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Dinner before Berkeley Rep?

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Where do you recommend we have dinner before seeing a play at Berkeley Rep? I would like to be able to eat near the theater so that we don't have to rush and find parking before the show.

Downtown Restaurant is okay, but I've had a couple of bad service experiences there. I like Zatar, but they are only open on limited nights. What am I overlooking?

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  1. I had had a bad experince at Downtown ages ago, but it was fantastic when I went there recenty. Here is a link to my report: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/500119

    1. I had a nice dinner at Venus a couple weeks ago. Not the pre-theater -- off the regular menu.

      1. There is La Rose Bistro. I haven't been there in a long time, but maybe others have more recently. I remember it as being French/Vietnamese.

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        La Rose Bistro
        2037 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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        1. re: meemster

          The chef from La Rose opened Vanessa's on Solano. I'm not sure if there have been any reports since then. Current menu looks like straight-up French.

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          Downtown
          2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

          Zatar
          1981 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

          Venus Restaurant
          2327 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704