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Best Berkeley Rep Matinee Brunch or Lunch??

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I'm truly amazed no one has asked this one yet. Some of us are BARTing from SF, so I want a place within reasonable walking distance of the Berkeley Rep theater itself (Shattuck and Addison). The obvious choices (downtown, Chez Panisse) aren't open Sunday until dinner and we'd like to eat before the 2pm show. Any ideas?

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  1. Venus, La Note, Bistro Liaison, and Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen are all open at that time. Probably others, too.

    1. La Note, Bistro Liasion, Gregorie and Venus are open.
      Not a lot of quality food options within walking distance early on a Sunday
      I'm sorry to say.

      1. Corso is now open for weekend brunch (and has been for a couple months). I haven't been yet but I've found them consistently excellent for dinner and the Brunch menu looks good. They now take reservations as well...

        1. I have been to the Rep in the past and think they have menus and possibly discounts at places they use at some performances. You might try looking at their web site or calling the box office. Please report back, its seems like there are a lot of little places around there and with Freight & Salvage opening (someday) it would be good to have an update.

          1. Here's previous threads on the topic...for dinner. Most of the places are mentioned here but there's others. A 2nd on Venus or La Note.


            1. Another option would be Platanos Salvadoran food on University or the Turkish Kitchen on Shattuck. If you go to Venus or La Note expect a long wait for Sunday brunch. I am not a huge fan of the brunch at La Note. Food is okay but somewhat pricey and not worth the wait in my opinion.

              1. Wow! fast responses--thanks to all. Turkish Kitchen supposedly opens at 11am on Sunday, that would be a nice ethnic tie-in to Arabian Nights. Has anyone been there on a Sunday? Otherwise, Corso, LaNote and Venus take brunch reservations, which would be a big plus with the deadline of a performance. Cesar actually opens at noon on Sunday, which would work but may be a bit rushed. The Rep's own site is oriented towards dinner and driving, but includes several of the mentioned options. Too bad Zatar isn't open Sundays. Jupiter opens at 1, too late for beforfe, but may be good for after. I will report back on our final choice and let you all know.

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