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In East Bay for one night - help please!

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Hi Chowhounds. We're visiting the Bay Area and will be in East Bay tomorrow night visiting friends. We love Chez Panisee and Olivetto and enjoy Rivoli, but wanted to try something new. We were thinking of Pizzialo, but it is is closed on Sundays. Can you recommend a place with similar quality food? Good prices are a plus, but not absolutely necessary. Just yummy food. Thank you!

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  1. Dopo on Piedmot Ave. Very similar to Pizzialo and Olivetto downstairs. Call first - I remember reading somewhere they were closing for a month to expand.

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    1. Not sure whether they're open on Sunday, but I'd sure consider giving JoJo (on Piedmont Ave.) a try if they are. I imagine somebody will suggest A Cote, but while it has its fans, I've been kind of underwhelmed by the experience.

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      1. Sea Salt in Berkeley or Fonda in Albany.

        Jojo's in Oakland.

        1. Cesar, right next door to Chez Panisse, is awesome. At this time of year, the whole front of the restaurant will be wide open, and the tapas are very very very good.


          Nice vibe, but not as fancy as the other places you've suggested. The trade-off is intensely good food in a lively atmosphere.

          1. I haven't been in a while but I really liked LaLime's on Gilman in Berkeley. It's cozy and the food is good. The service is really special. And open on Sunday.


            I love Bay Wolf, but other folks don't. I think their salads are fabulous and their desserts are outstanding (they have a dessert that includes a varied collection of cookies and candies that is always very clever). I'm a vegetarian and they seem to take care to have a thoughtful vegetarian entree. Also open on Sundays.


            1. Eccolo's open Sundays. Former Chez Panisse chef, menu and prices similar to Oliveto's. Old Fourth Street Grill / Ginger Island space. I prefer Oliveto but Eccolo's definitely worth a try.