Nosh on the town: FIVE restaurant in Berkeley

Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on FIVE restaurant, in Berkeley, CA. (See the menu.) If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. If you’d like to submit your own photo gallery for consideration from a meal you enjoyed, please email for more information. You can also add photographs to our Flickr group. (Photos by Emilie Raguso, captions below the fold.)

(1) Executive Chef Banks White, FIVE restaurant, Berkeley, CA. (2) FIVE restaurant interior. (3) Cocoa-chile rubbed pork tenderloin (house-smoked bacon, true southern grits, brussel sprouts, pork jus), $24. (4) Three French Hen-nessey. (5) A festive table setting at FIVE. (6) Baby beets (satsumas, heirloom chicory, avocado, fennel, sonoma goat cheese, cashews, citronette), $10. (7) FIVE restaurant bar. (8) The Pear Tree. (9) The chandelier at FIVE restaurant. (10) Big eye tuna tartare (fresh coriander salad, pickled beech mushroom, lotus root, avocado), $13. (11) Four Calling Birds. (12) The FIVE bar. (13) Chocolate crema (persimmons, plum jam, chantilly whipped cream), $8.

The restaurant invited Nosh to try its offerings with a complimentary meal.

Twelve drinks a drinking: Reasons to rejoice at Five [12.12.12]

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  • I love eating at FIVE. We went there a couple years ago for Thanksgiving and throughly enjoyed the meal. Especially the butterscotch pudding! We’ve been back a few times and each time the food was well-prepared, service was thoughtful. One of my favs. Even better than the Lark Creek Inn.

  • I love FIVE too. Sophisticated ambiance, great appetizers, salads and desserts. My favorite dish is the spinach gnudi – like gnocchi, but fluffier clouds made of ricotta. The perfect place to celebrate – anything! Nice photos, Emilie.

  • savingracesarah

    Just visited the lounge this past weekend after a Berkeley High student event. Tried Red Flight/ three glasses of wine for tasting, all excellent with a side of warm olives…perfetto!

  • Dana

    It is about time the FIVE get the recognition it deserves. The food is TERRIFIC. Love the option to drop in and get full menu at the bar, plus the beer glasses are chilled, as they should be! Thank you, FIVE!

  • emraguso

    Thanks, Anna! One thing I didn’t mention above is the $15 lunch deal — looks awesome… comes on a tray, a main with a couple sides and dessert. Haven’t tried it yet but it changes weekly, I think, and sounds like a cool deal.
    That gnudi sounds awesome!

  • Bill Newton

    Had lunch there Friday – great fried chicken sandwich – yes, fried chicken sandwich. Unfortunately I was so full that the dinner with my nephew at fat Apples (so he could have one of the best milk shakes in Berkeley) was not as enjoyable as it should have been!