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Any suggestions for a moderately priced restaurant near the Shattuck movie theatre?

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  1. Haven't been, but I hear only good things about Venus....

    1. second Venus, Angeline's is also good but depends on your price range.

      1. angeline's. they do respectable versions of new orleans dishes.

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        1. re: bataille2

          The service can be amazingly hit or miss at Angeline's and they don't seem to care. I once waited an hour for chicken, which I never got, while my Brussels sprouts congealed. They argued that it had only been ten minutes instead of apologizing. We'd already eaten apps and my husband had his main course and the party next to us, who'd sat at the same time, had eaten their chicken and left. No way was it under an hour. Just so you know.

          1. re: lintygmom

            Yah, service can be really slow, so it's not exactly the best place if you're planning to dine there before a movie. We once went there and it took 10 minutes to get our water and the menu, and another 10 minutes just to find someone who would take our order. The food probably arrived in 15 minutes; surprisingly the bread pudding didn't take too long. We got our bill in the quickest time and prompt (and probably the friendliest) service after we paid. They must have wanted us out of the place ASAP.

        2. I really love Venus for bunch and lunch. The few times that I've been the plates have been seasonal and delicious. The one time I visited for dinner it was too crowded, the food was still fresh, but the service was bogged down.

          Great China Restaurant on Kittredge St. on the block above Shattuck by the California theater has amazing Peking duck. The duck is a bit pricey if I remember (30 bucks) but everything else is reasonable.

          Personally I might just pop over to Arinell's Pizza for a couple of New York style slices. I'd probably take an out of towner over to the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective though. The whole gourmet ghetto is really within a mile of downtown.

          Cha-Ya might be nice for some vegetarian sushi and japanese food.

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          1. re: slake

            There's usually a long wait for a table at Cha-Ya.

          2. Little Plearn Thai Kitchen, near Beckett's, is very good. I've enjoyed everything I've eaten there. And Pho Hoa, next to the movies on Shattuck is excellent despite being a chain. The broth is crystal clear with just the right flavor of star anise. And their fatty flank is nice and fatty.

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            1. re: essvee

              has Pho Hoa gotten better than it was 4 years ago? I've never really liked the one on Shattuck, it always seemed like their broth was too light to me and didn't have enough fat from the beef or chicken rendered into it.

              1. re: nicedragonboy

                You can always ask for "fatty broth with scallion heads." I do, and it makes the broth so much better!

            2. Lucky House Thai Restaurant on University is delicious if you're willing to wait for your food. The pizza place on University (below Shattuck) is also decent. I like Pho Hoa because their broth isn't greasy. Is La Note open in the evening?

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              1. re: yehfromthebay

                Bobby G’s Pizzeria
                2072 University Avenue
                Berkeley, CA 94704

                1. re: wolfe

                  Bobby G's is a solid pick, especially if you want beer. Lots of other good, inexpensive (under $15 total) places on University, including Jayakarta (Indonesian, excellent if you order wisely), Ryowa Ramen, Platano (Salvadorean, slow) and Udupi Palace (South Indian, a couple of blocks further down).

                  La Note only serves dinner Thursday to Saturday. I would cast my vote against Pho Hoa.

                  Is Gelato Milano closed now, as their website suggests? If not, it's an after-movie must.

                  1. re: bradluen

                    Gelato Milano has been sold and is in the process of being renamed. I forget the new name, and I didn't try the product.

                    1. re: bradluen

                      Oh, I didn't know that. How sad. Milano was my favorite gelato place in the area but they were in a terrible location. They never had the amount of patronage that all the places just a block up had.

                2. re: yehfromthebay

                  I've never had to wait that long at Lucky House. And it is probably the best bang for your buck in that area.

                3. I just tried the new vietnamese restaurant on University that took over the TGI Sushi space and I can now recommend it. I believe it's called Anh Hong. Food and wine was very reasonably priced and the food very good.

                  1. Venus is both pretty good and they handle the "we're seeing a show at 8 so we need to
                    be out by 7:45" thing very well. In fact, they have a "pre-theater" set menu that's a decent deal.

                    1. Alborz Persian on center street is a little pricey, but it's great and they give you soooo much food. it's quite busy though, so make a reservation. Also my favorite thai restaurant is Thai Noodle on Shattuck and University, and they are dirt cheap for great authentic food.

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                      1. re: bgosh

                        I had a really boring meal at Alborz a few years ago, then forgot I'd eaten there and had another boring meal a few months back.

                        1. re: bgosh

                          Thai Noodle used to be great about three years ago--really really great. Took a huge group of people there and many said it was the best Thai food they ever ate. Every time I've eaten there lately it's been less than average. Sad.

                          1. re: lintygmom

                            Restaurant is on Shattuck between Berkeley Way and Hearst.
                            Thai Noodles
                            1936 Shattuck Ave
                            Berkeley, CA 94704
                            (510) 848-6531