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Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
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  • Chez PanissePro 2014
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    4 Mar 14, 2014

    Request to walk into the kitchen, if you can. Impeccable! It's the warmest restaurant kitchen I've ever seen.

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  • Chez PanissePro 2014
    Mel S Wong
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    5 Sep 24, 2013

    Fresh local ingredients, attentive service, comfortable and cozy dining room, how can this place not be on top of list of everyone's comfort food/sustainable dining place?!

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  • Chez Panisse
    Cathy M
    5 Aug 18, 2014

    Get reservations! This place is booked for good reason. http://www.chezpanisse.com/reservations/

    It is relatively expensive so consider booking lunch or the cafe upstairs instead of the regular restaurant.

    ***Note: Chez Panisse is remodeling after a recent fire. They have announced reopening in June. Have no fear; there are many other excellent restaurants in this part of Berkeley. It's known as the Gourmet Ghetto (emphasis on gourmet).

    Chez Panisse is worth it, but if for whatever reason you don't get a reservation (or the price is too much) this street is lined with other high-end but affordable restaurants. Our favorite is the CheeseBoard, across the street from Chez Panisse.

    The CheeseBoard is mostly a pizza place with insanely good pizza. http://cheeseboardcollective.coop/ Read their menu and you may find yourself salivating! Excellent prices too. It's what you get when a group of wildly talented chefs come together to make excellent pizza. Yum.

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  • Chez Panisse
    Gene Koh
    5 Aug 19, 2012

    My favorite restaurant of all time. Alice Waters is a master, and the food is always extremely fresh and delectably seasoned. Worth the wait for the upstairs cafe, or if you can plan ahead, go for the prix fixe menu downstairs.

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  • Chez PanissePro 2014
    Ally Wu
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    4 Jul 30, 2012

    This is where California cuisine, known for its local and organic ingredients, started. I had known about Chez Panisse for a long time until I finally got a chance to have lunch there a couple of weeks ago. I ate at the upstairs Cafe which is more casual and you can order a la carte. My friend and I shared two starters: avocado, cucumber and mint salad and beef tartare. They were both superb, especially the salad, so bright and delightful, perfect for a warm summer day. For main course, I had pork shoulder which was full of Latin flavor and my friend had clam pasta. I have to say, I didn't love the main courses as much as I love the starters. However, the dessert turned out to be my favorite. We had the nectar tart with raspberry ice-cream. The ice-cream was to die for, full of intense creamy flavor and light at the same time. It tasted more like frozen yogurt to me. Overall, it was a great meal and I can't wait to try some other dishes.

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    Gregory
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Believe the hype, Chez Panisse is mind blowing. Their success lies in the use of fresh, local ingredients and straightforward cooking techniques that are expertly executed. If oven-roasted squid with leeks happens to be on the menu, I highly recommend trying it. The servers are knowledgable and more than happy to help you out with wine pairings and recommendations.

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  • Chez Panisse
    Megan L. Wood
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    You can eat upstairs in the cafe, which is more affordable than the restaurant downstairs, but still has delicious, local food by the mother of the slow food movement, Alice Waters.

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  • Chez Panisse
    Luke Hornof
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Excellent food, even better value. Easily the best $80 ($95 on weekends) dinner I've ever eaten. The kitchen is open so you can watch the chefs prepare everything, and you are even encouraged to get up during your meal and talk with the chefs, explore where they cure their meats, etc. Cafe upstairs is also excellent -- less formal, less expensive.

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  • Chez Panisse
    Craig Kellar
    4 Feb 17, 2014

    Nothing to say here that can't be said as well if not better by others.

    Yes, you need to go and yes, it's worth it.

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  • Chez PanissePro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    PRO (5 Stars):

    Nicely appointed in Craftsman/Mission style. Comfortable.

    Great service and knowledgable staff.

    Excellent wine pairings with the meal.

    Excellent halibut (Gayle) and pesto spagetti (me), salad with goat cheese (both) and ice cream/cookie desert/coffee (both).

    CON (Minus 1 Star):

    The table set up is a bit crowded for this intimate dining experience. For us, this was evidenced by 2 women at the next table who's conversation was somewhat loud. One in particular had one of those demonstrative "east coast" voices that really carried. At it didn't help that she was doing a lot of the talking with her mouth full. I suppose we should have flagged this early and asked for another table. However, it was also pretty clear to the wait staff what was going on and perhaps they should have discretely offered an alternative. In any event, a little more space between the tables might have let both parties carry on in relative isolation.

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  • Chez Panisse
    Celeny Da Silva
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    The Café Chez Panisse (on the 2nd floor of Chez Panisse), founded in the late 20th century, serves a moderately priced à la carte menu of organic locally grown flavors that are mostly cooked on a charcoal grill and/or in a wood-burning oven. The consistently good dishes, the outstanding service along with the pleasant Asian fusion & craftsman era decor make for a especially memorable experience.

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  • Chez PanissePro 2014
    Alex
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    5 Jan 22, 2014

    Few restaurants have changed the face of eating like Chez Panisse has. I went there last Monday, and it was as good or even better than ever (plus, Mondays are only $60 per person!). Our 'floating island' meringues in a cream sauce with quince and caramelized pomegranates was mouth-wateringly good. My friends and I had actually been talking about how yummy pigeon is just that weekend, and that was our surprise appetizer -- pigeon liver pate on crostini. I didn't even know that existed. The craftsman decor is gorgeous and the service is nearly perfect, but not at all pretentious. There's a reason Chez Panisse is known as one of the best restaurants in the world.

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  • Chez Panisse
    Greg L
    5 Jul 16, 2014

    Because it is Chez Panisse! in Berkeley, of course!

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  • Chez Panisse
    Mary M
    5 Dec 10, 2013

    Where it all began!

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    4 Jun 20, 2013
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    Claudia E
    5 Jun 11, 2013

    Yummie... but expensive

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    5 May 20, 2013

    The best food in all of the world.

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    Kirk and Jaleh
    4 Apr 25, 2013

    A unique dining experience for sure

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    Cheryl Bowman
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    5 Jan 07, 2013
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    Fei
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    4 Mar 20, 2013
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Description

Chez Panisse was opened out of a home in Berkeley, California in 1971 by Alice Waters. Four decades later, Waters reigns over an entire generation of 'California Cuisine' chefs and restaurants who have helped her continue a movement dedicated to sustainable produce and meats and Slow Food eating. The restaurant is divided into two: downstairs is the pricier prix fixe option, or dine casually a la carte upstairs.

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4.5 out of 5
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