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girlfromberkeley Jan 26, 2007 12:33 PM

Okay, so we have a rare treat--dinner without kids and a movie. Looking for a good place to eat, not necessarily an expensive or dressy place, just looking for a meal that won't disappoint. What's your favorite place to eat in Berkeley/Albany area?

  1. Glencora Jan 27, 2007 01:40 PM

    What about Olivia?

    I like the idea of walking from the theater, though.
    Ajanta/Oaks
    Dopo/Piedmont
    Nizza La Bella/Albany
    Anything near the Grand Lake theater?

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    1. re: Glencora
      JasmineG Jan 27, 2007 03:45 PM

      Yes, there's that new Di Bartolo place, I enjoyed it on my one visit.

      1. re: Glencora
        Robert Lauriston Jan 27, 2007 04:45 PM

        Holy Land is right around the corner from the Grand Lake.

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        zin1953 Jan 26, 2007 04:42 PM

        Dopo & movie works. So, too, does Lalime's, Oliveto's, Eccolo, Sea Salt, Pizzaiolo . . .

        Fonda and Cesar -- precisely because, as someone else observed, the noise makes it oddly intimate.

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        1. re: zin1953
          Chuckles the Clone Jan 26, 2007 09:42 PM

          If it's date night and you decide on Fonda, consider sitting upstairs in the
          comfy seats overlooking the downstairs (hard to explain but just go up and
          have a look when you get there). Much less hectic activity all around. They're
          pretty great about getting you the seat you want even when it's totally
          crazy, though you might have to wait a bit at the bar, which is not a bad
          place to wait a bit.

          Since no one else has, I'll throw Zax into the mix. it has a definite grown-up
          feel without making you feel old. Or A Cote, which might give you a tiny
          reminder of what life was like before the kids.

          I'm not sure about Dopo? With their expansion they seem even more like
          just a neighborhood pizza joint. It seems like you could head there even
          with the kids.

          1. re: Chuckles the Clone
            Robert Lauriston Jan 27, 2007 09:21 AM

            Lots of kids at Dopo earlier in the evening.

            I wouldn't say "just a neighborhood pizza joint" given how great the other food is. We haven't even ordered pizza the last few visits.

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          recycleit Jan 26, 2007 04:13 PM

          Lalime
          Bay Wolf
          oldies but still good

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            meemster Jan 26, 2007 02:45 PM

            We had a spectacular date night a few months ago by going to the Albany Twin Theater (on Solano) then around the corner to Nizza La Bella.

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              Cheesy Oysters Jan 26, 2007 02:40 PM

              I forgot about the Dopo Piedmont Theater combo. I really enjoy Dopo. That is hard to beat.

              1. Morton the Mousse Jan 26, 2007 02:10 PM

                My favorite place to eat dinner in the Berkeley area is Pizzaiolo in North Oakland (Temescal). My second favorite place is Dopo in Piedmont.

                www.pizzaiolo.us

                1. Morton the Mousse Jan 26, 2007 01:27 PM

                  How much are you looking to spend, per person, including tax, tip and drinks?

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                    girlfromberkeley Jan 26, 2007 01:57 PM

                    I'm not too worried about the cost, just want a good meal.

                  2. Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2007 01:26 PM

                    My favorite combo is a movie at the Piedmont and then walk to Dopo.

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                      lintygmom Jan 26, 2007 01:22 PM

                      Fonda is really noisy and that, paradoxically, often leads to an intimate atmosphere by causing you to lean close to your dining partner. Plus, if you get there early, there are some tables that are very small and cozy. Sharing the small plates lends to even more intimacy. Same thing goes for Vanessa's.

                      6 Degrees is very pleasant and more traditional and the lamb chops are wonderful. Nice service, too.

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                        mmh Jan 26, 2007 01:13 PM

                        We go to Ajanta on Solano once or twice a month. Great indian food, warm service, and a cozy atmosphere.

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                          Cheesy Oysters Jan 26, 2007 12:50 PM

                          For fun spots in your neck of the woods, I like Fonda on Solano for small plates or Sea Salt on San Pablo near Dwight. I haven't been to Eccolo but it has been getting pretty good reviews. Have a great time!

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                          1. re: Cheesy Oysters
                            Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2007 01:05 PM

                            Eccolo's similar to Oliveto in style and price, but not as polished.

                          2. Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2007 12:37 PM

                            Oliveto or Pizzaiolo.

                            Though lots of people take their kids to Pizzaiolo, especially earlier in the evening.

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