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Dec 15, 2006 10:29 PM

Birthday dinner for $25/person in East Bay

Looking for a nice place for my father's birthday in the East Bay. There will probably be 6-8 of us, and we're thinking a few shared apps, mains for everyone, and a couple desserts for $25/person, if possible.

My usual go-tos are Pizzaiolo, Sea Salt, and Dopo, but I'm hoping you all can help me think outside the box. All cuisines are okay. Casual places (like Pizzaiolo) are fine, we just want great food and a pleasant environment for an extended-family dinner.

One idea that just came to mind is O Chame -- never been, but heard great things. Would it fit the criteria?

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  1. You might be able to manage on that budget at Luka's Taproom in Oakland -- the portions and the convivial atmosphere are very conducive to a gathering like that.

    1. I should clarify -- that's $25/person before wine and drinks.

      1. O Chame is great. Their eel app is out of this world good, they make a wonderful broth, and I really like their mochi. Luka's has a more convivial atmosphere, but I prefer the food at O Chame.

        You might also consider A Cote; delicious food, loads of fun. Though with small plates, large groups, and an incredible bar prices may spiral out of control.