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May 8, 2008 04:55 PM

Berkeley or Oakland recommended fish?

Am going out for a birthday celebration with fish being the requested dish.I have made a reservation at Sea Salt.Any feedback or suggestions? THANX

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  1. Sea Salt's great but I think the atmosphere at Maritime East is more festive.

    There's also Marica, good food but a little downscale from those two.

    Sea Salt
    2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Maritime East
    2826 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

    Marica Seafood Restaurant
    5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I love Marica's. It is so funky looking, good service, and great food. I eat limited types of fish and always have a great meal. The rest of the fisheaters really love it.

    2. when striped bass is on the menu at is awesome.

      1. I think Sea Salt is a great choice. Love the oysters, fish and chips. If you get there by 6, oysters are $1. Great cocktails. They also have cheeses so it's perfect spot for us. Haven't triend Maritime East yet and I wish them luck with that location. I absolutey love the brownie sundae with the salty caramel ice cream at Sea Salt.

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        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

          For a primarily seafood restaurant, I practically limit myself to Sea Salt in Berkeley, Tadich in SF, and Barbara's Fish Trap in Princeton by the Sea (near Half Moon Bay).

          We have only been to Maritime East once. We were disappointed, even though they were very eager to please. Maybe we just miss Zax in that space so much!

          Sea Salt is consistently unusual, a tough combination.

          Both Sea Salt and Marica have good selections for non-seafood eaters--with more options at Marica.

          Last night, the grilled Calamari at Sea Salt was fantastic. The Sturgeon seemed a little undercooked, but there are usually 2 straight up 'pieces of fish' served very nicely (the other was Salmon last night) plus unusual combinations that work like the Bacon, Lettuce and Trout, BBQ Eel Banh Mi or the infamous Lobster on a Torpedo Roll. Service last night was quite good, and it looked like quite a few larger parties were having a good time.