East Bay Restaurant Rec Required!
Here is what we need...
A restaurant in the East Bay. Wine-friendly food. (eg. not Indian.) Apps somewhere in the $8-$18 range. Main coures somewhere in the $18-$30 range. Relaxed environment. Low corkage with good stemware. Able to accomodate 10+ people on a Wednesday.
Dopo would work, and I've seen parties of 10 there, though it probably couldn't go much higher than that. Their corkage is low.
I don't know what the corkage is like at A Cote, but they would work at one of the big tables.
Riva Cucina is totally wonderful, able to seat 10 and with a curtain to divide you from the rest of the place (if you discuss first, I assume). Also, the best, most authentic light northernish Italian.
800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
If you're planning on bringing remarkable wines as your post implies, you might want to think about a smaller place and discussing a paired meal with the chef. Given it is a Wednesday they may have time and interest. A small glass from each bottle could easily make that corkage disappear.