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Feb 20, 2008 11:03 PM

Best low/mid range in Berkeley area?

Looking for something low to mid priced in Berkeley area (I will be treating 5-6 people, so want it to be nice but not take too much of a hit to my wallet). Needs to be a place that takes reservations as well. Open to cuisines, though ideally not Chinese or Indian.


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  1. Can you give us a price range? How much do you want to spend per person including tax, drinks, and tip?

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    1. Dinner - ideally Sunday but another day works.

      Per person - ~$20-30 all in would be ideal. We probably wouldn't get wine, so that'll save us some money.

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      1. re: gemster

        Venus and La Note are in that price range in Berkeley. Never had dinner at La Note.

        1. re: ML8000

          I think Venus is out of the stated price range at dinnertime. Appetizers are $7.50-$13 and entrees are $17-21. Add dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and tip and you might be over $40 a head.

          I think dinner prices at La Note are about the same but the online menu doesn't show them. They serve dinner only Thursday through Saturday.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            They do have the pre-show special for $28 bucks. That edges beyond $30 but it's close.

            Might consider Angeline's.

            1. re: ML8000

              Stated price range is $20-30 "all in all." $28 is around $37 with tax and tip (higher with drinks).

      2. Soi 4 (Thai) is the nicest place with great food I can think of in that price range that's not Ajanta.

        Cafe Colucci (Ethiopian) or Angeline's (Louisiana) aren't quite as nice.

        Alborz (Persian) is in between in terms of niceness but I find the food boring compared with Maykadeh in SF.

        Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen
        2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
        5421 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

        Cafe Colucci
        6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        Alborz Restaurant
        2142 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Soi4 is an excellent choice. It's very chic, very party, the food's excellent. No entrees at $20. If you were taking me, I'd probably order 3 small plates, which would be about $21, round up to $30 with tax and tip.

        2. Ajanta would be my first pick, but you said no Indian.

          Cafe Colucci would work well. I think they'll take reservations for 6 or more. Very easy to stay in that range, and the food is great. It's got a fun, hip atmosphere. Not formal, but sill nice.

          You might also consider Tamarindo, great food, about that range, nice atmosphere, though Old Oakland may be too far for you to travel.

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          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            What are the prices like on the dinner entrees ("especiales") at Tamarindo? They don't list them on the Web site.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I dunno. I've never actually ordered from that part of the menu. The rest of the menu is available at dinner.

          2. Maybe Adagia? The most expensive thing on the menu is Grilled Flat Iron Steak for $25, so if everyone ordered that, you'd be out of luck, but the other entrees are $13-23.

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            1. re: meemster

              Most of Adagia's appetizers are $9 or more and half the entrees are $20 and up. Not a safe place to host a dinner if you're trying to keep the total tab under $30 a person.