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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
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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 (29)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for a Date (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Authentic (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (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
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and location!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Perfect before the theatre for a delicious meal! 3 short blocks to Berkeley Rep and right near Allston Garage. Swordfish and salmon entrees were delicious.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love it every time and always recommend it to friends!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I've been dining out for over fifty years; this was the most inexcusably bad service I've ever had. Beyond awful. Just shameful. And no one in management seemed to care.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was my third visit. Consistently delicious food and attentive service in a beautiful space where you don't have to shout to have a conversation. Good wine list and solid cocktails. Great for dinner before a show at Berkeley Rep.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious food and drinks in a beautiful space. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Sorry to say both our dinners had little or no spice and were very bland. My scallops and shrimp were the only tasty item of the dish. Chocolate cake very good. Chicken. Was very moist but no flavor lentils a look so very bland

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Unfortunately this place has lowered its standards in most areas within the past several years. Not acceptable for a centrally located hotel/restaurant in Berkeley, foodie heaven.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Nice better than neighborhood restaurant, near Berkeley Rep.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had the duck salad and was surprised that it contained duck jerky. I had expected duck breast.
Also had the summer squash as a side. I had had it earlier this summer and it was much more interesting....but we will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The quality of the food varied between good and very good, and presentation was nice. It was easy to talk, though there was background noise. Staff were friendly and attentive, if not always present exactly when you might like. I am sure we will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fantastic as usual! Duck was fabulous as well as all the other entrees.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The cheese biscuits were amazing and my swordfish was cooked perfectly. It's a great place to go before or after a play.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Servers were very pleasant and accommodating. However, they seemed to be understaffed--did not refill water, coffee, etc. Food was very slow coming out of the kitchen. My overall impression was that the restaurant was understaffed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The staff was very nice! The ambiance is very sterile and unremarkable. Salad was limp, beets were mushy and not fresh. Bread with entree was burnt (inedible). Main course was otherwise tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Power loss meant that no cooking, therefore no review!!!

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 6, 2017

First time at FIVE. Glad I finally made it. Food was quite tasty. Looking forward to next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My lamb dish was on the heavy side, but everything else was wonderful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

5 stars all the way!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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