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.
Lanesplitter in Berkeley is a great spot to slide up to the bar solo, enjoy a few pints, some pizza, some lasagna, or even a salad. You can read the newspaper, chat with other patrons, or just listen to the stereo and watch the closed-caption TV. Its not fine dining, but it can make for a very good evening.
2033 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Second on Pizzaiolo. Good music (CDs but they were planning to try small live combo later on Tuesday nights), wonderfully diverse diner demographic, neighborhood feel even for non-neighbors, tasty house cocktails, very tasty food (must try the meatballs and the squid pizza even if you'd never think to order them anywhere else).
I occasionally eat alone at the bar at Kirala.
Others already mentioned that have worked for me: T-Rex, Pizzaiolo, Britt-Marie, Lanesplitter on San Pablo (the Telegraph location isn't so good for bar sitting).
Six Degrees I'd recommend against, in this case. The bar is a very lonely place there (great place if you're sitting at a table, though).
Isn't there bar-sitting in the remodled Dopo?