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rehearsal dinner for 20 in berkeley/oakland/peidmont

any good restaurants that are reasonably priced? can be american, italian, meditteranean etc. on a thursday night. peidmont, berk, oakland, jack london square etc.

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  1. Can you put a number on "reasonably priced"?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      around 30-40 dollars per person, i love bucca di beppo but there isn't one in the east bay. i like to fun atmosphere and we can be loud to upscale restaurants may not want such a large party.

      1. re: gsoghomo

        Pyramid is informal and you can be as loud as you like. They put private parties on the mezzanine.

        http://www.pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/...

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Not sure if I'd call Pyramid a "good restaurant," and the mezzanine is a very akward space. Mrs. Mousse's work had a party there and they significantly underestimated the per person charge.

          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            The food's better than at at Bucca di Beppo, but not great, no.

    2. pizzaiolo can do this for a per person price. call and ask to talk to charlie and he'll guide you to a menu that is well worth any amount of money you spend

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      1. re: Doodleboomer

        Pizzaiolo would be my first choice, the food is divine, and you can get as rowdy as you like in the back room, but it will be hard to keep the price under $40 per person including alcohol

        For a more economical option, consider Nellie's Soul Food in west Oakland. Fantatstic fried chicken, a full bar, plenty of space to seat 20, lively fun atmosphere, no problem keeping it under $40 per person with drinks.

      2. I'd avoid Pyramid. The food is subpar at best and the beer is mostly awful.

        1. We had a big dinner had Soizic. They have a balcony overlooking the rest of the restaurant, felt very private while still giving us feel of the restaurant. There were 26 of us. The owner was very accomodating, gave us a wide choice of options without a markup. We even brought in a large cake that they served without an extra charge. That was 7 years ago so I'm not sure if he's changed his policy, but everyone raved about the space and food.

          Here's a picture from the balcony:
          http://www.soizicbistro.com/tour02.html

          He has a special events link now, but I'm not sure if you have to do the prix fixe:

          http://www.soizicbistro.com/special_e...

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          1. re: buster

            I remember Soizic's dining room being quiet. Doesn't seem like a place for a rowdy party unless there were a separate room.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Was rowdy one of the prerequisites? :)

              It was dinner time, we had 9 children in the party, so we were not exactly quiet. Being above the dining room probably kept our noise down, but nobody felt constrained.

              Overall it is much quieter than the other restaurants mentioned, but it was a really enjoyable space, much better than a closed room.

              But if you think you'll get rowdy, then pass on Soizic.

              1. re: buster

                I was extrapolating from "i love bucca di beppo ... we can be loud."

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I missed the 2nd post mentioning loud. Yeah, they should pass on Soizic. Too bad TGI Fridays Jack London closed. :)

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Soizic does have a separate dining room, but the upstairs area would probably work better for a party of 20. We fit 50 people into the separate dining room--and the food was great. The main dining room is already somewhat noisy no matter if there is a large party upstairs, I think.

            2. Nelly's Soul Food. I think you could have a great time there.

              Oops! Just saw Morton's post. Yes, I second his rec!

              1. If you want to stick with Italian, you might want to check out Zza's on Grand Ave. in Oakland. It is always has a fun vibe and the prices are reasonable.

                1. I don't normally recommend Spenger's, but we went to a great rehearsal dinner there. I am not sure of the cost though.

                  1. I was about to ask this same question on Chowhound, since the last post I could find on rehearsal dinners in the Oakland/Berkeley area was from a year ago.

                    I'm also looking for a rehearsal dinner space to accommodate 30-40 people. Our group won't be rowdy. All cuisines are welcome - but "American" food is a plus.

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                    1. re: katya

                      Price range?

                      Upstairs at Cafe Rouge is nice, but the limit is 30.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        I'm not sure what my future in-laws price range is. I'd guess that they'd like to keep costs down if possible. I'm guessing ideally a price limit of $30-$35 a person?

                    2. anyone heard of garibaldi's? any good??

                      1. I've been to Garibaldi's and the food is reliably good, but more expensive than the other places listed here. I would also recommend T.Rex -- it would be a good place for a group, because there are lots of things that could be ordered for a group and people could share; however, I don't know if they have a private room, you could call them to check.

                        1. We hosted a rehearsal dinner a few years ago at Speisekammer in Alameda. Reasonably priced (under $40 per person), and we had a private room for 25. I'm sure the kids there made our party on the "louder" side, but it didn't really matter with the room.

                          1. You might considere JoJo's on Piedmont Ave. Food is fabulous and I've heard good things about renting out the restaurant for parties.