Berkeley/East Bay rehearsal dinner recs?
We're looking for a place in Berkeley/East bay for a rehearsal dinner--maybe something with a view and a private room? Maybe Japenese? We're doing a Chinese banquet for the wedding, so East Ocean wouldn't work--it would be a mix of Chinese and American guests.
Places with views in the East Bay...Skates in Berkeley, Doubletree Hotel in Berkeley banquet), Chevy's in Emeryville, Jack's Bistro and Scott's Seafood (they'll do a little tent in the back...it gets cold in there, though) in Oakland Jack London Square. Yoshi's is right by the water (no view, though). I heard that there's some new restaurant where Old Spaghetti Factory used to be.
Our rehearsal dinner last August was at Trader Vic's. They have two private rooms. The larger one (the one we used) has a private deck with a beautiful view. The site was perfect. I just wish the food was a little better for what we paid.
Some other options we considered:
Berkeley Faculty Club
Skate's (too small I think)
A view, private room and Japanese food will be hard to find.
Here are a couple of places down in that area w/ a view and private room -- but lacking in the good food dept.
There's also Hana Japan -- a teppanyaki(sp?) place. Don't know if they have a private room/view.
A relatively recent thread suggested Eccolo, but I'm not sure if you want to spend that much, and they may be too small for you: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/383191
Here's another thread where someone was looking for dinner for 50 people, though it was a little more casual: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/375187
You're probably not going to find good food and a private room and a view, but you can likely find two out of three at some of the places in those threads. What's your budget?