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Chez Panisse Restaurant

685 reviews
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$50 and over
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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Established in 1971, Chez Panisse was opened in homage to the comedy and informality of classic Italian films with a character of the same name. In an effort to mimic a dinner party hosted at home, Chez Panisse pays great attention to detail and creates a unique four-course meal appropriate to the season and featuring fresh fine ingredients.

The menu changes daily and no two weeks have the same menu. Guests are invited to return often and try the new and exciting dishes Chez Panisse chefs create. Some possible menu items include duck leg with savoy cabbage, potato gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms or sheep�s milk ricotta with chicories, walnuts persimmon and balsamico.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Californian, Organic, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:45pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:15pm
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Phone number
(510) 548-5525
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alice Waters
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Private party facilities
The dining room can be reserved for private parties of up to 50 guests
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Private party contact
Jennifer Sherman: (510) 548-5066
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Cross street
Cedar Street
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Public transit
Downtown Berkeley BART station 7 blocks from Chez Panisse.

AC Transit bus connection or taxi at BART station
AC Transit bus connection or taxi at BART station
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Special events & promotions
Celebrate Bastille Day with garlic, wine, and live French music.
Special fixed menu.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OliviaW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Have been wanting to go to Chez Panisse for a long time and I finally made it. Totally worth the wait. The food and the service are awesome! Definitely plan to come back again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

Superb food. Impeccable, attentive but not-constantly-interrupting service.

ChristopherA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Chez Panisse is the best restaurant I have ever been to. Even coming in with high expectations, I still found myself blown away. Literally everything was perfect. The food was fresh and delicious, the service was impeccable, the wine pairings were fantastic. Obviously it's pricey, but it's well worth every cent.

Judyp (Houston)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Chez Panisse lived up to its reputation. Beautiful setting and innovative food. The chef even catered to my food allergy and the change in ingredients did not compromise my selections. This is a must do experience for foodies. Despite its reputation the service is personal and without airs. The food is innovative and the chef continues to strive for excellence. Never stuffy but always friendly.

Phreddiva (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Chez Panisse is everything you've heard it is. Spend your rent money on it. It's unicorns and puppies and everything nice. It's your long-lost parent finally coming back from the store from getting a pack of smokes 20 years ago and letting you know they've amassed your fortune and you'll never have to work again. It's one of those weird gel mattresses covered in plush faux fur with a massage underneath. It's incredible. It's amazing.

The courses will arrive, perfectly timed, and you won't know that you're slower than everyone else in the restaurant because no one will indicate a rush. We were there for over three hours. It was glorious. Every moment.

There's one menu a day, which I didn't know. I thought we were getting appetizers and choosing our mains. I am apparently a pleb.
The bread was delicious, and yet, we somehow didn't fill up on it.

The starter sparkling wine was elderflower and peach leaf and made from the cry-laughing tears of angels.

The Halibut Salmon course was delicate and so light it floated on the tongue.
The lasagna, which was the dish I was going to order, was somehow delicate and hearty at once, with truffle.
The lamb... must literally have been Mary's Little Lamb. I have never tasted anything like it.

Who knows what you'll get. It's amazing. The service is fantastic, attentive, and not intrusive.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I've always wondered what all the fuss is about. Now I know. We'll go back every year.

MikeB (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Well it's Chez Panisse so if you get a chance to go to the restaurant you really should. I'm absolutely not a foodie (that'd be my wife) so I won't try to describe the meal but I like good food. What they do is incredible, the service is flawless. It's that perfect blend of unpretentious class that allows you to relax and enjoy amazing food with friends without worrying if you can pick up the bones so no morsel of that oh my god this is the best thing I've every eaten quail goes to waste (of course I did). Do it. Seriously.

SamV (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Chez Panisse is an institution. My expectations were very high, and I was not disappointed: it's easy to see how this style of food changed the game.

Lynne (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

Chez Panisse continues to be my favorite restaurant for a special occasion. This was my third visit "downstairs". Everything about the meal was outstanding: food, ambiance, service. The food is carefully prepared, but not pretentious. I have to admit that I was disappointed when I read the menu for the evening and the entree was duck. I have never liked duck, but after eating this succulent grilled duck breast I am a convert. The entire staff is so knowledgeable and approachable, but not overbearing. The entire evening was delightful.

SamT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2016

Beautiful. Truly amazing dining experience. Absolutely worth it.

JohnM (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

One of our most memorable meals of food and wine parings.