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About FIVE

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.

2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast/Brunch
Mon-Fri: 6:30am - 10:30am
Sat/Sun: 7:00am - 1:30pm

Lunch
Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Dinner
Sun-Wed: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu-Sat: 5:30pm - 10:00pm



Cross Street:
Shattuck

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 225-6055

Website:
http://www.five-berkeley.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant for more details, or alternatively, please contact our Sales and Catering Department 510-225-6007.

Parking Details:
Limited availability for on street parking.
Public parking garage available across the street

Public Transit:
Bart: Downtown Berkeley stop

Executive Chef:
Stéphane Tonnelier

Additional:
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

Private Dining

Exceptional and newly renovated banquet/event space in the Hotel Shattuck Plaza

FIVE Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (24)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Bar Seating (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Cozy (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines menu had weak first course, excellent second and third. Waiter was knowledgeable when it came to the wine list.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Love Zut. It’s my go to place with Marin Country friends

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The person who waited on us was amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The steak was excellent and the service was very good. We went there before a concert at Freight and Salvage, and the location is good for that.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very slow service and slow dinner prep. Undercooked brussel sprouts, over cooked and grisly steak. I’ve eaten here before and had much better experience then.

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 (Orkney)·Dined on February 8, 2018

What a great place! The biggest surprise about Five is that it's not mobbed--the food and service are excellent, the ambiance is lovely. I've been there a couple times now, and it's been fantastic both times.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We always get excellent food, creative and interesting. The appetizers are excellent, the cocktails are also delicious. This restaurant is a nice place for conversation and also nice for late dining. Staff are excellent - friendly, helpful, attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

There were lots of interesting desserts on the menu. Butterscotch pudding was especially delicious

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Will, our waiter was exceptional. We received friendly and courteous service from him. Other staff were also helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The place was known for brunch, however, the kitchen closes at 1pm (the middle of brunch time).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

When you enter Five, you feel like you're in a different city....a big city and not San Francisco. Five is swanky and urban. I really liked it and look forward to returning. Berkeley needs Five badly. Food was great too.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Took a group of 6 for lunch and couldn't be happier with the decision to go to FIVE. Food, service and space were excellet! I will definitely be back to this spot.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really nice room in Hotel lobby - elegant - food was excellent! Service was a bit disjointed as they were understaffed but our waiter was very friendly and accommodating even though taking care of the whole restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent brunch and wonderful service!
We totally enjoyed our New Year’s Day celebration.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Menu didn’t match what was on line - neither in price (was much more expensive when we got there) nor food (much more ‘artsy’ food than the burgers we were looking forward too).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved the eggs benedict!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was very mediocre. Service was good. Doubtful I’ll return

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The chicken was dry. The green beans hard. The seafood dish had almost no seafood. Definitely will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We did not plan on a buffet. The Open Table reservation did not state that the only meal would be buffet.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Expensive mediocre food that took way too long and had to be eaten in ten minutes to make our show. I like the space but would definitely never go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had a very nice meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was good, but not remarkable. Noise level was intolerable due to a large, loud party that obviously didn't care that there were other people in the room. Service was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Berkeley! Perfect for pre theater!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Lovely place, great atmosphere, and the food was quite good. We very much enjoyed our dinner. Fine place for dinner before going to Berkeley Rep performance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Overall we enjoyed our lunch. The soup was cold and bland, but the albacore sandwich was wonderful. Cocktails were enjoyable and service was fine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Vegan
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food wasn’t fantastic, but overall good. The New York steaks had a spicy kick, which wasn’t a good match for my oldest son, not my dad.

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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