eating at the bar in Berkeley
I'm going to try this with a better headline. My wife's just taken a job that takes her out of town a lot, and I'm interested in learning about places in Berkeley and environs that are both good and receptive to folks eating alone. The bar at Eccolo looks friendly, and I've eaten at the bar at Britt Marie's, Olivia, and Cesar before and had good experiences. I know there have been discussions of this topic here before but I can't seem to find the right hook for the search. Thanks from the Lonely Diner.
Good choices so far. I'd add Vanessa's on Solano and maybe T-Rex. I can't remember if Six Degrees on Solano has a bar.
I eat alone alot and I can't think of a single place that wasn't receptive.
Other favorites alread mentioned ... Sea Salt, Nizza La Bella, Vanessa's, Fonda ... love Fonda.
Chez Panisse can be good if you are up for that. Gregoire is good too if you can snag one of the three seats at the counter and don't mind the lack of booze. The staff is interactive and fun.
I like T-Rex alot but not so much for eating at the bar. I like the servers better in the restaurant. The bartenders are usually a little spacy.
Six Degrees has a bar area, but I'd save that for a Friday or Saturday when they have Jazz otherwise the bar area can be a bit desserted.
I have a favorite no one's posted about as far as a friendly bar/dinner/good food atmosphere, but unfortunatley the bartender is a friend so can't report about it ... but anywhere is fine.