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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

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4
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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

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Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Fun (10)
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Romantic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
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Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
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Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Cozy (5)
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Afternoon Tea (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2011

The food was good but not great- sauces that accompanied meat dishes were too salty and too heavy. The main attraction here is the beautiful interior, with high ceilings, a very open layout and the attractive bar. The staff were pleasant and attentive. When we went (around 6 pm) the crowd was on the older side.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2011

The food was great, the decor was beautiful, but the service was beyond bad. We got there early and decided to grab a drink before the rest of our party arrived. Bartenders completely ignored us, wouldn't even make eye contact with us. And it's not like they were swamped--the bar was half empty. And the service just got worse once we got seated. Our waiter was clueless, inattentive and inconsiderate; he never even came back to our table after our food came out. And the place was empty! It's no wonder it was the only place I could get a reservation for 5 that night in Berkeley. I'll never go back to FIVE. WHich is too bad, because we all enjoyed the food. Also, wine list was pretty weak.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2011

I had drinks & salad, so a review doesn't seem appropriate at this point.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2011

Food far exceeded our expectations. All was delicious. Not even a vegetarian but fried artichokes with other veggies sounded so good - and it was-not your typical vegetarian dish at all. All three of us loved everything-orzo mac 'n cheese, crab fritters, pasta dishes, butterscotch pudding, rhubarb/strawberry crostada. Not only were all delicious, presentation and service was excellent. Definitely will go back and tell friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2011

Everything we tried was good, and some items (like the flatbread with duck confit, goat cheese and cherry gastrique) were excellent. We really enjoyed the gnudi with peas and mushrooms as well, and a side order of asparagus. Liked the reliance on seasonal vegetables and fruit. The space is very large and was not very full, but it was pretty noisy--I can imagine how noisy it would be if full. The music seemed too loud and hectic too. I think the place is trying to be both a bar and a restaurant but may be too light for the former and too loud for the latter. But the food was yummy, the service pacing was perfect, and the prices seemed about right for what you get.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2011

very tasty maind ish, good service, although apparently lost our reservation which did not cause a problem. Big room with high ceilings, so noisy when full a bit of a problem for older folks. Seems well suited to a mid range of age.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 28, 2011

the steak was over cooked and the toughest meat i have ever had in a very long time..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2011

Apps were fantastic, entrees lackluster. It also took a good 30-45 minutes to get apps and another 30-45 to get entrees. Food didnt come out at one time, luckily they were all cold apps. but the appitizers are worth going for, when they come out.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on June 28, 2011

We had a great light dinner in the bar area, and the food was excellent. The only drawback was it is noisy and drfty in the tables near the front door.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2011

Overall, our experience was disappointing. My husband and I had eaten there once before and the food was quite tasty and the ambiance appealing. We appreciated the slightly Southern influence of the food, and thought the location was perfect for before-theater dining. For that reason, we recommended it to two other couples before going to the Berkeley Rep. This time, the very same dishes were tasteless, overcooked, generally mediocre at best. Even with the discount, it was still expensive and not worth the money. I doubt that any of us will go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2011

Had a delicious meal on Saturday evening. My husband ordered the fix priced which included a glass of wine. We have eaten here about 5 times but tonight was especially good. When I told the waiter he said that the chef was new and had made changes to the menu which I think was a great improvement. Also the house wine is only $5.00, very drinkable and a generous pour. We look forward to our next meal here and recommend Five to all.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2011

Every dish a tasty delight, beautifully prepared and presented.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2011

It was really noisy and the restaurant was only 3/4 full. Food was good. Wine was ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2011

The food was quite good. Will go there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2011

Very accommodating, and polite, as we bought our dessert and own champagne, (they charge $10 for corkage for each bottle.) Server was George who was excellent, attentive without being fussy. Setting was good, clean and spacious. Food was tasty and ample portions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 18, 2011

enjoyed our brunch/lunch - good service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2011

We really liked a certain waiter who went to a lot of trouble for us, including running down the street after us when one of us forgot the credit card. His name was Dwight.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2011

I like that you can take BART to this place. The grilled octopus stood out and so did the spinach gnudi. Great place for vegetarians.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2011

We've had dinner at FIVE at least 3 times in the past year. Love the flavors, food pairings/combinations - have actually asked for a recipe or two. Love the set menus - nice well priced options. Nice wine selections to pair with very good, creative meals. On meats, medium well is just right (a thin pink blush in the middle) and medium is medium. Freshest of veggies, prepared just right (roasted brussels sprouts will leave you wanting for more)! A nice time out. We love going before heading to the Berkeley Rep for a play. Life is good!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2011

Pre-theater dinner was 10% off with Berkeley Rep tickets. That was a pleasant bonus after a delicious Prix Fix dinner of roasted chicken, roasted potatoes and salad with a glass of wine and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler with ice cream. It was like going to dinner at grandma's - if grandma was Julia Childs! We went off to the theater ever so happy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2011

while the food was great, I thought this restaurant was a bit more upscale by the picture online, because I took my bf for his birthday dinner and we def over dress for this place. The crab fritter was awesome !!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2011

I almost gave FIVE a fourth star for food as every dish at the table was well executed and interesting without being super complex. A favorable corkage policy means we'll probably go back. Good for pre-concert or pre-theater dining. On the loud side.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2011

I had been forewarned by one of my dinner guests that the quality of the food had gone down over time and they preferred not to have dinner there, but in fairness to the restaurant and pleasant past experiences I have had there, I insisted on going. I am a Berkeley Rep Subscriber and I was, also, anxious to share the restaurant with the third guest that had never experienced it. I am always a bit wary when restaurants start doing promotional things.....such as prix fixed menus and $11.00 hamburgers, because it usually shows that business is off....and usually for some good reason, which turned out to be the case.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2011

I loved dining at Five, it is a beautiful light space with wonderful large windows. I ordered the skirt steak and it was delicious and cooked perfectly to my request. I also had "Grandmother's Cornbread" and was delighted it was not overly sweet,I enjoyed it immensely. The service was terrific and we were delightfully surprised with a mint chocolate whoopie pie to "taste test for the chef". It was delicious too. I selected this restaurant because it is close to the Berkeley Rep Theatre, but I am going back because I really enjoyed everything about it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2011

There were some high spots of the meal and some low spots. Must have is the butterscotch pudding. Delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2011

The sea bream was fabulous but took 1 hour to arrive despite my having told the server that we had tickets for Berkeley Rep and reminding him. So--reserve 2 hours ahead of performance at least. It was rushed and ugly at the end and we made it as they were closing the door to the performance. Wouldn't go before a performance again--so location not the plus they advertise.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2011

I asked for three drinks - all of which they didn't have - Cutty Sark Scotch, Chivas Regal Scotch and Stoli. Too many trendy stuff, I guess. Food was moderate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2011

Tasty food if not especially fancy at reasonable prices for what you get. Portions are substantial (if not a little too large), which makes it hard to choose as many courses as might appeal. Feeling pork-deprived after a trip to a Moslem country, the pork loin with prosciutto and bacon sauce was just what I was looking for. The biscuits, although a bit dry, are a nice addition to the meal. The Cornish hen was succulent and nicely herbed. Ahi tuna tartare is a refreshing starter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2011

Our favorite place to eat before Berkeley Rep! The orzo mac and cheese is truly to die for.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2011

Great local place. Food was wonderful. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Started with a bowl of bright green creamy asparagus soup. Those biscuits were buttery goodness. Then came the Hawaiian Butterfish-simply elegant cooked perfect, and Skirt Steak w/side sauce was so flavorful, the handmade tater tots...awesome!! Made a suggestion to put those tater tots on the appetizer menu!! We could have eaten a plateful! GO TRY this place!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2011

Your restaurant is always an adventure, never consistent. And I guess, therein lies the charm. My attorney & I were there for lunch on the 29th of April. The service & the food left a lot to be desired. My youngest son was visiting from out of town, Portland, OR. He said, "Dad, let's go to Five's, (this was on the 23rd of May,) youv'e said, "It's always an adventure." The three of us have had dinner there, about 3 or 4 times. This time the service VERY GOOD. My son's bream & my attorney's butterfish were good, & my rib-eye was very good. Overall, we had very good, very pleasant evening at your restaurant. We will come back, not knowing which way the coin will fall for us. The charm of the unknown.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2011

The restaurant itself was nice, early 1900's style. Food was fresh, service good, ambience relaxing and nice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2011

Food was not quite as good as it has been in the past. One of our group noted that her entree was just barely warm; I asked for the meat to be medium, I got rare.

It would be helpful if Five could start serving at 5:00, particularly for those with a Berkeley Rep 7:00 curtain.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 17, 2011

really beautiful interior, amazing mac n cheese, wonderful service, very filling

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 17, 2011

Consistently excellent food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2011

I was not all that impressed. My girlfriend and I split asparagus and prosciutto, tuna tartare, crab fritters, and mac and cheese. The mac seriously tasted like a heart attack. Way too rich - even for me, a mac and cheese lover. The crab fritters were just OK. The tuna tartare was paired with an avocado puree, which didn't do much for the tuna. Maybe mango or something would be better. Overall, my conclusion was that the food felt way too smothered in oils / butter. Anyone can make something taste OK doing this. Every dish tasted like it was over 1000 calories.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2011

Really fantastic food. We were well taken care of. I will be back for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2011

Great service, great food and ambiance. What more can you ask for?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2011

Noisy and absolutely stuffed with groups, Five nonetheless provided excellent food, very good service, and an overall great experience. I'd happily go again and explore the menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2011

Really good food, but too noisy--esp when the restaurant wasn't close to being full.

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