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- 77%Local Culture
- 77%Green Travelers
- 61%Luxury Travelers
- 61%Art & Design Lovers
- 56%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (28)
- Chez PanisseMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Sep 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?!
- Chez PanisseApr 25, 2013
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.
- Chez PanisseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 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.
- Chez PanisseJul 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.
- Chez PanisseJul 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.
- Chez PanisseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 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.
- Chez PanisseMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersLuxury Travelers+ 2Jul 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.