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Jul 28, 2007 04:26 PM

where to go in Berkeley for Dinner???

Hi Chowhounders!

my husband and I are interested in discovering the Berkeley food scene.
we are hoping for suggestions for a great dinner spot. i am veg, so they should
have a decent selection of veg choices. we love all types of cuisines, and
would love suggestions for all price ranges.

thank you all in advance!!

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  1. Chez Pannisse - upsatirs.

    One incredible non-dinner spot for vegetarians is Vik's Chaat House. So damn good.

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    1. re: PulledPork

      btw, I meant to post this: last time I was at Vik's there was a sign that starting in mid-July they would be open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights. So it WILL be at least an early dinner option on weekends!!

    2. César on Shattuck was good when I was there last. They have a good selection of vegetarian tapas, too.

      Bar César
      1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: salutlemonde

        I have been to Vik's a couple times before, but I make all that stuff at home as snacks !! ;) We are looking for a nice place to go for dinner, enjoy the good food. Chez Pannisse is a great idea, been wanting to make a reservation there for a while now, will look into Cesars too. Thank you for the recommendations. Any other recommendations? like asian(a nicer place though, mediterranean, italian? Thank you!! :)

        1. re: amishad

          Cafe Gratitude:
          and what seems like endless other places. Check out Robert's links below.

          1. re: amishad

            try O Chame on 4th st for Japanese-inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting

          1. Do you like Indian? Udupi Palace is the best vegeterian indian I've ever had. Or if you prefer Japanese Cha-ya which is vegan japanese. I'm not vegeterian but these are 2 of my favorites

            Udupi Palace
            1901 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

            Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese
            1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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            1. re: hulan

              yea I love Indian! ;) I am indian :) been there, its quite good. I can suggest a better place, that I prefer. Its called Sarvana Bhavan, and they got amazing food. It is located in Sunnyvale. Thanks for the suggestions!

              1. re: amishad

                Awesome a new place to try. Thanks!

                1. re: amishad

                  What do you like at Sarvana Bhavan? There have been few reports here. Have you also tried Dasaprakash and Tirupathi Bhimas?

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I have tried quite a few dishes there and all have been good. I like the dosas, idli, medu vada, the sambar. I have tried Dasaprakash, very good food again :) its a nice looking place too. I havent tried the other one though, will surely try it. Thanks for the suggestions :)

              2. There's Herbivore up on Shattuck, La Mediteranee on College Ave, and, as several other people have said, Vik's is a must!

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                1. re: boomaluv

                  Holy Land is a block away from La Mediterranee and has much better food. Heck, Andronico's has better Middle Eastern food than La Med.

                  The two reports on the new Berkeley branch of Herbivore so were negative and mixed: