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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?

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  1. 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

      Moving to a more appropriate topic.

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

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Lori SF

            Not open on Saturdays, unfortunately.

          2. 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

              What does that mean?

            2. 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

                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

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

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

                http://www.tamarindoantojeria.com

                1. 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.