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cortez Apr 30, 2007 09:04 PM

This Friday night, I'm looking for a Berkeley restaurant in the 4th Street area. Delicious food, fun atmosphere and not too formal are my criteria. Reading comments here and elsewhere (eg. Gayot Guide), I'm between O Chame and Eccolo.

Any votes: O Chame vs. Eccolo?

Is there an alternative in the area I should consider?

Thanks very much.

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: cortez Apr 30, 2007 09:24 PM

    I wouldn't consider the atmosphere at O Chame "fun."

    And another good restaurant in that area is Cafe Rouge, especially if you're into meat.

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      Doodleboomer RE: cortez Apr 30, 2007 11:44 PM

      O Chame is wonderful food but the atmosphere is pretty serene, and laughing super loud might not be ideal there.

      Eccolo (haven't been in a while) was extremely fun and I really enjoyed the food. I had the T-bone pork with marrow butter and an onion custard....my arteries screamed in protest but we managed to eat it all!

      1. rabaja RE: cortez Apr 30, 2007 11:45 PM

        They are so close, go early, check out the menus offered and choose one. Personally, I'd probably do Cafe Rouge. It just sounds fun.
        If you are a larger party, I can understand you need to plan ahead. Go to Cafe rouge and please, report back!

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          Morton the Mousse RE: rabaja May 1, 2007 09:36 AM

          On a Friday night, both restaurants are likely to be booked solid. You might be able to grab a spot at the bar, but I wouldn't bet on a free table.

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: cortez May 1, 2007 08:50 AM

          O Chame's great but it's more serene and romantic than fun.

          I find Cafe Rouge livelier than Eccolo. Slightly younger crowd, brighter lighting, and having the bar run along the side of the dining room makes for a more casual vibe.

          1. Morton the Mousse RE: cortez May 1, 2007 09:35 AM

            They're both very good and very different. Depends entirely on what style of food you are in the mood for: Cal-Italian or Cal-Japanese. Cafe Rouge is the most fun spot on 4th St, though I prefer the food at O Chame and Eccolo. None of them are too formal.

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