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Need suggestion for group dinner spot in Berkeley

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A research group needs a good spot for dinners with visiting speakers. Many of us are chowhounds. We've been going to Great China forever and are ready to try something new.

Here are the criteria:

1. Seating for 8-10 in an environment where everyone can participate in a group discussion (i.e., not too loud; not long, narrow tables that force you to talk only to the person directly across from you).

2. Around $25/person incl tax and tip.

3. Choices for vegetarians and other dietary restrictions.

4. Ideally within walking distance (1 mile or less) of the Berkeley campus.

5. Obviously, good food!

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  1. I'm a fan of Lucky House Thai, on University just above Shattuck. I've never seen it terribly, crowded, and I have seen groups your size eat there. And it's good, reasonably priced, Thai and Laotian cuisine.

    India Palace, also on that same block, is good, and a bit of Berkeley stalwart.