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East Bay Restaurant Rec Required!

whiner Oct 14, 2008 03:42 PM


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.

Any ideas?

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: whiner Oct 14, 2008 03:51 PM

    Are you willing to come to Alameda? Pappo could handle a group like that. Or Acquacotta if you want to try something really new, although I'm not sure if Acquacotta is taking reservations yet.


    1. JasmineG RE: whiner Oct 14, 2008 04:59 PM

      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.

      1. Scott M RE: whiner Oct 14, 2008 06:26 PM

        Mezze is a contender.

        Mezze Restaurant & Bar
        3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

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          rccola RE: whiner Oct 14, 2008 07:24 PM

          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.

          Riva Cucina
          800 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

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            SLRossi RE: whiner Oct 15, 2008 08:35 AM

            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.

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