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Help me brainstorm: Best options on a Sunday night in Oakland/Berkeley?

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Hey folks,

I need to come up with somewhere in Berkeley/Oakland for a group of 6 to have a good, casual dinner this Sunday.

Here are the requirements:
Casual
not more than $20/person without drinks
Great food, of course
Pretty much any kind of food is fine as long as the atmosphere is relaxed and casual

My normal go-to would be Pizzaiolo, but they're closed Sundays.

So, everyone, which of the usual suspects in the East Bay are open Sundays and fit into our price range?

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  1. My brainstorming ideas: Sea Salt, T. Rex, Cesar, A Cote, DiBartalo (on Grand - I've been once and enjoyed it, but reports are a little mixed), Mezze (on Lakeshore -- I haven't been in a while, but I had good meals there in the past, not positive about the prices), Wood Tavern (I think that it's now open until 8:30 on Sundays, but you might want to call to check).

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    T-Rex Barbeque
    1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    Sea Salt
    2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Bar C├ęsar
    4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

    A Cote
    5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    Mezze Restaurant & Bar
    3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

    Wood Tavern
    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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    1. re: JasmineG

      Though Wood Tavern, Sea Salt, etc. can be done for $20 a head, you'll need to avoid the most dinner-like dishes and focus on sandwiches to get the job done and/or skip appetizers and dessert. If everyone is cool w/ that, no problem. I would, however, second the Ohgane recommendation below. Limit yourself to 2 grilled offerings, get an order of Jap Chae, an order of Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap (yum!), an order of Dae Ji or Tofu Boke Um, and an appetizer or two (I like the seafood pancake and the beef salad) and you'll have tons of food for 6 at your price.

    2. Haven't tried these places, but others on the board have:

      Champa Garden, Oakland (can't seem to link, do a search)
      Soizic Restaurant, Oakland
      Luka's, Oakland

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      Luka's Taproom
      2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

      Soizic Restaurant
      300 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

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      1. re: hhc

        I second the Champa Garden and Luka's recommendations, though the food at Luka's has been boring me a little lately.

      2. Ohgane.

        Second on T-Rex, Sea Salt, Cesar (Piedmont, not Shattuck).

        I'd hesitate to go to A Cote, Luka, or Champa Garden with a party of six without a reservation.

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        Ohgane
        3915 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

        Champa Garden
        2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          i'd go w/ Ohgane or Sahn Maru..

        2. How about Oriental BBQ Chicken Town on 61st and Telegraph for Korean Fried Chicken?

          Ohgane is an excellent choice, though. :)

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          Oriental B.B.Q. Chicken Town
          6101 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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          1. re: inuyaki

            The original post is from 2007, but so long as you've bumped it, Anh Hong and Chai Thai Noodles are new since then and open Sundays.