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Judith Mar 3, 2007 08:14 PM

We're looking for a place to have dinner in downtown Oakland next Saturday evening. Any kind of cuisine is fine, doesn't have to be super cheap, but we'd like someplace casual, and preferably not to noisy. Any recommendations?

  1. nicedragonboy Mar 3, 2007 09:13 PM

    Binh Minh Quan for Vietnamese, Fat Lady for Bar and Grill type fare (also decent drinks), I'm not sure if it's opened yet, but Kai's for Japanese-American.

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    1. re: nicedragonboy
      Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2007 10:09 AM

      Moving to a more appropriate topic.

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      mmh Mar 3, 2007 09:27 PM

      We like Breads of India. Also, Le Cheval is supposed to be really good, but is usually crowded and noisy.

      1. Ruth Lafler Mar 3, 2007 09:31 PM

        A friend and I had a nice dinner at "B" a couple of weeks ago.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/369797

        1. Lori SF Mar 4, 2007 08:38 AM

          I have not been to Verbena in a long time, so maybe someone has an update.

          http://www.caffeverbena.com/menu_dinn...

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            Michael Rodriguez Mar 5, 2007 05:50 AM

            Not open on Saturdays, unfortunately.

          2. grishnackh Mar 4, 2007 09:51 PM

            I'd second the Fat Lady for good food and great atmosphere. The airy contents of the bread basket is the only reminder that you are in Oakland.

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            1. re: grishnackh
              Ruth Lafler Mar 5, 2007 09:52 AM

              What does that mean?

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              sfoperalover Mar 5, 2007 05:44 AM

              I'd second Le Cheval - the food has been consistently good. Even though it's a big place, it can get very crowded, so you may want to see if you can make a reservation.

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              1. re: sfoperalover
                susancinsf Mar 5, 2007 08:26 PM

                I don't think Le Cheval is a good recommendation for someone who wants a place that isn't too noisy, and the food is much better at Binh Minh Quan, imo.

                1. re: susancinsf
                  Robert Lauriston Mar 6, 2007 10:10 AM

                  I agree. I don't get the crowds at Le Cheval.

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                sarvey Mar 5, 2007 08:12 AM

                Don't forget Tamarindo! Super delicious upscale mexican food. In old Oakland on 7th at Clay.

                http://www.tamarindoantojeria.com

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                  Cheesy Oysters Mar 6, 2007 10:24 AM

                  Soizic on lower Broadway is a good bet for the food and atmosphere. If you want something a little retro, The Fat Lady word work. For something more trendy, Tamarindo seems like an excellent choice. I haven't been to the new Breads of India but I like the orginal one in Berkeley.

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