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Sep 19, 2008 03:36 PM

Oakland upscale-ish dinner with unusual caveat

L.A. hound here, seeking some help for a dinner next Thursday. I'd made a reservation at Flora but due to some issues that one of my guests has, that won't work. Apparently the floor plan is too open. He needs a place which is more intimate, or has carpeting and/or booths. I'd already tried for Wood Tavern but couldn't get a reservation that night at a workable time. Both my guests live in San Leandro and I don't think we want to go all the way into Berkeley. Rockridge would be fine. We're open as to type of cuisine. Thanks.

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  1. Look into Soizic near/in Jack London Square. It's an open plan but quiet and low key, no booths.

    Another option is to go somewhere in Alameda which is off 880.

    Soizic Restaurant
    300 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    1. I'd also look into Cintron, Oliveto and A Cote on College Ave in Oakland. Those restaurants are a bit more intimate with carpet and/or booths. Good luck!

      1. Is it a noise issue, or does he just like more intimate spaces? A Cote has not as quite of an open floor plan as Flora, and has some choices on where to sit, but it can get loud in there. Luka's has booths. Dopo is pretty intimate, but they only take reservations for parties of 6 or more. Wait, Jojo might be perfect -- very intimate setting, and I *think* it is carpeted, though not positive.

        Luka's Taproom
        2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

        3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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        1. re: JasmineG

          I should've mentioned that I didn't want to do A Cote because I was there in June with the other person I'll be with that night. He has a little kid and doesn't get out much, so I thought I'd prefer not to repeat. We sat in the booth in the back corner. The food was very good.

          It's not a noise issue, it's a space issue, to the best of my understanding. Thanks for the suggestions, I've heard of Luka's but not heard of Jojo. I'll check them out.

          1. re: Debbie W

            I'd second the Jojo recommendation...quiet, terrific food, and friendly staff...

        2. Just to report back...thanks for the recommendations. I suggested both Jojo and Luka's Taproom to the guest with the space issues. It's a birthday celebration for him. I also asked him to suggest where he might like to go, since I want it to be fun for him and he's more into the atmosphere and fun/kitsch factor of a restaurant than the food. Anyway, he wanted to go to Trader Vic's in Emeryville so that's where we're going. The birthday boy rules. Actually I don't think I was ever there, aside from maybe going for a cocktail, and I lived in Berkeley from 1978 to 1989 and have been a frequent visitor to the Bay Area since then. Since my husband is joining me the day after this dinner, and we are staying in S.F. for the weekend and I have reservations at Quince, Incanto and La Ciccia for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, I'll have plenty of opportunities to indulge my houndish side. Plus the Saturday market at Ferry Plaza. And the final regular season game between the Dodgers and Giants at AT&T on Sunday. Go Dodgers!

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          1. re: Debbie W

            I'll be interested to hear a report of those three side by side.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Do you think they are similar in certain respects? I was a little concerned about that but I decided to be decisive and not spend forever coming up with an agenda. I'll try to do a report, though I tend to be somewhat deficient at writing reviews, better at responding to questions about where to go. I actually got the recommendation for La Ciccia from janetofreno, in person, the last time we had lunch together in Las Vegas (a month ago). Janet had been there with her sister, susancinsf. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have heard of it since I didn't spend much time on this board planning my upcoming trip.

              1. re: Debbie W

                I think they are similar, in that they are all "Italian" -- but they are all also very distinctive. That's why I'm interested in hearing your impressions of all three in succession.