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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
My avocado toast was just right - light and tasty. My friend's shrimp salad - a new dish - was overwhelmed by the buckwheat or pasta or whatever her noodles or doughy things were. Wayyyy too much of that. This was an exception to my usual experience here which has been excellent food in a gracious setting with lovely service and reasonable prices.
The place is amazingly quiet and pleasant. It's almost never too crowded and the wait staff is uniformly gracious and accomodating. It is a pleasure to eat here.
Unfortunately, the service was terrible. Our waiter knew we were trying to make an 8 pm show and our food arrived extremely late. We were informed at one point it was being plated, which was not true because we were still kept waiting. By the time we received our food I had to take mine to go. No apologies were made and we didn’t receive our theater discount and there was no time to wait. This has been our to go theater restaurant but not sure going forward.
We were attending the Berkeley Rep and this was one of the restaurants listed as being nearby and also being supportive of the rep. We are thrilled to have chosen it. And we will return. Food was inventive and delicious. Prices were reasonable fore the quality of the food. Service was very good as well. And an added attraction is that if you show them tickets for that day's Rep performance, they knock 10% off of the bill.
Luckily we've been to Five a number of times before or we might not go back. I had the fixed prix fried chicken special. Everything was very salty and I couldn't even eat the greens or mashed potatoes. One piece of chicken was a little dry and the other wasn't cooked. The only thing really good was the peach cobbler. They took the chicken off the bill. The cavatini was like gnocchi. Overall disappointing and not up to their usual standards.
Went there after Berkeley Rep which is 2 blocks away. Dining room is very light and airy. Menu is very interesting and all of our dishes were excellent . Good experience except all 4 meals were not served at once: 2 of us had to wait and the salads were not dressed with enough dressing.
I really like this restaurant and enjoy the food, ambiance, and service (usually). On this visit we met friends there pre a Berkeley Rep performance. The food was very good, but something was wrong with the service and the kitchen, as several of our meals came out with missing parts and service was unusually slow. Not sure if it was due to how busy the place was or not.
We shall come again and fingers crossed for some improvement.
We have been to five numerous times and again were not disappointed. The service was great even though the restaurant was really crowded on this Saturday evening. My husband ordered the beet salad which he enjoyed and the duck l'orange. I ordered a special prix fixe meal that was offered because of the Temptations play at Berkeley Rep. Our appetizers came early, then my husband had his duck and mine was delayed. The manager looked over at our table, saw that my entree wasn't there and he went into the kitchen several times to find out and correct the problem. Our waiter would have done this but he had our table and a large party (about 20 to attend to). The manager assured me the entree was on its way, and it came shortly after. Mistakes do happen, and how the restaurant handles them is just as telling as flawless service. They did not charge us for the entree and were apologetic about the problem. Life is often not perfect, but the restaurant handled everything with professionalism and class. We will be back next time we have a concert in the area.
We have season tickets to the Berkeley Rep and FIVE is a block away. We come here often during the season and love it. Great food. We are vegetarian and they don't have a lot of options but the ones they have are great! Great waitstaff, many who have been there for some time. We enjoy having Ruben and Will wait on us. Great job - keep it up!
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