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Good place for dinner w/ kids in Oak/Berkeley

zunzie Jul 26, 2007 10:44 AM

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.

  1. lexdevil Jul 26, 2007 08:39 PM

    My now thirteen-year-old's repeat favorites over the past few years are Luka's, Chez Panisse Cafe, Uzen (he's a sushi head, but they have nice udon too), Dona Tomas, and Dopo. He also enjoyed the clam chowder and fish & chips at Sea Salt, but he's only been once.

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    1. re: lexdevil
      zunzie Jul 27, 2007 11:18 AM

      After all that planning, we're now going to meet them at Guyamas over in Marin near their hotel...at least now I have a better bunch of ideas when they come to town again.

      1. re: zunzie
        Glencora Jul 27, 2007 12:04 PM

        Just don't let the kids ask for ketchup. I saw a waiter there get really mad about that. (Not sure why the kid wanted ketchup...)

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      fooding Jul 26, 2007 03:20 PM

      Also Spettro in Oakland, pretty kid friendly

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      1. re: fooding
        Robert Lauriston Jul 26, 2007 05:51 PM

        Spettro's food is hit and miss:


      2. tomahtoe Jul 26, 2007 03:00 PM

        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.

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          Cheesy Oysters Jul 26, 2007 12:59 PM

          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.

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            piggypeg Jul 26, 2007 12:01 PM

            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
              Glencora Jul 26, 2007 12:14 PM

              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
                JasmineG Jul 26, 2007 02:06 PM

                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
                zunzie Jul 26, 2007 01:44 PM

                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. Robert Lauriston Jul 26, 2007 11:08 AM

                Caffe Venezia. Fellini. Sea Salt?

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  zunzie Jul 26, 2007 11:20 AM

                  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
                    Robert Lauriston Jul 26, 2007 11:23 AM

                    Bucci's and Pizzaiolo are also kid-friendly.

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                      zunzie Jul 26, 2007 11:29 AM

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

                      1. re: zunzie
                        JasmineG Jul 26, 2007 11:52 AM

                        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
                          zunzie Jul 26, 2007 11:55 AM

                          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!).

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