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Quick! Need a restaurant for 8 tonight in Oakland/Berkeley

OakTownHound Dec 27, 2006 08:04 PM

A birthday dinner originally planned for Friday has just been moved to tonight. Our plan was either Pizzaiolo or Dona Tomas, and we've left messages for both, but we need a backup in case they can't give us a reservation for 8 tonight?

What would be a good alternative? Must take reservations and be nice but not super expensive (ideally same price range as Pizzaiolo and Dona T).


  1. Ruth Lafler Dec 27, 2006 08:07 PM

    Olivia in Berkeley?

    Oops, I thought you meant 8 pm, not party of 8. I don't think Olivia would be suitable.

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      oldhat Dec 27, 2006 08:54 PM

      Rivoli on Solano Ave. in Berkeley.

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      1. re: oldhat
        makaroon Dec 27, 2006 08:57 PM

        La Siciliana in Berkeley (on College Ave) was great - we had a graduation dinner there. Only downside is they only take cash (we had to run to an ATM across the street). The pastas were really tasty and the chef was very friendly.

        1. re: makaroon
          Robert Lauriston Dec 27, 2006 09:01 PM

          The wait at La Siciliana can be half an hour or more even for a two-top. I wouldn't dream of going there with a big party unless the weather outside was nice and nobody minded waiting.

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        Cheesy Oysters Dec 27, 2006 09:48 PM

        You can see if Bucci's is open. They are in Emeryville on Hollis. Gotta love Luka's Tap Room but it can be real noisy later on.

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        1. re: Cheesy Oysters
          Robert Lauriston Dec 27, 2006 09:50 PM

          Bucci's is open and a good backup option. They can usually accommodate larger groups in the back room.


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          OakTownHound Dec 27, 2006 10:51 PM

          Thanks to all -- turns out Pizzaiolo will be able to accomodate. Thanks for the alternate recommendations; I'll keep them on hand for the future.

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