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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.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 6:30am - 10:30am
Sat/Sun: 7:00am - 1:30pm
Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Sun-Wed: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu-Sat: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact the restaurant for more details, or alternatively, please contact our Sales and Catering Department 510-225-6007.
Limited availability for on street parking.
Public parking garage available across the street
Bart: Downtown Berkeley stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Exceptional and newly renovated banquet/event space in the Hotel Shattuck Plaza
FIVE Ratings and Reviews
This is our go-to place when friends are visiting. The room is lovely and elegant in a warm and welcoming way. The service is always excellent. And, as a quiet dining spot, we are sure to have good conversations. The menu is not as extensive or creative as our North Berkeley favorites. But for downtown Berkeley dining, this is a great place for a satisfying meal. And it is steps from the BART stop.
Wonderful atmosphere in a historic room with beautiful large windows and posts. We had delicious fresh salmon and butterscotch puffing and a split a lovely organic
salad as a first course. Service was friendly and efficient. My only complaints that after we worked for several hours through happy hour in the bar and they told us that we could buy a drink to bring to dining table in the restaurant it was only after we ordered drinks that from the bartender that we found that the drink we had ordered wasn't included in happy hour pricing even though we had explicitly asked to buy a happy hour drink and the hostess nicely had suggested we could do this and could cash out at the bar. But overall a wonderful meal with delicious side dishes or light sauce for the fish.
This should probably be a 3.5 star review. I thought everything was perfectly fine and I'd definitely go back, but it didn't blow me away. Nothing was "bad" per se, I just have any standouts, short of their biscuits (really good). I think one or two more meals there would help me make up my mind.
We enjoyed a very nice dinner at Five. My husband is especially fond of their grilled salmon entree and I tried their Fruttii di Mare con Fagioli, a nice seafood stew with grilled bread. We were both pleased with our dishes. The service was very good--attentive and helpful.
We had our New Year's Eve 2018 dinner there and the prix fixed menu was outstanding! Great flavors in every dish, served on slate plate to keep our food warm, original presentation, and in perfect proportion. The only down side was that I felt our server rushed us at the end. He probably had plans to celebrate the new year somewhere, but I can't blame him! We were told that no chef was in charge that night, so bravo to the sous-chef!
This is a place that has had its ups and downs re food quality, but it seems to be on the rise, a welcome addition to the reasonably priced restaurants near the theatre district in Berkeley. We had an excellent lamb roast with accompanying veggies. My husband and I will return.
This was the perfect place for brunch with our large group of 12. We were able to make a reservation which was great. The service was slow but the positive side of that was they didn't bother us as we sat there talking for hours. Our server was very accommodating whenever we asked for anything. By the time we left the restaurant was pretty full but it was not too noisy. We loved the decor. Our food was excellent and I thought the meal was a great value. All of us were shocked at how little we were expected to contribute. None of us had alcohol which may have helped. I would definitely come again and recommend to a friend.
Do not eat at this restaurant. This was our experience: We were 5 for dinner. 2 entrees arrived. The duck dish was very good. The salmon was cold, so we sent it back. The Fruit de Mar (described on the menu as including shrimp and scallops) then arrived and had mussels and clams (my cousin is allergic to mussels), so we sent that dish back. The salmon came back. The plate was hot but the food was still luke warm. My sister could not eat it. My husbands dish, a vegetarian plate, finally arrived and was good. The Fruiti de Mar came back without mussels and clams and was so so. About 30 minutes later, my gnocchi arrived and was good, not great. The pickled baby tomatoes tasted like they were simply soaked in vinegar and were completely incompatible with the Moroccan spiced gnocchi. The waiter seemed oblivious about the poor service and ignorant about the menu. And the management was indifferent when we complained about the service, the food and the timing of the entrees. One manager offered to not charge us for the salmon - the only acceptable option since the entree was not eaten. When we said we didn't feel that was the appropriate compensation given the poor service, the manager replied, "I'll think about it." When we received the bill, we were charged for 2 Fruit di Mars, but they did remove the salmon. The waiter apologized for his error. We then complained again to another manager and said it didn't seem like they were interested in having us as return customers. He replied, "Good point" and he then comped our cocktails - a solution that we all thought should have been offered as soon as the management became aware of the poor service and problems with the food. All in all, we were baffled by the staff's indifference to the quality of the food, service, or customer satisfaction.
The beet salad had almost no beets and tasted of refrigerator. The squab was undercooked and tasteless, with a tasteless brown glop of a sauce. The seafood dish was nothing like the menu described, it was a stew of clams and mussels rather than prawns and scallops.
We had a pleasant family dinner at Five to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was a busy night so maybe that's why it took over 1/2 hour for our drink order to arrive. Food was more timely and good, except for the roast chicken, which was overcooked and too dry.
This is a great spot in Berkeley - a pleasant well-lit and classy oasis in the heart of downtown Berkeley. nice ambiance. the menu is fairly short with light tasty selections, all made really well with good ingredients. perfect spot for a business lunch/dinner!
Wanted to like this restaurant. It's been a couple of years since we last visited, but it's convenient for theater and Freight & Salvage, so we decided to try again. Unfortunately it has the same problems as last time. The chef (on a Sunday night, so maybe an understudy?) mixes up ingredients that (a) are too many (b) don't go together very well. Far too fussy, and not very good. Service was mediocre.
We don't recommend this restaurant.
What a disappointed this place was. Certainly no 4.1 * place. Burger was very blah, Burger King equal, the eggs benedict was over cooked and eggs were hard, the potatoes were boring and bland. Service was pathetic. Servers would be around but never look at your table if you needed anything. Too many other good places in Berkeley, you don't need to waste your time on this one. Maybe the hotel is fine, don't know, never stayed there but the menu and quality of food was very poor during our brunch. And this was for Sunday brunch. You'd think this is they best time. Servers did not seem to meet up to the standards you would expect at this standards
My department was overall pleased with everything. The food was good a few dishes could've used a little more salt or a little more pepper but overall we enjoyed our dining experience. the ambiance was lovely not too overdone just the right touches to make it look and feel festive for the holiday season and the noise level was relatively quiet which was perfect for having conversations.
We like the convenience to Berkeley Rep and the ambiance but the salads (lettuce) were bitter and the salad dressings bland. Our 4 entries were also just so-so. My shrimp/scallop dish had no distinctive flavors. I would only come back for the convenience and the quiet dining room near the theatre but not for the food specifically.
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