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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (32)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Romantic (11)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Seasonal (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Authentic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We ate here before the 2pm show at the Berkeley Repertory theater. Food was good, cozy atmosphere, attentive service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Absolutely top notch service. We had a theatre performance after dinner and the staff made sure our food was served in a timely but not rushed manner. Portions are generous so two of us wanted to split an entree, another person wanted an appetizer as a main course. The staff accommodated everyone, cheerfully and seamlessly. Great service and good food AND we could actually carry on a conversation without straining to hear. Worth patronizing!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This restaurant has aged well: consistent high quality food, excellent cocktails, and sweet, caring service. Our favorite pre-theatre option in Berkeley.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Beautiful restaurant inside the Shattuck Hotel! I was there for brunch, and the bottomless mimosas were cheap ($12) and strong! The only thing that disappointed me was the shrimp and grits dish. They used whole shrimp, and the entire meal lacked any seasoning, even with the brown sauce included.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I was very disappointed in my recent experience. Our waiter after we had been sitting down for over 5 minutes and kept serving the tables on either side of us was distracted. He finally realized we were looking to see if he was our waiter and said something. He remained that way the rest of the night not really interested in serving our table. The salads were excellent, mixed green and beet. Our entree's were disappointing. I had the duck and it several pieces were fine. The end pieces were cold, tough and rubbery...cooked too long. My companion had the gnocchi
and said it was good but nothing special. I was entertaining a guest visiting from Mobile, AL
and we were attending the BR play. I was so disappointed the dinner did not "wow" him and not sure when I will be back. Hence why I have left the recommend box empty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always enjoy this restaurant-food & service excellent. Generally, patronize when going to theater nearby. Credit wait staff for serving us so we can get to theatre on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Very good restaurant for pre/ post theatre dining. A diverse menu with several unusual and appealing selections.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

A beautiful restaurant. Good food. Great cocktails. Good service. Easy parking across the street.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I have never had a less than very good meal at Five, where I have lunch about once every six weeks before attending Berkeley Rep. The location is ideal for the theater and parking, and the atmosphere is pleasantly retro. I like the eggs benedict with crispy fried chicken.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

It's wonderful to know that Berkeley has at least one civilized restaurant. Everything about our experience was pleasurable. Except for the fact that all of us are trying to keep our weight down, we would have enjoyed the desserts.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Patient yet helpful and attentive waitstaff. Always enjoy our pre-Berkeley Rep dinners at FIVE!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 4, 2017

My salmon was the best meal I'd had in our four days in Berkeley. The veggies were not notable, but the couscous was delicious and the salmon was cooked perfectly - medium, as I requested. My husband's scallops would have been good if they weren't over-salted (a problem that a lot of restaurants seem to have) - don't the line cooks know to sprinkle and not dump? The vegan pavlova dessert was unusual and inventive; my husband loved it but I would have preferred real meringue and real lemon curd. Lovely room, great service-we'll be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Good old American food with an old hotel atmosphere and surprisingly good prices. Plus you can park across the street in the high rise garage.
The menu had a lot of thought behind it and it was quite unique - but still American with a hint of Southern. Service was good. Neighborhood was a little seedy (I'm from the Peninsula so I'm not used to Berkeley) and on a Monday night it was mostly empty.

We took an exchange student from China (cousin) to show her real American food - its not all McDonalds and Taco Bell - she was amazed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Five easily accommodated our group of 10 after we caught a matinee performance at Berkeley Rep. Highly recommend spending some time at the bar before dinner to soak in the ambiance and enjoy a local beer.

Dinner was good with a variety of salad and entree choices - not vast but enough choice for our group. We tried the duck breast, swordfish and gnocchi with lamb shank. The menu said duck confit but it was roasted duck breast cooked medium rare . The sides that came with the dish like the potato croquettes and broccoli rabe are good.

The gnocchi with lamb shank was good, but there wasn't a lot of lamb. The sword fish was cooked well, tasty and not dry. Among the desserts that were ordered the poached pear for had the best presentation with a swirl of puff pastry encasing the pear.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food at Five is made from good ingredients, well prepared, good sized portions and nicely presented. The staff seems slightly disoriented but the kitchen has it together.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I have loved FIVE on previous occasions so I recommended it to a friend who had not been there before and boy, was I embarrassed when we went there together. We had lunch on a Saturday and the menu was extremely limited. We were going on to BRT for Monsoon Wedding and I had read that FIVE had a special "Monsoon" menu but that was not so. There were many fewer items to choose among than there were on previous visits. Service was also less than I would expect from an upscale restaurant. Someone who may have been the maitre de asked for a drinks order and then proceeded to forget all about it. When our server arrived we had to start the order again from scratch. The food we ordered was good but not outstanding. I also want to recommend that FIVE make the journey from the street to the table more disabled-friendly; it was quite treacherous for my friend to do that walk - slippery floors and not enough rails to hold onto.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Great lunch and lovely venue. Looking forward to making a trip back soon

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The servers all seemed miserable, the food was not as expected i.e. the duck was not confit, it was raw duck breast. No flavor, we weren't offered any bread even though every table had some, and the food took forever to come out. Awful experience. I am blocking it from my memory...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had shied away from Five because we had the misconception that it was very noisy. Although the restaurant was full, it was easy for the four of us to talk and be easily understood. The food was delicious. We will go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We come to Five every time we go to Berkeley Rep. the servers are always so welcoming and friendly. The food is also quite good. Last time too much black pepper on the salad, we will definitely go back next time we go to the theatre.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Organic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Overpriced for mediocre food, limited menu, poor service, super noisy, and not worth it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

nice place. food look and concept good, just not executed very well. Flavors good but not blended or balanced well. Light items are heavy and crips items are soggy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The complaints people made are real.

1. Service is slow, but not rude. They had two waiters for a dining room full of people and several runners. Waters went unfilled. It took 20 minutes to get our order. We had to flag someone down anytime we wanted anything. The staff were polite, but they really need to manage waiter service better.

2. The food was mediocre. I wasn't too impressed. They didn't have salsa for the breakfast burrito. I thought it tasted kind of bland. My husband had the fried chicken eggs benedict and he said it was fine, but he's less picky than I am.

3. The bathrooms weren't well attended to. Out of the five stalls, they were all messy but one. The second time I went back before we left they were in better condition.

I wasn't really impressed with this place, but it wasn't terrible.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Very good breakfast. Service was good. Ambiance was very good. Would go back again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We went to Five before seeing Monsoon Wedding at the Berkeley Rep. The wait staff was cognizant of our timetable and made sure we had a leisurely dinner without problems with time. They offered an Indian menu in recognition of the theater's show.

The food was superb. The corn-potato-leek soup was excellent. I had the day scallops with pork belly appetizer for my main meal and it was perfectly prepared, down to the vinaigrette with the greens. My companion had the duck which was also outstanding. We opted for a light dessert, the chocolate almond coconut gelato. Those are three of my favorite ingredients so I was hoping it would live up to the rest of the meal. It did.

It was not an inexpensive meal but it was worth the cost. Since we have season tickets to Berkeley Rep, I'm looking forward to dining at Five several more times.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We had lunch here during the week. Nice room, very courteous service by waitstaff but the kitchen was quite slow and the restaurant wasn't crowded. Food when it finally arrived was good--not outstanding, but nice flavors and well cooked. A nice meal in a nice space.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Outstanding spot for brunch and people watching, the dishes are excellently prepared and the right portion size. The bottomless mimosas can't be beat for $12. Ambiance reminiscent of 1920s Gatsby. A sure hit!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Tantalizing menu, friendly and attentive service! Had only ever been to the bar at Five before, and they had great happy hour appetizers and cocktails. Finally went to the restaurant for brunch and it did not disappoint. Beautiful surroundings, amazing wait staff, very creative dishes.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Straightforward food well cooked and elegantly presented, with wonderful ambience and attentive wait staff. All for a reasonable price. Excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Usually the service at Five has been great. We were having dinner before a play and celebrating a friend's birthday. We had called ahead and arranged for a dessert for the birthday friend. Upon our arrival, the dessert and needing to leave in time for the play were confirmed. Our server also confirmed the dessert and departure time. Then our server was pressed into service elsewhere and the information was not conveyed to the new server. We had to ask for the pre-arranged dessert and the server was not pleasant or diplomatic about it. It was very embarrassing and turned a lovely dinner into a nightmare. Additionally the new server dallied in bringing the dessert, and was exceedingly slow with our check. We barely made curtain at the theater. It was very disappointing as we have really enjoyed dining at Five.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Spicy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I had heard Five was particularly good because it is quiet, a rarity and helpful for those of us whose hearing isn't what it used to be. It was quiet, and beyond that, the food was outstanding, service was excellent (serve from the left, clear from the right), server actually said "you are welcome" instead of "no problem". Portions were generous, and the lava cake at dessert was a treat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I enjoyed the setting; next to the hotel lobby. The lobby and first floor of the hotel are attractively decorated. The service was good. I had the duck breast and it was okay, just not great. Not good enough for the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Met up with a friend from NH who was traveling to California on business. Chose five because the online menu looked good. We weren't disappointed. The food and service were excellent. The large dining area had enough space between tables to make it still feel like an intimate experience.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

The servers were friendly. The environment is comfortable and not too noisy. The food was tasty. Short walk to Berkeley Rep was terrific.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Food was amazing, and loved that it was reasonably priced. Only complaint I have is that the service could have been better. We had to constantly ask for refills (bottomless mimosas) when our glasses were empty for a while.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Seating was prompt and we had an excellent waiter, Will who helped us navigate the menu and drink options taking into account our various dietary limitations. There was a huge green salad with goat cheese in pastry bags we 4 shared along with not to be missed cheddar biscuits with herb cheese and honey butter sides. We then had swordfish excellently prepared over a tomato risotto and the duck entrees. We 4 shared the excellent butterscotch pudding and chocolate lava cake. Service was excellent then after dessert he disappeared. No problem, but we had informed him of our theater reservations. An excellent evening, meal despite this minor glitch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We found the recommendation on OpenTable and everyone at the table was very happy with the choice. Creative drinks, and creative food. Also a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 29, 2017

La Note had a 90 minute wait so from OpenTable we found this restaurant and it was fantastic. The trout salad was excellent the ambience and noise level was great due to the large vaulted ceiling's, cocktails were perfect (I asked for an espresso martini and they nailed it) the dessert was two large slices of cheesecake and the cappuccino huge. What started as a scramble on memorial day morning turned into one of my new favorites!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Five is an excellent restaurant especially if you are going to Berkeley Rep. which is very nearby. They were aware that we were attending the theater and so we got our meals promptly and the service was good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Shrimp and grits was good.

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