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  • Review Count
    3
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  • First Review
    November 27, 2014
  • Last Review
    January 20, 2015
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  • Average Rating
    4.7
 
 
dragonrees's Reviews
 
Venus features the best of our local foodshed, from local farms, waters and ranches, served in warm and lovely style in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. A favorite dinner spot for theater goers, Venus devotes itself to local and organic purveyors, creating delicious Northern California style dishes. The wine list focuses on bio-dynamic, and sustainably farmed grapes, and a "New World" style of wine-making, where the fruit expresses itself. An open kitchen and banquette seating create a cozy vibe. Chef Amy Murray is a 15 year veteran of the organic, farm-to-table movement.<br /><br>Menus are created each month to highlight the best of the season and evoke good appetites.<br /><br>Venus also serves a unique brunch and lunch, and offers uncommonly good beer, wine and light cocktails.<br /><br>We are happy to do small parties and buy outs, and tasty lunch catering.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
great dining with romantic vibe near UC Berkeley
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/04/2015
 2002
Dined on 1/04/2015
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our party of 4 found the service at Venus to be topnotch, professional, friendly, efficient, courteous, and the servers were completely familiar with the dishes and the wine. Our reservation was handled promptly, contrary to a few earlier reviews. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The menu, characterized as Organic farm-to-table, is not extensive, but is interesting and contains some great choices. Many of those choices are gluten-free. We chose the Prime Filet Mignon (a special this day), the Piri-Piri Chicken, roasted baby-back ribs, and The Butternut Squash Gnocchi. The Wine list is short and changes frequently. A cocktail special this evening was made with Sake and Blackcurrant and was outstanding. We also found prices to be quite reasonable. Venus is located in downtown Berkeley and near the UC campus. Street parking and parking in nearby lots can be difficult during University events. Our group was completely satisfied with our experience and will return soon."
Dined on 1/04/2015
 2002
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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<p>Jeanne D'Arc is an elegant yet reasonably priced French restaurant located near Nob Hill and Union Square in the Cornell Hotel de France. Replete with tapestries, stained glass and artifacts, the decor celebrates the life and deeds of France's legendary heroine, Joan of Arc.</p> <p>Founded by the Lambert family in 1972, the restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors. Jeanne D'Arc offers a prix fixe menu and a cellar of well chosen California and Frence wines. The restaurant is perfect for before-curtain supper, a gathering of good friends, or romance with conversation.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Exquisite, romantic, affordable fine dining
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2002
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This is an absolutely beautiful, and very romantic restaurant, in the basement level of the Hotel Cornell de France. There are a number of nooks and crannies, archways, portals, etc. leading to private or semi-private dining spaces, all of which will add romance to the evening. Service is topnotch (we had Dan) with good knowledge and recommendations about the cuisine. The very friendly owner stops by to visit with the diners. And on some evenings there is live entertainment. On our visit it was an accordionist and French chantreuse. The food measures up to the surroundings and the price is one of the best bargains in town. It is prix fixe only – four courses for only $44!! And there are choices for each course. For our dinner we chose for entrees the lamb in puff pastry and the Coquilles St. Jacques. Both of these dishes were excellent. The wine list is not long, but is very well chosen, with a number of off-the-track French wines. This restaurant is not on most tourist radars yet, but may be soon."
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2002
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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The splendid ambiance of The Firehouse is enhanced by its reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. The most award-winning restaurant in Sacramento, The Firehouse has earned the "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine for 12 consecutive years and was voted "Best Wine List" - Best of Sacramento. The Firehouse has been rated as Zagat's Top 100, and has also been the recipient of the "Award of Unique Distinction" from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Topnotch in every aspect
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2002
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This is an old fashioned white-linen tablecloth restaurant with black napkins, a true sign of class. The very romantic main dining room is gorgeous, with a number of beautiful paintings on the wall. Also included are five gold-leaf mirrors and a grand fireplace. Service (led by Dynise) was impeccable, professional and attentive but seamless. And the food is of the same caliber. In addition to the main menu, there are a chef’s 5-course (plus a couple of surprises) tasting menu with wine pairings available, and also a special menu for two. The tasting menu is extremely reasonable at $75 and the wine pairing is only $30 for 5 two-ounce pours. This menu changes monthly. Ours included pork belly, mushroom-fennel bisque, Pancetta wrapped sea scallop, hazelnut-encrusted lamb, and carrot cake bread pudding. There is an outstanding wine list that has received a number of awards and a creative cocktail menu. There is also courtyard dining in addition to the dining rooms and valet parking is also available. The Firehouse provided an outstanding dining experience and I highly recommend it for special occasions or romantic evenings."
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2002
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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