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.
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.
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
6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
2142 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704
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.