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Staying in Emeryville--where to have dinner?

A last minute decision to go to the Cal-Arizona game on Saturday mean that the only lodging we could find was in Emeryville--that cluster of hotels on the spit near the Bay Bridge entrance. Looking for a place for a not-too-fancy dinner (as in don 't dress up & entrees no more than about $25 per person). Mr. Nutrax uses a wheelchair & tires easily, so holes-in-the-wall and places with long lines aren't going to work. He's also a pretty unadventurous eater. but does like Chinese & non-sushi Japanese.

Preferably not more than a 15 minute or so drive from the hotel. Parking is an issue ion that he can't handle a gravel parking lot or a really bad sidewalk, but on the other hand, we can park at a meter without paying as long as we remember the placard.

A bit of Googling gets me Trader Vics and the Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant‎. I looked at both menus & they would work. Comments on them? How essential are reservations?

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  1. Bucci's is an Italian restaurant in Emeryville. The parking shouldn't be hard. Take a look at their website. I haven't been recently, but in the past the food was good.

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    1. re: Glencora

      Bucci's has been one of my favorite places for a long time. Great casual/artsy atmosphere, good to very good food, reasonable prices. They don't take reservations unless that's changed, so there may be a wait but the bar is a good place to wait, probably even with a wheelchair. They also have their own parking lot at night, right next to the restaurant.

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      Bucci's
      6121 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

    2. Hong Kong East Ocean is fine for Cantonese style chinese food, particularly fresh seafood. It has the advantage of being easy to get to and close and has lots of free parking.

      1. The Townhouse is very near where you're staying and usually very good food, too. I also like Bucci's. Rudy's Can't fail Cafe is decent for breakfast and Arizmendi is known for their pizza and baked goods.

        1. Head to Daimo, about 5mins north of Emeryville on I-80

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          Daimo Chinese Restaurant
          3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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          1. re: kc72

            Richmond is 5 minutes north of Emeryville . . . when? At 3:30 AM with no traffic??? ;^)

            1. re: zin1953

              Also the ride back to Emeryville from Daimo, at most times, is longer than 15 minutes.

          2. Riva Cucina is an excellent little Italian spot just one block north of Ashby, off Sixth St.
            By the way, Daimo is more than five minutes from Emeryville. Traffic or no traffic.

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            1. re: AJL

              ok, 7mins. still under the 15mins the OP requested

              1. re: kc72

                It is about 5 on Saturday mornings.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    I happened to drive that stretch the morning of the Saturday in question, and the traffic was heavy but moving. It's more than 5 minutes, but not much more (remember Daimo, while technically in Richmond, is just two freeway exits north of Berkeley, and it's right off the freeway.

                    Anything on the west end of Solano would have met the 15-minute criteria, including, for example, China Village.