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Berkeley

Venus

2327 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
TEL: (510) 540-5950

Owned by chef Amy Murray, a longtime proponent of the Slow Food movement, this downtown café specializes in seasonal, organic cuisine. Classic jazz music plays in the dining room, which contains small wooden tables, chalkboard menus, and exposed brick walls hung with vintage French posters. In the bustling open kitchen, chef Murray and her team use fresh local ingredients to craft signature breakfast dishes, such as the lemon-ricotta pancakes with blackberry syrup, as well as dinner specialties like the roasted chicken with wilted kale and mashed German butterballs. The cocktail list emphasizes fresh fruit drinks, such as the grapefruit mimosa.

Insider Tip:

The restaurant is only a seven-minute walk from the Tony Award—winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, making it a great choice for pre-show dining.

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