Sunday night dinner for 2 vegetarians and 2 carnivores in Oakland or Berkeley
My best friend from high school and her husband (the vegetarians) will be visiting from NY and my husband and I (the carnivores) will be meeting them for dinner. They are staying in Berkeley and we live in SF, so I'm not so familiar with options in the East Bay. I've done some searching and Cha-Ya is not an option, as we don't want to deal with the wait. I'd be interested good Ethiopian food. Also, I was wondering how casual Breads of India is. We would like to go somewhere mid-range in price and setting. Thank for any suggestions.
Ethiopia Restaurant on Ashby and Telegraph has some of the best Ethiopian food in the Bay Area. This has been confirmed by native Ethiopians [including yes, some cab drivers].
The food there is reasonable and the portions are quite generous. Granted, it doesn't look as nice as Ajanta or A Cote, but it is a great place to take vegetarians.
Udupi Palace on University is a great vegetarian Indian place, but its atmosphere is a bit of a deal-killer.
I had a very good dinner at Cafe Gratitude on Shattuck with visiting friends. It's a lovely space, and the food's every bit as good as at the original. Also quite unique. Carnivores can lay off the carne now and then.
Ajanta is a good choice. I've been there several times with a party of meat eaters and vegetarians, and everyone is always happy. It also meets your price range and setting requirements.
Are your friends true vegetarians, or do they eat fish? If they eat fish, O Chame would be a good option.
I used to eat at Cafe Colucci all the time, and they have great meat and veggie options, but after an awful experience with the service, I haven't returned. Perhaps it was a fluke, and I'm not one to normally complain about service, but it was one of the worst experiences I've had at a restaurant.
I think that if you went to a purely vegan restaurant (Cha Ya, Cafe Gratitude) you and your husband may leave the meal feeling unsatisfied. Whenever I eat a vegan dinner I'm hungry two hours later.
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The friends are true vegetarians and he is vegan. We are true carnivores and will eat anything, and I do mean anything. So on that note, Cafe Gratitude was never in the running. Cafe Colucci sounds good, but yours is not the first report that I have read about bad service, so we may end up at Ethiopia Restaurant. Thanks for all the suggestions