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May 26, 2008 02:51 PM

Place for birthday dinner in El Cerrito?

I'm looking for a nice place for dinner in El Cerrito, ideally within walking distance of one of the BART stations.

Most important is that it be quiet enough for conversation.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Fat Apple's, at the top of Fairmount, is the only suggestion that comes to mind.

    1. Two suggestions realizing that your choices are limited but both places have at least one positive comments. Pasta Pomodora and Romano's Macaroni Grill.

      1. This is a tough one. How much of a walk are you willing to make? This is a BD dinner, but how nice a place are you looking for? Mangia Mangia comes to mind and is 4 LONG blocks south of El Cerrito Plaza (making a walk of about a mile) on the east side of San Pablo, but the hard surfaces make for a loud environment if there's a boisterous crowd.

        If you are looking for something within walking distance of one of the El Cerrito BART stations, any other BART station work as well?

        1. Closest is the Plaza and Wolfe mentioned the only two places you can really eat there that aren't fast food... There is a Japanese place there where I've had a couple of takeout rolls. They were nothing special, but I drive by several times a week and they are never empty.

          Ten minutes up Fairmount and then right on Colusa to the Kensington Circle is Post-Meridian which is technically in Kensington, but close enough. I have not eaten there either, but Nicedragonboy posted a favorable report. The place link will take you to it, but I think if you do a more extensive search using just Post Meridian, you'll find more info.

          I would not recommend Fat Apple's for dinner. I work across the street and their salads and breakfasts are decent to good, but otherwise, overpriced and bland. ..I would, however, highly recommend cabbing it over to Solano where I do most of my local eating. Pacific East Mall is also a short walk (3-4 blocks?) down toward I-80 and you'll have a lot more restaurants to choose from there.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: adrienne156

            I am really bad at linking, here's another go.

            Post Meridian
            1568 Oakview Avenue, Kensington, CA 94706

          2. If you do plan to venture as far as Albany perhaps the new Rendez-Vous Bistro just one block from Mangia-Mangia and around the corner from Nizza.

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            1. re: wolfe

              I would totally second Rendez-Vous, but it can get pretty noisy in there...