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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
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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