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.
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.
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!
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.
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.