Restaurant for a group of 12 in Berkeley/Oakland?
This is my first post - my husband's birthday is on Thanksgiving weekend and I wanted to get a group together for dinner on Sat. nov. 25 - we would be about 12 people. I'm looking for a reasonably priced restaurant (no more than $15-$17 for an entree), with excellent food being the main objective. The restaurant must also be in Berkeley/Oakland.
I concur about Pizzaolo. Good place for groups.
Another suggestion: Six Degrees on Solano. I was there a few months ago with a big group and we shared various small plates and a few entrees. The total bill was about $20pp, not including drinks. Very reasonable prices, food was good, and nice atmosphere too.
I agree with all of Jasmine's suggestions (Dona Tomas, Pizzaiolo, A Cote and T-Rex), but would add that -- at that price range, "excellent food being the main objective" might be a bit difficult to pull off.
One other idea would be Fonda -- like A Cote, it's all about sharing little plates: think tapas from Central and South America, with a very nice wine list and a great bar.
Le Cheval is a Vietnamese restaurant in Oakland that is great for groups (as long as reservations are made ahead of time). I've always enjoyed the food there--it's accessible to most palates, flavorful, and well-priced. In addition, the interior of the restaurant is quite pretty and sophisticated (dim lighting, feels like candlelight).
At that price range and with that size group, my first recommendations would be Dona Tomas, Pizzaiolo, A Cote and T-Rex. The Dona Tomas entrees can be a little higher than that, but I tend to share a lot when I go there, and they have space for big parties. Pizzaiolo pizzas are slightly below to right within that range (though their entrees are all around $22), and it's easy to share a bunch of pizzas there and appetizers, and they have a big room in the back for a large party. A Cote is all about the sharing, so if your group is into that, it's lots of fun, and they have a big table in the back room. T-Rex prices are in that range to higher, but their portions are pretty large, and I find it hard to go there without sharing. All of these restaurants have websites with sample menus with prices, if you want to check them out.