Fodor's Expert Review Chez Panisse Café & Restaurant
Alice Waters's legendary eatery, the birthplace of California cuisine, first opened its doors on August 28, 1971. It's still known for a passionate dedication to locally sourced heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, heritage breeds, and ethically farmed or foraged ingredients. The restaurant offers formal prix-fixe menus and personal service, while its upstairs café serves simpler fare in a more casual setting. Both menus change daily, and legions of loyal fans insist that Chez Panisse lives up to its reputation. Reservations are practically essential.
1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, California 94709, USA
- Sustainably sourced meats
- Inventive use of seasonal ingredients
- Attention to detail
- Simpler fare in upstairs café