Top Restaurants in East Bay These Days?
I'm a city girl, needing to treat some friends in the East Bay to a great dinner. They've done Panisse and I'm looking for something a little more mellow than that, any other reccos where two people could have a nice dinner for around 100 bucks? Thanks fellow hounds!
Other than Pizzaiolo (and depending on your definition of mellow), I'd also recommend A Cote, Cesar and Luka's in Oakland, and Sea Salt in Berkeley (if they like seafood).
"more mellow than Chez, nice dinner for 2 for under $100"
You want to go to Pizzaiolo. It's my favorite restaurant in the East Bay, and I think it's the best of the more casual set. I've probably been between twenty and thirty times and I've never had a meal that wasn't great.
Eccolo, I think. However, my last dinner there was more than $100 for dinner for 2 with only 1 dessert and 2 glasses of wine.
I'd rec. Pizzaiolo, JoJo's on Piedmont (ex ChezP cooks), Luka's is fun and has great food, but it's quite loud.
Sea Salt is relaxed, has fantastic food and is quite pretty inside. It may not be fancy enough.
Oliveto is now, imho, quite expensive. The prices had risen between February and September of this year. It's still wonderful, but is now a real big treat-type place rather than a nice place to have dinner.
Cafe Rouge is good, but I just don't like their space that much.
Usual suspects (not all of which I recommend personally, and some cost more than $100 for two):
Out of Lauriston's list above (I've been to most of them), I recommend A Cote, Cafe Rouge, Cesar, Dopo, Olivia, and Pizzaiolo for sure.