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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

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (26)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for a Date (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Casual (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 12, 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 11, 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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·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 7, 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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 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 30, 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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 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 22, 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 22, 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 20, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 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 14, 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 13, 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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·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 8, 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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·Dined on December 2, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The service was impeccable and the duck was very tasty.

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

The food was delicious on Thanksgiving

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The steak was cooked perfect. The ham was dry, the mashed potatoes were set and the Brussel sprouts were under cooked. They took our order and brought out our first course before we even had our drinks brought. The whole dinner felt as if we were being rushed through it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overall, an excellent place for Thanksgiving dinner. Service was superb. Being the lone vegetarian, I had a less than excellent meal. Mushroom/filo dish was not interesting. The others enjoyed their turkey meals. Generous portions of sides.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving, and I had the turkey entree. It was boring, and the white meat was tough and dry. The sides were boring- how is it possible to mess up Brussels sprouts and bacon? The mashers tasted like they were instant potatoes goosed with a little butter. Dessert was boring- two pieces of dry chocolate cake with a delicious milk chocolate mousse inside, with a brilliant raspberry jam on top.
On the whole, it tasted like a mediocre B-level catered wedding event. Definitely NOT worth $67.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Was looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my 2 friends. I have heard good things about their Sunday Brunch and was anticipating the same for our dinner. The place did not feel festive, the food was just okay, brussels sprout were undercooked. Last but not least not worth the $284 for 3 people. We only had 1 glass of wine and 3 coffees besides the fix menu of $69 for the dinner. That averages $95 per person. Very over priced for not excellent food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I had the $17.00 Gourmet Five Burger, medium rare. It was terrible. The consistency was of the beef was similar to grainy cardboard and despite the savory ingredients, it was truly tasteless. My colleagues both had benedicts and frankly they were "ok", but nothing special. The service was uninformed and poor. My colleague asked for coffee with lots of room for milk; it came filled to the brim with out any room. He asked the server to re-pour the cup and it came back pretty much the same way. He was prepared to give up, but we tried one more time, this time with success. My colleague then asked if the bacon on the benedict was Canadian bacon? The server didn't know and didn't offer to find out. So, he changed to smoked salmon. Admittedly, we were seated at 12:45 and the closing time is 1:00 so perhaps the staff was already mentally checked out, but no-one came to check on our meals or refill our coffee and water. On a positive note, the space is wonderful. But, I'm not sure I'd go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Salmon was annihilated
Waiter understood we were headed to a 8pm show & promised we'd make it
Sat at 6pm, had an 8pm show. Ordered at 620pm
Food arrived at 715pm.
All meals were way over cooked & Luke warm

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

good food in a lovely setting. Enjoyed an evening with friends.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The menu was very limited with three meat options (all variants on burgers, fried chicken or beef) and only one meal (vegetarian risotto) that didn't require using your hands. The soup was good, as was the risotto (an extremely generous portion).

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