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Jul 26, 2007 10:44 AM

Good place for dinner w/ kids in Oak/Berkeley

And I have a few caveats: no Picante. No Kensington Pub. No Chevy's or Cancun and the like.

Honestly, I'm thinking of something like Park Chow, but I don't want to head into the city or through the tunnel for the one in Lafayette. We just went to T-Rex last weekend, which would've been a good choice, so that's a no go.

My husband is meh on Rick and Ann's, so that's out.

These are guests of ours and I don't think they (or the kid) will do Indian or serious Asian, so we're looking at very American or Italian.

Thanks for the help.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Venezia, to me, is awful. Never tried Fellini, so that might be worth a shot.

      I'm not a big Sea Salt fan, and we're all from New England, so we're extra picky about seafood places. :-)

      1. re: zunzie

        Bucci's and Pizzaiolo are also kid-friendly.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Ah! Pizzaiolo! Why didn't I think of that. Now if I can get a reservation....

          1. re: zunzie

            Pizzaiolo is great for kids (I see them there all the time), and if you're willing to go on the early side, getting a reservation shouldn't be a problem.

            Also, Luka's might work, I see kids there pretty frequenly too, and they have good kid friendly and adult friendly food.

            1. re: JasmineG

              We ate at Luka's on Tuesday. Love it, but not ready to go back so soon (although the corn soup-- my god, it was like velvet!).

    2. Too bad the hubbie doesn't like Rick and Ann's... it's always safe with picky kids who don't have ideal "restaurant behavior." I regularly take my boys to Dopo but they're old enough to stay put and not annoy other diners. They don't have a kids menu but they have the pizzas...

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      1. re: piggypeg

        At Dopo I saw a group of five or six kids all around seven years old eating pizza at a table on the sidewalk. I think it was a birthday party. They seemed to be having fun.

        1. re: Glencora

          I think that Dopo is good for kids, my only hesitation is that they don't take reservations, and the wait might be kind of a pain.

        2. re: piggypeg

          I know, I think R&A would be ideal for this kid. Mac and cheese, or a burger, etc. But pizza is good. And Shen Hua may work, too.

        3. Here is where my kids ask to go when we are going out:
          Italian Colors in Montclair - we live really close by but the kids really like it and it is good for us too.
          Dopo - although they don't always leave the green stuff off the pizza when you ask but you can go to Fentons afterward for ice cream.
          Shen Hua on College- then you can go to Ici
          Tachibana on College

          We drag them other places but that is there list. All of the places are fine for me too.

          1. Mitama on College Ave (Alcatraz cross st.) is Japanese but does all the 'safe' standbys like Teriyaki. They are very kid-friendly, while also staying sane and nice for those without.

            1. Also Spettro in Oakland, pretty kid friendly

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