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May 20, 2008 01:47 PM

Fun new in Oakland

Well we are going out to dinner on Saturday with some old friends. I was thinking of trying some of the new spots in Oakland like those downtown. Not Luka's or Tamorindo but what else would you recommend? Also wondering about Camino or the new Italian place on Park--which is the closest to where we live. I love Dopo but we don't want to wait very long or get there right when they open. Last time we went out with these folks we went to Sea Salt and Chanpa Garden. Any ideas? Not quite as expensive as Sea Salt but on the new side. Yeah I keep forgetting about Woodtavern but can never seem to remember to get a reservation and they are booked.

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  1. You might try Flora, I've had good meals there, and it's new. Pizzaiolo isn't new, but if you like Dopo you might like it too, and they take reservations.

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    1. re: JasmineG

      Yeah I like Flora and Pizzaiolo but wanted something newer or something I haven't tried before. Roberts got a great list going. Any recommendations off that one.

    2. More or less new places:

      1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

      Franklin Square Wine Bar
      2212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

      4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

      247 4th St, Oakland, CA

      3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

      1. We ate at Levende a couple of weeks ago. The food and service are great. Not sure how new it is.

        Levende East
        827 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607

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        1. re: Janet

          That is a good idea too and not too new for me.

          1. re: Cheesy Oysters

            We walked into Levende East and found it too noisy and bar-like and the menu dubiously unfocused (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, American comfort food, French, Italian). Ended up across the street at whatever Oaktown is called now--Restaurant B?


            B Restaurant & Bar
            499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              So what did you think of B? It was only after the only time I ate there that I found out the had a wood burning pizza oven.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I remember we had some nice pork belly appetizer and a good pizza. Wine prices seemed out of line with the moderately priced food, the list was short on good moderately priced bottles, particularly reds.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                I did a business dinner at Levende East a couple nights ago - not noisy, but it was 6pm Tuesday, not very busy. They do have an eclectic menu, which I like as long as each style is well executed.

                It was all good, but not great. Had their Charcuterie Plate, Fried Calamari Salad, Indian Spiced Mini Burgers and Warm Potato-Bacon and Asparagus Salad. I was ready to love it all and it was all good, but not great.

                Best part was desert - warm chocolate bread pudding w/ caramel sauce.

                My vendor liked it and I'd happily go back on the company's dime, but probably not with my own money...

          2. Bellanico is really great, but a little noisy sometimes.

            Camino has only been open for 2 days and their menu is extremely limited for now, if that sways your opinions at all....

            1. I really like Franklin Square. However, I've only been there mid-week somewhat
              late when the place is close to deserted and it's mostly just me and my friends and
              the cook and the waiterperson and a bottle of wine and some great food. But there
              was a report here in the last couple of days about all sorts of service issues on a
              crowded weekend. So be prepared if you go at a busy time. Even without being
              careful you can probably get out of there for less than 1/2 what Sea Salt would cost.

              Ah, here it is: