We are open for dinner service in the Café and Restaurant. We hope to reopen for lunch in the Café as soon as possible, but we do not have a date set yet.

Reservations can be made one month in advance to the calendar day, through the links on our website or on, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. For example, to book a reservation on May 20, go online at 9 a.m. on April 20.

Space is extremely limited, and both our website and Resy are experiencing very high traffic. If there are no available reservations, please utilize Resy’s Notify feature—we do not keep a waitlist. If you encounter glitches or problems with Resy’s system, please reach out to them via email at We are unable to troubleshoot issues with their platform.

Proof of full vaccination and booster required to enter the restaurant.  Original (or smartphone photo of) vaccine card, a digital wallet vaccine passport such as CLEAR, or a scannable digital card are accepted. We do not offer outdoor dining or takeout.

For those graduating from UC Berkeley and wishing to celebrate at Chez Panisse, please note that reservations book extremely quickly for both the Restaurant & Café. Please reference our booking window listed above.

Also, please be aware that our building is quite small and we have only a few tables that can accommodate parties larger than 5 guest.

It is advisable to have an alternate date in mind, for instance, your particular department’s graduation date rather than the whole school graduation date. If all reservations have been booked, please utilize the Notify option on Resy to be alerted to cancellations.

Congratulations on your achievement and we wish you a joyous celebration!

Hours and Location

1517 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

Open for dinner Tuesday–Saturday beginning March 8
Café hours: 5–10p p.m.
Restaurant hours: two seatings, beginning at 5:30 and 8 p.m.


For inquiries, email We cannot respond to reservation requests via email.

For career opportunities, email

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Gift Certificates

We sell gift certificates at the upstairs Cafe bar, when we are open (Tuesday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m.). To have a gift certificate mailed to you, please email

Website artwork by Patricia Curtan.