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  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    Vine Street

  • 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

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Menu

Main

  • Little Gems Lettuce$9.00

    with radishes, tarragon, and meyer lemon vinaigrette

    • Cannard Farm Rocket$10.00

      with shaved zucchini, mint, and ricotta salata

      • Marinated Beet and Avocado Salad$12.00

        with ginger and green coriander seed,

        • Garden Lettuces$9.00

          • Baked Andante Dairy Goat Cheese$11.00

            with garden lettuces

            • Pizzetta$17.00

              with Sweet and Spicy Peppers, Rosemary, and Ricotta

              • Terra Firma Farm Corn and Summer Squash Soup$9.00

                with jalapeño butter

                Menu Du Jour

                • Garden Lettuces$30.00

                  • Fazzoletti Pasta$30.00

                    with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan

                    • Apricot Gelato$30.00

                      with dirty girl strawberries and biscotti

                      • Fazzoletti Pasta$12.00

                        with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan

                        • Grilled Cattail Creek Ranch Lamb Chop and Leg$27.00

                          with succotash, fried new onions, and chile oil

                          • Monterey Bay$22.00

                            squid cooked in the wood oven with warm potato and purslane salad, black olives, and saffron mayonnaise

                            • California Wild King Salmon$27.00

                              with green beans, nasturtium blossoms, and tzatziki sauce

                              • Riverdog Farm Chicken Saltimbocca$25.00

                                with peperonata and grilled fennel

                                • Pizza$20.00

                                  with tomato sauce, eggplant, marjoram, and Parmesan

                                  Side Orders

                                  water provided upon request

                                  • A Plate of Olives, Anchovies, or Olive Oil

                                    • each$5.00
                                  • A Bowl of Bob's Mulberries, Sunny Slope Black Mission Figs, and Flavor King Pluot$12.00

                                    • Fantasia Nectarine Galette$12.00

                                      with crème fraîche

                                      • Buttermilk Panna Cotta$12.00

                                        with wood-oven roasted figs and raspberries

                                        • Almond Cake$12.00

                                          with apricot gelato, mulberries and blackberries

                                          • Caramel and Cognac - Truffle Ice Creams$12.00

                                            with bittersweet chocolate sauce

                                            For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                            What 3,511 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            4.5
                                            4.5 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.6Food
                                            • 4.5Service
                                            • 4.4Ambience
                                            • 4.1Value

                                            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

                                              110 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              110 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

                                              20 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              20 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

                                              vip
                                              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

                                              15 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              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.

                                            15. k

                                              katinthehat

                                              San Francisco

                                              18 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            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

                                              19 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            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

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            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

                                              18 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            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

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 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

                                              17 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              17 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

                                              34 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              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.

                                            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

                                              45 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              45 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 3511 OpenTable diners

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                                            • 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

                                            • 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

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